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A farmer who accidentally shot himself in the hand with a gun has been taken to hospital for treatment.

Police and paramedics were called to Wenlock Road, in Bridgnorth, Shropshire, on Friday morning (23 October).

The farmer was treated at the scene for a hand injury and then taken by ambulance to the Princess Royal Hospital, in Telford, for further treatment.

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His injury is not thought to be life-threatening.

Initially, it had been reported that a police officer had accidentally shot himself, but it later transpired to be a farmer, said West Mercia Police spokeswoman Terri-Anne Powell.

“We were called to Wenlock Road just after 10am today following reports of a farmer accidentally shooting himself in the hand,” she added.

“The man has been taken to hospital in Shrewsbury for further treatment.”