METAL bins in a West Oxfordshire play area are being used for 'target practice' by someone with a pellet gun.

A Thames Valley Police online community alert warned about reports about the land off Kilkenny Lane Country Park in Carterton.

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It said 'more concerning' than the criminal damage was that the pellets could cause 'serious injury' to people, or dogs being walked nearby.

PCSO Richard Conner added: "I would ask dog walkers and users of the play area to call 101 if they come across any persons using a pellet gun."