Baby boy in critical condition in UK after being 'shot with air rifle'

The one-year-old received a serious head injury in the incident yesterday afternoon

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In the UK, a one-year-old baby boy has been shot with what police believe to have been an air rifle on the outskirts of Bristol.

Police we called to a property in the Hartcliffe area shortly after 4pm yesterday and the child is now in a critical condition with a serious head injury at Bristol Children's Hospital.

Two people - a 24-year-old man and a 23-year-old woman - have been arrested. They are not related to the child.

Detective Inspector Jonathan Deane said: "We're carrying out enquiries at the scene to establish what happened but clearly these are very tragic circumstances.

"We have a trained liaison officer with the family of the child and they will be kept updated on the progress of our investigation.

"We're aware this will have an impact on the wider community and would encourage anyone with concerns to contact their local neighbourhood team."