Welling mum's shock as wayward arrow shot from school field flies through window (From News Shopper)
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Welling mum's shock as wayward arrow shot from school field flies through window
A MOTHER-OF-TWO got the surprise of her life when an arrow shot through her bedroom moments after her kids had been playing in the garden.
Kathy Spinks was cooking dinner when a 29-inch arrow pierced through the glass of her first floor window in Buckingham Avenue, Welling.
It conspired a would-be Robin Hood had missed his target during archery practice at a Welling school - sending the missile 60 yards into Mrs Spinks' home.
The full-time mum was left unamused as her five-month-old son Stefan and five-year-old daughter Bella had been playing in the garden minutes before.
She told News Shopper: "I thought it was my daughter playing in the living room but my husband heard the crack and thought it was an arrow.
"He had literally just come home from work and was having a shower.
"It’s not the window that’s my concern it’s the kids. It could have been a hell of a lot different.
"The guy said ‘he’s the best archer there’ but for him to miss the target and actually hit my window is ridiculous to be honest."
Mitchell Philpott, aged 16, is a Kent junior champion but misfired the first arrow of the evening session at Sutton Bowmen Archery Club's meeting at Harris Academy Falconwood on August 14.
Mitchell’s dad Steve went straight round to the home of Kathy and Michael Spinks in Buckingham Avenue to apologise after what he called a "freak accident".
The accident happened during an archery session in the playing field at Harris Academy Falconwood.
He said: "My son’s the Kent junior champion so it wasn’t a case of letting an idiot on a bow: it was a freak accident. The arrow dropped short unusually.
"The sight wasn’t set for the strength of the wind that was blowing.
"It must have hit a stone or something and shot up in the air because the ground’s really hard.
"If there is one arrow that is going to miss it’s going to be the first one of the night because that is where you set your sights for the evening.
"Mitchell is far better than any other junior archer in Kent.
"It embarrasses me because he shoots the crap out of me."
Sutton Bowmen member Mr Philpott says the club usually shoot away from houses and towards a netball pitch.
However, the pitch was in use, so the archers turned their bows towards nearby homes.
Mr Philpott accepts Mrs Spinks, 32, and husband Michael, 43, "have a right to be angry" and has agreed to pay around £90 to repair the window.
He added: "This is a terrible accident and no one regrets it more than my son who actually didn’t speak for 24 hours afterwards.
"We have cancelled the subscription for the field for the rest of the year and this has been a really devastating incident for us."
Sutton Bowmen Archery Club is looking for a practice field due to building work at its Wilmington base. Call Mandy Chapman on 07939053758 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
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