A £3,000 reward has been offered for information after an innocent man was shot with an air rifle as he walked home from a night out in Ilfracombe.

The charity Crimestoppers has posted the reward following the unprovoked attack on the 40-year-old at around 2.30am on Sunday, September 30.

The victim was shot multiple times, sustaining pellet injuries to his stomach, chest and hand that required emergency surgery to remove.

He was walking along the High Street, between the junction of Oxford Grove and Springfield Road, when he became aware that he was being shot at by someone armed with an air rifle.

It is believed the rifle was being fired from somewhere in the vicinity of the flats above a café or pound shop, but there were no witnesses.

Crimestoppers is now offering the reward of up to £3,000 for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of those responsible.

Everyone who contacts the charity will remain totally anonymous.

Dave Hunter, head of operations at the charity, said: “We believe everyone has the right to feel safe from crime, whether in their home, place of work or whilst walking in the street.

“To have someone shot at in the middle of the High Street is extremely worrying and dangerous. Whilst the victim sustained potentially life-threatening injuries, the consequences could have been so much worse.

“Whoever did this has the potential to strike again in the future. We need to prevent any further danger to the community and are therefore putting up a reward to encourage anyone who knows who was involved, to come forward.”

Anyone with information is urged to contact Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555111 or through an untraceable anonymous online form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.