Vandals take pot shots at chopper

NRHNBE110713a2, Woodlinkin man Bill Holmes helicopter hit by pellet.
NRHNBE110713a2, Woodlinkin man Bill Holmes helicopter hit by pellet.

AIR GUN vandals have caused thousands of pounds worth of damage to a Woodlinkin man’s helicopter after taking pot shots at it.

Bill Holmes, of Nottingham Road, says the door of his Enstrom chopper has been damaged beyond repair after the perspex was cracked while on the ground.

He believes it was shot with an air rifle as he found a number of pellets lying next to his private craft, worth more than £100,000 which he keeps on land he owns behind his property.

Mr Holmes, 59, said the vandalism must have occurred between 6pm on Sunday, July 10, and 9am on Monday.

He said: “It is a very, very serious offence damaging an aircraft – the door is cracked and it will cost £2,000 to repair.”

Mr Holmes, who owns Codnor Pets and Aquatics, said a new door would have to be repaired by a helicopter engineer with the parts being ordered from America. The avid flying enthusiast has flown choppers for over 20 years and has owned this particular model for three years. This is the first time it has been vandalised, he says and he knows of no reason why his craft would have been targeted.

Now Mr Holmes, whose shop on Nottingham Road, Codnor sells a variety of animals, including snakes and reptiles, has placed an advert in his business window, asking any witnesses to contact police.

Detectives believe the air-gun shots could have been fired from a nearby golf course and have also issued a call for witnesses.

Anyone with information should contact police on 0345 123 33 33 or witnessness can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.