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‘Alarming’ moment Bristol couple on campervan holiday shot at with air gun

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A Bristol couple’s motorhome was “shot at” by someone with an air gun after they broke down over the bank holiday weekend.

Barbara and Ian Mcgill, both 65, were visiting a popular Gwynedd seaside town on August 29.

The couple, along with their two-year-old cumber spaniel Monty, was on a mini-tour of Wales and had already travelled to Barmouth and Builth Wells.

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At around 3pm, their motorhome broke down near Marine Parade, and two hours later the couple heard what they thought to be stones thrown at the vehicle.

Mr McGill went to investigate and discovered that the campervan had in fact been shot at with pellets from an air gun leaving dozens of dents, reports North Wales Live.

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The couple, who have a haulage company based in Bristol, called the police.

Mrs McGill said: “There is substantial damage to the van but our concerns were not only for us but also anyone walking behind the vehicles had they missed us.

“We called the police and they stayed with us and took details.

“We, unfortunately, had broken down so could not leave.

“We were uncomfortable staying where we were so the policeman and my husband pushed the van down the road, hoping we were out of harm’s way until the recovery vehicle could attend.

“We have travelled to lots of interesting places including on the continent, but this was our first visit to Wales in a long time.

“People have been so friendly along the way.



At around 5pm someone began shooting at the vehicle with an air gun.
At around 5pm someone began shooting at the vehicle with an air gun.

“Earlier that day we were in Builth Wells and my husband asked what I wanted to do next and I said go to the seaside, which is why we headed to Barmouth.

“It was our first trip in the van since before coronavirus and it was also Monty’s first time coming with us.

“I suppose our situation was all the more compounded when we got to Barmouth with the fact that we had broken down and couldn’t move from our location.

“It could have been worse we could have broken down on the side of the road but we were along on Marine Parade with the most beautiful beach and spectacular views.”

Despite feeling “anxious” and “fearful” following the incident, Mrs McGill says it has not put them off visiting the area again in the future.

She added: “There seems to be an issue with residents with the parking of vehicles and motor homes.

“It was very alarming and upsetting to be shot at with an air gun which has done a lot of damage and will now have to be repaired but I suppose we will have a story to tell of the kind policeman who helped push our motor home along the road.”



The dents were almost as big as 20p coins
The dents were almost as big as 20p coins

Due to the vehicle breaking down Mr and Mrs McGill, along with Monty, had to get a train back home to Bristol.

North Wales Police are investigating the incident.

A spokesperson said: “We received a call at 8.02pm on Sunday 29 th August from a member of the public reporting that their motorhome, which had broken down at the end of Marine Parade in Barmouth, had been hit by pellets.

“Officers attended as well as the roadside assistance service. Once repaired, the vehicle was moved.

“Officers are currently investigating the circumstances of this incident and anyone with information should contact us via live webchat or on 101 quoting ref Z127873.”

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