Boozy gun nut­ter shot at a school

The bloody truth of life on the front line

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A GUN­MAN high on drugs and booze has been jailed for four years af­ter us­ing a PRI­MARY SCHOOL for tar­get prac­tice.

Rus­sell Ar­mitage ( above), 40, was spot­ted fir­ing his gun in the di­rec­tion of the school by a pupil – forc­ing ter­ri­fied staff and chil­dren to take cover.

A court heard po­lice of­fi­cers swooped on Ar­mitage’s home in May last year – but he claimed he had sim­ply been clean­ing his gun.

Footage re­cov­ered from his com­puter, how­ever, showed that just a week ear­lier he’d been tak­ing shots at Mold­green Com­mu­nity Pri­mary in Hud­der­s­field, West Yorks, sit­u­ated just 50 yards from his house.

The court was told that af­ter his guns were con­fis­cated and he was bailed, a fu­ri­ous Ar­mitage then tried to get into the school, scream­ing in a drunken rage at teach­ers that he was go­ing to “get my gun and show you”.

Ar­mitage pleaded guilty to two counts of pos­sess­ing a firearm and one of in­tim­i­da­tion at Brad­ford Crown Court.

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