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Cessnock blow dart: Man arrested, girl to undergo surgery after facial injury

A man has been arrested after a girl was allegedly struck in the face with a blow dart, just below her left eye.

Police said the girl, 15, was walking with four friends on Wollombi Road at Cessnock at about 7.15pm on Saturday when a vehicle stopped, and a man allegedly discharged an object. 

Police will allege it was a makeshift blow dart. 

“She was taken to Cessnock Hospital for treatment and transferred to John Hunter Hospital where she underwent surgery to remove the projectile from her cheek,” a NSW Police spokesperson said. 

Officers from the Hunter Valley Police District started an investigation. 

Police said witnesses reported seeing a white Toyota Hilux leave the scene.

Police found the car a short time later.

 A  youth, 17, attended Cessnock Police Station on Sunday where he spoke with investigators and was arrested. 

He was charged with reckless wounding, and possess or use of a prohibited weapon. The youth was granted conditional bail to attend the Children’s Court on Tuesday, December 11. 

A Facebook post with a graphic image of the injury has been shared more than 8700 times and garnered concern.

“So lucky it didn’t get her in the eye, but regardless what a traumatic experience,” one person wrote. 

Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000.

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