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UK police gun goes off, injuring 7-year-old contest winner

Published:Thursday | November 12, 2015 | 11:00 AM

UK police gun goes off, injuring

7-year-old contest winner

LONDON, England (AP):

Britain's police watchdog said a seven-year-old girl visiting a police headquarters after winning a colouring competition was injured when an officer's gun accidentally went off.

The child was hit in the lip by a bullet casing. The Independent Police Complaints Commission said it was only "through good fortune that no one was more seriously injured" in the October 30, 2014 incident at Nottinghamshire Police headquarters in central England.

Most British police do not carry guns, but every force has specially trained officers authorised to use firearms.

The watchdog said in a report yesterday that officers armed with live weapons should no longer take part in public events because of the safety risk. It said the officer involved had been redeployed to a role "with no firearm or taser duties".