Suspected 'bullet hole' discovered at Cheltenham shop
SHOCKED staff arrived to work at a Cheltenham shop – to find what appeared to be a bullet hole in the window.
Simon Butland, who owns Pittville Bathrooms in Prestbury Road, arrived at 9am on Saturday to open up, only to find the perfectly round hole in his main shop window.
Mr Butland is confident the hole was caused by a pellet from an air rifle.
He said police told him there was nothing they could do.
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"I went outside to look at the hole in the window and thought it was very bizarre," said Mr Butland. "I looked to see if there was a rock or a pebble on the floor, but there wasn't.
"I called the police and they said they were not going to come out because there wasn't anything to look at.
"We have checked the CCTV, but didn't find anything on it."
Employees have been hunting for the air rifle pellet in the shop to no avail.
He believes he was lucky not have any of his stock inside the shop damaged in the incident.
"It was so close to damaging some expensive kit in the window," he said.
"We haven't fallen out with anybody."
Showroom manager Helen Carter said she could not believe it when she saw the hole.
"I was shocked," she said. "It is not something you expect to see. It is obviously a bullet hole."
A spokesman for Gloucestershire police said: "We dealt with this incident over the telephone having evaluated the circumstances because there was no evidence to go off. There was very little we could do.
"We would ask for anyone with any information about this incident to come forward and we will follow up any lines of inquiry."
Anyone with information should contact the police by calling 101, quoting incident number 125 of March 9.