A BURNLEY teenager who fired an air pistol while under the influence of cannabis was given a conditional discharge after admitting having the weapon while in a private field as a trespasser.
Burnley magistrates heard how Levi Jordan Dolman (19) and two friends were arrested after a passer-by contacted police claiming pigeons were being shot at on the canal bank near Liverpool Road.
Officers found three men matching descriptions given, in the area, two of them carrying gun bags, with two air rifles and an air pistol.
Dolman, of Oak Street, Burnley, who did not have any weapons, only a tub of pellets suitable for use with the guns and a quantity of cannabis, told officers he had been firing at cans, not birds.
The Bench told Dolman: “You don’t want to be getting involved in these things.”
Philippa White (prosecuting) said the passer-by contacted police about 6 p.m. telling them three men were using air guns to shoot pigeons. Officers searched the area and found three men, including the defendant, in Lowerhouse Lane and detained all three.
Dolman, who had admitted possessing cannabis and accepted he was under the influence when using an air weapon, said he had gone out shooting with the other youths.
They had taken turns to shoot at cans and he said that was the only time he had handled a firearm.
Mrs White continued: “He accepted it was silly, particularly when under the influence of cannabis.
“He said he didn’t point a gun at anybody, but was aware passers-by might be concerned by what they saw.”
Mark Williams (defending) said the only time Dolman had one of the weapons was in the field, when he had a go at firing one and he was not involved in shooting pigeons on the canal.