Ball bearings were pulled into this Orpington mom’s garden and now she fears for the safety of her children



A mother from Orpington fears for the safety of her children after a lead ball bearing is pulled in her garden.

Rachel Lewington, 31, of Plantation Drive, heard a loud bang at 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 15.

Her husband also heard the noise and asked her if she had thrown anything out the window.

Ms Lewington’s two Shiba Inu dogs broke loose at the noise and went to look in the garden.

Although Mrs. Lewington was surprised by the noise, she didn’t think too much about it.

But when her little boy found a big lead ball in the garden the next day, she got worried.

The ball bearing was sunk deep into its wooden decking.

The family had found a similar ball a month before in their backyard and thought it was an artifact.

However, after some research Ms Lewington discovered that the ball bearing looked like ammunition used in powerful muzzle-loading firearms.

Ms Lewington now believes the bullet could have been fired from a muzzle-loading rifle.

She approached a retired gun specialist who told her he could have been shot from a powerful “Black Widow” slingshot or a gun.

He told her that if the ball bearing had hit someone in the head, it could have killed them no matter where they were shooting.

Ms Lewington said her neighbors had loud dogs so she wondered if anyone was shooting the bullets in response to the noise. She also thinks it could be teenagers having fun.

She decided to report the incident to the police.

Ms Lewington said: “It makes me feel incredibly unsafe with my kids in the garden. They don’t go to school for the holidays and we have a pool so they want to be outside.

“Plus my dogs love it. I can’t just keep them inside. I’m afraid whoever shoots the bullets is not aware of the fact that there are children and animals.

Ms Lewington’s seven-year-old daughter is now so afraid of ball bearings that she won’t go swimming and only play outside the house.

“Jessica, my daughter said, ‘Mom, I’m not going into the garden tomorrow’ because she is afraid the bullet has been deliberately fired to cause nuisance or damage. She now refuses to go out into the garden.

“Every time I hear a bang it is a constant worry,” she added.

Black Widow’s catapults are legal to own in the UK, but become illegal if used as a weapon.

Anyone with information about the incident should call the police on 101.


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