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Immediate Release 8th August 1996
Shooting on route of Newbury Bypass
Last night, August 7th, at approximately 10.00 p.m., shots were fired in close proximity to the Hills Pightle protest camp, on the northern part of the proposed bypass. Protestors feared for their lives as the shots rang out.
Two shots, apparently rifle shots, originated from an all terrain vehicle. A high intensity spotlight, hand-held, caught one protester, Mr Jack Rumbold in its beam immediately prior to the shooting. Mr Rumbold was not injured and the vehicle sped off. Police officers from Thames Valley Police are currently investigating the incident. This incident follows a number of other reported shootings at protest camps during which no one has so far been injured.
A spokesman for the Third Battle of Newbury said,