Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 17 April 2014

Ashley Cole avoids charges over student’s air gun shootingGun blunder: Ashley Cole

Ashley Cole will face no action after a work placement student was shot with an air gun at Chelsea's training ground

Football star Ashley Cole will escape prosecution for shooting a work placement student with an air gun at Chelsea FC's training ground.

Police sources said officers were “highly unlikely” to pursue investigations any further after contacting the Premier League club.

Tom Cowan (21) was accidentally hit by a pellet from a .22 air gun brought into the training ground by Cole on February 20.

But the sports science student has no plans to press charges against the ex-husband of X Factor judge Cheryl.

The decision comes after Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti angrily hit out at calls for Cole to be disciplined, adding: “What do we have to do now — kill him?”

Surrey Police received no formal complaints despite Cole breaking club rules which ban weapons from Chelsea's training ground.

Cowan, on a one-year work placement at Chelsea, was hit in the side by a lead pellet at the training ground in Cobham. Chelsea's medical staff treated the bleeding wound which did not require hospital treatment.

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