GCN ARCHIVE

 

Other Campaigns and Activities (up to 2005)

Some of the Campaigns and Activities taking place around Great Britain.

Glamorising the Stupidity of a Fiend,  Bradford, July 2008

A DVD about the dangers of drugs, knife and gun crime has been made by young people, members of the Manningham and Girlington Youth Project. It will be shown at the Places to Go and Things o Do Network Day organised by Bradford Council's Services to Children and Young People (Yorkshire Post, 16 July 2008).

Bite the Bullet, Brixton, 12 July 2008

Bite the Bullet is a joint venture between the Baptist Union of Great Britain and the Ascension Trust which will take place on 12 July at Brixton Baptist Church (South London).  A day conference will be followed by an evening concert (Christian Today, 1 July 2008).

Teen Nation LDN, North Finchley, 5 July 2008

A music and dance gig was organised by Mothers Against Guns who teamed up with the Unarmed Project and promoters.  The performance event was held at Tally Ho Corner in North Finchley, North London (Hendon & Finchley Times, 5 July 2008).

Burngreave Bouncing Back, Sheffield, March 2008

There will be a community march through Burngreave which will stop at scenes of three tragedies to remember the victims of gun crime.  The march, to he held on 15 March, will begin close to where Ibrahim Ilyas was gunned down in June 2006 and will then proceed to the site where taxi driver Younis Khan died in March 2007 with the last stop at the place where Jonathan Matondo was killed in October 2007 (Sheffield Telegraph, 10 March 2008).

Guns Into Goods, Manchester, March 2008

Fifty five people killed by gun crime in Greater Manchester since 1999 will be remembered on special commemorative coins, part of a scheme reflecting on gun crime.  In the Guns Into Goods campaign illegal firearms seized by the police are to be destroyed and transformed into symbols of peace including the 'peace coin' with 55 notches representing the victims.  An exclusive first edition of the coin will be auctioned off at a special event at the City of Manchester Stadium on 8 March as part of Manchester Peace Week.  The project involves the University of Salford, anti-violence campaigners Carisma and Greater Manchester Police (Salford Advertiser, 28 February 2008).

Memorial Services for Families and Friends Bereaved Through Homicide, December 2007 & February 2008

This notice was provided by Mothers Against Murder and Aggression

MEMORIAL SERVICES FOR FAMILIES AND FRIENDS BEREAVED THROUGH HOMICIDE

For those of you who don't already know, there is a memorial service held every year at St Martin in the Fields Church, Trafalgar Square, London.  This is organised by 'Justice for Victims'.  The service this year will be held on Saturday 15th December at 11.00 am.  Coffee and Tea are available after the service.

The Service in Liverpool organised by SAMM Merseyside is this Friday 7th December, at the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King, (the Catholic one), commencing at 7.30 pm. Everyone is welcome who have been affected by a Homicide including family, friends and even work colleagues.

The service in North Wales, organised by SAMM North Wales will be on Friday 14th December at 7.30 pm, this is a non-denominational service and will be held at Prince's Drive Baptist Church, Colwyn Bay.

A member of each family is invited to light a candle in memory of their loved ones.  These services are a chance for people to come together at a time of year which is probably one of the hardest, but where you are with people who do understand what you are going through. Although its a sad occasion it can also be very uplifting and the services are always beautiful.

The all denomination Memorial service will take place at St Joseph's RC Church Gateshead, Sat 16th Feb, at 11.30 am - the service in Newcastle is held during European Victims Week

Emmanuel Odunewu Foundation Trust, Lewisham  December 2007

Hundreds of people attended a service, one-minute silence and memorial trust launch for Emmanuel Odunewu who died after being stabbed in Lewisham, south London, in November 2007.  His mother Rev Nancy Odunewu has set up the Trust to reinforce the message that knife and gun crime devastate communities and families.  St Stephen's Church, Lewisham, has pledged £1000 a year and the police also made a substantial donation.  The trust will be actively working with young people.  See ic South London, 4 December 2007.

Bluetooth for Gun Crime Campaign in South London, Lambeth  December 2007

The London of Borough of Lambeth has launched a new anti-gun campaign via Bluetooth-enabled phones.  A sixty-second movie to support its community safety campaign will be beamed to phones as they pass a series of masts being installed throughout December 2007.

Communities Against Guns and Knives, London  14 October 2007

Relatives of young people who have been killed or injured by weapons have called for an end to gun and knife crime at a peace march.  The event began in Hackney and ended at Tottenham Green two hours later.  Speakers included actor Kwame Kwei-Armah, Cheryl Sealey from Mothers Against Guns and Broadwater Farm community worker Classford Stirling.

Hip- Hop Opera, London  9 October 2007

Don't Trigger Hip Hop Opera invite

 

The Don't Trigger feature film Hip Hop Opera will be given a formal premiere in London's West End on 9 October 2007.  The event will be attended by MPs, representatives of the police, personalities from the world of music, sport and film, members of the cast and parents of gun and knife crimes who have been involved in the project.

 

Download the Campaign Album: Visit the Hip Hop Opera Website: Read about the Don't Trigger Campaign

Liverpool Unites, Liverpool  September 2007

The Liverpool Echo has launched a new campaign to fight gun crime with the backing of the parents of Rhys Jones, the schoolboy shot dead in Croxteth in August 2007.  The red and blue colours of Liverpool FC and Everton FC have been combined to produce a purple colour which will be central to the campaign.  Liverpool Unites will call for 1,000 more police officers for Merseyside, a minimum sentence of 10 years for illegal possession of a firearm and more resources for the witness protection programme to give greater confidence to those prepared to come forward.  It also calls for tighter control to make it harder for criminals to acquire guns.

> See Liverpool Echo

One Love Hackney, Hackney  September 2007

A music festival, aimed at reducing violent crime, is taking place in east London.  One Love Hackney was launched by a parade in Clissold Park in Stoke Newington.  More than 20 voluntary and community groups will hold theatre, dance, performance and sports activities during the week.  The event aims to deter young people from becoming involved with gun, gang and knife crime (BBC, 9 September 2007).

Nottingham Crime and Drugs Partnership, August 2007

Hard-hitting posters aimed at curbing gun crime in Nottingham are to be put up around the city centre.  The posters feature a body lying in a mortuary and have the slogan "Carrying a gun will get you into the coolest places" (Nottingham Evening Post, 11 August 2007; BBC, 14 August 2007).

Life on the Stairs, Birmingham and London, July and August 2007

A two-hour drama tackling knife and gun killings has been put together by FAITH Drama productions.  The production uses drama with hip-hop, grime and dance to try to keep young people away from a life of crime.

> See FAITH Drama Productions website

Don't Trigger, City Hall, London, June 2007

The Don't Trigger Campaign is an international anti-gun campaign devised by Urban Concepts.  The last campaign video "Why" was screened to over 4 million people on all major music channels.  The new campaign, to be launched on 7 June, has contributions from over 130 artists, writers and musicians.  The campaign will involve a Don't Trigger Hip Hop Opera launching later in the year and an album UK United launching July (BBC, 7 June 2007).

> See Don't Trigger website

Young Peace of Mind, London, May 2007

Young Peace of Mind is a new concept in translating ideas and experiences young people face in everyday situations, a new talk show which will be aired on Ben TV (Sky Digital) channel number 148.  The show will be aired every week for half an hour and will be an interactive forum for young people to participate and air any views and opinions which effect them as a whole and their communities.

Newham, East London, March 2007

Two Newham-based groups, Be Safe and Conflict and Change, have been awarded money by the Safer London Foundation for projects designed to cut gun crime and gang culture.  Be Safe operate workshops and sessions targeting young people's attitudes and educating them about the consequences of their actions.  Conflict and Change run community mediation schemes to cut anti-social behaviour (Newham Recorder, 28 March 2007).

Peckham, South London, February 2007

Up to 500 people joined together in Peckham as church leaders and community groups led a prayer march to highlight a campaign against youth gangs and the killings of teenagers Billy Cox, James Andre Smartt-Ford and Michael Dosumnu, all of whom were shot dead in south London during February (Metro, 22 February 2007).

Firth Park Community Arts College, Sheffield  22 February 2007

Teenagers at a Sheffield school play a leading role in a five-minute film about the dangers of the gun and knife gang culture.  The DVD, which can be downloaded from the internet, forms part of a £75,000 campaign in South Yorkshire.

> See South Yorkshire Police Press Release

"Put It Down" Anti-Gun Crime Rally, Brixton, London  16 December 2006

The London Youth Federation will partner Local South London Churches in putting on an Anti-Gun Crime Rally at Brixton Town Hall.  Details are on the poster below.

Badman, London  November 2006

The urban hip-hop collective, Roll Deep, launched a music video, which attempts to dissuade young people from getting involved in gun crime.  The video was filmed in collaboration with the Metropolitan Police's Operation Trident, which tackles crime among the black community in the capital and was directed by Jake Nava who has worked with Beyonce and Kelis (Guardian, 3 November 2006; BBC, 3 November 2006).

Jae'don Fearon, London  October 2006

Jae'don Fearon's was 10 when his father was killed, the innocent victim of a gangland shootout in a London nightclub.  After giving a speech at his father's funeral Jae'don began a campaign against gun crime in his community.  Now 13 he has been recruited as a spokesman for Mothers Against Guns.  His efforts have been recognised by being featured at the National Portrait Gallery in a display of photographs of exceptional young Britons (Evening Standard, 31 October 2006).

Not Another Drop Rally, North West London  October 2006

Hundreds of people joined an annual anti-gun crime peace march from Willesden to Wembley.  Family and friends of gun victims were joined by police and senior council officials (BBC, 7 October 2006).

Operation Trident - Independent Advisory Group, London  September 2006

Teenage members of London's black communities are the target of an advertising campaign aimed at cutting gun crime.  More than 80 billboards went up in six boroughs - they feature a dead man in a mortuary fridge with the message: "Carrying a gun can get you into the coolest places" (24dash.com, 25 September 2006).  Michelle Forbes of Mothers Against Guns said "People must start shopping their children to the police." (BBC, 26 September 2006).  The campaign is supported by London mayor Ken Livingstone (MayorWatch, 27 September 2006).

Mothers Against Guns, Bristol  September 2006

An event arranged by Reverend Dawnicia Palmer and Bristol's Prayer Patrol and attended by Mothers Against Guns was held to discuss Bristol's "gun culture".  The meeting was held at a club opposite another club where a 19-year-old was shot and killed earlier in the month (BBC, 23 September 2006).  One of the mothers commented "I would rather kids be safe when they go out, go home to their mothers alive and not in a black bag" (BBC, 25 September 2006).

Mothers in Pain, Sandwell  July 2006

A mother who runs a support group for the victims of gun crime hit out at the publication of a leaflet by Sandwell Council.  The flier, produced for distribution to primary schools in the borough to promote holiday activities, showed a young black girl pointing a pistol at the head of another.  The picture was withdrawn by education chiefs who also apologised after Thelma Sinclair, who runs Mothers in Pain, complained about it.  She said that "If we want to put a stop to gun crime we must all work together.  Gun crime is not just a black issue but a world-wide problem and one for the community as a whole" (Birmingham Mail, 6 July 2006).

Airgun Amnesty  June 2006

GCN's Linda Mitchell and MP Fraser Kemp have made an urgent call for an amnesty to take air weapons off the street after the knife amnesty ends at the end of the month.  Senior police officers and Government ministers have been contacts asking for an airgun amnesty.  Mr Kemp said "We all know that there are a lot of airguns stored in people's lofts or sheds and in the wrong hands they are lethal weapons." (Sunderland Today, 28 June 2006).  The responses received from ministers indicate that an amnesty will be introduced shortly.

The Government is now in talks over setting up a national firearms amnesty in late 2007.  Home Office minister Vernon Coaker is discussing the idea with the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) (AOL News, 14 February 2007).

Streetwise  May 2006

Streetwise is a gang and gun crime prevention resource for young people. Streetwiseinfo.co.uk is a live and interactive website and allows young people to seek advice from professionals and ex-gang members 24 hours a day 7 days a week. If you need advice, information or guidance about your problems please go to the Streetwise chat room.

> Visit the Streetwise Website

The Harder They Come, Leicester  19 May 2006

A one day training course was held in Leicester.  It aimed to identify key causes behind the increase in firearm-related incidents.  The organisers wanted to get the message across that gun crime is not isolated to deprived inner city estates and could spread to more affluent areas.  The course was the idea of the Leicester Gun Crime Awareness Project (BBC, 18 May 2006).

Scottish SPCA Airgun Campaign  May 2006

The Scottish SPCA has long campaigned to highlight the animal welfare problems posed by airgun misuse and called for tighter restrictions on their use.  They invite people to help by writing to the Home Secretary and highlight the need for tougher airgun legislation.

On 1 June the Scottish SPCA will be setting up a database to record airgun attacks on animals.  Vets, wildlife officers and members of the public will be able to log on to the charity's website and enter details of an incident.  The information will then make up the most comprehensive database of airgun attacks on animals in the UK (BBC, 8 May 2006).

> Visit the Scottish SPCA Website

Bang! Bang! In Da Manor, Edmonton  3 May 2006

A documentary about gun crime in Britain's black communities will be screened at the Arts Zone in Edmonton, north London.  'Bang! Bang! In Da Manor' attempts to give an insight into the social and economic factors which have led to the strife.  Tickets are available by calling 0208 887 9500.

Odd Theatre Company, Sheffield25 April 2006

The Odd Theatre Company is hosting a movie premiere showing a set of three films and presentations about gun crime.  All the productions have been directed and performed by 70 local teenagers between the ages of 14 and 17.  The project has been undertaken in partnership with South Yorkshire Police, Sheffield Connexions, Mothers against Gun Crime and Sheffield Futures (South Yorkshire Police, 24 April 2006).

Save Our Souls, South London  1 April 2006

Protestors took to the streets of Upper Norwood to send a defiant message to gunmen who claim young lives - "enough is enough".  Youngsters unfurled banners demanding an end to the carnage of gun crime. They laid flowers at the spot where Matthew Smith was allegedly shot down dead for a mobile phone in January 2006 and protested about the deaths of a couple who were killed in their flat in March (ic South London, 4 April 2006 and Croydon Guardian, 5 April 2006).  The organisers of Save Our Souls can be contacted on 07956 968341, 07946 809049 or 07956 854503.

Food for Thought, London  28 March 2006

'Food for Thought' was a community led forum for victims and witnesses of gun crime to talk about their experiences.  The forum, held at the Metropolitan Police Authority, enabled communities to speak directly to the agencies responsible for tackling gun related crimes (UK Security Directory, 28 March 2006).

Crimestoppers  March 2006

The public is being urged to report the presence of guns, both real and imitation, in their community in a campaign launched by the independent charity Crimestoppers (tel: 0800 555 111).  The campaign is backed by the Home Office and is supported by the Association of Chief Police Officers.  It will be promoted in the Thames Valley, Wales, Northamptonshire, South Yorkshire, West Yorkshire, Leicestershire, Gloucestershire, Derbyshire, Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Merseyside, Nottinghamshire and West Midlands police areas (BBC, 27 March 2006).

Nottingham  March 2006

Young people affected by gun and knife crime are to give their "testimonies" at a rally in Nottingham.  The rally, organised by the community group Credit 4 You, is described as a "healing event" (BBC, 24 March 2006).

Red Hot Green Youth Forum, Camden  February 2006

The Youth Forum, made up of youngsters aged 13 to 19 from the Gospel Oak area, is organising a gun and knife amnesty - before violent crime escalates further "out of control" (Camden Gazette, 8 February 2006).

SAMM, Liverpool, 8 December 2005

Families of murder victims are teaching primary school children about the consequences of gun crime to turn them away from a life of violence.  SAMM, the charity supporting the victims of families of murder and manslaughter, are putting together a complete education package which can be shown to children of all ages (Daily Post, 8 December 2005).

Football in Nottingham, 23 November 2005

A special football team is being set up in a bid to turn young people away from gun crime in Nottingham.  Players from inner-city areas, with long-standing rivalries, are joining forces to play a game Ilkeston Town.  The players will all wear black armbands as a tribute to Nottingham's victims of gun crime (BBC, 1 November 2005).

Calling the Shots, London, 2 November 2005

Calling the Shots is an educational initiative which aims to encourage young people in London to develop a positive lifestyle away from violence and gun crime.  It was officially launched by the Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone.  More than 300 secondary schools have been sent multi-media packs (BBC, 2 November 2005).

The Ends, South London, 25 October 2005

A group of South London children have launched a film about gun crime to MPs and the press.  The Ends, a five minute film, was written and directed by a group aged between 10 and 18, their aim to highlight the horror of violent crime.  It won the best short film award at the Raindance Film Festival.  The film will be shown in schools around South London (BBC Newsround, 25 October 2005).

Don't Trigger Campaign EP, 3 October 2005

A record with a powerful anti-gun crime message will be released on 3 October.  Featuring the tracks 'Why?', 'Heads Up (Listen Up' and 'I Die Everyday (R.I.P J) you can buy this EP and be part of the solution: all proceeds go to charities and community initiatives dealing with tackling gun crime.  More details about the campaign can be found on the Don't Trigger website.

Not Another Drop Rally, Brent, 10 September 2005

Families of shooting victims marched with police through the streets of Brent, demanding an end to gun crime in the area and appealing for information about the deaths.  The marchers sang joyful hymns along the route of the march which was a celebration of the lives of the loved ones lost (BBC, 10 September 2005).

Sound Proof Vibe Lick, Leicester, 16, 22 and 23 August 2005

Special music workshops have been organised to try and teach youngsters the dangers of gun crime through hip hop and dance.  It is hoped the workshops will provide frank and open discussion about gun crime (BBC, 16 August 2005).

"Let's Talk", Bristol, July 2005

An initiative to tackle the involvement of young people in gang and gun culture is spreading into schools with the help of vibe fm, a local radio station.  The project is funded by the Peace Alliance and facilitated by vive fm and The Bristol Gang Awareness Project and is part of the Communities Against Guns initiative (Avon and Somerset Constabulary, 5 July 2005).

"Blood on Their Hands" Cinema Advert, London, July 2005

A hard-hitting cinema advertising campaign was launched at the Ritzy Cinema in Brixton and was due to be shown in cinemas around London, particularly in those boroughs worst affected by gun crime. It focuses on the guilt people will feel if they donoth8ing about gun crime.  Detective Chief Superintendent John Coles, head of Trident, said "This is not just about targeting the people who are directly involved, it is also about raising awareness among others that this is going on" (BBC, 4 July 2005).

Value Life, Tottenham, 24 June 2005

Gladesmore Community School in Tottenham, north London, are organising their second March for Peace.  Over 500 students will gather at the School at 9.30 am and will be marching to Tottenham Hotspur FC's Whites in Paxton Road where guest speakers will include Lucy Cope from Mothers Against Guns and the Reverend Nimms from The Peace Alliance.  Students will be holding a Balloon Release for Peace (approx.11.15am) before the rally where they will be releasing 500 balloons in memory of the victims of Gun and Knife Violence.  For more information call 0208 800 0884 (during school hours). (BBC, 24 June 2005).  The event was reported in the Hornsey & Crouch End Journal (29 June 2005).

Memorial Service, Birmingham Cathedral, 3 June 2005

A service to remember West Midlands victims of gun crime was held at St Philip's Cathedral in Birmingham.  The congregation was addressed by the Bishop of Birmingham, Dr Maureen Cain from the British Society of Criminologists and campaigner Gleen Reed, whose son was a victim of gun crime. (BBC, 3 June 2005)

March for Anton Hyman, Acton, 14 May 2005

A march was held in memory of Anton Hyman who was stabbed and shot to death last year.  His body was found in the River Brent in Greenford.  Anton's parents were joined by groups including Mothers Against Guns and Mothers Against Murder and Aggression.

Why CD, 28 April 2005

As part of the Don't Trigger Campaign, politicians, celebrities and grass roots organisations are invited to City Hall London on the morning of 28 April to support the launch of the Why CD.  Contact Urban Concepts (020 7091 7467).  The CD will be released on 3 October and more details about the campaign can be found on the Don't Trigger website.

Gospel against Gun Crime, Harlesden, 24 April 2005

Patsy Hopwood, whose son was shot dead two years ago, has organised a special concert in memory of gun crime victims.  The event will be held at Dreams Nightclub in Harlesden and will feature an evening of musical and spiritual entertainment.

Put Down Your Guns Let the Light Shine In, April 2005

A video featuring the Sugababes, Asher D, Big Brovaz, Maxi Priest and Kele Le Roc has been filmed in south London by Northwood Productions as part of a nationwide Government-backed gun amnesty to place in April.

If You Don't Need It, Get Shot of It, Scotland, March 2005

following the death of Andrew Morton, Scotland's Justice Minister Cathy Jamieson launched a campaign urging airgun owners to hand in their guns to police across Scotland.  The campaign leaflet outlined the law as it stands at present on airguns and urges anyone who is concerned about a legal weapon in their possession to hand it in.  With respect to further legislation she said that she wanted "nothing ruled in or out at this stage".

Brixton Shall Be Saved, Lambeth, 12 March 2005

A multi-faith forum and music event was due to take place at Lambeth Town Hall.  Speakers included Chief Superintendent Martin Bridger, Lucy Cope of Mothers Against Guns and Les Isaac of campaigners Street Pastors.  The event was aimed at letting young people know the dangers they face when involved in any sort of guns and to highlight the fact that to turn away from guns is cool" said Chief Inspector Ian Thomas, borough commander of Southwark police.

CARISMA Lantern Parade, Manchester, 4 March 2005

A lantern parade aimed at getting feuding gangs in Longsight and Moss Side to put down their guns was organised by Carisma (Community Alliance for Renewal, Inner South Manchester Area) which has campaigned against gang violence in the past.

Peace Tour, Various Locations, from March 2005

The Peace Tour will involve concerts in Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds, Liverpool and London and will start in Nottingham on March 3.  Organisers hope to organise a gun amnesty when weapon-toting youngsters can hand over their firearms. Gleen Reid of Mothers Against Guns said "This would be a new way of getting weapons off the streets.  It'll work because it will be our way of appealing to those who carry weapons".

Windrush Square Brixton, February 2005

An anti-gun rally held in Brixton has created a new spirit of cooperation to combat gun crime according to community leaders.  Over two hundred people attended the rally which followed the shooting dead of Solomon Martin.  Solomon's father Steve aka Blacker Dread was among those who addressed the crowd.

IMPACT, Hammersmith and Fulham, February 2005

IMPACT was established in February 2002 by concerned community members in response to the rise in gun and violent crime across Hammersmith and Fulham Borough.  In February it launched its newsletter to provide information on its goals and provide an update on recent news.  Contact IMPACT at info@impacthf.co.uk.  A website is coming soon.

Alliance for Talent Against Crime, Croydon, January 2005

A new campaign to fight gun violence was launched by the owner of a club in Croydon where a triple shooting left two men dead in October 2004.  The project was launched by a concert at the Fairfield.  Nelson King hopes the campaign will "break fresh ground in bringing about positive and lasting change to the sub-culture of drugs, knives, guns and violence within communities nationally".

Amnesty Day, Nottingham, 8 January 2005

Following the tragic death of Danielle Beccan in Nottingham in October a live show with an anti-gun and crime theme is being arranged for Nottingham and its people.  Details are available on a web site.

Nottingham, 1 December 2004

"Not in Nottingham, Not in MY City" was launched in Nottingham a few weeks after the death of teenager Danielle Beccan. The launch was attended by Danielle's former headteacher and is backed by sportsmen Carl Froch and Des Walker.  The campaign involved an amnesty in which guns can be handed into four police stations over a period of two weeks.

 

Nottinghamshire police were disappointed with the response in which only 40 weapons were handed in.  However, Carl Froch said that "It is not a massive number but on the bright side - one less gun on the streets is a bonus".

CARISMA, November 2004

Community Alliance for Renewal, Inner South Manchester Area, has been celebrating two years of good work in steering young people away from gun crime.  The community group was set up in 2002 after a peace march which called for a truce between rival gun gangs in South Manchester.

Mothers Against Violence March - Leeds, August 2004

In August hundreds of mums walked through Leeds to protest at gun crime in the City.  The march was led by Pat Regan whose son Danny was a victim of gun crime.  He was killed when he was shot with three bullets.  Women travelled from all over the country to march.

Don't Shoot, June 2004

Chris Bailey, an international record producer, has founded the Don't Shoot initiative which campaigns in schools to end gun crime.  He joined London's Deputy Mayor Jenny Jones outside Lewisham police station to call for a ban on replica guns. 

Rap, Poetry and Breakdance - Albany Theatre, Deptford, April 2004

Hip-hop artists took to the stage to raise awareness about gun crime.

Sistaz Against Guns - Damilola Taylor Centre, Peckham, 5 March 2004

This event, funded by the Disarm Trust, was conceived to raise awareness of the dangers of gun crime.  Teenagers were invited to the event, organised by Carla Campbell of Peckham, to see rappers, singers, MCs, dancers and poets.

"I hope to bring this showcase to other parts of the country and help work towards making positive changes" (Carla Campbell)

Anti-Gun Declaration - Twickenham Civic Centre, 5 March 2004

A pledge board to support the Metropolitan Police's campaign against gun crime is visiting London town halls throughout March and April.  Among the first to sign the board were the Mayor of Richmond-upon-Thames and the Council Leader, and the Bishop of Kensington.

'How I Wonder' Concert for Alistair - Dunfermline,  29 February 2004

A Memorial concert was held for Scottish toddler Alistair Grimason who was shot dead in a cafe whilst on holiday in Turkey.  His parents have to attend the trial of the man responsible for the killing, and the proceeds from the concert will help pay for their travel to Turkey during the trial.  Ex-Deacon Blue singer Ricky Ross and Scottish bands The Proclaimers and The Pearlfishers performed at the one-off gig in the Carnegie Hall, Dunfermline.

"The possession and use of guns only leads to tragedy.  Everyone would be happier without them" (Ricky Ross)

"We hope the concert can serve as a rallying point for people concerned about the misuse of firearms across Europe" (Proclaimers)

"David and Özlem have somehow managed to find strength to wage a powerful and persuasive campaign against Turkey's insane gun laws" (David Scott, Pearlfishers)

National Conference - Birmingham,  20 January 2004

The Home Office sponsored a national two-day forum on gun culture, attended by over 100 delegates including representatives from the community and voluntary sector, young people, law enforcement and policy-makers.  Among those there were parents whose children were victims of gun crime.  Home Office Minister Caroline Flint, who addressed the conference, spoke about the tough sentences and new controls on air weapons and imitation guns that were about to come in force.

Westminster Cathedral, 15 January 2004

Over 1000 people attended the Hope Against Violence service in remembrance for victims of gun crime.  The service, attended by Home Secretary David Blunkett, was organised by the Trident Independent Advisory Group, part of a London-based police initiative to combat violent crime in the black community.

Red Cross

Officials will give lessons in the Moss Side and Hulme areas of Manchester on how to administer basic first-aid to gunshot victims as part of an initiative to reduce gun crime and its effects.  Hard hitting anti-gun posters, stickers and leaflets - featuring a picture of a gun with a smoking barrel and the street slang slogan 'No Smoking In Our Community' - are being distributed by voluntary groups.


Shops and Markets

Wakefield, December 2005

Police have blamed the easy availability of BB guns for a rise in gun crime in Wakefield.  The rise has occurred since market stall holders started selling them from as little as £10.  Police response teams were being deployed more than three times a day.  A police spokesman said that whilst those selling the weapons were not committing an offence they were being irresponsible.  People who have bought them for Christmas were asked to consider whether they should give an imitation gun as a present (Wakefield Today, 21 December 2005).

Tameside, November 2005

Pupils at St Mary's Primary School in Denton chose to discuss ball bearing guns as their contribution to local democracy week.  During the discussion it emerged that a local shop was quite happy to sell BB guns to kids.  The information was passed to trading standards who investigated the shop.  The guns have now been taken off sale (Tameside Advertiser, 30 November 2005).

Merseyside, November 2005

The Liverpool Echo reported that imitation guns which can be converted into deadly weapons were being sold on Merseyside.  One store was selling a deactivated World War II Bren machine gun which firearms experts said could be reactivated and then used to kill.  The paper had been alerted about the store by concerned residents in Tuebrook.  Several other stores were selling blank-firing pistols which could be converted to fire live bullets.  Tuebrook MP Bob Wareing said that "there needs to be a change in the law so these things cannot be sold legally.  Ultimately there  is a very real risk to public safety" (Liverpool Echo, 7 November 2005).

High Wycombe, August 2005

Traders have welcomed a ban on the sale of replica guns in High Wycombe market.  The BB guns had been on sale at two toy stalls.  Wycombe District Council implemented the ban, and Roy Bagley, secretary of the market traders, commented "Some of these guns are too lifelike.  In the hands of unscrupulous young men or women they could be brandished round in the street" (Bucks Free Press, 13 August 2005).

High Peak, Derbyshire, July 2005

Retailers are being encouraged to stop selling replica guns in a joint campaign involving the police and Derbyshire County Council.  In Derbyshire more that 80 percent of firearm incidents dealt with by police involve BB guns of replicas.  This part of a county wide Gunsafe initiative (Buxton Today, 19 July 2005).

Barnsley Council, June 2005

In response to complaints by parents that their children had been able to buy knives and imitations firearms from Barnsley Central Market, Barnsley Council has decided that no trader will be licensed to sell airguns, air rifles, imitation guns with projectile ammunition, BB guns, crossbows, swords or inappropriate knives on the market. (Dearne Today, 23 June 2005).

Worksop, 13 May 2005

The Worksop Guardian reported that lethal airguns were being sold in the toy section of a local shop for just £1.  Despite the shop displaying a sign which read "These guns cannot be sold to anyone under the age of 16.  No proof of age - no sale" a 15-year-old boy on work experience with the newspaper purchased one of the guns unchallenged (Worksop Today, 13 May 2005).

Lambeth Council, 5 April 2005

Shopkeepers in Lambeth are being urged to sign a code of practice preventing replica weapons being converted into lethal weapons.  Two community protection officers have started work on a voluntary code of practice which would lead to the banishing of replica guns.  Diminishing stocks should not be replaced and there should be strict enforcement of only selling to over-18s and not selling replicas at "toy" prices.  (Streatham Guardian, 5 April 2005).

Glasgow Council, 10 March 2005

In October 2004 Glasgow City Council ruled that stallholders in city markers would no longer be allowed to trade in vintage weapons including guns, knives and swords.  One Barras Market stallholder, Andrew Stephen, appealed to the licensing committee in a bid to gain an exemption from the new rule.  He said that the guns he sold were professionally de-activated and impossible to reactive.  Councillors refused his plea. (Evening Times, 10 March 2005).

Epping Forest Guardian, December 2004

Following their purchase of a realistic looking BB gun (an M31 Sport Pistol) for £2 at a market at North Weald Airfield the Epping Forest Guardian has launched a Ban the BB Campaign.  The market operator Hughmark International has decided to introduce a total ban on BB guns at all of the 20 markets that it runs across the country.  Hughmark International's financial director would like to see a Government-backed total ban on their sale.

Stockport, December 2004

Stockport in one area where police and trading standards officers are visiting retailers who sell knives and other offensive weapons to warn about the harsh consequences of breaking the law. (Stockport Express,  21 December 2004)

Leicestershire Police and Leicester Council, May 2004

A voluntary code of practice has been launched to restrict the sale of replica firearms in Leicester.  Nine shops identified as selling replicas in the city have agreed to sign up to the code.  Another 66 traders and six wholesalers, who supply fake guns to shops, have also added their name to the pledge.  See photograph.

 

 


Press Campaigns

South London Press - Ban 'Em - July 2005

An article by Ben Ashford described how three thugs were able to rob and terrorise six victims in two days in September 2004 with nothing more than a replica gun.  The paper is trying to convince every South Londoner of the need to ban imitation weapons now.  The paper published a coupon for readers to complete to express support for the laws proposed in the Violent Crime Reduction Bill (icSouth London, 8 July 2005).

Nottingham Evening Post - No Fake Guns - January 2005

The paper continues with the campaign it launched in November 2003 which has the support of a number of East Midlands MPs and senior police officers who are frustrated by the lack of action by the Home Office.  The campaign calls on the Home Office to outlaw the manufacture, sale and importing of fake firearms.

Epping Forest Guardian - Ban the BB, December 2004

Following their purchase of a realistic looking BB gun (an M31 Sport Pistol) for £2 at a market at North Weald Airfield the Epping Forest Guardian has launched a Ban the BB Campaign.  The market operator Hughmark International has decided to introduce a total ban on BB guns at all of the 20 markets that it runs across the country.  Hughmark International's financial director would like to see a Government-backed total ban on their sale.

Waltham Forest Guardian - Guns R4 Losers, November 2004

Readers are being invited to join the paper in a petition to ban the sale of replica and realistic toy guns.  Their intention is to present the petition to Parliament with the help of the local MPs in Waltham Forest and Stratford.  The petition is launched following the discovery of realistic toy guns on sale on a stall in Walthamstow market.  Support was offered by Walthamstow MP Neil Gerrard, West Ham and Stratford MP Tony Banks and the MP for Leyton Harry Cohen.  Iain Duncan Smith, MP for Chingford seemed more reticent to offer support, saying that he wanted to have more detailed evidence and to speak to the police before talking to the Government.

Sunderland Echo, 21 February 2004

The Sunderland Echo's front page carried the headlines "FAKE OR REAL? Could you tell?  BAN THEM NOW!"  supporting a ban on imitation guns.  A reporter had been able to buy three fake guns (two replica handguns, one Uzi-style weapon) at different shops within 10 minutes drive of the paper's offices.  Although the police announced that they'd jail anyone brandishing such a weapon it is still not illegal to sell them.

In May 2002 the Echo had launched a campaign to outlaw Wearside’s fastest-growing, and potentially deadly, crime craze – the widespread use of air weapons.  Armed police respond to 10 reported airgun attacks in the North East every week, according to the latest figures.  The Echo has joined forces with Sunderland Council, city MP Chris Mullin and campaigners to lobby Home Secretary David Blunkett into changing the law on owning the dangerous weapons.

The campaign read:

‘To the House of Commons.   This petition of residents of the city of Sunderland declares that stricter legislation and licensing of air guns is needed to safeguard the public.  The petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons pass legislation to restrict the purchase, ownership, hire, possession and use of air guns and ammunition to persons aged 17 years and over, and to establish a comprehensive and strictly enforceable firearms licensing system for the secure storage and transport of air guns for all owners and users’

 


Local Initiatives

West Dunbartonshire, September 2005

West Dunbartonshire Council has written to 31 other local authorities to seek support for an outright ban on airguns. MSPs and MPs will also be asked to back the call which urges the UK government to take immediate action (Evening Times, 23 September 2005).

Kilburn, February 2005

Leaflets are being sent to homes in south Kilburn and posters put up in the same area to urge residents to tip off the police about anyone they know who owns an illegal firearm.  The leaflets are headlined "Could you save somebody's life?"  It is part of Crime Concern's Safe and Sound campaign.

Brixton, October 2004

Shop owners are to come under police pressure to stop selling replica guns.  In the last year the number of shops selling fake guns in and around Brixton has fallen from 27 to 3.  The police will write to the remaining three shop owners asking them to stop selling guns.

Choose Life, Leicester, September 2004

A project  which has received funding from the Home Office will help deliver an anti-gun message to youths in Leicester.

Crimestoppers, 20 to 26 September 2004

A national initiative against gun crime has been launched in London ahead of the annual Crimestoppers Week.

London Borough of Hounslow, May 2004

Residents were being urged to make a stand against gun crime by signing an anti-gun declaration at Hounslow Civic Centre.  A giant declaration board and smaller pledge boards were on display.  Pledge boards were also sent to every secondary school in the borough.  All the signatures collected will be presented at the 2004 Gun Crime conference in December.

 

The London Anti-Gun Declaration states:

We, the undersigned, reject gun violence in our society.

We stand together against gun crime.  We call upon all Londoners to work with us to help rid our city of the evil of guns

We call on those carrying guns to give them up, and, like us, turn away from violence.

 

Leicestershire Police and Leicester Council, May 2004

A voluntary code of practice has been launched to restrict the sale of replica firearms in Leicester.  Nine shops identified as selling replicas in the city have agreed to sign up to the code.  Another 66 traders and six wholesalers, who supply fake guns to shops, have also added their name to the pledge.

 

In the absence of any apparent willingness on the part of the Government to introduce measures to restrict the sale of replica guns, the initiative launched in Leicester in May is to be greatly welcomed.

Gun Safe is a voluntary code of practice which attempts to restrict the sale of replica firearms and 'BB' guns with the appearance of firearms.  It is a partnership involving Leicester City Council and Leicestershire Constabulary.  It invites responsible traders to enter into an agreement not to sell realistic replica and toy guns that could be used recklessly or with criminal intent.

GCN is encouraging other authorities to instigate similar initiatives, but hopes that even without this shopkeepers will take a far more responsible approach to selling objects which are making an increasingly worrying contribution to crime around the country.

 

Representatives of Leicester City Council and Leicestershire Constabulary launch Gun Safe - from the Leicester City Council website


Police Campaigns

Cleveland Police, November 2005

A two-week weapons amnesty on Teesside resulted in more than 500 rounds of ammunition, five rifles, eight pistols, nine revolvers, seven BB guns, three shotguns, six air rifles and two air pistols being handed in.

South Yorkshire Police, November 2005

Operation Mantra 2, launched by South Yorkshire Police on 21 November, encourages people to hand in weapons.  The two-week long hand-in is part of the Force's autumn violent crime initiative.  The aim is to collect ball bearing guns, imitation firearms and knives. Superintendent Keith Lumley said that the stark message is 'Carry a gun ... you're the target.' (South Yorkshire Police Press Release, 16 November 2005). 

Sussex Police, September 2005

Sussex Police are the latest force to launch a crackdown on imitation guns after the number of offences rose from 29 in 2003 to 98 during 2004.  Operation Holster will educate children about the danger of the weapons and make it harder for people to get hold of them.  Trading Standards and Sussex Police have written to traders across the county, asking them not to sell the guns, or if they cannot agree to that for commercial reasons, only to sell them to over-18s (BBC, 12 September 2005).

North Yorkshire Police, April 2005

Youngsters are being warned in a police campaign about the dangers of replica guns.  They are being reminded the guns pose a danger if misused and armed officers can find it hard to determine if the guns are genuine or imitations (BBC, 29 April 2005).

Merseyside Police, April 2005

More than 600 people in Merseyside have been arrested in a massive initiative which police claim has cut gun crime in Liverpool by more than a quarter. A team dedicated to ridding the streets of drug and gang-related gun crime, codenamed Matrix, becomes fully operational later this month but has been working behind closed doors since December 2004.  In the first three months of 2005 there were 97 firearms-related incidents compared with 133 in the same period in 2004 (Daily Post, 15 April 2005).

South Wales, March 2005

In evidence to the Welsh Affairs Committee Chief Constable Barbara Wilding told MPs that Operation Tarian, which involves a crackdown against serious and organised crime, had prevented drive-by shootings spreading to the area (South Wales Echo, 23 March 2005).

Lambeth, March 2005

Chief Superintendent Martin Bridger has handed out his own phone number with the plea "Call me 24 hours a day and tell me who the gunman are."  Speaking at an event at Lambeth Town Hall Chief Superintendent Bridger, borough commander for Lambeth, said that he believed the step would provide police with the vital intelligence to make a breakthrough in the war on gun crime.  His hotline number will be distributed on flyers and sandwich boards.  The number is 0800 587 4539. (South London Press, 15 March 2005)

Flintshire, February 2005

Inspector Phil Hare warned that the law must be changed to allow officers to deal with the problem of imitation firearms.  He said it was senseless to have a loophole in the law which allows imitation guns to be sold but not carried in public.  He said the loophole is complicating the situation for officers who have problems telling the difference between real guns and fakes (reported in the  Wrexham Evening Leader, 10 February 2005).

Cleveland Police, February 2005

Police have warned parents to hammer home airgun safety messages to their children.  A code has been issued for people who want to shoot on their property.  A spokesman said that even if a teenager was caught in public with an air weapon or BB gun the response would be the same - a confrontation with fully-armed police officers.

South Yorkshire Police, February 2005

Police are targeting a month-long weapons amnesty at youngsters.  Posters and leaflets are to be distributed warning about the dangers of taking toy guns onto the street and officers will be collecting ball bearing guns, imitation firearms and knives.  Weapons can be handed in at any of six main police stations in Sheffield, Doncaster, Barnsley and Rotherham.

Metropolitan Police (Operation Trident), October 2004

Stop the Guns is a new campaign to stamp out gun crime among London's black communities.  The family of Pauline Peart, an innocent victim of a fatal shooting in Tottenham in 2003, joined police to make a powerful radio advertisement.

Lewisham, October 2004

Operation Vezere, involving 700 police officers was targeted at gun and gun crime in the London Borough.  Chief Superintendent Archie Torrance said: "Reducing gun crime is a priority for Lewisham Police".  In 2003/4 Lewisham's gun crime increased more than in any other London borough.

Avon and Somerset Police, 20 September 2004

A Communities Against Guns day was organised at police headquarters in Portishead.  Community groups were joining police and politicians to examine the problem of gun crime in Bristol.

Bedfordshire Police, September 2004

Police announced a week-long firearms amnesty and are hoping that air weapons and ball bearing guns will be handed in.

Calderdale, June 2004

A crackdown on airguns was launched by police in Calderdale.  Police warmed about the consequences of possessing self-contained air cartridge guns without having a firearms certificate.

Leicestershire Police and Leicester Council, May 2004

A voluntary code of practice has been launched to restrict the sale of replica firearms in Leicester.  Nine shops identified as selling replicas in the city have agreed to sign up to the code.  Another 66 traders and six wholesalers, who supply fake guns to shops, have also added their name to the pledge.

North Wales Police, April 2004

Operation Target aimed to raise awareness of the change in the law which makes it an offence to possess a gas cartridge air weapon without a full firearms certificate and also to urge owners who have not applied for a certificate to hand their guns into the police.  The Operation was supported by GCN's Jayne Atkinson.

Nottinghamshire Police, April 2004

Nottinghamshire Police have launched a controversial campaign in which gun criminals are "named and shamed" in posters.  The poster is entitled "No such thing as untouchable"

Merseyside Police, April 2004

Police chiefs are devising a strategy to crack down on illegal gun factories in Merseyside.  The police showed a store of firearms seized after the arrests of three me who had set up their own gun factories, turning imitation firearms into illegal weapons.

 


 

2003

 

Greater Manchester Police, September 2003

The police have launched Operation Bradford after a number of incidents in the south Manchester and Trafford areas.

Metropolitan Police, August 2003

According to the BBC, five London boroughs plagued by high gun crime are to be targeted in an advertising campaign.  It will encourage people to shop gun-toting criminals.  The boroughs involved are Brent, Hackney, Haringey, Lambeth and Southwark.  The campaign is being run by Operation Trident.

West Midlands Police, August 2003

In the West Midlands the police have an anti-gun crime initiative Operation Ventara.  It entails high profile patrols and increased armed stops and searches.

Derbyshire Constabulary BB Gun Campaign, 2003

Derbyshire police have launched a campaign to discourage the carrying of BB guns.  The campaign includes radio announcements, posters (You might feel cool carrying a BB gun ... But you're safer without it) and a web page.  The latter highlights the fears to the public raised by the carrying of these guns and the dangers that arise.  A similar scheme will be adopted by Bedfordshire police.

Sussex Constabulary, 2003

Sussex police are running Operation Holster, a drive to reduce the use of imitation firearms, air weapons and ball bearing guns.  At one event water pistols were offered in exchange for BB guns.  A four hour amnesty netted nearly 50 weapons including 44 BB guns and an imitation rifle.

Nottingham Evening Post, 17 November 2003

After a number of terrifying incidents the Evening Post has been campaigning for a ban on replica firearms under the slogan of No Fake Guns.  The campaign has received the support of police, politicians and the public.

2002

West Lothian Courier (Scotland), 30 August 2002

WEST Lothian Council has put its weight behind a drive to control the sale of airguns throughout Britain.  The call for stricter controls came only a week before a 10-year-old-girl and a 15-year-old-girl were shot with air weapons in West Lothian.

Members of Gateshead Council have called upon local authorities from around the country to support its campaign to introduce tighter legislation to ensure that the potentially dangerous weapons do not fall into the hands of youngsters.

The English authority is urging the Government to introduce a formal licensing scheme to ensure only responsible adults are able to buy the guns and increase the age limit for use of the weapons from the current 14 years to 18 years.

 

Middlesbrough Evening Gazette, 28 June 2002

On Friday, 28 June 2002, the Evening Gazette ran a campaign to ‘Ban the Young Guns’  It read ‘Dear Home Secretary, I support the call for a ban on the possession of airguns by under 18 year olds, new laws to license their sale and restricted access to ammunition’   View the Campaign Page.


 

 

Campaign for Airgun Control - Protecting Children from Airguns

Wednesday 18 September 2002

Jubilee Room House of Commons - 10.00am

Victims, campaigning groups and MPs from around the country will come together to press the government to take action on the growing problem of airguns.

The Metropolitan Police will exhibit a range of airguns including the infamous Brocock which is so easily converted to firing real bullets.

The meeting will be chaired by John Austin MP for Erith and Thamesmead.

Speakers will include:

  • Linda Mitchell, of Survivors War against Airgun Terror SWAAT, who will describe how the physical and emotional injuries inflicted on her child when he was shot in the face a year ago continue to affect the whole family. She will read a message from her son.

  •  Det. Chief Supt Andy Sellers - Operational Commander of Operation Trident - will give the police perspective on the increasing use of airguns in crime.

  •  Tommy Morris and his mother will give another victim's perspective - Tommy was lucky to survive an airgun attack in July last year.  He remains permanently disabled by the attack.

  •  Ed Chicken - Middlesbrough Council - gives the local authority view and makes the 'Case for Change'.

  •  Dr Mick North - whose daughter Sophie was killed in Dunblane - will sum up the meeting and outline the ongoing involvement of Dunblane parents in the airgun campaign.

  •  Matthew Sheffield's parents whose son was killed by an airgun a year ago are supporting the campaign.  A message from them will be read if they are unable to attend.

  •  Bob Ainsworth MP Parliamentary Under Secretary for the Home Office - the minister with responsibility for firearms - has been invited to attend to give the government’s perspective on the problem.