Drinkers disarm sniper who shot two in gun attack on Norfolk pub

Drinkers at The Crown Hotel in Watton, Norfolk, came under fire from a gunman who shot down on them from his flat window after being thrown thrown out twice that night <i>(Image: Adam Barker)</i>
Drinkers at The Crown Hotel in Watton, Norfolk, came under fire from a gunman who shot down on them from his flat window after being thrown thrown out twice that night (Image: Adam Barker)

Customers at a Norfolk pub were shot at by a gunman from a nearby building, before storming the property and disarming him.

The drama unfolded at the Crown Hotel, Watton, on Friday night, after a man was thrown out of the pub.

Two drinkers were shot with a BB weapon - one of them requiring hospital treatment for a head wound - before the locals were able to bring the situation under control.

The man had been ejected from the pub shortly before the shooting started, after drinkers accused him of trying to rob people in the town earlier in the day, using a BB replica gun.

But as landlord Kris Moore was escorting him out, the man pulled the gun on him and his partner, Sherry Lavin.

Another man in the pub rugby tackled him to the floor, knocking the gun from his hands.

Eastern Daily Press: Drinkers at The Crown Hotel in Watton, Norfolk, came under fire from a gunman who shot down on them from his flat window after being thrown thrown out twice that night
Eastern Daily Press: Drinkers at The Crown Hotel in Watton, Norfolk, came under fire from a gunman who shot down on them from his flat window after being thrown thrown out twice that night

Drinkers at The Crown Hotel in Watton, Norfolk, came under fire from a gunman who shot down on them from his flat window after being thrown thrown out twice that night (Image: Adam Barker)

Mr Moore restrained him before gathering the gun from under a table and locking it in the pub’s safe.

The man staggered off but returned ten minutes later, demanding the gun back.

He was again forced out by a group of regulars, before retreating back to a flat next door where, moments later, he open fired on people outside the pub, which had about 30 customers at the time.

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Around half a dozen shots were fired and two men were hit.

Four men who were friends with one of the men who had been shot then stormed the flat and wrestled a BB replica shotgun from the man.

They took it back to the pub and it was locked in the safe with the other gun.

Eastern Daily Press: The gunman shot down on people outside the pub from a flat next door
Eastern Daily Press: The gunman shot down on people outside the pub from a flat next door

The gunman shot down on people outside the pub from a flat next door (Image: Adam Barker)

Police arrived at the scene at around midnight, with around half a dozen vehicles lighting up the town’s High Street.

Officers went to the flat and arrested the man, taking other BB firearms off him.

They are still investigating the incident and want to hear from witnesses.

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Eastern Daily Press: The Crown Hotel pub in Watton High Street
Eastern Daily Press: The Crown Hotel pub in Watton High Street

The Crown Hotel pub in Watton High Street (Image: Adam Barker)

A police spokesman said: "Officers were called to High Street, Watton on May 17 at around 11.40pm to reports of a man using an imitation firearm. Two people suffered minor injuries, one of them was taken to the Norfolk and Norwich hospital and has since been discharged.

"Officers are particularly keen to speak to two people who are believed to have taken the shotgun-style air weapon from the man.

"A man, aged in his 20s, who was arrested in connection with the incident, has been charged with two counts of possession of an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence,  two counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, possession of cannabis."

Eastern Daily Press: Inside the pub
Eastern Daily Press: Inside the pub

Inside the pub (Image: Adam Barker)

The man was remanded in custody and was due to appear at Norwich Magistrates' Court on Monday afternoon.