'Accidental' Old Leake shotgun blast injury victim recovering
A 50-year-old Lincolnshire man critically injured in a shotgun blast is on the road to recovery - and police have said the shooting was accidental.
Lincolnshire Police said in a statement today that the the victim - from Old Leake near Boston - had been transferred from the town's Pilgrim Hospital intensive care unit to a general ward.
"It seems likely that he will make a full recovery," the statement said.
He had been brought into the hospital by a relative just before 8pm last Thursday, August 22, with severe chest injuries caused by a shotgun blast.
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And the 50-year-old had emergency surgery that night, when he was described as being in a critical condition.
The police investigation is continuing and a 28-year-old local man who was arrested at the time was released on bail to return to Boston Police Station at a later date after further enquiries have been carried out.
Detective Sergeant Karl Whiffen of Boston CID said today: "We are still investigating the circumstances surrounding what happened.
"But at this stage it appears that the discharge of the 4.10 shotgun was accidental.
"Part of our enquires involve the origin of the weapon and the legality of its possession."
He is appealing for witnesses to contact him on 101, quoting incident number 406 of August 22.