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Hearts sniper terror.

A SHORT-SIGHTED sniper sparked an armed police alert after he opened fire with an airgun during a Hearts match.

Stewards at an evening game at Tynecastle raised the alarm after they heard shots being fired by Johnathon Forster from his flat in Edinburgh's Gorgie Road last August.

A security officer then spotted 27-year-old Forster blazing away with the Chinesemade weapon - and armed cops were called.

Forster was originally charged with repeatedly firing the air pistol at fans. But that part of the charge was dropped at Edinburgh Sheriff Court yesterday. Instead, he admitted culpably and recklessly discharging the firearm and repeatedly firing pellets towards the ground.

John Kirk, prosecuting, said: "The accused's house overlooks Tynecastle stadium.

"Prior to the game, two stewards were aware of perhaps two or three noises which they suspected to be airgun pellets striking street furniture at the ground."

Julie Livingston, defending, said Forster had hearing and sight difficulties. Sentence was deferred until later this month.

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