I shot men by accident when I tried to kill fox
A DISABLED farmer lost his firearms licence after two men suspected of burgling a cannabis factory on his land were allegedly shot.
Edward Tibbs, 62, from Elm Farm, London Road, Crays Hill, suffers from multiple sclerosis and neuralgia.
He believes he accidentally shot the intruders while firing at a fox from his mobility scooter.
It came after he was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder in connection with the men’s injuries in August.
Mr Tibbs said at around 4am he was woken by noisy geese from a pen near his home and saw a fox nearby, he then went out on the scooter and fired about three shots at the animal, but must have missed.
The farmer says he had no idea two men were hit by pellets from his shotgun and he heard no shouts or screams.
He also insists he was oblivious to the fact cannabis was being grown in one of several units rented out on his farm.
Mr Tibbs explained: “Shooting is my life. I used to shoot every other day – rats, foxes, pigeons, vermin.”
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