A DOG walker needed hospital treatment and a pet cat was injured when they were fired at with pellets from an air gun.
The man, aged 27, was walking his dog at around 3.45am when he was shot, while the cat was also out overnight.
Police believe the incidents could have been deliberate, and issued a warning over the safe and legal use of air weapons - saying armed officers could be deployed if it appears at first glance a real firearm is being used.
Inspector Russ Dakin said: “All weapons, even air rifles and BB guns, have the capacity to seriously injure someone if they are used recklessly or irresponsibly and officers will take action against anyone caught firing such weapons indiscriminately or at the public.
“It is also important to make people are aware of the consequences of carrying something which looks like a real firearm.
“We will always treat this type of report very seriously and fully trained armed officers are likely to be deployed as we would assume that it is a loaded weapon that could pose a threat to the public.”
Carrying an air weapon in a public place is a criminal offence and attracts a maximum sentence of 12 months’ imprisonment.
The dog walker did not suffer serious injuries, and was hurt on Colliery Road, Creswell, on December 2.
The cat was shot in Blackwell between November 28 and 29.
Call Derbyshire Police with information on 101.
n A WOMAN was rescued by neighbours when a fire, sparked by an electric blanket, broke out at her home.
Neighbours on Alma Road, North Wingfield, Chesterfield, saved the woman when they heard her fire alarm. Firefighters were called just after 7.35pm on Saturday, and ventilated the house. The woman was also treated for smoke inhalation.
Crews also put out an unattended bonfire on Whitmore Ave, Chesterfield, at 11.55am on Saturday.