Crossbow on Hursey Common

The Parish Council has been informed that crossbow bolts have been found on Hursey Common. Given that the Common is a well-used public space, this is not a suitable place for this type of activity and as such poses the risk of serious injury. Crossbows are not permitted under the Wildlife and Countryside Act to kill animals and they are considered an offensive weapon if they are used in a public place without reasonable excuse. Dorset Police have been contacted about this matter and have advised that if anyone witnesses a crossbow being fired in a public place, to contact them immediately on 999. The Parish Council urges users of the Common to be vigilant at this time.