Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

I Feared I Would Die, Says Briton Shot at Gipsy Camp in France

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

I Feared I Would Die, Says Briton Shot at Gipsy Camp in France

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Byline: DAN BRIDGETT

A BRITISH climber today described the terrifying moments when he feared for his life after being shot at a French gipsy camp.

Andrew Jackson, 34, is in hospital on the Cote D'Azur, with a wound to his throat after the attack near Cannes. His fellow climber, 31-year-old Christian Davidson, has a lead pellet lodged in an eye.

The men were travelling home in the early hours on Sunday after a climbing trip to Mont Blanc with a third friend, Stuart Hay, 30, when they saw some caravans and stopped to rest at what they thought was a tourist campsite. It turned out to be a gipsy camp.

Within 10 minutes they were fleeing for their lives as shotgun fire raked their car.

"A couple of guys came over shouting," said Mr Jackson, a software engineer from Bishops Waltham, Hampshire. "We didn't really understand what they were saying. I tried to explain that we wanted to sleep but the second guy started firing a shotgun into the air. …

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