Family's shock as ball bearing fired through window of Shrewsbury house

By Aimee Jones | Shrewsbury | Crime | Published:

A Shrewsbury family has been left shaken and in fear after a ball bearing was fired through their front window.

A ball bearing was fired through the window in Whitchurch Road

Adam Mills is appealing for CCTV footage and information following the incident which happened shortly before 1pm on Wednesday.

He was at home in Whitchurch Road, with his wife Abigail and four-year-old daughter Lexi when the lounge window shattered.

"We were sat down about to watch a film when I heard a bang on the window," he said.

"It sounded like a stone hit the window but when I looked up I saw the whole window had shattered from top to bottom. I ran outside but couldn't see anyone about."

Mr Mills initially believed it could have been a pellet from an air rifle or BB gun but later found out it was a ball bearing.

He said it is lucky the window was double glazed or the piece of metal could have hit his daughter who was playing just feet away.

Mr Mills said he is disappointed the police did not respond to the call until many hours after the incident.

"It's gone straight through the first layer of glass but thankfully didn't go through the second," he said.


"My little girl was sat just five feet away. I'm furious because it could have cut her to pieces or even blinded her but the police said it wasn't a priority."

Shropshire Superintendent Mo Lansdale, who is based at Shrewsbury, said officers respond accordingly.

“We understand the victims concerns and we know that sometimes we might not attend an incident as soon as people would like," she said.

"However, I would like to offer my assurances we use nationally agreed procedures to assess the threat, harm and risk of every incident that is reported to us so that we can identify the vulnerability of the victim and ensure we respond accordingly to make sure we protect those who are most vulnerable, with, as I’m sure our local communities would expect, an immediate threat to life being our utmost priority.”

Any witnesses should ring West Mercia Police on 101 quoting reference 267s 090119.

Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or at

Aimee Jones

By Aimee Jones

Senior reporter based at the Shropshire Star's Shrewsbury office, covering Shrewsbury, North Shropshire and South Shropshire.

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