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Concerns for vulnerable Llanelli elderly after youths spotted with airgun

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: May 10, 2014

Concerns for vulnerable Llanelli elderly after youths spotted with airgun

A picture of an airgun

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CONCERN has been raised after youths were spotted with an airgun near to old age housing in Llanelli.

Dyfed-Powys Police is seeking to identify some youths who were reportedly carrying an airgun in the Felinfoel area.

"Youths had been seen in the river that runs behind Tir Ynys complex and Cae Glas complex," a spokeswoman said.

Councillor Robert Evans from the ward believes that vulnerable and elderly people could be shocked and frightened should they see a weapon like that.

The Llanelli Rural Councillor had heard about the incident thanks to the police force's OWL system — which alerts neighbourhoods to criminal incidents reported nearby.

He said: "It is concerning because Tir Ynys is an old-age complex and there's a lot of elderly people there that sit by the window and look out.

"It's a weapon at the end of the day."

The force is keen to try to identify the youths who were reportedly carrying the weapon.

Mr Evans said he was aware that police patrols have been stepped up in the area, which he said was a positive measure.

"I'm hoping the police will keep on top of it," he added.

One of the housing officers who looks after the elderly sheltered housing in that area, councillor Lynne Beer said that problems of antisocial behaviour are very rare in the area.

"We are obviously concerned for the community as a whole if people are using air rifles in our quiet area," she said.

The continued safety of the residents of what is a safe community is of greatest importance, she added.

"Police are keen to identify these youths and if you have any information please contact Llwynhendy us," a spokeswoman for the force said.

Can you help? Contact Dyfed-Powys Police on 101.

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  • Gwyddno  |  May 12 2014, 7:51PM

    The point is that irrespective of anything that you've posted, the photo is not of an air rifle so it shouldn't have been used. Violent crime is decreasing according to reports but the fear of violent crime is increasing - I wonder why?

  • Scroggins  |  May 12 2014, 7:10PM

    No idea what you are trying to say. The gun in the above photo is clearly marked ME 38 Pocket the specs I have already given, it's a blank firer. Are there guns that look similar in the world, of course, so what? Of course you can buy ball ammunition but if you try loading it in that gun I certainly wouldn't like to try and fire it. It is obvious that you have very little knowledge of firearms so I don't see there's any point in continuing this. Look on the bright side you know a lot more about e- cigarettes than I do.

  • Gwyddno  |  May 12 2014, 5:20PM

    Scroggins: So the one in the photo above is the same as the one in the Youtube video and there is no other gun like it anywhere in the world. Also, you are saying that the rifled barrel mentioned on the manufacturer's website is non-functional and that you can only buy blank cartridges?

  • Scroggins  |  May 12 2014, 4:55PM

    Here are the specs: 290101 ME 38 Pocket - Caliber: .380 / 9 mm R blank - Number of rounds: 5 - Barrel length: 45 mm - With supplementary barrel - Total length: 155 mm - Weight: 555 g - Safety: drop safety

  • Scroggins  |  May 12 2014, 4:53PM

    He says several times " fünf 9mm Platzpatronen, " which roughly means five 9mm blank cartridges. He even shows you that stamped into the right side of the pistol is the word 'knall' which means 'bang' in other words a blank firing pistol

  • Scroggins  |  May 12 2014, 4:43PM

    I've no idea what you are talking about. From 4.22 onwards he is shown firing the pistol, sometimes single action, sometimes double action. He then ejects the cases and load five more blank rounds. At 0.36 he shows you the cylinder bored for 5 rounds. At 049 to 055 he loads five blank rounds. At 3.00 he shines a torch in through the breech and the muzzle block can clearly be seen. So here we have a man loading five blank rounds into a blank firing pistol, he fires five rounds then reloads with five more blank rounds, at no time does this magically change to nine rounds of ball ammunition.

  • Gwyddno  |  May 12 2014, 3:47PM

    Scroggins: Do you mean when he shows the rifled barrel? It doesn't take long to move the time button at the base of the YouTube clip so that it's at 4mins 22sec. From the manual (translated from German): You have acquired a weapon and not a toy.

  • Scroggins  |  May 12 2014, 3:02PM

    I don't have to I can see the blank rounds on the bench before he loads them. If you look carefully you can see the cone block in the muzzle.

  • Gwyddno  |  May 12 2014, 2:40PM

    Scroggins: Count the shots on and after 4mins 22sec and hear the sound of the bullets hitting the target.

  • Scroggins  |  May 12 2014, 1:25PM

    You can see the weapon in the photo here: http://tinyurl.com/k4hvecw

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