Youths pointed air rifles at victims’ faces on Great Bowden canal towpath

A spokeswoman for Leicestershire police confirmed police had been called about an incident on Sunday involving a group of youths with air rifles on the canal towpath at Great Bowden
A spokeswoman for Leicestershire police confirmed police had been called about an incident on Sunday involving a group of youths with air rifles on the canal towpath at Great Bowden

A frightened couple were threatened with air rifles and a high-powered catapult as they walked along a canal towpath at the weekend.

Both the man and the woman, who are aged in their 20s and who did not want to be named, were threatened with air rifles pointed just inches away from their faces.

The couple kept calm and walked on as the three youths yelled abuse and further threats at them.

The incident happened at about 2.30pm on Sunday along the canal towpath between the Leicester Road bridge, near the Forest Gate car dealership, and the Leicester Lane bridge, just outside Great Bowden.

The male victim said he was angry because he knew he could not react.

“I thought I had to be really careful. We humoured the kids and stayed calm and didn’t give them any abuse and kept walking,” he explained later.

The Mail understands a cyclist who was riding past along the towpath on the same day was also threatened with an air rifle and told by one of the youths “we’re going to shoot you”.

The cyclist hesitated, before riding on.

The youths ranged in age from about ten to 12 or 13 years old.

A spokeswoman for Leicestershire police confirmed police had been called about an incident on Sunday involving a group of youths with air rifles on the canal towpath at Great Bowden.

The spokeswoman said police officers went to the area and talked to a group of youths, but found no weapons. She said a beat officer had visited victims to offer support and reassurance.