AIRGUN VIOLENCE

GCN compiles an on-going list of incidents involving airgunsAirguns do not require a license in the UK and are thus responsible for a large percentage of gun violence in England, Scotland and Wales. In fact, Derbyshire police estimate 70 percent of gun crime in their county is attributable to airgun or BB guns.

Many gun crime incidents are reported by newspapers as involving imitation guns or unknown weapons. The former term may be mistakenly used when air weapons are to blame, while 'unknown weapons' are frequently air weapons since, again, airguns do not require a license and are thus easier to obtain than other lethal firearms. For more, please see our explanation of why we highlight incidents involving air weapons.

We know that our information is incomplete.  The number of incidents in our lists is between 10 and 15 percent of the total number of firearms offences recorded in Home Office and Scottish Government figures, though we believe nearly all of the most serious crimes are being included. Your help in collecting more information would be greatly appreciated.  If you have any information about an incident please contact us by email at contact@gun-control-network.org.


Lists of past airgun incidents: 2008 2009 2010 2011

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Deaths

At least fifteen children and young people have been shot dead by other children and young people (often brothers, cousins or best friends) who accessed air weapons because irresponsible adult owners failed to store them safely. Click here to read about the children killed by airguns.

 

Under Section 46 of the Crime and Security Act 2010 it is an offence for a person in possession of an air weapon to fail to take reasonable precautions to prevent someone under the age of 18 from gaining unauthorised access to it. If you believe a gun owner is failing to store a weapon or ammunition safely then in the interests of public safety please notify your local Police, Crimestoppers (anonymously if you wish) or Gun Control Network.

 

 

Recent airgun deaths in England, Scotland and Wales:

 

Barking and Dagenham Post, 10 July 2014

An inquest has been held into the deaths of husband and wife Peter and Daphne Seager, found dead from multiple airgun pellet wounds at their home in Dagenham, Essex in June 2013. The Coroner returned a verdict of unlawful killing in the case of 62-year-old cancer sufferer Daphne Seager and a verdict of suicide in the case of her 66-year-old husband Peter Seager.

BBC News, 11 May 2013

A 24-year-old man has died in hospital after being shot in the head with an air rifle at an address in Sheffield, South Yorkshire. He survived the shooting and was taken to hospital but died six days later from his injuries. A 47-year old man has been arrested and charged with wounding, while another man has been released without charge.

Mirror, 31 January 2012

A 13-year-old boy was shot and killed in an apparent airgun incident in Souldern, Oxfordshire. After a row, the teenage boy reportedly shot himself in the head with the airgun and died in hospital.


Injuries

ENGLAND

Get Surrey, 26 November 2014

A man went to hospital with a chest wound suspected to have been caused by an air rifle in Redhill, Surrey. Police have appealed for information.

Exeter Express & Echo, 26 November 2014

A man was shot with an air rifle in a random attack as he and friend were walking home at night in Exmouth, Devon. The pair were shot at a number of times, and one pellet lodged in his thumb, breaking his bone, and leaving him unable to work for a week. Another pellet hit his friend in the back, leaving her with bruises.

Sky News, 17 November 2014

An 11-year-old boy has been shot in the head with a .22 airgun whilst waiting to come on to the pitch during a football game at a school in Chester-le-Street, County Durham. The pellet lodged in his forehead just above his eye and he required stitches for his wound. Three 14-year-old boys were arrested after the incident and have been bailed.

Grimsby Telegraph, 4 November 2014

A 22-year-old motorcyclist was reportedly shot with an air weapon after colliding with a car in Immingham, Lincolnshire. He required hospital treatment for his injuries and two men were arrested on suspicion of wounding with intent, but have been released on bail. This follows reports in recent weeks of a man with machete and gunshots in the town.

Kent Online, 2 October 2014

A 55-year-old woman was shot in the neck with an air rifle while talking to her neighbour outside her house in Milton Regis, Kent. She was left bleeding and received hospital treatment but has complained that she was made to walk around the corner to the ambulance whilst fearing being shot at again and was not spoken to by police until much later on in hospital. Officers have spoken to a 21-year-old male under caution about the incident.

Essex County Standard, 22 September 2014

A woman received knife wounds to her face, a man sustained head injuries, and three other people were injured during a fight in which a gun was pointed out of flat window in the centre of Colchester, Essex. After neighbours heard shouts and gunshots, firearms officers attended the scene and arrested nine people, who have since been bailed, on suspicion of assault and public order offences. Police recovered an air weapon from the scene and the wounded man and woman were taken to hospital while the other injuries were treated at the scene.

Walsall Advertiser, 18 September 2014

A 17-year-old has been arrested and charged with wounding with intent to inflict grievous bodily harm and possession of an imitation firearm in Walsall, West Midlands. He allegedly shot a man in the face with an air pistol while the victim was driving and had his partner and two-year-old child in the car. The victim, who was reportedly known to the shooter, was taken to hospital after the attack.

Mid Devon Gazette, 14 September 2014

A 24-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of possessing a realistic imitation firearm with intent to endanger life in a shooting incident in Plymouth, Devon. He was behaving strangely towards two women outside a bar in the town before a group of four other men intervened and he shot one of them with an alleged airgun, before they were able to detain him and call the police. The victim was left with a shoulder wound.

Get Reading, 31 December 2013

A 19-year-old woman suffered pain and bruising to her shoulder blade after she was hit with a suspected air rifle pellet while walking in Bracknell, Berkshire. A 15-year-old male was arrested on suspicion of possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life or enable another to do so.

The Bolton News, 20 December 2013

A man has been left blind in one eye after he was shot with a suspected airgun at his home in Leigh, Greater Manchester. He was shot through the spy hole in his front door after he heard his pet dog barking and looked to see who was outside. He was taken to hospital where the pellet was removed and he was discharged, but he has not yet regained vision in his damaged eye.

Kent Online, 22 November 2013

A teacher was shot in the arm with an airgun in a drive-by shooting on a street in Maidstone, Kent. She was with a group of friends celebrating her birthday at the time of the attack, but no one else was injured. The victim was taken to hospital where she received treatment to remove the pellet and stop the bleeding.

Manchester Evening News, 1 November 2013

A 24-year-old motorist has been shot in the head with an air rifle while sitting at traffic lights in Oldham, Greater Manchester. He was taken to hospital to have the pellet removed from his temple but the shooter has not been identified.

Norwich Evening News, 21 October 2013

A woman was shot in the ankle with an airgun on her way to a hotel in Norwich, Norfolk. The impact caused her ankle to bleed, and when it failed to heal an X-ray revealed that the pellet had lodged in her leg. Police have appealed for information.

Southern Daily Echo, 9 October 2013

A six-year-old girl was shot with an air rifle whilst playing with two friends outside her home in Southampton, Hampshire. She was hit in the ankle and had to have surgery to remove the pellet. Police have appealed for information.

Luton Today, 24 September 2013

An 11-year-old boy has been injured in a suspected airgun shooting in Luton, Bedfordshire. He felt a sharp pain in the back of his neck as he was walking home, where he discovered he had sustained a puncture wound that was bleeding.

BBC News, 5 September 2013

Three people have been injured after three separate airgun shootings in Sunbury-on-Thames, Surrey. A man sustained bruising to his chest and an arm wound when he was shot in a car park in the town, while two women were shot and left with injuries to the stomach and hip. These followed the shooting of a minibus with an air rifle a few weeks prior to the attacks, and police have appealed for information.

Daily Mail, 4 September 2013

An eight-year-old boy threatened a 51-year-old postman and shot him in between the eyes with an air rifle while he was delivering on a street in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire. The boy told the victim, "I'm going to shoot you" before firing the airgun, leaving the victim with a lump on his forehead. The postal worker was able to retreat to his van and call the police, but the boy was not arrested since he was below the age of criminal responsibility.

The Citizen, 23 August 2013

A man was shot in the ear by three young boys with an airgun while walking his dog along a street in Gloucester. The shot knocked him to the ground, the pellet lodging in his ear canal, and the boys escaped from the scene on foot. Police have appealed for information.

West Sussex County Times, 12 August 2013

Two men were shot with an air rifle while practicing free running on rooftops in Horsham, West Sussex. One of the victims sustained a puncture wound to his abdomen while the other was hit in the arm and back as the group tried to escape, and has been left with the pellets inside his body. Police were called to the scene and arrested a 47-year-old man arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm.

Burton Mail, 17 June 2013

Two men were shot in separate attacks within three days of each other in Staffordshire. A man was shot with a BB gun while walking on a street in Burton-upon-Trent and suffered a puncture wound to his shoulder. A group of young people were witnessed in the area after the shooting, but police did not make any arrests. In the second attack, a man was shot in the thigh with an air rifle in the centre of Uttoxeter.

The Telegraph, 7 June 2013

Firearms officers were deployed after reports that a man had fired a gun in the garden of a property in Thurmaston, Leicestershire. Police found that the man had locked himself inside the house and a stand-off followed in which officers were reportedly fired at with an air rifle. The 37-year-old left the property after 10 hours and was arrested on suspicion of making threats to kill, after receiving treatment for his minor injuries.

Wigan Today, 25 May 2013

A man was shot in the face with a pellet gun in a drive-by attack as he was walking his dog in Ashton-in-Makerfield, Greater Manchester. The projectile hit him just above his right eye and he called paramedics to his home, where he received treatment for a wound and swelling. This followed another drive-by airgun attack on a woman in the town earlier in the month in which her hand was injured.

Bracknell News, 23 May 2013

Two people sustained minor injuries when they were shot with an air rifle during a fight at a pub in Ascot, Berkshire. The weapon was fired twice, and people were assaulted with a metal bar during the fight between six men, who subsequently escaped from the premises. Three men, one aged 20 and two aged 19, were later arrested.

Wigan Today, 8 May 2013

A woman was shot in the hand with an air rifle in a drive-by shooting near her home in Ashton-in-Makerfield, Greater Manchester. The vehicle sped off and she was left with a wound to her hand and a suspected fracture of the knuckle in her thumb.

London 24, 26 April 2013

An air rifle has reportedly been fired at four moving trains near Finsbury Park, east London. One of the shots allegedly injured a passenger when it smashed through a window, and the service was also disrupted during the evening rush hour.

The Bolton News, 15 April 2013

A man has been shot in the stomach with a suspected airgun pellet in Bolton, Greater Manchester. He reported to hospital after discovering the pellet had lodged in his abdomen and was treated for minor injuries.

Lancashire Telegraph, 4 April 2013

Three people have been injured after they were shot at with an air rifle on a street in Blackburn, Lancashire. They were left with pellet marks and bruising but did not require hospital treatment.

The Northern Echo, 25 March 2013

A seven-year-old girl and a 52-year-old man have been shot with an air rifle on a street in Spennymoor, County Durham. The child was hit in the stomach while playing outside and the man was hit on the elbow while working on his car. Both suffered bruising and were shaken by the attack.

Kent Online, 12 March 2013

Three people have been fired at with an airgun in two separate shootings on a public pathway in Sittingbourne, Kent. A young man was hit in the hip as he was jogging and required a minor operation to remove the pellet. A couple were later shot at, leaving one victim with a wound in his arm and a pellet embedded in his jacket.

The Northern Echo, 18 February 2013

A woman was shot with an air rifle as she walked her dog in Darlington, County Durham. The 20-year-old victim had to have the pellet removed in hospital and required five stitches.

Derbyshire Telegraph, 5 February 2013

A man has been shot in the back with an airgun in Bretby, Derbyshire. The 24-year-old was fired at by the passenger of a car that drove up beside him while he was walking in the village.

Hemel Gazette, 30 November 2012

An employee was shot in the face with an airgun at an off-licence in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire. The shooter escaped with alcohol but a man was later arrested and charged with the robbery. The victim required an operation to remove pellets that were lodged in his face.

The Journal, 28 November 2012

A man has been shot in the back with an air rifle on a road in Ashington, Northumberland. He was hit while walking in the town and went to hospital where the pellet was removed. Police have appealed for information.

Oxford Mail, 24 October 2012

A man in his 40s has reportedly shot himself in the head with an airgun after he was confronted by police who were investigating reports of shoplifting at a petrol station near Didcot, Oxfordshire. He was taken to hospital where he is said to be in "stable condition". The case has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

London Evening Standard, 18 October 2012

At least one person has been injured after airgun pellets were fired at vehicles travelling along the M20 in Kent. The back passenger window of one car was smashed and the door of another vehicle was dented. The driver of a third car sustained injuries to his face and arm from a shower of glass after a pellet shattered his front passenger window, and he was forced to pull off the motorway. Police issued a warning to motorists and have begun an investigation.

MK News, 16 September 2012

Three men have allegedly been shot in the legs in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire. The Deputy Commander of the police area reported that the "men suffered minor injuries from what we believe to be an air weapon or BB gun" and appealed for information.

Shropshire Star, 15 September 2012

A 55-year old construction worker has been shot in the arm with an airgun while operating a digger in Telford, Shropshire. The weapon was allegedly fired multiple times in the area and police have appealed for information. The man received hospital treatment to remove the pellet.

The Sentinel, 5 September 2012

A 19-year-old man has been shot in the eye with an air rifle in an incident a house in Alsager, Staffordshire. A man was arrested on suspicion of assault, and an 18-year-old man and a woman were arrested on suspicion of perverting the course of justice by removing the firearm. All three were later bailed but the victim was reported to still be in 'critical condition'.

Daily Express, 24 August 2012

A 12-year-old boy was allegedly shot in the head, back and leg with an airgun by 7 teenagers who attacked him in a park in Bexley Village, south London. The boy's father later took one of the perpetrators to the police station, but was himself arrested after the teenager complained about him and his keys were mistaken for a knife. The victim reportedly suffered a head wound and recurring headaches. Two of the teenagers were arrested and bailed. 

BBC News, 22 August 2012

A man has been shot with an air rifle in the garden of his home in Redditch, Worcestershire. Police have arrested a 17-year-old girl and a 28-year-old man on suspicion of wounding and seized an air weapon. The man received hospital treatment for minor pellet injuries.

This is Sussex, 14 August 2012

A man has been shot in the face with an airgun by four armed robbers who stole his van. The group reportedly drove their car at the victim and shot him in the face when he confronted them outside his home Rye, Sussex where his vehicle was parked. He is being treated for his injuries but may lose his sight in one eye. Police recovered the van which had been abandoned shortly after it was stolen.

North West Evening News, 10 August 2012

A 19-year-old has been shot in the arm with an airgun in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria. The man was hospitalised for a wound in his right bicep caused by the pellet, but has been discharged.

Daily Gazette, 27 July 2012

A bin man has been shot in the face with what is believed to be an airgun in Halstead, Essex. Armed police recovered the suspected weapon from a house in Braintree and later arrested a suspect in the town. The 29-year-old was charged with possession of an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence, causing actual bodily harm, dangerous driving and possession of cannabis.

BBC News, 23 July 2012

A 15-year-old girl was shot in the back with an airgun in the garden of a house in Gloucester.  The the pellet caused her lung to collapse and she required hospital treatment.  Police arrested a 16-year-old boy known to the girl and seized the weapon. He was bailed, but remains in custody for separate reasons.

Kent Online, 5 July 2012

A 39-year-old man was shot with what is believed to be an airgun while cycling in Appledore, Kent. A white van appeared to slow down as it drove towards the victim before the male driver shot him in the arm. He suffered minor injuries and was shaken by the incident.

BBC News, 4 July 2012

A 18-year-old motorcyclist was shot with an airgun in Little Bentley, Essex. He reported to hospital after having a light shone at him and feeling a sharp pain in his lower back while riding his vehicle. He had an operation to remove the pellet from near his spine but has not been able to walk properly since the shooting and will require tests to check for nerve damage.

Birmingham Mail, 21 June 2012

A four-year-old boy in Warwickshire was shot in the face with an airgun. He was treated in hospital where a pellet was removed from his chin, and a 17-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of carrying out the shooting.

Hartlepool Mail, 13 June 2012

An elderly woman was shot in the face with an airgun in Hartlepool, Co. Durham. Police said the victim was shot with a pellet that struck close to her eye. Officers suspect a group of three youths around 13 years old are responsible after the victim reported seeing them hiding in the bushes with what looked like a firearm.

This is Surrey Today, 29 May 2012

A motorcyclist has been shot by what is believed to have been an airgun.  The man was getting on his motorcycle in Walton on Thames, Surrey when he was hit on the helmet and in the groin.  He was treated in hospital for minor injuries. Police have appealed for witnesses to come forward.

Winsford Guardian, 28 May 2012

A teenage girl has been shot in the leg with an air rifle whilst walking with a friend down a footpath in Winsford, Cheshire. The girl required hospital treatment and police have appealed for information.

The Journal, 24 May 2012

A motorcyclist in Newcastle, Tyne and Wear has sustained minor injuries after being shot with what police believe to have been an airgun pellet.

Mirror, 11 May 2012

A 13-year-old boy from Wigan, Lancashire was shot in the face by a sniper with an airgun whilst out walking with friends.  The boy underwent a three hour operation for severe nerve damage.  It is not yet known if he will regain full movement in his face.

Belfast Telegraph, 8 May 2012

A man was shot with an air rifle then beaten during an incident  in Leeds, West Yorkshire. He was treated in hospital for head injuries. 

Huddersfield Daily Examiner, 1 May 2012

A 22 year old man is being treated for serious head injuries following an alleged air rifle shooting in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire. A 31 year old man and a 16 year old youth  have been arrested. 

eadt.co.uk, 1 May 2012

A person was shot in the leg as they walked down an alley in Newmarket, Gloucestershire. Police believe the minor wound could have been caused by an air rifle pellet.

BBC News, 24 April 2012

A 47-year-old man was shot with an air gun in Virginia Water, Surrey. The victim reportedly sustained minor injuries after being shot in the head and the back. Police arrested two 17-year-old boys on suspicion of carrying out the shooting.

Hartlepool Mail, 24 April 2012

A 28-year-old man was shot in the leg with an air rifle in Hartlepool, County Durham. The man reported hearing several shots fired prior to being hit, and he required hospital treatment after a pellet was lodged in his leg.

Your Local Guardian, 23 April 2012

A 49-year-old woman was shot with an air rifle in Wallington, south London. She was reportedly standing at a junction with her husband when she was shot from someone in a passing vehicle. The victim was treated in hospital and released.

Huddersfield Daily Examiner, 18 April 2012

A police officer was shot with an air rifle in Elland, West Yorkshire. The officer suffered non-severe injuries, and police charged a man with possessing an air weapon with intent to cause fear of violence, resisting arrest and possessing controlled drugs.

Nottingham Post, 17 April 2012

A 17-year-old boy and a 36-year-old woman were shot outside a hotel in Nottingham before being treated in hospital. Police said they could not confirm the weapon used, but received reports from hotel staff that the victims were shot with an airgun.

Wirral News, 14 April 2012

A man was shot with an airgun in the leg and back as well as being clubbed with the weapon in Prenton, Merseyside. Police said they arrested a man on suspicion of assault following the incident. The victim was treated in hospital for his injuries and released.

Nottingham Post, 13 April 2012

A man was shot in the face with an air pistol on the grounds of a church in Misterton, Nottinghamshire. The victim will have to undergo surgery to remove a pellet that is lodged behind his eye. Police recovered the weapon and arrested a suspect and charged him with possession of a firearm with intent to commit an indictable offence and wounding.

Chorley Guardian, 4 April 2012

Two victims were shot by air rifles in apparently unconnected attacks in Chorley, Lancashire. An 8-year-old girl was shot in the chest by her 10-year-old brother, while a man was also shot in the chest while mowing his lawn. Both victims had pellets lodged in their chests and were taken to hospital for treatment.

Shields Gazette, 2 April 2012

Five teenagers were arrested after allegedly carrying out two airgun attacks in South Shields, Tyne and Wear. A 15-year-old boy was shot with a pellet and treated in hospital for a suspected broken finger. An hour after that attack, a group of young people were threatened with an air rifle in an attempted robbery. They reportedly fled and were shot, incurring minor injuries. In addition to arresting the five teenagers on suspicion of robbery, police recovered an air weapon.

Cornish Guardian, 31 March 2012

A man was shot in the head with an airgun in Lostwithiel, Cornwall. Police said the victim was shot with an air pistol that was recovered, and he was taken to hospital where he was held in a 'serious and sedated condition'.

BBC News, 28 March 2012

A man was shot with an air rifle while working up a church tower in Ipswich, Suffolk. The victim was reportedly hit in the back of the head and treated in hospital, while the weapon and offender were not located.

This is Hull and East Riding, 8 March 2012

A man was shot in the face by an air rifle in Hull. The victim, who was on his regular shift emptying bins for Hull City Council, was shot by someone believed to be in a nearby building. Police said they arrested one man while another suspect fled. Initial reports indicated the victim was hit in the eye, but as the pellet struck just outside his eye the injury was less severe (This is Hull and East Riding, 10 March 2012).

Paisley Daily Express, 2 March 2012

A woman was taken to hospital after she was shot in the head in Paisley, Renfrewshire. She was apparently shot after stumbling across two people in an argument, and it is believed that an airgun was used to shoot her at close range.

Dorset Echo, 21 February 2012

A teenage boy was shot in the arm with an air rifle in Weymouth, Dorset. The gunman was reportedly seen aiming his rifle at people from a flat before the gun was fired. Police have arrested two men in connection with the attack.

Northern Echo, 13 January 2012

A teenager was shot twice with an air rifle in Bishop Auckland, County Durham. The shooter fired from an open window in a car and struck the victim in the chest, then again in the back as he fell to the ground. The vehicle then drove away.

Gloucestershire Echo, 9 November 2011

A woman was shot in the leg with an air rifle while walking her dog in Cheltenham. She was taken to hospital to have the pellet removed. Police said children aged 13 to 14 were spotted in the area around the time of the attack.

Hartlepool Mail, 22 October 2011

A woman was shot by an airgun as she walked through the town centre in Hartlepool. The victim was hit in the leg as the pellet caused blood to soak down her leg. After receiving hospital treatment she was reportedly cleared of lasting physical damage but said she now fears to walk around the town.

This is Scunthorpe, 10 October 2011

A woman was shot in the leg by what was thought to be an air rifle pellet in Scunthorpe, North Lincolnshire. She was left with a wound that required hospital treatment.

Heart, 9 October 2011

A 12-year-old boy was shot in the elbow with an airgun in Norwich. The boy required hospital treatment for the injury, which police believe may have been connected to attacks on two vehicles. The window of a bus was smashed, and a window on a van was also struck, causing shards of glass to injure the driver.

Wigan Today, 16 September 2011

A 76-year-old woman was shot with an airgun while walking her dog in Wigan. Police have reportedly seized an air pistol in their investigation, and the woman has recovered after the pellet hit her stomach.

Bury Focus, 2 August 2011

A 15-year-old girl was shot in the eye by an airgun in Bury. She was taken to hospital where it was confirmed she has lost sight in her eye. A 17-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm with intent.

BBC News, 15 July 2011

Someone shot an air rifle at cars and people in Gainsborough, Lincolnshire, hitting one member of the public in the leg. Police said the victim was not seriously injured. They arrested three men, aged 19, 21 and 22, on suspicion of their involvement.

Lancashire Telegraph, 13 July 2011

A 22-year-old man was shot in the abdomen with an air pistol in Altham, Lancashire. Police said he sustained minor injuries and was treated in hospital.

Manchester Evening News, 7 July 2011

A woman was shot in the ear with an airgun as she walked her dogs in a park in Newall Green, Manchester. The victim had the pellet surgically removed.

Daily Gazette, 2 July 2011

A 13-year-old boy was shot in the legs with an air rifle in Essex. Police saw two men flee after leaving the weapon at the scene. The boy was taken to hospital.

SCOTLAND

Daily Record, 3 October 2013

Two boys were shot in the head and the leg respectively by an older pupil with an airgun during a lunch break outside their secondary school in East Kilbride, South Lanarkshire. The victims sustained pellet injuries and the 14-year-old had the gun confiscated and was excluded from school. An SNP councillor has called for an end to the sale of the airguns in the town in light of the incident.

Edinburgh Evening News, 18 September 2013

A rubbish collector has been shot in the face with an air rifle while picking up refuse in Mid Calder, West Lothian. He sustained a minor injury to his face and police have appealed for information.

Evening Telegraph, 21 June 2013

A man was reportedly shot with an airgun in the busy city centre of Dundee. Police arrested and charged a 24-year-old man in connection with the incident.

Daily Record and Sunday Mail, 5 June 2013

A builder has been shot in the arm with an airgun while working on a railway construction site in Galashiels, Roxburgh, Ettrick and Lauderdale. He was treated in hospital for a minor injury and police have appealed for information.

Daily Record, 9 May 2013

A 43-year-old woman was shot in the leg with an air pistol when she and a 56-year-old woman were attacked while walking in the woods in Glenrothes, Fife. The victim was taken to hospital for treatment. Police recovered the air weapon and arrested a 19-year-old man in connection with the attempted robbery. In light of this and another recent airgun shooting, officers later carried out a day of action in which they visited airgun holders, schools and suppliers of these weapons to highlight their dangers and ensure individuals were operating within the law, stating that airguns "can be lethal in the wrong hands" (The Courier, 11 June 2013).

The Courier, 8 May 2013

A man has allegedly been shot in the abdomen with an airgun outside a pub in Perth, and another  assault with an air pistol was reported to have taken place in Glenrothes, Fife. The first victim was left with an airgun pellet embedded in his stomach. An airgun club in the region has nonetheless pledged to resist tighter controls on the use of air weapons, claiming that planned measures will penalise law-abiding airgun shooters and that "licensing is not going to stop this sort of thing from happening."

Daily Record, 7 May 2013

A man was shot in the stomach with an airgun as he was on his way home in the centre of Perth. He was taken to hospital but doctors were unable to remove the half-inch pellet as the wound was too deep in his abdomen. Despite this and another recent air weapon shooting, an airgun club in the region has nonetheless pledged to resist tighter controls on the use of air weapons, claiming that planned measures will penalise law-abiding airgun shooters and that "licensing is not going to stop this sort of thing from happening" (The Courier, 8 May 2013).

STV, 22 February 2013

A construction worker was shot with an an air rifle while working on the roof of a primary school in Glasgow. Pupils and staff were kept inside while police searched for the shooter, but no arrests were reported.

STV, 20 September 2012

A 29-year-old man has reportedly been shot in the head with an airgun in Rosemarkie, Ross and Cromarty. He was been treated for his injuries in two different hospitals and reported to be critically ill. A 17-year-old is said to have been reported to the procurator fiscal for prosecution.

Daily Record, 25 April 2012

A 20-year-old man was shot by someone with an airgun in Banknock, near Falkirk. The victim reportedly recovered following hospital treatment.

Rutherglen Reformer, 21 September 2011

A man in Rutherglen, Glasgow was shot in the cheek and twice on the hand by what is believed to have been a high-powered air pistol. The incident reportedly occurred when the gunman threatened the victim's girlfriend at her home. The victim attempted to grab the gun and was wounded after three shots were fired.

Herald Scotland, 12 July 2011

A 20-year-old man was shot with an airgun in Glasgow. The man was reportedly walking his dog in a busy park when another man leapt from the bushes and shot him in the arm and leg. The victim was treated in hospital.

WALES

Wales Online, 1 August 2013

A woman was shot in the leg with an air rifle while she was walking along a street in Penywaun, Mid Glamorgan. She suffered minor injuries and police have begun a search for five young males who were seen in the area at the time of the shooting.

News Wales, 21 August 2012

A 52-year-old man has been injured with an airgun while walking along a path in Rhymney, Caerphilly. He was shot in the arm with a pointed pellet but did not need to go to hospital. Police have appealed for information.

The Missing List, 16 January 2012

A 12-year-old boy was shot in the eye by an airgun in Newport. He was taken to hospital for surgery to remove the pellet, and could lose sight in the eye permanently.


Threatening Behaviour

ENGLAND

The Sentinel, 13 November 2014

A 41-year-old man has been arrested by firearms officers who were called after he was reported to be brandishing an apparent handgun at customers in a cafe in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire. He left the eatery and entered a bookmakers before going to another store where he was arrested in possession of a suspected air weapon after a struggle. No one was injured but police have appealed for witnesses.

Cheddar Valley Gazette, 12 November 2014

An inebriated man was stopped and detained by members of the public after he brandished what looked like a handgun at a woman walking along the street in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset. Police were then called and arrested the man, who had two children with him, on suspicion of possessing a firearm and a bladed article, and seized a knife and an air pistol from the scene. He has since been released on bail.

ITV News, 5 November 2014

Officers were deployed after reports of a man behaving suspiciously at a bus stop in Stockton-on-Tees, County Durham. The following day police arrested a man on suspicion of possession of a firearm or imitation with intent to cause fear of violence at a property in the town and recovered a suspected air rifle.

Kent and Sussex Courier, 2 October 2014

A 56-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of possessing a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence after armed officers attended a caravan in Etchingham, East Sussex to reports that he had fired shots at another male visitor. After an hour's stand off with police, the suspect gave himself up for arrest and officers seized an air rifle. No damage or injuries were reported.

Herald Express, 16 September 2014

Armed police were called to reports of a woman swearing and holding a firearm on a street in Torquay, Devon. Officers closed off nearby roads and surrounded a property before the woman was arrested. The gun was found to be an air rifle.

The Sentinel, 31 December 2013

A man has been arrested after an armed stand-off with firearms officers at a property in Kidsgrove, Staffordshire. Armed police were called after the man brandished an air rifle during an argument at the address, but he initially refused to leave, and was eventually arrested three hours later when he gave himself up. No one was injured.

The Star, 28 December 2013

Two bus drivers have been robbed at gunpoint in two separate attacks at the same bus stop in Sheffield, South Yorkshire. In the first robbery the assailant approached the driver while he was at the wheel with a suspected airgun while a passenger was on board and escaped with his takings. In the second incident there were no passengers in the vehicle but the man was again able to escape with a small amount of cash. Police have arrested a 27-year-old man on suspicion of robbery.

Portsmouth News, 27 December 2013

A man was arrested on suspicion of possessing an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence after reports of shots being fired from a BB gun at a bar in Southsea, Hampshire. Police were called and made the arrest before an air pistol was found by door staff at the premises.

Norwich Evening News, 27 December 2013

Firearms officers were dispatched to reports of an intruder in his 20s with a gun inside a property in Great Yarmouth, Norwich. Officers went into the property four hours later, recovered an air rifle, and arrested the man.

BBC News, 22 November 2013

Three men armed with an air rifle fired at a vehicle full of people as it was driven away from a car park in Braunton, Devon. No injuries nor arrests were reported.

North-West Evening Mail, 30 August 2013

A man has handed himself in to police after using an airgun to threaten a worker at a shop in Barrow, Cumbria. The 23-year-old told officers he had used the weapon to threaten multiple people and they recovered the gun and have begun an investigation into the other alleged assaults.

Manchester Evening News, 22 August 2013

At least seven shots were fired from an airgun through a bedroom window of a home in Manchester. The occupant and his girlfriend were in a different room at the property when the attack took place, but escaped unhurt. A man was arrested by police officers at the scene but was later released.

West Briton, 19 August 2013

The owner of a tyre company was shot at with an air rifle at his business premises in Truro, Cornwall.  He first heard the automatic gun being fired, but was then targeted as he entered the car park and shot at around 20 times before he could take cover and alert the police. Officers found ball bearings, a target and a gas canister for the rifle in a field next to the premises but no weapon was recovered and no arrests have been made.

Times & Star, 3 August 2013

Firearms officers were deployed to reports of a man with a gun at a supermarket in Carlisle, Cumbria. They arrived to discover the suspect had been arrested by an unarmed officer for firearms offences that were believed to have involved an airgun.

Ripley & Heanor News, 27 June 2013

Two men with air rifles fired the weapons at people who challenged their use of the guns in woodland in Waingroves, Derbyshire. The men, who had been seen with the airguns in the woods on other occasions, shot at a man and woman after they spoke to pair to remind them that the guns were not allowed there. The victims were not injured, but a number of squirrels were found shot dead in the area.

The Northern Echo, 24 June 2013

Two men armed with a suspected airgun attempted to rob a jewellery store in Leyburn, North Yorkshire. Police have arrested two people, aged 29 and 17, in connection with the robbery.

Liverpool Echo, 24 June 2013

Firearms officers were called to a busy street in Liverpool, Merseyside after reports of a man carrying  a gun near some shops. Police arrested a 60-year-old man from a house on the street on suspicion of possessing an air pistol in a public place and recovered the weapon. No one was injured.

BBC News, 10 June 2013

Two members of the public approached a man they saw carrying an airgun on a main street in Horley, Surrey. Police were called and they seized the weapon and arrested the 30-year-old, who has been charged with possessing an air weapon in a public place.

This is Local London, 5 June 2013

Firearms officers were deployed after reports of a man shooting an illegal air weapon in the garden of his home in Chingford, east London. The gun allegedly exceeded the “legal muzzle-energy limit” for airguns, having enough power to penetrate skin, and the man reportedly fired the gun at police in an attempt to resist arrest.

Southport Visitor, 28 May 2013

A man was arrested after he was witnessed brandishing an air rifle in the vicinity of a primary school in Southport, Merseyside. The school was put into lockdown while the man was detained, and police recovered the weapon from where it had been discarded in gardens close by.

Credit Today, 20 May 2012

Firearms officers were called after residents armed themselves and became aggressive towards a bailiff when he sought to evict a woman from a house in Dursley, Gloucestershire. A police officer joined the bailiff when the woman would not cooperate but armed officers had to be brought in when other residents armed themselves with knives and an air rifle. She was arrested for breaching the peace but released after agreeing to co-operate with police.

The Argus, 9 May 2013

Police arrested four men and a woman on suspicion of affray and possession of imitation firearms in a public place after they were called to reports of a fight on a street in Brighton, Sussex. Officers confiscated a BB gun and an air rifle. No one was reported to have been injured.

Evening Gazette, 7 May 2013

A 17-year-old has been arrested on suspicion of possessing an air rifle with intent to cause fear of violence and making threats to kill at a flat in Middlesbrough, North Yorkshire. Armed officers went to the address, pointed their weapons at the property, and demanded that the suspect exit, before the teenager left the flat and was arrested.

Basildon Recorder, 4 May 2013

A man was almost shot in the head with an air rifle when shots were fired into his garden and that of his neighbour while he was moving the lawn of his home in Basildon, Essex. The police in the county issued a warning to remind the public that it "is a criminal offence to fire an air weapon beyond the boundary of your property."

Northampton Herald & Post, 22 April 2013

A man has been arrested and charged with suspected affray, assault and possession of an air rifle at a park in Northampton. The 26-year-old was arrested after a firearms incident in which he was detained by a member of the public before police arrived at the scene.

Liverpool Echo, 13 April 2013

Armed officers were dispatched after reports that a man with a gun had entered a house on a street in Southport, Merseyside. Police arrested three men on suspicion of possessing an air rifle in a public place and confiscated the weapon.

Docklands & East London Advertiser, 11 April 2013

A 17-year-old has been arrested on suspicion of firing an airgun at residents on a street in Limehouse, east London. A pellet narrowly missed the head of one victim, who was shot at while getting out of his car. The teenager was arrested after the victim called police to the scene and he dropped the weapon from the window. The weapon was seized and he was released with a caution.

Times & Star, 6 April 2013

An airgun is reported to have been brandished during an disturbance in Carlisle, Cumbria. Police have arrested three men and recovered an air weapon.

North Devon Journal, 7 March 2013

A former town councillor has been arrested four times and made to move out of his home after firing an airgun at his neighbour's house and being aggressive and threatening towards other residents on a warden-controlled estate in Penwortham, Lancashire. The 74-year-old has already served a four-month curfew and a ban on walking past his neighbour's house that he was given in a previous hearing regarding his antisocial behaviour.

Blackpool Gazette, 22 February 2013

A 49-year-old man has been charged with possessing an air rifle while prohibited from having a firearm, illegal possessing amphetamine, and with repeatedly banging a door against a police officer at his home in Fleetwood, Lancashire. He was arrested during an incident in which residents were evacuated from surrounding properties by a bomb disposal team after suspicious items were found at a number of addresses in the area.

BBC News, 20 February 2013

Armed police were dispatched after reports of a man with a gun in Bournemouth, Dorset. Police recovered an air weapon and arrested two men on suspicion of possessing a firearm.

The Northern Echo, 14 February 2013

A man wearing camouflage allegedly took an air rifle out of its case near a primary school in Peterlee, County Durham. Armed officers were deployed but neither the man nor his weapon were located.

This is Wiltshire, 1 February 2013

Firearms officers were despatched after a man with an air rifle was seen walking in Trowbridge, Wiltshire. The suspect was detained but no weapons were found and no threats were reported.

Boston Standard, 30 January 2013

Firearms officers were dispatched after receiving reports of two people firing a gun in a park in Boston, Lincolnshire. Police unsuccessfully searched the area and reported to have been looking for two teenagers with an air rifle who they believed to have fled the scene.

Hartlepool Mail, 28 January 2013

An air rifle was allegedly brandished during an incident outside a residential property in Seaton Carew, County Durham. Police arrested a man at the scene on suspicion of possessing an air weapon with intent to cause fear of violence.

East Anglian Daily Times, 9 January 2013

A 41-year-old man has been arrested for wasting police time after he was suspected to have falsely reported being shot with air rifle pellets at a property in Little Cornard, Suffolk. He is also suspected of causing criminal damage and attempting arson.

BBC News, 26 November 2012

A 31-year-old man has been charged with possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence in Bodmin, Cornwall. He was arrested after a member of the public reported to police that someone had been threatened with an airgun in the town.

Maldon and Burnham Standard, 21 November 2012

The window of a home in Burnham, Buckinghamshire was shot with an airgun while the homeowner was inside. The 65-year-old resident claimed that a group of people had entered his back garden, shouting and swearing, before shooting and damaging a window close to where the victim was sat.

Lynn News, 6 November 2012

At least six shots have been fired from an airgun at a Royal British Legion club in Snettisham, Norfolk. Two double-glazed windows were shattered but no one was injured. The windows of a vehicle in the town were also smashed in what is believed to have been an airgun attack.

Cornish Guardian, 19 October 2012

Armed police were despatched after an altercation between a landowner and three men who were allegedly using air rifles to illegally shoot rabbits on Bodmin Moor, Cornwall. Police reported that the trio were verbally abusive to the landowner when he requested that they refrain from shooting, and had to deal with a 67-year-old man after the incident.

The Shields Gazette, 17 October 2012

A woman has allegedly been assaulted and had her mobile phone stolen by a man with an air rifle at a flat in South Shields, Tyne and Wear. Police who responded to a call from the victim arrested the male tenant and later seized an air rifle from the property.

Hull Daily Mail, 16 October 2012

Shots were fired at the windows of a Sikh temple in Hull, East Yorkshire. Two young teenagers armed with an air pistol are alleged to have been seen in the vicinity when the windows were shattered, and to have fired a shot at the door of the temple before escaping on foot.

The Star, 5 October 2012

Pupils were kept inside at the end of the school day in Treeton, South Yorkshire after shots were fired in a garden next to the entrance. Police were called to deal with the shooter and recovered an airgun from the scene.

Nottingham Post, 5 October 2012

Officers were called after shots were heard in Old Basford and Bulwell, Nottinghamshire and they arrested three men in connection with the first incident. An airgun is thought to have been used in one of the incidents.

Hull Daily Mail, 2 October 2012

A 29-year-old man has been arrested after a five-hour stand-off with armed officers at his home in Hull, East Yorkshire. Police went to the property after reports that he had a gun raised concerns for his safety. He is believed to have been threatening to shoot himself in the head with an airgun.

BBC News, 26 September 2012

A man has been arrested after allegedly brandishing an air rifle during a domestic incident at his home in Plympton, Devon. Police were called after the man's mother reported that he was ransacking the property and had a "long-barrelled firearm". During negotiations at least four shots were said to have been fired and a TV and microwave thrown at officers, but no was injured.

News & Star, 18 September 2012

A 52-year-old man was arrested by police after they received reports of a man with a gun who had threatened construction workers near his home in Whitehaven, Cumbria. Armed officers found an air rifle at the scene.

Western Gazette, 6 September 2012

An airgun was fired into the garden of a home in Yeovil, Dorset and hit the trampoline on which two young boys were playing. The boys were uninjured and police are investigating.

Hampshire Chronicle, 26 August 2012

Elderly and vulnerable people have been assaulted and subject to repeated acts of vandalism at their homes in Alresford, Hampshire. A 100-year-old man had his windows shot at with an airgun on 4 separate occasions. A man with mental health problems also had a window shot at, and has suffered insults, had his house pelted with food and rubbish, and been punched in the back.

Eastbourne Herald, 22 August 2012

An armed man has been arrested after a 6-hour stand off with armed police in Eastbourne, East Sussex. Officers responded to reports of man who had made death threats found him locked in his house in with an air rifle. He was arrested after negotiations in what police have said was isolated incident.

News & Star, 21 August 2012

A man has been arrested after an alleged incident involving a gun at a takeaway in Egremont, Cumbria. He is charged with possession of an air weapon with intent to cause fear of unlawful violence and for doing so when he was banned from possessing a gun, and also of assault; racially-aggravated common assault; theft of a £500 mobile phone; and £700 of damage to a car.

The Sentinel, 30 July 2012

A 20-year-old man has been arrested after he allegedly threatened a member of his family with an airgun at a house in Kidsgrove, Staffordshire. He fled the property but was arrested nearby by armed police responding to reports of a man brandishing a gun. Police reported that an air rifle was been found but had not been fired.

News Guardian, 25 July 2012

A 28-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of possessing an imitation firearm outside a house in North Shields, Tyne and Wear. Firearms officers recovered an air weapon from the property after receiving reports of a man with a gun.

Braintree & Witham Times, 13 July 2012

A man was threatened with an air rifle in a street in Leavenheath, Essex. Police recovered the weapon from the scene and arrested four people - three men and a woman - who have been bailed.

Warrington Guardian, 27 June 2012

A primary school student brandished an airgun at a school in Warrington, Cheshire. The pupil reportedly showed the firearm and an ammunition round to other children before the weapon was taken from him. Police said the gun was not capable of being fired.

Scotsman, 12 June 2012

Police arrested a man in Livingston and charged him with possessing an air rifle with a telescopic sight and a silencer in public. The suspect was also charged with trespassing, behaving in a threatening and abusive manner and drink driving both in a car and on a motorcycle.

Bournemouth Echo 31 May 2012

Armed police were deployed following reports of a man with a gun in a street in Bournemouth, Dorset. A witness thought the weapon could have been an air rifle. A man was later arrested.

Boston Standard, 11 May 2012

Armed officers were called to a domestic altercation in Boston, Lincolnshire. Police arrested a man who was in possession of an air rifle.  The man was subsequently sectioned and is receiving treatment. 

Heart, 3 May 2012

A 23-year-old man has been arrested following an incident in Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk.  He has been charged with possession of a firearm when prohibited, possession of an air weapon with intent to cause fear of violence, and possession of a bladed/pointed article in a public place.

Bourne Local, 27 March 2012

Karl Taylor, 26, and Ashley Sorby, 22 have been jailed for eight years each after attacking a man in Hartlepool, County Durham. The pair held an unloaded air rifle to the victim's head and pulled the trigger, in addition to a series of other acts of torture. The perpetrators admitted grievous bodily harm and false imprisonment of the victim, an autistic man who required hospital treatment after the vicious assault.

Salisbury Journal, 23 April 2012

Police seized an air rifle after an attempted robbery reportedly took place in Salisbury, Wiltshire. Two men were arrested, one on suspicion of attempted robbery and the other for perverting the course of justice.

Evening Chronicle, 17 March 2012

Joe Foster, 20, has been jailed for one year after threatening council officers with an air pistol in Throckley, Tyne and Wear. Foster pointed the gun at the three victims from close range after they discovered a cannabis plant in his garden, and he then fled with the plant before being captured by police. He pleaded guilty to possessing a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.

Evening Telegraph, 29 February 2012

Four teenagers were caught with air rifles after sparking a police helicopter search in Rothwell, West Yorkshire. The youths, aged 15 and 16, were arrested and referred to the youth justice team.

BBC News, 28 January 2012

Police swooped to arrest a man reported to be brandishing a gun at a County Durham pub. Officers recovered a firearm believed to be an airgun, and arrested a man on suspicion of possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.

Bury Free Press, 28 January 2012

An air rifle was stolen from a home in Rickinghall, Suffolk. Five men armed with knives reportedly invaded an occupied home and stole the firearm, cash, a laptop and fishing equipment.

Mirror, 27 January 2012

Someone sent Queens Park Rangers footballer Anton Ferdinand a package containing a high-calibre airgun pellet along with a hateful letter. Ferdinand has been subjected to various racist threats and hate mail while playing for the west London club.

Northern Echo, 27 January 2012

A firearms incident reportedly took place outside a pub in Hetton-le-Hole, Tyne and Wear. Police arrested a man on suspicion of possessing a firearm with intent to cause fear or alarm and recovered an item believed to be an airgun.

The Argus, 19 January 2012

Police detained a man brandishing a firearm in St Leonards, East Sussex. After members of the public reporting seeing a gunman, armed officers swooped and arrested the suspect on suspicion of possessing an airgun.

Manchester Evening News, 17 January 2012

A man threatened staff at a chemists in Saddleworth, Manchester with an air rifle, demanding they give him drugs for which he had no prescription. After leaving the pharmacy, the gunman was followed by a customer until he fired two shots at his pursuer. Police captured the suspect in a home shortly thereafter and arrested him on suspicion of robbery. Officers also reportedly recovered three guns and a machete.

Portsmouth Echo, 22 November 2011

Someone reportedly shot an airgun pellet through an office window in Gosport, Hampshire. A staff member at the office was alarmed and hit by glass shards as a result of the pellet's impact.

Sunday Sun, 16 November 2011

Police were called in Northumberland when members of the public reported a man brandishing a gun in a home. Officers arrested the suspect on suspicion of possessing a firearm with intent to cause fear or violence, and they recovered an air weapon from the home. 

Oxford Mail, 20 October 2011

A group of teenagers shot at a home in Witney, Oxfordshire in an attack apparently fuelled by homophobia. The five boys who targeted the house reportedly shattered the glass patio door with an airgun, shouting homophobic slurs at the male couple who live there.

Peterborough Today, 6 October 2011

A woman in Peterborough was allegedly shot at by an air rifle or BB gun. A man in the same neighbourhood reported that BB guns had been shot at people and cars 'over the last six months'. The incidents are apparently part of an ongoing conflict between families in the neighbourhood.

Manchester Evening News, 23 September 2011

A teenage boy caused panic in Miles Platting, Manchester when he fired an air rifle. He reportedly walked into a gym class and fired the gun above his head. The teen was arrested on suspicion of possessing an imitation firearm after police recovered the weapon.

Burton Mail, 20 September 2011

Stray pellets from an air rifle fell around customers at a car dealership in Burton, Staffordshire. Police confiscated the weapon after members of the public reportedly ran for cover when they heard the gun shots. No one was reported sustaining physical injuries.

Leicester Mercury, 29 July 2011

Two groups of men broke out in a fight in Leicester, with one group reported to have been armed with air rifles. No arrests were made as the group alleged to have air weapons fled.

 

 

SCOTLAND

Daily Record and Sunday Mail, 28 November 2014

Armed police have arrested a 31-year-old man who was allegedly firing shots out the window of a flat in Paisley, Renfrewshire. Firearms officers were called to reports of a man with an air rifle shooting from a ground-floor tenement property close to where children were walking to school. He was quickly detained and no injuries have been reported.

Evening Telegraph, 5 September 2014

A man was shot in the leg with an airgun whilst walking on a street in Dundee. The 45-year-old was left shaken but did not require medical treatment.

The Scotsman, 22 April 2013

Hockey players were shot at with airgun and BB gun pellets while playing a match at a sports park in Aberdeen. Three players were hit with pellets and allegedly had abuse shouted at them by children from a nearby travellers' camp. The match had to be abandoned.

News and Star, 7 August 2012

A man allegedly fired a .22 calibre air rifle multiple times in Gretna, Dumfries and Galloway. He has been accused in court of recklessly firing the air weapon from a parked van and of being in possession of a loaded weapon without lawful authority or excuse at an industrial estate in the town.

WALES

Daily Post, 30 October 2012

An employee was threatened by a man with an air rifle in an armed robbery of a shop in Wrexham, Clwyd. The assailant threatened to kill the staff member, but the victim did not hand over any money and the attacker fled with bottles of alcohol. Police arrested a 20-year-old soldier, who had been absent without leave, on suspicion of robbery.

Wales Online, 25 August 2012

A high-powered airgun has allegedly been fired at the window of a pub in Rhyl, Denbighshire. Two pellets came within inches of hitting a 50-year-old female member of staff in the head.

BBC News, 11 June 2012

Police received reports that a man fired an air rifle from the roof of a property in Wrexham. No one was reported injured as a result of the incident and initial attempts to locate the suspect were unsuccessful.

BBC News, 8 April 2012

Police were called to a house in Flintshire after a man was reportedly refusing to leave and in possession of an airgun. Officers said the man was taken into question over allegations of assault an possession of a firearm with intent to commit violence.

South Wales Evening Post, 26 March 2012

Three youths were reportedly spotted firing an air rifle in Neath. The teenagers allegedly fired the gun at birds in a public park, prompting a member of the public to contact police.

Shropshire Star, 28 July 2011

Two men working on floodlights for a football club in Dfed-Powys, Wales were allegedly shot at by an air rifle. A 16-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of discharging a firearm.


Shots Fired at Vehicles & Trains

ENGLAND

Luton on Sunday, 4 November 2014

Police have begun an investigation into a series of suspected air rifle attacks across two days last month which damaged the windows of cars and properties in a residential area of Luton, Bedfordshire. No one was injured but police have appealed for information.

Coventry Telegraph, 30 September 2014

Over 100 parked vehicles have had their windows shattered after being shot with an airgun in at least three incidents within four weeks in and around Coventry, West Midlands. Police have begun an investigation and appealed for information.

Plymouth Herald, 25 September 2014

A car windscreen was shot at three times with an airgun whilst parked outside a home in Plymouth, Devon. The vehicle belonged to a woman who claimed it was targeted in the 30 minutes she was inside the property working as a carer for a client living there.

The Northern Echo, 17 November 2013

The back windscreen of car was damaged by suspected air rifle fire while it was parked in a street in Bishop Auckland, County Durham. Police have appealed for information.

Derby Telegraph, 2 August 2013

The car of a city councillor was shot at with an airgun while it was parked outside the house in which his family was sleeping in Derby. The pellets smashed the back windscreen, damaged the boot and woke the frightened family.

North-West Evening Mail, 24 April 2013

The windows of a bus were shattered by airgun pellets when it was fired at while carrying passengers on a bingo outing back to Millom, Cumbria. No one was injured by the two shots but the passengers were left shaken by the shooting.

Nottingham Post, 16 April 2013

A small amount of cannabis and an air pistol have been recovered during police raids on properties in Nottingham. The searches were part of a wider operation to tackle drug dealing, guns and gang activity in the city.

The Northern Echo, 8 April 2013

A lorry was hit with an airgun pellet at it was being driven along a main road near Bishop Auckland, County Durham. The driver was left shaken but uninjured by the shooting. A police spokesperson issued a statement “to remind members of the public that it is illegal to carry a loaded air weapon in a public place and it is illegal to fire an air weapon within 15 metres of a road or street.”

Islington Tribune, 8 March 2013

The windows of two ambulances belonging to a charity have been shot out with an airgun for the second time in six months in Finsbury, east London. The charity has had to cut visits and transport for the elderly while the ambulances are repaired and a volunteer has criticised the police for not doing enough to find the culprit, who is believed to reside in a block of flats in the area.

Get Reading, 4 March 2013

A 19-year-old has been arrested on suspicion of causing criminal damage, possessing an air rifle and driving a vehicle while in a dangerous condition in Berkshire. He is believed to have broken the window of a vehicle using the air rifle and also to have been involved in an incident at a garage in the county.

Kingston Guardian, 5 October 2012

A night bus was shot at with an airgun while on route in New Malden, south London. The pellets shattered a window and door and left passengers without a means of transportation. It is not known whether the incident is related to a drive-by shooting which damaged cars in the area a few days earlier.

Kingston Guardian, 3 October 2012

The windows of two cars parked in a residential area of New Malden, south London were shattered with a suspected airgun in a drive-by shooting. Victims who heard the disturbance called police when they discovered over £300 of damage to their vehicles. No one was injured and nothing was stolen.

ITV News, 13 August 2012

Police have appealed for witnesses to come forward after an airgun was used in two incidents in St Albans, Hertfordshire. Marks consistent with airgun pellets were found in a fence after a man reported hearing gunfire. A car stopped at a red light was later hit with a pellet. 

Manchester Evening News, 1 August 2012

Police have arrested a 27-year-old man and a 21-year-old woman on suspicion of criminal damage and seized an airgun after a month of vandalism in Oldham, Manchester. A total of 27 attacks on cars and buildings were reported in the town in late June and July.

Lancashire Telegraph, 20 July 2012

Police have appealed for information after a man was caught on CCTV firing an air rifle at a car parked in Burnley, Lancashire causing damage to the bodywork of the vehicle.

News and Star25 May 2012

A driver was shaken but unhurt when the vehicle he was driving in Workington, Cumbria was peppered with missiles believed to have come fron an airgun or a catapult. Police believe the incident may be linked to two incidents of vandalism to a nearby primary school and have appealed for information.

BBC News, 14 May 2012

Police believe a pellet fired from an air weapon, BB Gun or catapult shattered a bus window in Dumfries, Dumfriesshire. Nobody was injured.  Passengers reported seeing a group of children running away from the scene.

This is Gloucestershire, 9 May 2012

A vehicle in a car park  in Berkeley, Gloucestershire has been damaged. A small hole was found in the boot of the car thought to have been caused by an airgun pellet. Police have appealed for witnesses.

Hertfordshire Mercury, 8 May 2012

An airgun was fired at a moving car in Cheshunt, Hertfordshire. The passenger window was shattered causing distress but the occupants escaped injury.

This is Nottingham, 7 May 2012

A pellet has been shot through a car window in The Arboretum area of Nottingham.  Police are investigating the possibility that an air rifle was used.

Hartlepool Mail, 27 April 2012

A vehicle was hit by gunfire in Hartlepool, County Durham. Police believe a pellet from an air gun struck the vehicle, and a woman was arrested on suspicion of criminal damage and firing an air weapon in public.

Hinckley Times, 26 April 2012

An air rifle pellet was shot into the passenger window of a train traveling through Hinckley, Leicestershire. The window shattered but no one was hit by the damage.

IW Radio, 2 February 2012

Police are investigating a possible air rifle attack on a train in the Isle of Wight. An 'unknown missile' struck a train, causing a window to shatter. One passenger received minor cuts to her head and foot.

Buxton Advertiser, 26 July 2011

A man was arrested in Newark, Nottinghamshire after allegedly attacking a police car with 'various weapons' including an airgun and a bow and arrow. Police said the window of a vehicle was smashed but no officers or members of the public were injured.

 

SCOTLAND

BBC News, 13 September 2012

Vehicles have been damaged in four separate incidents of vandalism in Culloden, Inverness with what police believe to be an air gun.

WALES

South Wales Evening Post, 19 April 2012

Passengers on a bus in Briton Ferry, Neath Port Talbot witnessed an airgun attack. The shooting resulted in the bus driver being injured and a window being shattered. The driver survived with a minor injury after being shot in the arm, and took the bus to safety.

South Wales Evening Post, 18 February 2012

Someone shot through the window of a historic building in Briton Ferry, south Wales. The incident is believed to be caused by an airgun.

South Wales Evening Post, 17 October 2011

Someone apparently used an airgun to shoot 10 cars in Port Talbot. The shooting shattered several windows and caused thousands of pounds worth of damage.


Thefts, Recoveries and Hand-ins

ENGLAND

Chichester Observer, 11 December 2014

A gun amnesty across Sussex has seen 58 handguns, 17 rifles, 53 airguns, 104 shotguns, 1,000 shotgun cartridges and over 4,000 bullets and other types of ammunition handed in to police.

News & Star, 10 December 2014

The police force in Cumbria have recovered over 130 weapons in a recent gun amnesty including a deactivated WWII machine gun, rifles, shotguns, handguns, antiques, a Luger pistol, and several models which were imitation, airguns, or blank-firing. A large quantity of ammunition was also surrendered in the amnesty, which was carried out to reduce the risk of the firearms falling into the hands of people that could use them to cause harm or fear.

The Huddersfield Daily Examiner, 8 December 2014

Two males stole an air rifle, air rifle accessories, and a laptop in the burglary of a home in Meltham, West Yorkshire. Police have issued electronically-generated images of the suspected robbers, and have appealed for information.

Get Hampshire, 8 December 2014

A total of 126 firearms were surrendered to police during a 12-day amnesty across Hampshire. The guns handed in included a WWII sub-machine gun, two machine guns, 42 shotguns, 13 rifles, and a gun for humane animal killing, as well as 22 air weapons, 17 pistols, three parts of unidentified weaponry, three flare pistols, a toy imitation, two revolvers, a dart gun, and two BB guns. In addition ammunition, cartridges, tranquiliser darts, a nail gun, and a Samurai sword were also handed in, as well as 17 unclassified items.

Sunderland Echo, 4 December 2014

A black air rifle with a telescopic sight was stolen in the robbery of a property in Sunderland, Tyne and Wear. A saw, bottles of alcohol, and other items were also taken from the home.

BBC News, 22 November 2014

A week-long weapons amnesty put in place by the police force in County Durham, during which people could surrender guns or other weapons without fear of prosecution, has been declared a success. Police received pump-action shotguns, a muzzle-loading shotgun, a WWII semi-automatic rifle, a crossbow, starting pistols, rifles, a Victorian pocket revolver, air weapons, cartridges, shotgun shells, rounds of ammunition, and cans of incapacitating spray, which will all be destroyed.

Northampton Chronicle & Echo, 9 September 2014

The police force in Northamptonshire have released a statement making public the fact that they have carried out 16 firearms operations this year, with 24, 28 and 31 taking place in the past three years. This announcement was made in view of the launch of a firearms amnesty in the county, two weeks during which people will be able to hand in guns, ammunition, imitation guns, or air weapons without consequence. The last amnesty in the county was in 2003, when 523 weapons were collected for disposal.

Suffolk Free Press, 6 September 2014

Jewellery boxes, cash, collector coins, alcohol, and an air rifle were stolen in the burglary of a home in Sudbury, Suffolk. Police have appealed for information.

Evesham Journal, 21 November 2013

Two 12-guage shotguns, ammunition, and a .22 air rifle have been stolen from a property in Rock, Worcestershire. The robbers took the weapons while the residents were sleeping, removing a bathroom window to gain access to the property and taking the shotguns from a locked cabinet.

Rochdale Online, 4 November 2013

Police recovered a samurai sword, a dagger, an air rifle, over 20,000 illegal cigarettes, 40 kg of tobacco and a large quantity of erectile dysfunction drugs during a raid at an address in Middleton, Greater Manchester. The search was carried out after a man was seen selling illegal tobacco in a pub in the town and a 58-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of counterfeiting.

BBC News, 14 October 2013

Eight air rifles and a BB gun have been taken in the robbery of an sports equipment shop in Sunderland, Tyne and Wear. The weapons were taken after the shutters and windows were shattered to gain access.

Click Manchester, 27 October 2013

Over 50 suspected gang members have been arrested in one week, on suspicion of drugs and firearms offences and money laundering, after the launch of a multi-agency operation to crack down on organised crime throughout Greater Manchester. Police seized over £330,000 worth of drugs; £25,000 in cash; weapons including high-powered air rifles, a Taser, a BB gun, and a baton; seven high powered cars; and at least £2 million worth of counterfeit goods.

Rutland & Stamford Mercury, 5 October 2013

Police have so far received 20 shotguns, 11 air weapons, two blank firing pistols, a taser, a revolver, 97 bullets, 503 shotgun cartridges and some air pellets during a firearms amnesty in Leicestershire. This has been the first opportunity for residents of the area to anonymously hand in unlicensed and unwanted guns in over 10 years.

Southern Daily Echo, 3 September 2013

Hundreds of pounds worth of jewellery and electronic goods, £500 of garden tools, and a .22 calibre air rifle have been stolen from a house in Mottisfont, Hampshire. Police have appealed for information.

Romsey Advertiser, 2 September 2013

A Walther CP88 gas-fired airgun, jewellery worth £200, and £100 worth of foreign currency have been taken from a house in Sherfield English, Hampshire. The property was accessed through an open fanlight in a window on the ground floor while the 67-year-old occupant was out of the property for just 15 minutes.

Kent Online, 16 August 2013

A nine-year-old girl tripped and fell on a discarded air pistol and a Stanley knife while playing during a community event at a recreation ground in Deal, Kent. Police were alerted and removed the weapons later in the day, but were criticised by the chairman of the local Community Park Association for taking four hours to attend and remove the danger posed to children at the event.

Warrington Guardian, 9 August 2013

A 17-year-old male has been arrested after a series of police drug raids on properties in Warrington, Cheshire. The teenager was found in possession of cannabis and an air rifle at his home in the city.

Manchester Evening News, 27 June 2013

A 16-year-old boy was arrested after police discovered a number of weapons at his family home in Manchester. The property was searched after the teenager was stopped for using a disabled bus pass and found to illegally be in possession of a can of pepper spray.  Police recovered a rifle, an air gun, a stun gun, a lock knife, a 12-inch WWI shell, ammunition, pepper spray and body armour and the bomb squad safely detonated the shell. The teenager's father claimed that the guns were being held legally and that his son bought the self-defence spray after being mugged at knifepoint, despite the fact that possession of stun guns by civilians is prohibited.

The Northern Echo, 17 June 2013

A .22 snap lock air rifle has been stolen from a garage on a street in High Handenhold, County Durham. Police have appealed for information.

East Anglian Daily Times, 17 June 2013

Two 19-year-old students were arrested for possessing a firearm at their college in Woodbridge, Suffolk. Firearms officers who were deployed to the school  were able to locate one of the teenagers, who showed them where the pair had left the air pistol and identified the other student involved.

Get Bracknell, 24 May 2013

Police have seized a number of firearms from individuals in Surrey and Berkshire. A 27-year-old man was charged with dealing drugs and possessing a firearm, and police confiscated airguns from five young people in a separate incident.

Kent Online, 3 April 2013

Police were deployed after an airgun was reportedly stolen from a house near Canterbury, Kent and the suspect was said to have been spotted in the city. No arrests were reported.

Kent Online, 26 March 2013

Firearms officers were deployed after police received reports about a group of people with a gun in Lydd, Kent. The officers stopped and searched a vehicle and seized an air pistol and a number of allegedly stolen electronic items. Four men were arrested.

Basildon Recorder, 8 March 2013

A Beretta XX-Treme airgun, a laptop and a games console have been stolen from a property in Vange, Essex. The airgun was taken in a case which also contained two CS gas canisters, a suppressor, a scope and a tin of flat-head metal air pellets.

News Guardian, 8 March 2013

Four air rifles, 22 air pistols, an orange blank-firing pistol, some hunting knives and a satellite navigation system have been stolen from a car parked in North Shields, Tyne and Wear. The break in was reported to police, who have appealed for information.

This is Local London, 17 February 2013

Three muskets, an air rifle, a knife-gun, a loaded shotgun and four handguns have been found by a member of the public at a sports ground in Downham, south London. Police recovered the firearms.

Ipswich Star, 8 February 2013

An air weapon and jewellery have been stolen from a home in Ipswich, Suffolk. A man and a woman were seen in the neighbourhood around the suspected time of the burglary.

Lutterworth Mail, 6 February 2013

Two children found an air rifle hidden in some bushes in Lutterworth, Leicestershire. They did not touch the gun but told an adult who reported the find to the police. The weapon was recovered and identified as a gun that had been reported stolen in December.

Diss Express, 28 January 2013

Jewellery and an air rifle were stolen in a burglary of a home in Forncett St Peter, Norfolk. A vehicle is believed to have been used to reach the rural property and police have appealed for information about any one driving in the area.

Eastern Daily Press, 3 January 2013

A caravan and workshop have been vandalised and over £1000 of equipment - including tools, a generator, and an air rifle - have been stolen at an Air Scout camp in Fakenham, Norfolk. The robbers used a crowbar to gain access to the premises and broke into the gun cabinet containing the air weapon.

Eastern Daily Press, 8 November 2012

An air weapon has been stolen from a car parked in Barnham, Norfolk. The window of the vehicle was smashed to gain access to the before the .22 air rifle during the early hours of the morning.

Gloucestershire Echo, 25 October 2012

An air rifle with a telescopic sight  has been stolen from a garage at a property in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. The airgun, its case and a number of pellets were taken, and police have appealed for information.

Stroud News & Journal, 9 October 2012

Jewellery, cash, a cheque book, a baseball bat and an air rifle in its case have been stolen from a home in Hardwicke, Gloucestershire. The burglar appeared to have gained access to the house using a crow bar and hammer taken from a shed in the garden of the property.

Yate People, 20 September 2012

A 36-year-old man was arrested and charged with burglaries at non-domestic premises in Coalpit Heath, South Gloucestershire in which he stole charity boxes, money, tools and an air rifle.

BBC News, 8 August 2012

Police arrested six men in Bristol after reports that an illegal firearm was changing hands in the car park of the McDonalds restaurant. Officers said that cash and drugs had been found from a property searched in connection with the incident and an air rifle had also been recovered.

Shoreham Herald, 26 July 2012

A 5-month-old chihuahua, a passport, a deep-sea fishing diving spear gun and an air rifle were stolen from a property in Upper Beeding, West Sussex. The puppy was been reunited with its owner after media and police appeals but the weapons were not returned.

Gazette & Herald, 26 June 2012

An air rifle was stolen from a home in Scarborough, North Yorkshire. The firearm was taken after burglars entered an unlocked door in a home and took various items.

Middlewitch Guardian, 9 May 2012

A man has been arrested after armed police were called to Middlewitch, Cheshire following reports of a man with a shotgun. The suspect has been charged with possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence. A shotgun and two air rifles were seized and made safe.

Stamford Mercury, 2 May 2012

Eight individuals between the ages of 16 and 24 have been arrested in a series of dawn raids in London. Police seized crack cocaine, a cannabis factory and an air pistol at 17 properties in the Westminster and Brent areas. Those arrested are suspected of involvement in a series of crimes, including robbery, drug supply and looting in riots in August 2011.

BBC News, 1 May 2012

A break-in at a house in Stranraer, Dumfries and Galloway resulted in the theft of a low powered air pistol.  Police have appealed for information.

BBC News, 23 March 2012

Police recovered an air pistol, a crossbow and drugs from a flat in Oldham, Manchester. Officers arrested a 21-year-old man on suspicion of possessing drugs with intent to supply but no arrests relating to the weapons were reported.

Manchester Evening News, 28 February 2012

Police recovered an air rifle and a large amount of cannabis plants in Blackley, Manchester. Officers arrested five people upon uncovering the drugs factory.

Todmorden News, 24 February 2012

Police arrested a man in Todmorden, West Yorkshire after enduring a siege that lasted nearly three hours. Officers, who were executing a search warrant on the residence, reportedly recovered three air weapons from the home and arrested a suspect on suspicion of unlawful possession of a firearm.

Leicester Mercury, 17 February 2012

A shotgun and ammunition were stolen from a home in Leicester. Police said burglars forced open a safe and stole the legally held shotgun, 225 cartridges and an air rifle.

Shields Gazette, 8 February 2012

Police responded to reports of gunshots in South Tyneside as three men reportedly fled the scene by car. Officers caught the trio and recovered three airguns before cautioning the men for discharging air weapons in a public place.   

Halifax Courier, 2 February 2012

Police arrested a man in Todmorden, West Yorkshire who was carrying two weapons. Officers reportedly stopped a man behaving strangely and recovered an air pistol as well as a knife.

BBC News, 23 November 2011

Three women have been arrested in connection with a machine gun that was recovered from a home in Manchester. Police also recovered a loaded air pistol, and charged each of the three women with two counts of possession of prohibited weapons. 

Lynn News, 12 November 2011

Four teenage boys in Lynn were arrested after they reportedly stole a machete and air rifles from an allotment shed and threatened people with the weapons. One boy is alleged to have frightened cyclists by pulling the trigger on an unloaded air rifle as he pointed at them. The boys, aged 14 to 17, were all arrested and received various charges related to the burglary and possession of the weapons. 

Watford Observer, 4 November 2011

Police recovered 67 weapons in Watford and Three Rivers, Hertfordshire, in the past year. The haul includes a loaded airgun, a sawn-off shotgun, three imitation firearms and an additional gun.

Eastwood Advertiser, 17 October 2011

A man in Nottingham was arrested after police apparently recovered a loaded gun and the ingredients for a bomb at a flat. The man was charged with two counts of possessing an explosive substance for an unlawful purpose and two counts of possessing an air weapon contrary to restrictions placed on him, as well as possession of a firearm and prohibited ammunition.

SCOTLAND

BBC News, 1 August 2013

Almost £10,000 worth of cash, car parts, an airgun, and a sheep shearing machine have been stolen from a farm in Lockerbie, Dumfries and Galloway. Police have appealed for information.

Arbroath Herald, 6 February 2013

A black-coloured airgun, spanners and other tools have been stolen from a shed that was broken into at a farm in Inverkeilor, Angus.

Evening Times, 31 October 2012

Police have arrested 258 people and seized a number of airsoft guns in efforts to tackle organised crime across South Lanarkshire. £350,000 was also seized under the Proceeds of Crime Act, five tanning salons were fined for operating without a licence and a carwash and another tanning salon were closed.

Scotsman, 12 June 2012

Police arrested a man in Livingston and charged him with possessing an air rifle with a telescopic sight and a silencer in public. The suspect was also charged with trespassing, behaving in a threatening and abusive manner and drink driving both in a car and on a motorcycle.

Stirling Observer, 6 April 2012

An air gun was found in Lochearnhead on the bank of Loch Earn. A member of the public reportedly discovered the air rifle while fishing and handed it into police.

WALES

BBC News, 22 November 2014

Over 150 weapons have been surrendered to police during a two-week-long amnesty across Wales during which people were encouraged to surrender illegal, authentic, authentic, toy and imitation firearms, and ammunition to be destroyed. The weapons recovered included handguns, rifles, shotguns, air weapons, revolvers, and a large quantity of ammunition.

BBC News, 8 October 2014

A 33-year-old man has been arrested after he attempted to sell a shotgun through the social network site Facebook from his home in Rhyl, Denbighshire. After police were contacted about the attempted sale, they searched his home and second-hand shop and discovered two shotguns, a bolt-action shotgun, a revolver, and an air rifle. He has been released on bail following his arrest.

County Times, 25 June 2012

An airgun was stolen from a parked car in Newtown. Police said someone smashed a window of the car and took a multi-shot air rifle with a silencer that had been left on the rear seat.

South Wales Argus, 11 April 2012

Police responded to a suspected firearms incident in Bassaleg, Newport. Officers located a 19-year-old suspect and recovered the weapon in question, an air rifle. Police arrested the man on suspicion of possessing a firearm.


Other Incidents

ENGLAND

St Helens Star, 8 October 2014

Officers were dispatched when a man with an airgun was seen under an abandoned railway bridge near a primary school in St Helens, Merseyside. Police arrested a 21-year-old man on suspicion of possessing an air rifle in a public place.

Bristol Post, 6 October 2014

A 24-year-old man was arrested after a passer-by alerted police to two men in the centre of Weston-super-Mare, Somerset with what appeared to be a concealed handgun. Officers seized an airgun and some suspected cannabis.

Daily and Sunday Express, 6 October 2014

A police officer is under review by the Police Standards Department of the police force in Merseyside after he declared a business interest in a company which sells weapons such as bayonets, machetes, and knives; Nazi-themed paraphernalia; and 20 different types of realistic imitation guns including air rifles and pistols. He was previously part of the anti-gun and knife crime unit of the force but was moved and placed under monitoring after the unit was investigated for corruption in 2010.

Cambridge News, 1 October 2014

Two road signs were shot at with a high-velocity air rifle, one just 400 metres from residential buildings in Swaffham Prior, Cambridgeshire. At least 400 road signs throughout the UK have been shot through in this way since 2008.

Dorset Echo, 30 September 2014

An airgun has been used to smash expensive floodlights at a rugby club in Weymouth, Dorset on two separate occasions. The shots shattered the glass casing, leaving glass shards and pellets on the pitch and making some of the pitches unusable after dark. The lights will cost £1,000 to repair and reduce the amount of money able to be spent on community activities.

Gloucester Citizen, 29 September 2014

Armed police were called after several reports of gunfire in the centre of Gloucester. Officers discovered three men shooting at metal items with an air rifle in a fenced-off public area and warned the men that their guns would be seized if they did so again.

Bristol Post, 25 September 2014

Firearms officers were sent to a house near a primary school in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset after reports of air rifles being fired. No weapons were found and no arrests were made.

East Anglian Daily Times, 22 September 2014

A street light was shot at with an air rifle in Lowestoft, Suffolk, causing about £100 worth of damage. A group of young people were seen nearby with an apparent air weapon and police have appealed for information.

This is The West Country, 16 September 2014

Individuals were witnessed illegally using and handling air rifles on at least two occasions in one week on land around the reservoir in Chard, Somerset. Rangers have issued a reminder that weapons are not allowed on the reservoir due to the potential for harm to wildlife and other people, and have appealed for any suspect behaviour to be reported.

Cambridge News, 3 September 2014

Firearms officers were deployed after a passer-by saw three men with a rifle on a boat on the river in Grantchester, Cambridgeshire. They were discovered to have been wielding an air rifle, and police warned them against using this is a public place.

Gazette Live, 3 September 2014

Two homes and a community centre have been fired at with a suspected air rifle on a street in Stockton-on-Tees, County Durham. The shots left marks and holes on windows and doors but no one was injured.

The Star, 30 November 2013

The police force in South Yorkshire and the family of a 12-year-old boy who was accidentally shot dead by his friend with his father's air rifle in 2005 have released a film about the consequences of playing with air weapons to show in schools. The film, which details the circumstances of the boy's death will be shown as part of the force's Guns and Knives Takes Lives campaign in which firearms officers visit schools to talk about the dangers of weapons.

The Bolton News, 14 October 2013

Police searched an area of Bolton, West Yorkshire after reports that someone had fired an air rifle in the vicinity of a block of flats.

Shropshire Star, 29 August 2013

A pellet from an airgun narrowly missed a man who was working on his garden when it was fired from a neighbouring house in Church Stretton, Shropshire. The pellet hit a shed and police said they hoped to trace the person who had illegally fired the gun beyond the perimeter of their property.

Kent Online, 26 June 2013

Shots were fired in two separate incidents near a primary school in Ashford, Kent. Police were called after an air rifle was reportedly fired within earshot of the school and they spoke to a young person who had been firing at birds in nearby bushes. On a separate occasion officers also warned another child who was seen firing a BB gun in the area.

East Anglian Daily Times, 17 June 2013

Two 19-year-old students were arrested for possessing a firearm at their college in Woodbridge, Suffolk. Firearms officers who were deployed to the school were able to locate one of the teenagers, who showed them where the pair had left the air pistol and identified the other student involved.

The Hinckley Times, 14 June 2013

Firearms officers were deployed after residents reported hearing a noise like a gunshot on a street in Barwell, Leicestershire. A man was found to have fired an air rifle from his window into his garden but not to have committed any offence as he had used the gun within the confines of his own property.

News & Star, 15 May 2013

A 16-year-old male was witnessed carrying an uncovered air rifle on a street near a primary school in Carlisle, Cumbria. Armed police were sent to the scene where they spoke to the teenager and got him to hand over the weapon without a struggle.

This is Lancashire, 14 May 2013

The windows of a primary school in Blackburn, Lancashire have been shattered by airgun fire for the seventh time in a year. In the latest incident, the shots were believed to have been fired from the passenger window of a car as it drove past the premises and airgun pellets were recovered from the site of the damage. Police have appealed for information.

Newbury Weekly News, 7 May 2013

A 19-year-old man has been charged with having a firearm in a public place and driving a vehicle in a dangerous condition likely to cause injury in Thatcham, Berkshire. He was arrested after police recovered an air rifle when they stopped and searched his car in the town.

Lancashire Telegraph, 22 April 2013

Shots have been fired from an airgun at a notice board outside the cemetery in Darwen, Lancashire. The shooting caused only minor damage.

Nottingham Post, 16 April 2013

A small amount of cannabis and an air pistol have been recovered during police raids on properties in Nottingham. The searches were part of a wider operation to tackle drug dealing, guns and gang activity in the city.

Liverpool Echo, 13 April 2013

Armed officers were dispatched after reports that a man with a gun had entered a house on a street in Southport, Merseyside. Police arrested three men on suspicion of possessing an air rifle in a public place and confiscated the weapon.

Express & Star, 11 April 2013

A stained glass window of a church commemorating soldiers who died in WWII has been damaged after it was shot at with an airgun in Lye, West Midlands. The window was left with at least six holes in the glass which will cost between £500 and £1000 to repair.

Darlington & Stockton Times, 26 March 2013

Shots have been fired at the window of a pub in Darlington, County Durham. The property was damaged with what police believed to be a BB gun or airgun.

In-Cumbria, 26 March 2013

Police were deployed after a man with an air rifle who was suspected to be poaching was reportedly seen in Windermere, Cumbria. No weapon was recovered and no arrests were made.

Gloucestershire Echo, 12 March 2013

An air rifle has apparently been used to shoot the window of a shop in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. The shop owner discovered the bullet hole upon arriving in the morning to open the store, but no pellets have been found.

Portsmouth News, 28 February 2013

Plans to have airgun games in the corridors of a former military hospital in Gosport, Hampshire have been resisted by community groups, including a heritage organisation and former workers. The site developer confirmed that permission to use the building had never been granted to the airsoft firm.

Falmouth Packet, 26 February 2013

The windows of two properties in Falmouth, Cornwall are suspected to have been shattered by airgun fire. Police have appealed for information.

Stourbridge News, 28 November 2012

A 24-year-old man has been charged with possessing a prohibited air pistol modified to fire nine millimetre bullets, a bullet adapted to expand on impact and five nine millimetre cartridges at his home in Brierley Hill, West Midlands.

The Northern Echo, 24 February 2013

An air rifle was reportedly used to shatter windows and to shoot a dog in Bishop Auckland, County Durham. Police have appealed for information.

Harlow Star, 10 February 2013

Police in Essex have issued a warning to gun owners after 2012 saw at least four thefts of legally-held weapons from homes in the county. Police advised gun owners to ensure that: general security is of a high standard; guns are locked away in gun cabinets securely fitted to solid walls out of sight of casual observers; cabinet keys are never left on easy-to-find hooks near the cabinets or in drawers; keys are kept on the person at all times and a spare set hidden somewhere in the house; weapons are never left unattended in vehicles; and that any air weapons are also locked away, especially if there are young people under the age of 18 in the house.

Northampton Chronicle & Echo, 9 July 2012

Shots have been fired at a building undergoing renovation in Northampton with what is suspected to be an air rifle or BB gun. The property, which is being converted into a hotel, had windows broken on a number of different occasions and police have begun an investigation.

This is Wiltshire, 4 July 2012

Armed officers were called after teachers in Collingbourne, Wiltshire saw a man with an air rifle near the primary school. Police followed the 71-year-old to his home where he explained he had been hunting vermin at the recreational ground and had accidentally walked near school grounds.

Daily Echo, 19 April 2012

Police said a window was broken due to an air rifle being fired in Alresford, Essex. Six youths were reportedly seen with the weapon but escaped police pursuit.

The Sentinel, 13 February 2012

Four men were arrested and 'a number' of airguns were seized from a flat in Penkhull, Staffordshire after a fight broke out at a house party. A man was taken to hospital with a broken nose and facial injuries, but the airguns were not believed to have been fired.

Berwick Advertiser, 11 November 2011

A man was arrested in Belford, Northumberland and charged with possession of a firearm without holding a firearms certificate. He allegedly was sent an air weapon by his mother, who lives in the U.S., but customs intercepted it.

This is Wiltshire, 9 September 2011

A man was arrested when he was seen holding a firearm while cycling in Devizes, Wiltshire. Someone was spotted holding what appeared to be a rifle and ran from police, but a search ensued and officers detained a 19-year-old suspect. They charged him with possession of a firearm and theft, and recovered an air rifle nearby.

Daily Gazette, 13 September 2011

A suspected airgun attack on a community centre in Colchester, Essex resulted in a broken window. The centre had only been opened one week after ten years of effort to finish building it.

SCOTLAND

BBC News, 20 November 2013

Statistics released by the Scottish government show that the number of recorded firearms offences in Scotland has fallen by 32% from the previous year. The number of deaths and injuries also fell from 95 to 66 and there was only one homicide. However Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill said, "It is clear more must be done to tackle the number of crimes involving air weapons, which currently accounts for almost half of all offences.”

BBC News, 3 September 2013

The SNP-led government in Scotland has released details of 13 legislative bills planned for the upcoming year, including a licensing bill setting out plans to require air weapons to be licensed in order to improve public order and safety and reduce crime.

Dumfries Standard, 28 October 2011

A primary school in Dumfries was vandalised in what police believe was an airgun attack. Several windows were smashed at the school during the October holiday week.

BBC News, 26 July 2011

Police in Angus received reports that a man in a car was seen with an airgun. The man was spotted near the nature trail and police were pursuing information from witnesses.

WALES

 

News North Wales, 19 November 2013

A Freedom of Information Act request has revealed that 79 firearms have been seized by police across the county borough of Wrexham between January 2011 and September 2013. This includes the recovery of 18 shotguns and two handguns on one occasion this year. North Wales Police Inspector Mark Williams, said "The majority of issues involving firearms have been related to BB guns and air rifles, or are a result of licensing issues... We ask anyone who may inherit a firearm from a will or whilst clearing out a house to make police aware as we can come and collect them.”


Convictions, Sentences and Inquests

ENGLAND

Dewsbury Reporter, 9 December 2014

Glyn Powell has been handed a 12-month suspended sentence and been ordered to pay £425 in court costs for threatening to shoot two bailiffs outside his home in Kellington, North Yorkshire. The former councillor pointed a high-calibre air rifle at the victims and swore at them when they mistakenly came to collect unpaid council tax which was owed by a man of the same name, and threatened to cut them with a knife he brandished in one bailiff's face. The victims called armed officers to the property, but Powell locked himself inside for three hours before surrendering.

Shropshire Star, 29 November 2014

Kenneth Thomas, 81, has been handed a 16-month suspended sentence, and been ordered to forfeit his weapons and pay a £100 charge, after pleading guilty to possessing a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence in Telford, Shropshire. Thomas shouted at a group of three schoolchildren who were playing outside his window while waiting for the bus after school and pointed a .22 calibre air rifle at them. The victims ran away in fear and called police, who recovered the gun and several other weapons from the property.

Bradford Telegraph & Argus, 10 November 2014

Brendan Kelly, 41, has been jailed for three years and eight months for carrying out an armed robbery with an imitation gun at a bookmakers in Brighouse, West Yorkshire. He used a piece of metal piping to threaten workers, pointing the apparent sawn-off shotgun under the security screen at the victims. An employee handed over £150 and Kelly escaped but was arrested a week later, and admitted to having carried out the robbery, as well as a burglary carried out the month before in which he smashed a window and stole a deactivated machine gun and several air rifles from a gun store. He claimed to have carried out the robberies in an attempt to pay off drug debts, and to have passed on an imitation AK47 to a drug dealer.

Peterborough Today, 2 November 2014

Malcolm Parker, 56, has been jailed for six months, but without release until he no longer represents a threat to public safety, after pleading guilty to possession of an imitation gun in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire. He brandished the air pistol when he was seen by police getting out of a vehicle while wanted after his escape from an open prison where he was serving a minimum of 10 years for carrying out a spate of armed robberies on bookmakers following a previous 18-year sentence for manslaughter. When chased down after being seen he showed the officer the handle of the gun, and when the policeman pulled out his taser and called for backup, Parker produced his air weapon. The officer discharged the stun gun and Parker fled, abandoning his gun in a nearby garden shed, but was later arrested.

STV News, 1 October 2014

Darren Kilbryde has been jailed for 14 months for shooting and injuring two people with an airgun as they walked past his girlfriend's flat in Perth, Perth and Kinross. One victim required multiple surgeries to remove the pellet which had to be left in his abdomen for a year. Kilbryde, who admitting to shooting the victims "for fun", was arrested after police ascertained that the shots must have come from that particular flat. He was found in possession of a store of combat gear, a BB gun, an airgun, and ammunition which he had attempted to hide. Kilbryde had previously had an airgun and ammunition seized after a conviction for shooting dead a wild bird three years earlier.

The Guardian, 30 September 2014

Redouane Flissi has been given a 16-week suspended sentence and been fined £85 for shooting swans with an airgun over the river in Windsor, Berkshire and for one count of criminal damage. He was arrested after he posted a video he made of himself shooting the birds on a social networking site and was reported to police. Whilst in police custody he also destroyed a book belonging to the force.

Salisbury Journal, 26 September 2014

Peter John Cossburn has been fined £475 and been ordered to pay £85 court costs and a £47 victim surcharge for firing a .22 calibre break-barrel air rifle beyond the bounds of the fish farm on which it was allowed to be used.

Metro, 24 September 2014

Mark Lownds, 25, has been handed a 12-month suspended sentence with 100 hours of unpaid work; been subjected to an Anti-Social Behaviour Order prohibiting him from owning or possessing an air weapon; been ordered to pay £500 compensation, £1,000 costs and a £100 victim surcharge; and been placed under a 12-month restraining order banning him from contacting or approaching his neighbour in Trent Vale, Staffordshire. Lownds shot his neighbour in the testicles while he was walking his dog, during an ongoing dispute between the pair. The victim had to have the pellet surgically removed from his scrotum but made a full recovery from the injury.

Omskirk and Skelmersdale Advertiser, 22 September 2014

Liam Ryan, 17, has been jailed for six years for robbery and possession of an imitation firearm in Birkrig, Lancashire. He and two unidentified accomplices broke into the home of a 50-year-old man they believed to be wealthy and threatened him while under the influence of cannabis. The masked robbers struggled with the victim to get into his bedroom, pointed the gun at his head, and smashed him against a glass picture frame on the wall demanding money. One of the robbers told Ryan to shoot the victim and grabbed two gold chains he was wearing and a bracelet all worth £1,350; an iPod and its dock; and 1200 cigarettes before the trio escaped, telling the victim not to call police or they would return to shoot him. Ryan was arrested when police found men trying to sell the stolen cigarettes, and they recovered a realistic air pistol, the iPod and a balaclava from his home.

Lincolnshire Echo, 16 September 2014

Connor Scott, 19, has been sentenced to four years in a young offenders' institution after pleading guilty to two charges of attempted robbery and possession of a bladed article and a firearm in Louth, Lincolnshire. Armed with a machete, he demanded money from a female employee at a clothing exchange store and tried to get into her office but left without taking anything. He later brandished the knife at a supermarket cashier but fled when he was told the till couldn't be opened, and went home to arm himself with an air pistol. When confronted by police he got out the air weapon but was quickly arrested.

Express & Star, 14 September 2014

An inquest has found that Brian Franklin died from severe burns from setting fire to himself after threatening to also kill his wife at their home in Dudley, West Midlands. After the couple's marriage had broken up when he slit her wrist during a previous argument, Franklin broke into their former shared home armed with an air rifle and dragged her downstairs in front of their children. After locking them in the car, he poured petrol over them both and the house and threatened to set it alight. She was able to escape and call officers to the property, but her husband was killed by the fire he set in the house. He was said to be convinced he was going to serve jail time for the previous assault on his wife.

Kent Online, 12 September 2014

Mark Irwin, 23, has been handed an eight month suspended sentence with 200 hours of unpaid work after pleading guilty to possession of an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence in Strood, Kent. While intoxicated he took a carbon-dioxide powered air pistol to the home of his former girlfriend and mother of his child, with the intention of threatening her former boyfriend with whom she had cheated on Irwin. He returned home without taking the gun out but had been seen by a member of the public, who had reported him to police. Irwin had previously been cautioned for assault and affray at the age of 18, and reprimanded for another assault two years prior.

Kent and Sussex Courier, 10 September 2014

James Martin has been jailed for 20 months for carrying out a violent attack using an air pistol on a man who lived with the 26-year-old's sister in Tonbridge, Kent. He pointed the gun at his sister and the other victim while drunk and threatened to shoot the man. When he tried to escape Martin hit him with the gun, and was only prevented from causing further harm when firearms officers were called to the property and disarmed him.

Express & Star, 4 September 2014

Joanne Morris, a former soldier and nurse, has been jailed for seven years for having an extremely large stash of ammunition and explosives at her home in Bloxwich, West Midlands. Police searched her property over three-and-a-half days and discovered seven sticks of plastic explosives, with 16 metres of safety fuse and a firing device; a home-made bomb; 1,990 rounds of live ammunition including 476 cartridges designed to explode upon impact; parts of a 12-bore shotgun; 15 detonators; chemical warfare protection suits and ration packs; two samurai swords; a harpoon; and several air pistols. Army bomb experts had to be called in to explode detonators found buried in the garden. The raid was carried out after border agency staff intercepted a package of gun parts sent from the USA to her address. Morris was said to have a long-standing obsession with weapons and to have collected the cache over the last 20 years, both when a soldier and a member of a gun club, but also after losing her firearms licence when she accidentally shot someone in the leg whilst cleaning a revolver in her bedroom.

East Anglian Daily Times, 2 September 2014

Nigel Lyas has been given a six month suspended sentence, with nine months' supervision and a four-month curfew; been ordered to pay £1,000 compensation and £500 court costs; been banned from accessing firearms for 18 months; and has had his air rifle confiscated, after he used it to shoot a boy in the hand in Stowmarket, Suffolk. The victim required an operation under general anaesthetic to remove a pellet which lodged in his hand when Lyas got him to hold a stick as a shooting target at which he fired four times.

Southern Daily Echo, 4 January 2014

Andrew Wooff, 20, has been jailed for six years after pleading guilty to five burglaries, two charges of handling stolen goods and possession of ammunition while prohibited, and Richard Vincent, 23, has been jailed for five years after pleading guilty to four counts of burglary and two offences of handling stolen goods in Southampton, Hampshire. The pair carried out the robberies while still on probation after recently being released from prison, and stole cash, watches, jewellery, electronics, cars, and even ate food from the young families' fridges while they were sleeping. In one robbery a 96-year-old woman woke up to witness the pair going through her jewellery box, and they cut her helpline and telephone wires to prevent her calling for help. They left DNA in various locations and were caught on CCTV attempting to use stolen cards to get money out of cash machines. Wooff also stole an air rifle, an air pistol, ammunition and a machete form another property but was arrested after he posed with the weapons and police found the photo when they seized the phone on which it had been taken.

Bury Free Press, 3 January 2014

Simon West has been given a 10-month suspended sentence with 12 months' supervision, been banned from possessing an air weapon for 10 years, been ordered to attend an alcohol activity programme, and to pay £750 costs after pleading guilty to firing an unloaded air rifle at a group of young people outside his home in Coddenham, Suffolk. He took the firearm onto his front porch after the four victims had been tobogganing on a slope near his house and discharged it towards them as they ran off.

Oxford Mail, 14 December 2013

Grant Adams has been given a 12-month suspended sentence with supervision and been ordered to attend an alcohol treatment programme after pleading guilty to affray, possession of an imitation firearm, and shoplifting from a shop in Botley, Oxfordshire. He took two joints from the small supermarket but was followed to his car by employees who saw an air pistol on the seat of the vehicle, and when arrested he also confessed to having threatened to cut up and stab his housemate in the face with a large kitchen knife while drunk.

The Northern Echo, 12 December 2013

Dylan David Walton, 19, has been given a 12-month community order with 60 hours of unpaid work and been ordered to pay a £60 victim surcharge, for stealing a games console and an air pistol from his friend's house in Shildon, County Durham. He took the items when his friend left for work after he had stayed the night at his house.

Keighley News, 12 December 2013

An 18-year-old has been sentenced to a community order, and a 17-year-old has been handed a six-month detention and training order, for possession of a .22 rifle that was stolen from a gun club in Keighley, West Yorkshire. The rifle was among five others and nine air weapons taken from the club by robbers who broke in using sledgehammers, forced locked gun cabinets from the wall, and caused damage to the rest of the building. The teenagers were arrested after police recovered a phone belonging to a friend of the 17-year-old with photos of him playing with rifle on it in an abandoned factory. The court found that he was not aware that the gun was stolen although he had previously been jailed for 12 months for commercial burglary.

Stoke Sentinel, 9 December 2013

Karl Hulland has been handed a 12-week suspended sentence and a 12-month community order with supervision, his air rifle has been destroyed, and he has been ordered to pay £150 compensation, £300 in costs and an £80 surcharge for committing assault and causing criminal damage at his home in Abbey Hulton, Staffordshire. He fired an air rifle through a wooden door at his long-term partner after she locked herself in room during an argument with Hulland when he had been drinking. She was not hit by the pellet, but the door was damaged.

Liverpool Echo, 4 December 2013

Andrew Little has been jailed for eight years for carrying out three armed robberies in three weeks at convenience stores in Widnes, Cheshire. In the first two robberies he held the airgun to the head of a worker and escaped with cash, as well as cigarettes from the second store. In the third robbery he pushed an employee towards the till and demanded cash, threatening another staff member when they couldn't open it before escaping with cash on a bike.

Daily Mail, 3 December 2013

Paul Alton, 51, has been jailed for 30 months, and been given a five-year restraining order prohibiting him from contacting his wife, for assault; illegal possession of a prohibited weapon with a barrel less than 30 centimetres, a shotgun, and 74 .22 bulleted rifle cartridges; having a lock knife; and attempting to pervert the course of justice in Bacup, Lancashire. The guns were discovered after Alton struck the arm of a chair in which his wife was sitting with a lump hammer during an argument and she called police to report the weapons. The farmer was stopped in his car in possession of the knife and arrested, and officers recovered the homemade .22 rifle constructed from wood, belts and plastic tags attached to an air rifle barrel and capable of firing 74 rounds of expanding ammunition from the loft of his farm property. It was found to have been fired twice and police also discovered the unlicensed shotgun under the bed and the ammunition. Alton had previously had a shotgun licence but it had been taken away and his application for a new one rejected. He claimed that the rifle had been given to him by his uncle was and intended for the humane killing of cattle, and it was on these grounds that he avoided the five-year minimum mandatory prison term for illegal possession of firearms.

Express & Star, 29 November 2013

Jake Berry, Rhys Dwyer and Daniel Fry have each been given an eight-month suspended sentences with an 18-month community order and 120 hours of unpaid work, been fined £480, and been prohibited from keeping dogs for two years after being found guilty of offences linked to badger baiting in private woods in Essington, Staffordshire. The trio was arrested after a passer by saw them enter the private area with dogs and called police officers, who witnessed them lying on the ground with their hands down the entrance to a badger sett and found them in possession of fox’s tail, an air rifle, and a tomahawk axe.

Retford Guardian, 26 November 2013

Frederick Archer, 58, has been handed a 12-month community order and been ordered to pay £85 court costs and a £60 victim surcharge for buying a high-powered air rifle without having a firearms certificate and possessing cannabis in Bircotes, Nottinghamshire. He was also ordered to forfeit the rifle and drugs.

Croydon Advertiser, 22 November 2013

Frank Day, 65, has been handed a 12-month community order with 40 hours of unpaid work, and been ordered to pay £60 compensation and £85 court costs after assaulting another man and firing an air rifle in New Addington, south London. The active EDL member beat up his victim before firing the gun from his property. The weapon has been seized for destruction.

Kent Online, 22 November 2013

Chidi Eneh, 19, has been jailed for eight months for threatening three young boys with an air rifle on a street in Strood, Kent. Eneh approached the 10 and 11-year-olds when they were riding their bikes and told them to get onto their knees with their hands up. Although they were crying with the fear of being shot, Eneh continued to point the unloaded weapon at them and told them he was teaching them to be manly. Eneh, who already had a caution for having a similar weapon in public, was arrested after one of the boys reported the incident to his police officer father.

Oxford Mail, 22 November 2013

Gareth Dodd has been ordered to pay £30,090 under the Proceeds of Crime Act after police discovered cannabis, MDMA, an air rifle, and that quantity of cash during a search of his home in Yarnton, Oxfordshire in 2011. He had the gun despite being prohibited from possessing firearms and £80 of the cash was found to be counterfeit.

The Sentinel, 13 November 2013

Lewis Ball has been handed a 12-month community order with supervision, has been ordered to complete 100 hours unpaid work, to pay £85 costs and £100 compensation, and has been prohibited from having any kind of firearm for three years after shooting a 12-year-old boy in the head when he fired an airgun at pigeons in a park in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire. The pellet hit the victim behind his ear and Ball was later arrested.

Your Local Guardian, 11 November 2013

Three boys aged 10 and 11 have been handed a Youth Conditional Caution and been ordered to work at an animal shelter or charity, receive education on the dangers of firearms, and attend sessions on the consequences of crime for using an air weapon to shoot 64 doves in a dovecote in Bookham, Surrey. They killed 50 of the birds, injured nine others so severely that they later died and left only five alive. The founder of the Wildlife Aid Foundation, which treated the doves, said, "I think the kids or parents should be made to pay... The parents are at fault and nothing much is going to happen to them. They let the kids go out with the gun."

West Sussex County Times, 5 November 2013

Eric Kingston, 47, has been jailed for 12 months for shooting two men with an air rifle in Horsham, West Sussex. The victims were free running along rooftops in the town at the time and sustained injuries to their arms back and abdomen. One of the men required surgery for his wounds.

Leicester Mercury, 1 November 2013

Alexander Morrison has been jailed for one year after pleaded guilty to affray, punching another man and causing criminal damage by firing his air rifles inside his rented flat in Thurmaston, Leicestershire. Armed police were called to his flat after his neighbours reported him firing shots while drunk, but Morrison refused to come out. He initially told police the guns were only BB guns and offered to hand them over but then threatened to use a hand grenade, explosives and a nine-millimetre handgun to kill officers. During the nine-hour siege he fired his rifle through the window into the street repeatedly, and used broken window glass to cut himself before he eventually surrendered. Prior to the incident Morrison had made several visits to his GP reporting feelings of panic and paranoia; reliance of drugs and alcohol; and the feeling that other people were trying to hurt him, but nothing had been done to take the guns from his possession.

Bradford Telegraph, 1 November 2013

Jason O'Driscoll, 41, has been handed a 12-month community order with supervision and a six-month alcohol treatment programme after he brandished an airgun at members of the public when drunk in Keighley, West Yorkshire. O'Driscoll, who has severe mental and physical disabilities, pointed the gun at people and vehicles causing people great distress, before he was disarmed by an acquaintance.

The Yorkshire Post, 25 October 2013

Russell Fairchild, 47, has been jailed for three years for the manslaughter of his 24-year-old friend, who he shot in the head with an air rifle at a property in Sheffield, South Yorkshire. He fired the air weapon during a prank while high on cannabis and drunk, believing it to be unloaded. The pellet hit the victim above his eye and lodged in his brain and he died in hospital six days after the shooting from his head injuries.

BBC News, 22 October 2013

William Liddell, 59, has pleaded guilty of threatening to shoot a group of people in the face with an air rifle at his neighbour's flat in Dundee. He confronted his neighbour and her friends during a party and threatened to shoot them if they did not reduce the noise. He reportedly confronted the group after his wife was pushed against the banister by their neighbour when she had asked for quiet because she had work in the morning. He was later fined £700 for the firearms offence (BBC News, 19 November 2013).

The Northern Echo, 21 October 2013

James Cafferty, 40, has been jailed for 12 months for threatening to shoot his neighbour with an air rifle in an ongoing dispute at their homes in Chilton, County Durham. He shouted abuse at his neighbour who was in his garden two houses away before telling him, “I’ve got a gun and I’ll kill you.” He then armed himself with the airgun and was arrested when his neighbour's wife called the police.

Halesowen News, 14 October 2013

Warren Kenneth Harper has been fined £50 and been ordered to pay a £20 victim surcharge and £85 court costs for having an air rifle in a public place in Halesowen,  West Midlands.

Birmingham Mail, 9 October 2013

Shaun Havelin has been jailed for two years and six months for possessing a firearm, intimidating a witness and causing grievous bodily harm, and he was also given a five-year restraining order banning him from any contact with his ex-girlfriend in Oldbury, West Midlands. He threatened his mother after discovering she was going to testify against him, put on his English Defence League sweater and told her, "I want to die in this". He then took his air rifle to the home of an Asian family and shouted racial abuse at the property while holding the gun, causing people in the area to fear he would use the gun against them. He was given the restraining order after causing grievous bodily harm to his former partner when he punched her on the street and left her with a fractured eye socket.

Newham Recorder, 8 October 2013

Giedrius Skliaudys has been jailed for four years for using a loaded air pistol to steal cigarettes and alcohol from a store and Nerijus Rutkahskas has been jailed for two and half years for acting as a lookout outside the premises in East Ham, east London. Skliaudys attempted to take wine from the shop, and shortly after to take beer, but was tackle by a shop worker who has hit on the head by an unnamed accomplice and left on the ground with cuts and bruises. He later returned to the shop with what looked like a handgun and threatened to kill members of staff, before escaping with brandy and cigarettes. The pair were followed by a taxi driver who called the police, and they were arrested.

Leicester Mercury, 7 October 2013

Four teenagers, aged between 16 and 18, have been jailed for a total of 27 years for using a realistic air pistol to carry out a series of five armed robberies in three days across Leicestershire. In one robbery they shot a shop worker in the arm and chest and punched a person in the face in another shop where they fired three shots. The masked group also attacked two lone workers and shot at a cabinet above one victim's head, escaping with a total of over £1650 and some packets of cigarettes. During the last robbery, the group were chased by police at high speed through a busy area and crashed their vehicle into a parked car. The teenagers were arrested within a few days of the robberies.

Chronicle Live, 3 October 2013

John Charlton has been handed a 12-month suspended sentence for possessing three air weapons that had been modified to have three times the legal power limit without a certificate and possessing amphetamine at his home in Amble, Northumberland. The drugs and guns were confiscated during a raid of his home but the weapons were mistakenly given back to Charlton after he was charged when he went into the police station to collect his personal effects while he was on bail. He reportedly disposed of them in order to avoid committing further offences and Northumbria police claimed to be investigating the error.

Newham Recorder, 28 September 2013

Raphael Salau and Victor Agostinho have been jailed for nine years each for a violent attack on two workers during the armed robbery of a business in Newham, east London. The masked pair pushed an imitation gun into the chest of a staff member, telling him it was real and demanding cash. When the victim shouted for help, the gun was pointed at the neck of a second employee who pushed it away before both victims were sprayed in he face with liquid ammonia and the assailants fled in a getaway vehicle. They were witnessed and followed by a passer-by and an off-duty police officer who provided a description of the vehicle that led to their arrest less than two hours later. The pair were found in possession of a bottle of ammonia, an air pistol and ball bearings as well as a handwritten note demanding cash and threatening to shoot.

Your Local Guardian, 25 September 2013

Louis Browning has pleaded guilty to possessing a firearm, and has been found guilty of having a firearm with intent to endanger life, causing grievous bodily harm, robbery and false imprisonment in Wallington, South London. He and a group of other men attacked a man on the street and also inside a van, hitting him with a shotgun, stabbing him in the legs and face and stealing his mobile phone, keys and trousers. Police recovered two live cartridges, a gas-powered air pistol, and the sawn-off shotgun from where it was hidden in a ceiling space during a search of Browning's home a few days after the assault.

Harlow Star, 24 September 2013

Tomasz Witczak has been jailed for six months after pleading guilty to possessing an imitation firearm in a wooded area in Harlow, Essex. He was seen by a man who came across him holding what appeared to be a handgun while drinking with three others, and the witness called armed police to the area. When Witczak was located he threw a bag containing the broken gas-powered air pistol loaded with ball bearings into some bushes from which it was recovered by officers.

Grimsby Telegraph, 18 September 2013

Daniel Capes has been handed a 36-week suspended sentence with 120 hours of unpaid work and been ordered to pay a £100 victim surcharge for threatening a bailiff with an unloaded air rifle when he visited Capes at his home in Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire. The bailiff went to the property and spoke to Capes over the phone to discuss items at the property that could be used to pay outstanding council tax, but he became agitated when his car was mentioned and both Capes and his partner shouted at the victim before he armed himself with the gun. The bailiff escaped and armed police were sent to the scene where they discovered the rifle and Capes was arrested.

The Sentinel, 18 September 2013

Mark Seddon, 43, has been jailed for 12 months and had his .22 calibre air rifle destroyed after he brandished it in the street while drunk in Cheadle, Staffordshire when his former wife prevented their children from visiting him. He was seen with the gun by his neighbours and they wrestled it from him when he said he was carrying bullets. When police arrived at the scene, Seddon did not follow their instructions and a taser was used to subdue and detain him.

BBC News, 16 September 2013

Simon Tandy, 48, has been jailed for four years for threatening police officers with his licensed air rifle when they attended reports of a domestic incident at his home in Keynsham, Somerset. The gun was unloaded but officers did not know this when he pointed it at them and fired it, and Tandy was shot in the leg with a baton round and a live round.

Halesowen News, 3 September 2013

Daniel Bray has been jailed for two years after pleading guilty to attempted robbery and possession of an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence at an off licence in Rowley Regis, West Midlands. He covered his face with a scarf and sunglasses and attempted to rob the shop with a .177 air pistol after he had previously had his card declined at there, but his distinctive necklace and voice were recognised by a shop worker and he was told to leave.

Northampton Chronicle & Echo, 29 August 2013

Marc Turnbull has been jailed for 20 weeks and been banned for owning any animal for 20 years for causing unnecessary suffering to a dog in Northampton. He shot his pet dog six times with an airgun and then hit him over the head with a spade after he had reportedly failed to to sell the pet when his family became frustrated with its behaviour. Turnbull is suspected to have put the dog in a plastic bin bag before dumping him in a ditch next to a motorway lay-by, leaving him underweight, with a deep head wound, and bleeding eyes. He was found three days later by a rubbish cleaner and underwent surgery to remove the pellets, but only three could be extracted from his head. Turnbull was arrested after he was traced from his dog's microchip, and police recovered the airgun from his home.

The Bolton News, 16 August 2013

Zoltan Balogh has been jailed for five months, prohibited from driving for 12 months and been ordered to pay a £100 victim surcharge after pleading guilty to drink driving, possessing a false document, and possessing a knife, an air pistol and a baton on a road in Bolton, Greater Manchester. He was stopped by police for driving dangerously while over the limit, but gave them a provisional licence that was in someone else's name and proof of insurance with a different date of birth. Officers then found a five-inch knife, the airgun and a baton in the back of his car and he was arrested.

Yorkshire Evening Post, 12 August 2013

Ashley Bruines, 18, has been ordered to do 180 hours of unpaid work, and to pay £500 compensation as well as £240 court costs for shooting a 14-year-old boy in the leg with an air rifle in Otley, West Yorkshire. Bruines shot at the victim from above, leaving him in need of an operation to remove the pellet from his leg.

Sunderland Echo, 12 August 2013

Ryan Henderson has been jailed for 13 months for being aggressive towards his disabled mother with an air pistol at her home in Sunderland, Tyne and Wear. After arguing with the victim, who uses a wheelchair due to her multiple sclerosis, he smashed a door in the house and picked up a .177 air pistol before handing her some diazepam tablets and telling her to take an overdose and to "Do it right this time". The victim's carer witnessed the abuse and called police to the scene where they found 1,200 diazepam tablets and the airgun in the back garden.

Lancashire Telegraph, 11 August 2013

Jordan Proctor has been jailed for three years and four months after pleading to using a firearm to commit an offence and assault causing actual bodily harm in Rossendale, Lancashire. Having consumed large quantities of alcohol, Proctor had become angry when the friend he was visiting late at night went to bed, and confronted two men in the street as they were on their way home. He shouted abuse at them and waved the realistic airgun before holding it close the face of one of the victims and pistol-whipping him twice on the head, while the other man ran for help. Police chased and arrested the victim, and recovered the weapon, its case, and some pellets.

The Star, 3 August 2013

Andrew Beaumont has been jailed for 15 months for firing an air rifle three times in public while banned from possessing weapons in Sheffield, South Yorkshire. Beaumont shot at a sign on a street in the city, frightening members of the public who were nearby. No one was injured but Beaumont had been prohibited from possessing weapons at the time because of a previous jail sentence and was arrested.

West Briton, 1 August 2013

Andrew Perkin, 41, has been found guilty in his absence of causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal after shooting a cat at close range and leaving it to die in his garden in Boscarnek, Cornwall. He tried to hit the animal with a metal bar and then borrowed an air rifle and shot the stray from a distance of three feet, leaving him to die from ruptures to his lung and diaphragm that caused his lungs to fill with blood. Perkin claimed to have attacked the animal in an attempt to keep it from harassing his own female cats.

Lancaster Guardian, 14 June 2013

Stephen Kay has been jailed for seven years for carrying out a hate campaign against his former college in which he planted a bomb at his home in Heysham, Lancaster. Kay began the attacks after his employer rejected complaints of alleged bullying by the victim. He him sent a package in the post  which contained two mouse traps modified to fire blank .22 cartridges and a note in which he threatened to burn down his house and murder his wife, but they did not activate and the victim did not report the incident. Nine months later he set up an improvised explosive device containing petrol, black powder, lead shot and ball bearings that was tied to the back door with a clothes line, but this did not detonate as intended when the victim's wife opened the door. A letter was also intercepted in which Kay threatened to kill the victim and the victim found a mechanism under his car parked outside his house which created a burn mark. At the time Kay was seeing a psychiatrist for a paranoid desires to kill his colleagues, but he was only discovered a decade after the incidents when Kay boasted on social media site Facebook about it being the "10th anniversary of the IED incident". During his arrest police discovered an air rifle with firing power above the legal limit, two CS gas canisters, military memorabilia, replica weapons and a mechanism for spraying intruders with UV powder.

Wales Online, 13 June 2013

Ian Lewis Paul Martel has been handed an eight-month suspended sentence with supervision and 100 hours of unpaid work, been ordered to pay a £100 statutory charge and complete a thinking skills programme, and had his rifle forfeited for destruction after he fired the unloaded air pistol over the heads of a group of boys outside his home in Oakdale, Caerphilly. He fired the gun after he had engaged in a snowball fight with the young boys, but had became angry when they would not stop throwing snow and ice at the windows of his house.

Get Surrey, 28 May 2013

Mark Holman has pleaded guilty to possessing a firearm, while banned from doing so for five years because of a previous prison sentence, at his home in Merstham, Surrey. Police seized his air rifle after he drunkenly shot at the sheds and windows of his neighbours' houses while some of them were inside their homes.

Plymouth Herald, 25 May 2013

Andrew Jackson has been handed a 12-month community order with 150 hours of unpaid work, £85 costs and a £145 victim surcharge and David Pinney has been given a 12-month community order with 120 hours of community service, £85 costs and a £40 victim surcharge for possessing a loaded firearm in a public place. The pair were arrested by police who were despatched after a report from the member of the public that they had a gun on public land, and officers recovered two loaded air rifles from the boot of their car.

BBC News, 16 May 2013

Mark Cook has been jailed for 12 weeks for shooting a Police Community Support Officer with an airgun in Torquay, Devon. He shot the officer in his stab vest with a plastic pellet after becoming angry when he dropped some milk on the street, pointed the gun at a passer by, shooting the PCSO when he was called to investigate. He then laughed as he shot the gun again from the window of his flat.

BBC News, 7 May 2013

A 16-year-old boy has been handed a year-long youth rehabilitation order, with a three-month tagged curfew and 40 hours of unpaid work after he shot his girlfriend with an air rifle in Gloucester. He shot the victim in the back with the gas-powered weapon, leaving her gasping for breath with a punctured lung and fearing for her life. The shooting was said to have been reckless but not deliberate, but before shooting the victim he had been found guilty of assaulting a police officer, disorderly behaviour and battery.

Times & Star, 6 May 2013

Joshua William Ray has been given a 12-month community order with supervision and been ordered to forfeit his air pistol, attend alcohol awareness and thinking skills programmes and to pay £85 costs with a £60 victim surcharge for taking the pistol with him and brandishing it during a pre-arranged fight between Daniel Kevin Barker and another young person at a park in Carlisle, Cumbria. Barker, 20, was fined £40 with £85 costs and a £20 victim surcharge after pleaded guilty to a public order offence of using threatening words or behaviour to cause harassment, alarm, or distress in the during the fight. Ray took the pistol out and brandished it when he was threatened by some youths in the group of 20 who had congregated for the fight because they thought he was attempting to intervene. Frightened members of the public called armed officers to the scene and Ray was arrested in possession of the unloaded air weapon.

Lancashire Evening Post, 5 May 2013

David Bradburn has been jailed for four years for shooting his neighbour in the head with an air pistol in a common area where they lived in Morecambe, Lancashire. The 60-year-old shot the victim after he allegedly looked at him in the wrong way, and asked the victim if he knew what the weapon was before firing six shots at his head. Bradburn continued to shoot the victim as he tried to escape, leaving him in need of an operation to remove the pellets.

St Albans & Harpenden Review, 1 May 2013

Stephen Lawrence has been jailed for three years after pleading guilty to theft and common assault and pointing an imitation assault rifle at a police officer on a street in London Colney, Hertfordshire. Officers were sent to the scene after he was seen walking in the town dressed in military clothing and carrying the realistic airgun. When he was tracked down by police, Lawrence crouched down and aimed the weapon at the officer's chest from a distance of only 10 feet. When police heard a popping sound they realised the weapon was an airgun and disarmed Lawrence using an incapacitant spray, he was arrested and the unloaded gun was seized. He was reported to be well-known in the area for wearing military clothing in public and to have been arrested while already on bail for punching an employee and stealing a can of cider from a shop in the town.

The Northern Echo, 29 April 2013

Graeme Lee Brown has been given a conditional discharge and ordered to pay £85 costs and forfeit his air rifle for destruction after he shot down a pigeon while testing the weapon at his home in Spennymoor, County Durham. The soldier admitted unlawfully firing the gun beyond the boundaries of his own garden but claimed not have known he had hit the bird. Police were contacted after Brown's neighbours found the shot pigeon on their driveway and saw him with the airgun.

BBC News, 26 April 2013

Tomasz Szymanski has been jailed for 18 months for threatening two men with an air pistol outside a nightclub in Shrewsbury, Shropshire. He swore at people, held the unloaded weapon against the head of one of the victims and threatened to shoot the other in the chest. He was later arrested at his home and claimed he had taken the gun to the club in order to impress people.

BBC News, 23 April 2013

Yang Li has been jailed for 12 months and ordered to pay £4,800 costs for attempting to bribe his tutor to change his dissertation mark while carrying a loaded air pistol at the university in Bath, Somerset. During a meeting to discuss his options after being awarded a failing mark, Li put £5,000 on the desk but was told to leave and as he did so, the gun fell from his pocket. The professor was shaken but unharmed by the incident.

Wakefield Express, 20 April 2013

Ronnie Hudson, 63, has pleaded guilty to possessing a shotgun, 30 cartridges and three air rifles, while banned from having firearms for life due to a previous jail sentence, in Wakefield, West Yorkshire. He was captured on CCTV leaving a fully functional shotgun next to a railway track, and police recovered the cartridges and air rifles from his home in the town. Hudson claimed to have discovered the gun after seeing a group of men leaving something in the woods and to have put the gun on the railway line without its ammunition where he knew it would be discovered.

Halesowen News, 16 April 2013

Gary Burch has been placed under three-year supervision on condition he undergoes an alcohol treatment programme after pleading guilty to possessing an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence. He pointed the realistic fake nine millimetre handgun at a paramedic when the ambulance service was called to his home in Oldbury, West Midlands. The victim was able to force Burch to drop the gun, which was later found to be an air pistol.

Southern Daily Echo, 8 April 2013

Marcus Webb, 18, has been given a 34-week suspended sentence, with 18 months' supervision and 100 hours of community work, for pointing an air rifle at his stepfather and arming himself with a knife at the culmination of an ongoing family argument at his home in Damerham, Hampshire. He pointed the gun at the victim, shouted abuse, and threatened to shoot him after he intervened in an argument between Webb and his mother. When the rifle was taken from him the following day, he armed himself with a knife and threatened to kill himself, before later turning himself into the police.

Swindon Advertiser, 29 March 2013

David Sanders has pleaded guilty to possessing cocaine and a bladed article, and possessing an imitation firearm in a public place. He held the airgun in the direction of a motorist who believed that the weapon was being aimed at him, although Sanders denied that he had intended to point the weapon at anyone on the road near Swindon, Wiltshire.

Southern Daily Echo, 25 March 2013

Ian Seymour has been jailed for two years for carrying an air rifle and pellets in public and for doing so when prohibited because of a jail sentence for a previous offence in Hampshire. He was arrested after a concerned passerby saw Seymour and a group of others with what appeared to be a shotgun and called police.

News & Star, 21 March 2013

Ryan Dixon has been jailed for four years after he pleaded guilty to possessing a gun with intent to cause fear of violence, being in possession of an air weapon within five years of being released from prison, assault while shouting racist insults, common assault, stealing a mobile phone and deliberately damaging a car at a takeaway in Whitehaven, Cumbria. Dixon went to the takeaway where his father worked after his dad had confiscated but then returned the air rifle from a teenager in Dixon's company who had pointed the weapon at his car.  He then confronted his father, and hit another employee in the face when she tried to intervene. He racially insulted the owner and hit him in the face with the gun but was disarmed after a struggle with the victim. He fled, kicking the wing mirrors off his father's car, smashing in the window with a brick and stealing a mobile phone from a passerby as he left. Police found Dixon the following day hiding at a friend's house and he was arrested.

The Oxford Times, 19 March 2013

Akbar Hussain has been jailed for nine months for possessing an air rifle, when prohibited from doing so for five years due to a previous prison sentence, at his home in Banbury, Oxfordshire. Police discovered the break barrel spring-fired weapon when they visited the property on a separate matter.

Express & Star, 16 March 2013

Two boys, aged 13 and 14, have been given referral orders and ordered to pay £200 compensation to a 77-year-old women they shot in the head with an air rifle outside the hospital in Wolverhampton, West Midlands. The victim had just left the hospital but required surgery to remove the pellet embedded in her skull. While she was inside receiving treatment, the pair fired at her husband and a security guard. The gun has been ordered to be destroyed.

Liverpool Echo, 13 March 2013

Nerijus Stankaitis, 26, has pleaded guilty to having a realistic Gamo carbon dioxide-powered air pistol and a large hunting knife in his hold luggage at John Lennon Airport in Liverpool, Merseyside. He was removed from the plane when he became disruptive after boarding and the firearm and blade where discovered during a search of his bags.

Southern Daily Echo, 8 March 2013

Hiram Braithwaite, 55, has been jailed for seven years after he and an unidentified accomplice assaulted a man who they mistakenly believed was part of a rival drug gang, and he was found to have seven knives and a load revolver air pistol at his home in Islington, north London. The victim was blindfolded, tied up and threatened with a knife before his assailants realised they had attacked the wrong address and broke his mobile phone as they fled.

Northampton Chronicle & Echo, 28 February 2013

Mark Vevers, 50, has pleaded guilty to using a loaded airgun to imprison a woman at his home in Northampton. The victim went to his house to collect a repayment of a loan he had taken out from an online company when Vevers pointed the gun at her and prevented her from leaving. He took £485 from her person and then marched her to a cashpoint and forced the victim to withdraw an additional £300 from her account. He released after an hour and a half and was later arrested.

Leicester Mercury, 25 February 2013

Ram Odedra has been jailed for 20 months and been given a two-month restraining order for threatening to kill his former girlfriend with an air rifle after their four-month relationship broke down in Leicester. After the break-up he sent her threatening text messages made over 50 missed calls a day to her phone. When she answered he threatened to shoot her and sent her a picture of himself holding a black air rifle, prompting her to call police, after which he was arrested and the gun seized.

Oxford Mail, 19 February 2013

Barry Haydon has been jailed for 12 months for possessing an Enfield revolver, an air rifle and ammunition at his home in Burford, Oxfordshire. The weapons were recovered during an investigation into a plot to smuggle £50 million of cannabis into the UK in 2010, in which Haydon's involvement was minor. The 69-year-old avoided the five-year statutory minimum sentence for possession of a prohibited firearm as he is suffering from cancer and is only expected to live for five years.

The Sentinel, 16 February 2013

Kabir Abubakar and Joshua Allen have both been jailed for 30 months in a young offenders' institution for robbing a taxi driver at gunpoint using an airgun in Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire. The pair got into the taxi and guided the driver to a dead-end before holding the gun to his head and demanding money. The 18-year-olds escaped with at least £140 in cash. Police arrested the pair and recovered an air pistol and a gas canister after receiving a tip-off as to their identity."

North Devon Journal, 7 February 2013

Dean Eric Truby has had a 12-month jail sentenced reduced to five months on appeal against a conviction for illegally possessing a double-barrelled shotgun, an air rifle, and expanding bullets at his home in Knowle, Devon. He pleaded guilty to possession of the weapons after they were recovered by police executing a warrant at the property.

Tottenham Journal, 6 February 2013

Vincent Barnes has been jailed for two years for threatening an employee at an off licence with an realistic airgun in Wood Green, north London. He took the gun to the shop after the shopkeeper took money he claimed was owed for previous purchases. The threats resulted in a struggle outside the premises during which the victim was able to wrestle the weapon from his assailant. Barnes was arrested shortly afterwards after he was identified using CCTV footage and DNA from the weapon.

Times & Star, 1 February 2013

Stuart Armstrong, 52, has been placed under year-long probation supervision, ordered to pay court costs, and had his airgun destroyed after he pleaded guilty to using it to threaten two workmen outside his home in Whitehaven, Cumbria. Armstrong swore at the men and pointed a .22 air rifle at them from an upstairs window after the noise of their hedge-cutting woke him up. Armed officers were deployed after the victims reported to police that they were afraid of being shot, but Armstrong claimed to have being pointing a fishing rod at the men. Armstrong was arrested and the gun was later found hidden behind a wall.

Keighley News, 25 January 2013

Kevin Robinson, 53, has been given a 12-month community order and has his air rifle confiscated after he took it out in an attempt to scare off a group of young people from outside his home in Keighley, West Yorkshire.

Daily Mail, 17 January 2013

Bill Worthington, 75, has pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to an animal after he trapped a squirrel in a cage and shot it five times in two hours with an air rifle but failed to kill it in the garden of his home in Stockport, Greater Manchester. His actions were reported to the RSPCA by a neighbour and the animal, who collected the animal so it could be put down humanely.

North-West Evening Mail, 13 January 2013

Andrew More has been given a four-month suspended sentence with 12 months' supervision and mandatory attendance at an alcohol treatment programme after he took an unloaded air rifle to a pub in Barrow, Cumbria while banned from having a weapon for five years for a previous conviction.

The Sentinel, 11 January 2013

Michael Prince, 18, has been jailed for 8 weeks in a young offenders' institution for using an air rifle to shoot and kill 18 ducks on a canal in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire. He was arrested after he and his accomplice posted pictures of the dead birds on the Internet.

Jarrow & Hebburn Gazette, 11 January 2013

Zbigniew Chrostowski has been handed a 12-month community order with 150 hours of unpaid work for pointing an air pistol at his neighbour's head when she knocked on his door to complain about loud music coming from his house in Sunderland, Tyne and Wear. Zbigniew brandished the imitation weapon, pointed it at the victim's head and swore at her before she called the police and he was arrested.

The Bristol Post, 8 January 2013

Andrew Pullin, a former soldier from Bristol, has been given an 18-month suspended sentence with supervision and a ban on contacting his wife after he threatened to kill her and his father-in-law. While suffering with post traumatic stress disorder after returning from active duty, Pullin told his wife he had a gun and bullets and threatened to shoot her. He also threatened to shoot his wife's father and told police he had an air rifle and that his wife was going to "get it".

Redditch Standard, 4 January 2013

Lesley Guy, 69, has been ordered to pay £250 - consisting of a fine, court costs, compensation and a victim surcharge - after he pleaded guilty to shooting a nine-year-old boy when he fired an air rifle over the fence of his home in Redditch, Worcestershire. Guy fired a pellet during target practice which flew over a fence and a roof before hitting the victim in the chest as he walked through the school playground. Police have not yet decided whether to return the confiscated weapon.

The Bristol Post, 24 November 2012

Two young men have been found guilty of driving into the vehicle of a woman who owed them drug money and threatening her with an air rifle on the motorway near Weston-super-Mare, Somerset. Jordan Small, 21, has been jailed for 28 months and banned from driving for three years, and Craig Hailstone, 20, has been given a nine-month suspended youth sentence, with 240 hours of unpaid work, a six-month tagged curfew, and bans on taking drugs and contacting Small. The pair followed the victim after she failed to pay for her cannabis and rammed into her car, forcing her to pull over and pay, and leaving the vehicle beyond repair.

BBC News, 23 November 2012

Joshua Claxton, 19, has been handed a 12-month supervision order with a three-month curfew and been ordered to take an alcohol course after he shot and injured members of the public with an air rifle in the centre of Exeter, Devon. He claimed to have intended to frighten people and to impress friends who he was with, but hit one man on the shoulder, causing him pain and bruising.

Kent Online, 21 November 2012

Tashaun Rudland, 19, has been given a 12-month suspended youth sentence and been ordered to do 200 hours of unpaid work and pay £1000 compensation after shooting his friend in the side with an air rifle during a party at a property in Dartford, Kent. He sustained life-threatening pierce wounds to his lung and abdomen that required extensive hospital treatment, and has been left with the pellet permanently lodged in his liver. Both Rudland and the victim had consumed Class A drugs and alcohol, and he denied having any intention to cause grievous bodily harm.

Derby Telegraph, 15 November 2012

Kieron Legg has been given a 12-month suspended sentence with 250 hours of unpaid work and a three-month curfew, and been ordered to pay £1300 court costs for shooting a man in the leg with an air rifle in the garden of his home in South Normanton, Derbyshire. Legg fired the air weapon from an upstairs window into the back garden of the property next-door, intending to shock but instead leaving a pellet lodged in the victim's leg. The 21-year-old required surgery and was left with a 10 cm long scar in his calf.

Plymouth Herald, 10 November 2012

Gary Chapman, 49, has been given a 12-month community order with six months of supervision after he pleaded guilty in October to possessing an air rifle with intent to cause violence in an incident that resulted in a stand-off with police at his home in Plympton, Devon (see October sentences). Chapman threatened his daughter, a family friend and emergency workers while suffering over the past loss of his wife and recent death of his pet cat. Officers used a taser on Chapman but he fired a pellet from his air weapon before he could be restrained. The airgun has been seized and will be destroyed.

The Blackpool Gazette, 1 November 2012

Jordan Hughes, 19, has been sentenced to eight months in youth custody for firing an air pistol with the appearance of a handgun in order to scare a group of people outside his flat in Blackpool, Lancashire. He shot a letterbox twice with the carbon dioxide power gun, in an alleged attempt to frighten off eight to 10 people after they reportedly responded aggressively to efforts by Hughes to get them to leave. He claimed to have felt threatened by the group because his home had recently been attacked by masked men armed with Samurai swords.

The Bucks Herald, 30 October 2012

Steven Bernard Ferguson, 41, has pleaded guilty to possession of a loaded shotgun and a number of illegal drugs while driving under the influence of alcohol in Princes Risborough, Buckinghamshire. He was arrested after police discovered the weapon and five different controlled drugs in his vehicle after responding to reports of a man with a shotgun who was driving dangerously. An air rifle, shotgun cartridges and cocaine were later recovered from his home.

Plymouth Herald, 16 October 2012

Gary Chapman has pleaded guilty to possessing an air rifle which triggered a stand-off with armed officers at his home in Plympton, Devon (see September incidents). Items were thrown from the property at police who were called to reports of a man brandishing a firearm in a domestic disturbance. Chapman turned himself in to police who recovered the air weapon from the scene.

Dorset Echo, 13 October 2012

Jerry Fitzroy Cole, a breeder of rare reptiles, has been jailed for five years for the possession of illegal firearms at his farm in Dorchester, Dorset. Police discovered an unsecured pump-action shotgun, a revolver air weapon, and a CS gas canister on the premises. Although the 51-year-old had previously held firearms and shotgun certificates for weapons used to control pests, he had been keeping the weapons in question illegally.

Suffolk Free Press, 12 October 2012

Jason Parker has pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence after he threatened a police officer with an airgun. Sentencing has been deferred in order to allow Parker, from Great Cornard, Suffolk, to deal with mental health and drug problems from which he suffers.

The Cornishman, 11 October 2012

James O'Brien has been given a 12-month community order with 50 hours unpaid work after pleading guilty to being in possession of a loaded air rifle, a lock knife and cannabis when stopped by police in Penzance, Cornwall.

Louth Target, 15 September 2012

Benjamin George Franklin received a 4-week suspended sentence and was disqualified from driving for 3 years after committing a series of offences while on holiday in Louth, Lincolnshire. He pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol and without insurance and whilst disqualified because of a previous drink driving conviction, failing to stop after an accident and possessing a firearm without a certificate. Franklin fled after he crashed into a row of parked cars but was pursued and arrested by officers who found a Logun Axor air rifle in his caravan.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus, 13 September 2012

Javid Sadiq has been jailed for 5 years for three sexual offences and for possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence in Bradford, West Yorkshire. The 27-year-old had a sexual relationship with a 13-year-old girl which culminated in an attempt to hang himself with washing line in front of the victim. Sadiq later threatened to shoot a gamekeeper with an air rifle who discovered him poaching.

Croydon Advertiser, 13 September 2012

George Aldersley, 69, was ordered to pay £500 costs and £350 compensation and to do 150 hours of unpaid work after pleading guilty to having an airgun in public in Warlingham, Surrey. He swore at his neighbour and pointed the weapon at her rottweiler after the animal attacked his own pet dog causing it a leg injury and a tail injury requiring amputation. Aldersley, who held a full shotgun licence, was arrested at his by home armed officers after the victim called police.

Leicester Mercury, 10 September 2012

Jake Chetwynd has been jailed for a year for possessing an imitation firearm and intending cause fear unlawful violence. He fired an air weapon similar to a BB gun at the part-open window of a car on the road while he was being driven to work in Leicester after an argument with the vehicle's driver. The driver responded by giving chase, driving dangerously in order to detain Chetwynd, until he was arrested by police.

The Citizen, 2 September 2012

Gordon Duncan Muir has been jailed for 26 weeks for shooting a man in the back with an air rifle. Muir armed himself with the gun and a knife after finding the victim's dogs on his property in Great Harwood, Lancashire. He threatened to shoot the victim, with whom he reportedly had an ongoing dispute about the animals, and shot him as he ran away. Muir later beat up his girlfriend's ex-partner and was found to be carrying a knife when he was arrested.

Birmingham Mail, 28 August 2012

A 17-year-old from Studley, Warwickshire has been referred to a youth offending team for 6 months of monitoring and been ordered to pay £85 courts costs and £500 compensation to a 4-year-old boy that he shot in the face with an airgun. The victim, who was shot close to his school in front of his mum and brother, had to have surgery to remove the pellet which has left a scar. 

This is the West Country, 23 August 2012

Two 17-year olds have pleaded guilty to possessing loaded airguns in a public place after they were arrested by officers investigating reports of people shooting in St Day, Cornwall. One teenager received a 6-month youth rehabilitation order and was told to pay £20 costs for the offence and for possession of a drug, disorderly behaviour, wounding, battery and attempted robbery. The other was handed a 6-month referral order and made to pay £20 costs after a police warning for battery.

Worksop Guardian, 23 August 2012

Deon Caley has been jailed for 4 and a half years for possession of a firearm and wounding with intent in Misterton, Nottinghamshire. Caley shot a builder who he believed had been in an argument with his son with a .22 gas-powered air pistol and was arrested after the weapon was found in a hedge where he had abandoned it. His victim had to have surgery to remove the pellet from his forehead and was left with nerve damage that may be permanent.

The Northern Echo, 22 August 2012

Carl Moore has been given a 6-month six-month suspended sentence and ordered him to live at his mother’s home in Darlington, Durham to help him overcome problems with alcohol after shooting his stepson's friend with an air rifle. The shooting occurred after Moore had shown the 16-year-old the weapon and let him hold it, and the victim initially helped hide the gun. Moore was later arrested after the teenager required hospital treatment for his minor leg injury.

The Sentinel, 15 August 2012

Peter Boote, 57 has been given a 12 month community order and ordered to do 180 hours of unpaid work and pay £750 court costs. He used an air rifle to threaten a group of teenagers one of whom had initially parked his bike in front of Boote's house in Kidsgrove, Staffordshire. The group contacted the police but when the motorcycle owner returned to retrieve it later that day, Boote called Adam Smith who assaulted the teenager with a bottle. The boy sustained severe injuries and Smith was jailed for 6 years. Boote was arrested a few months later for affray.

Banbury Guardian, 3 August 2012

Mason Ainsby was given a community order of 160 hours unpaid work and required to pay £100 after pleaded guilty to possessing cannabis, two charges of acquiring, possessing or using a pedal cycle, theft of a pedal cycle and of acquiring, using or possessing an air rifle in Banbury, Oxfordshire.

Falmouth Packet, 3 August 2012

Daniel Shane Kendrick has been jailed for 18 months after pleading guilty to possessing five air weapons, ammunition, drugs, and knives and being in breach of a conditional discharge. Police recovered the stolen weapons from his sister's home in Falmouth, Cornwall. Kendrick had previous convictions involving firearms and was banned from possessing weapons and ammunition because of a previous jail sentence.

News & Star, 1 August 2012

Keiran Cleminson has been given a 16-week suspended sentence, 200 hours community work and a 12-week curfew after pleading guilty to possessing a firearm and ammunition in a public place and causing criminal damage in Carlisle. Cleminson took a semi-automatic airgun to a nightclub and shot 30 pellets at a rubbish bin before he was arrested.

Burton Mail, 13 July 2012

Michael Baker has been given a two-year conditional discharge after pleading guilty to possessing an air weapon when banned for life from owning firearms because of a previous conviction. Police found him taking shots at cans with an air rifle under a railway bridge in Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire. He initially fled from the officers, but later took them to where he had left the weapon.

BBC News, 11 July 2012

Andrew Summerfield has been jailed for six-and-a-half months after he shot his dog with an air rifle and struck him in the head with a meat cleaver at least eight times at his home in Colchester, Essex. The pet was shot at 17 times and abandoned on the motorway in an attack an RSPCA Inspector described as one of the worst cases of animal cruelty he had ever witnessed. The pet survived the attack but was reportedly found missing a "quarter of the front top of his head" with wounds covered with flies and maggots, and had to be put to sleep.

Northampton Chronicle & Echo, 11 July 2012

Terrance White, 59, has been jailed for a minimum of five years for possession of an unlicensed shotgun, three illegally-held pistols with short barrels and 40 rounds of expanding ammunition. The unsecured weapons and ammunition were discovered by officers in raids of his premises in Walgrave, Northamptonshire during which a number of air rifles and antique guns were also found.

The Bucks Herald, 4 July 2012

Al Amin Dhalla has been jailed for at least six years for harassing his ex-girlfriend and her family in Aston Abbotts, Buckinghamshire. He sent malicious communications to the victim when their relationship ended and hired a private detective. Dhalla was initially arrested for target practice in field by officers who recovered an airgun with telescopic sights, a BB pistol, two modified crossbows, ammunition and a GPS system programmed to his ex-partner's workplaces and homes of her family members from his van. Dhalla subsequently set fire to her parents' home and a police station, but no one was harmed. He was found, disguised as a doctor, at the hospital where his ex worked and arrested. He will be deported back to Canada upon release.

Daily Mail, 4 July 2012

Alex Warren-Lean has been jailed for 35 months in a young offenders’ institution and Andrew Charlton has been jailed for 15 months and banned from driving for 12 months for a robbery in Plymouth, Devon. The 19-year-olds stole two laptops, six lighters, four swords, 12-15 knives, three replica pistols and an air rifle from an unoccupied home awaiting probate. They were chased by police, driving a stolen van dangerously to evade officers before they were arrested. Warren-Lean also used what he claimed was a BB gun to threaten three people including a 17-year-old who was pregnant.

Peterborough Telegraph, 28 June 2012

Mark Chapman has been jailed for five years after shooting his father with an air rifle in Peterborough. The pellet narrowly missed the victim's heart, and he survived after undergoing emergency surgery. Chapman also reportedly harassed his ex-partner and fired the gun into the air on the streets of the town the same evening. Chapman pleaded guilty to wounding, breaching a harassment order and two counts of possession of a firearm with intent.

Bath Chronicle, 28 June 2012

George Davies-Ball and Samuel Bryant have been jailed for five years each after robbing a betting shop and a bank in Wiltshire. The pair threatened victims, including a pregnant woman, with an airgun in the two robberies. Both men pled guilty to two robberies and two firearm offences.

Sunderland Echo, 23 June 2012

Andrew Blake has been jailed for three months after admitting possessing a prohibited weapon and possessing a firearm without a certificate. Blake was caught with an air rifle and a stun gun in South Hetton, County Durham. 

Hull Daily Mail, 22 June 2012

Stuart Thacker has been given a six-month suspended prison sentence and ordered to complete 240 hours of unpaid community work after he threatened others with an air rifle in his pub in Beverley, East Riding of Yorkshire. Thacker pleaded guilty to affray and possessing a false identity document.  

Chester First, 11 June 2012

Robert Reynolds was fined after pleading guilty to possession of ammunition for a firearm. Reynolds was caught storing two live bullets in his cupboard in Chester and was fined £300. Reynolds had previously been cautioned for possessing a firearm in a public place after he was caught concealing an air rifle down his jacket in Abergele, North Wales.

Herald Series, 8 June 2012

Luke Alford has been convicted of possessing an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence and possessing drugs with intent to supply. He fired an airgun out of his window at a passing taxi in Abingdon, Oxfordshire, and police found a large supply of drugs at his home.

Hucknall Dispatch, 1 June 2012

Darren James has been jailed for 15 years after police found an explosive chemical, weapons and a stolen car at his flat in Bulwell, Nottingham. In addition to the dangerous chemical and car, police recovered an illegal shotgun, an air rifle, ammunition and stolen knives and axes.

Telegraph and Argus, 26 May 2012

Craig Baldwin has been jailed for six years for robbing a convenience store in Bradford, West Yorkshire. Craig and an accomplice threatened staff with an air pistol and a hammer before making off with cash and cigarettes. The judge commended the courage of a young female witness who helped secure the conviction.

Wirral Globe, 25 May 2012

Neil Bryan has been jailed after pleading guilty to possessing a shotgun without a certificate and growing cannabis in Wallasey, Merseyside. Bryan bought the gun a few weeks after it was stolen from a farm in Tarporley. Bryan was said to have been a passionate field sportsman from an early age and had helped the gamekeeper on the Leverhulme Estate. However, after being jailed for wounding he had to content himself with using an air rifle for shooting vermin. Judge Nigel Gilmour said the gun could have fallen into the wrong hands if Bryan had been burgled.

North West Evening Mail, 24 May 2012

Ronnie Kevin Hill has been fined £100 and ordered to pay a £15 victim surcharge and £30 costs after admitting possession of an air rifle in a public place. Hill had been firing his air rifle at paper targets stuck on trees in a quarry in Barrow, Cumbria.

Leader Live, 16 May 2012

A 17-year-old youth who ordered a friend to shoot a binman in Wrexham, North Wales, with an air weapon was given a 12 months youth rehabilitation order with supervision and curfew and ordered to pay £315 compensation. A second teenager was given a 12 month youth rehabilitation order and was ordered to pay £260 compensation. The 17 year old also admitted three counts of burglary including the theft of an air weapon from an allotment.

This is South Devon, 11 May 2012

Anthony Mares from Ogwell, Devon was sentenced to 100 hours of unpaid work as part of a 12 month community order for causing unnecessary suffering to a neighbour's cat.  Mares pleaded guilty to shooting the cat with an air rifle.

Lancashire Evening Post, 10 May 2012

Peter Ashworth of Brookfield, Lancashire pleaded guilty to drugs and firearms offences.  Ashworth was sentenced to 52 weeks custody for firearms offences suspended for two years with 12 weeks to run concurrently for each of the drugs offences.  Ashworth, who had previously been banned from possessing firearms, was found to have an air rifle and ammunition.

This is Nottingham, 1 May 2012

Ernest Clements, 72 admitted possessing a .22 calibre pre-charged pneumatic air rifle and a Weihrauch HW90 air rifle without having valid certificates.  A court in Nottingham fined him £700 and £625 prosecution costs, and £300 and a £15 victim surcharge.  An order was passed for the cancellation of any shotgun certificates held by Clements. The rifles and cartridges were destroyed.

Hull Daily Mail, 20 April 2012

Gordon Houlden was given a suspended prison sentence after admitting unlawfully wounding a victim in Hull. Houlden shot a 12-year-old boy with an air rifle when he fired the gun out of his bathroom window at the victim and his friends. The boy required surgery to remove the pellet but survived the shooting. Houlden was ordered to do 200 hours of unpaid work and pay the victim £1,500 compensation.

Kidderminster Shuttle, 5 April 2012

Thomas Loveridge, 21, has been jailed for 21 days for breaching a court order and will face a further burglary charge after allegedly stealing items from a store in Kidderminster, Worcestershire. Loveridge is charged with the burglary of a store in which an air rifle, electrical goods and cash were stolen.

Cambridge News, 12 March 2012

Benjamin Keady, 20, has been jailed for three years after admitting robbery and possession of cannabis. Keady and his brother-in-law broke into a house in Cambridge and threatened a victim with an airgun. However, the victim grabbed the gun and stymied the attack. Keady, who already has convictions for assault occasioning actual bodily harm, wounding, grievous bodily harm, battery and assaulting a police officer, was caught by police, but the other perpetrator reportedly escaped and fled back to Jamaica.

Western Morning News, 6 March 2012

Craig Lane has been given a community order for criminal damage, possession of an air rifle and possession of a pickaxe handle after he attacked a car belonging to his ex-partner's new boyfriend. Lane was carrying the air rifle when he smashed a window of the car. He was ordered to do 100 hours of unpaid work.

Kensington and Chelsea Chronicle, 6 March 2012

James Reynolds has been given an 18-month community service order after admitting possession of a firearm. Reynolds was seen in public with a gun before police caught him with an airgun, CS gas and a blade in Notting Hill, west London. He admitted possession of a prohibited weapon and possession of an offensive weapon.

Daily Express, 2 March 2012

Patrick Doyle, 71, has been given a 12-week suspended sentence for causing unnecessary suffering after shooting a cat from close range with an air rifle. Doyle baited the animal into a cage because it was digging up his garden in Bedfordshire. He then shot it and left it thrashing about the cage before a neighbour finally freed it.

Daily Echo, 1 March 2012

Kieran Bunday, 24, has been jailed for three years after he threatened a boy with an air rifle and knife and raped him in Bournemouth. Bunday was found guilty of four charges of rape, two of sexual assault, two of causing a person to engage in sexual activity without consent and one of indecency with a child.

Somerset Standard, 1 March 2012

Scott Doel has been jailed for three years and Lloyd Jones for two years and eight months after the pair each shot someone with an airgun in Somerset. Both men fired shots from the weapon, striking the victim in his back and his right eye. Hospital treatment was unsuccessful in salvaging the victim's sight in the affected eye. Doel and Jones pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm and possessing a firearm while committing an offence. Doel also admitted common assault.

Staffordshire Newsletter, 27 February 2012

Clive Price was found guilty of shooting and killing a cat with an illegal airgun and possessing multiple illegal firearms in Stafford. However, the court found 'exceptional circumstances' -- the fact Price is carer for his disabled wife -- to overcome the minimum five years in prison and he was not jailed. Price admitted to causing unnecessary suffering to the cat after he shot it out of a tree and then killed it 'by clubbing it or swinging it against a wall'. That led police to his home, where they found more illegal guns that led to four firearms offences. Price was given a suspended jail sentence and ordered to do 300 hours of unpaid community work.

Cambridge News, 14 February 2012

Anthony Taylor, 18, has been given a four-month suspended detention order after apparently shooting two children with an air rifle in Meldreth, Cambridgeshire. Taylor admitted firing the rifle from his garden and bedroom window, and two victims were injured during the shootings. A 12-year-old was hit in the arm and elbow, while a 15-year-old boy was hit in the top of his leg. Taylor pleaded guilty to affray after a court decided it could not be proved that Taylor had actually caused the injuries, and the court opted not to send him to prison.

Western Morning News, 10 February 2012

Jayne Evans has been given a 12-month community order after admitting affray. Evans reportedly carried an air rifle in public and pointed it at a man in Torquay, Devon. Police found her drunk in her flat with the weapon following the incident, and officers recovered the airgun.

Mirror, 11 November 2011

Five teenage boys aged 13 to 16 have been jailed 18 months each after carrying out an armed robbery in Southampton. The boys, apparently model students doing GCSEs, threatened a shopkeeper with an antique airgun. They each admitted robbery and were sent to a young offenders institution.

BBC News, 11 November 2011

David Cawston has been jailed for three years for possessing an air pistol with intent to cause fear of violence. He initially contacted police and indicated that he had a weapon, then barricaded himself in his home in New Costessey, Norfolk. A 32-hour standoff ensued, as Cawston issued a list of demands, but police finally arrested him without any gunshots being fired.

Cambridge News, 8 November 2011

Stephen Easey has been banned from driving for three years after police caught him sleeping in a car while drunk in Cambridge. Easey, who admitted to heavy drinking and using cocaine, was also in possession of an air rifle. He was found guilty of failure to provide a specimen and keeping the weapon, while the charge of possessing the air rifle in a public place was reportedly dropped due to lack of evidence. In addition to the driving ban, Easy was also fined £645.

Daily Mail, 6 November 2011

Karl Blennerhassett has been jailed for two years for illegal possession of antique weapons in West Lancashire. The gun collector, who owns more than 140 guns, was discovered to own four modified air rifles without a license. The sentencing judge noted that antiques -- which are legal despite their lethal ability -- must be taken seriously, because 'one of the great tragedies on Merseyside involved an old firearm.' He was referring to Rhys Jones, an 11-year-old who was killed in 2007 (BBC News, 23 August 2007).

Dudley News, 2 November 2011

John Fradgley has been handed a conditional discharge after possessing an air pistol in a public place. He was involved in an incident outside a leisure centre in Dudley where he was caught in possession of the weapon.

Bristol Evening Post, 2 November 2011

Darren Francis, Lee Bedford and Matthew Grant pleaded guilty to burglary after an incident in which they stole a television from a 16-year-old who had threatened them with an air rifle at them. After the teenager aimed an airgun at the group in Bedminster, Bristol, they chased him into his house, then stole his TV. The three burglars were each fined £915.

BBC News, 1 November 2011

Ryan Coombes admitted robbery, attempted robbery, possessing a firearm and escaping from prison in Nottingham. After he made his escape, Coombes attempted to carry out armed robberies on two shops. He was caught after police found him in his vehicle with an air pistol and other weapons. He was sentenced to indefinite time in jail and will serve a minimum of two years and two months.

Daily Mail, 28 October 2011

Eric Reeves, 68, admitted causing unnecessary suffering after he shot his neighbour's cat with an air rifle in Norfolk. The airgun pellet punctured the cat's intestine but it survived. Reeves, a 'bird lover' who apparently shot the cat for chasing birds, was ordered to do 100 hours of unpaid work and was fined £400.

The Sentinel, 19 October 2011

Anthony Chapman has been jailed for two years and six months for possessing prohibited firearms and ammunition in Westlands, Staffordshire. Among the items recovered by police were a pair of airguns. The former police officer and arms dealer was convicted after police raided Chapman's home on two occasions, with the charges typically resulting in a minimum of five years imprisonment because some of the weapons he possessed had lethal capability. However, the court considered Chapman's circumstances exceptional, as he is a 66-year-old antiques collector.

The Sentinel, 15 October 2011

Steven Salt, 18, has been sentenced to an 18-week prison sentence and 100 hours of unpaid community work after he shot a pigeon in a park in Staffordshire for a meal. The homeless 18-year-old shot the bird twice with a loaded air weapon before police responded to an alarm raised by a member of the public. Salt admitted possession of a loaded air weapon and shooting the gun in a public park.

Manchester Evening News, 4 October 2011

Marc Billingham has been jailed for 10 years for selling guns in Moss Side, Manchester. Undercover police had set up a fake shop in the area and, through a series of dealings, were supplied two functional handguns as well as an air pistol, an imitation firearm and bullets. Elliott Harrison, who drove Billingham to and from one of the transactions, was jailed for five years for possessing a firearm.

Peterlee Mail, 4 October 2011

Paul Skidmore and Craig Short have been jailed for seven years and four months and six years, respectively. Both were convicted of two counts of robbery, possession of a firearm and laptop theft. Skidmore threatened his uncle with an air rifle while Short held a knife to the man in Hartlepool in May as the pair attempted to steal money and drugs. Skidmore also struck his uncle on the eye with the butt of the gun. They assaulted another man three days later along with a third offender, Robert Beevers, who was sentenced to a 18-month community order for theft of a laptop and possession of cannabis.

Bolton News, 16 September 2011

David Johns has been found guilty of possessing firearms and ammunition when prohibited. Johns, who is banned from keeping airguns for five years after being jailed for nearly three years following a pair of assaults, had two airguns in his pub in Bolton. Police discovered the prohibited weapons during a search for cannabis that went unsuccessful. A judge noted that due to Johns' previous sentence, he will not be jailed for this crime.

Northampton Chronicle, 5 September 2011

Ashley Sumner has been given an extended order in a psychiatric hospital and is expected to be given a permanent hospital order later this month. Sumner shot at police with an air rifle in Wellingborough, Northamptonshire in September 2010. Sumner, who is described as a paranoid schizophrenic, admitted to hearing voices and had confronted a woman with a hammer before challenging police to shoot him as he waved the airgun above his head.

Liverpool Echo, 1 September 2011

Dene Galloway, 19, was sent to a Young Offenders' Institute for three and a half years after committing armed robbery in Prescot, near Liverpool. The teenager used an air pistol to raid a shop hours after bingeing on cocaine for the first time.

The Sentinel, 29 July 2011

Anthony Jones has been convicted of possession of an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence and communicating false information with intent. Jones was sentenced to a two-year community order and fined £500 after he made a hoax call of a house fire in Stoke, as well as claiming to have a bomb and a gun. The drunken man proceeded to wave an airgun in the air as firefighters arrived and was eventually detained by police officers.

Liverpool Echo, 23 July 2011

Paul Brennan has been jailed for seven years after robbing a store in Liverpool in September 2010. Brennan assaulted a shop worker as he brandished an air pistol and smashed the security glass. The judge cited sustained psychological damage suffered by the woman who was alone running the shop, as well as the presence of terrified children, in the sentencing.

BBC News, 21 July 2011

A 73-year-old woman in Kent chased a burglar out of her home with her husband's air rifle. The burglar, Malcolm Haben, was caught by police and sentenced to five years in jail for committing three burglaries. Police said the woman, whose husband owns the gun legally, had been 'brave,' but advised people in such a situation to phone 999.

Staffordshire Newsletter, 20 July 2011

David Newton has been jailed for five years for blackmail, conspiracy to supply cannabis and possessing a prohibited firearm. Newton and Dean Tunnicliff, jailed 30 months for blackmail and conspiracy to supply cannabis, had threatened to shoot a fellow conspirator after their supply was stolen from a building in Staffordshire. Police recovered an illegal, high-powered air rifle from Newton's home.

Malvern Gazette, 19 July 2011

Dale Clark, 18, has been jailed for ten months for possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence in Malvern, Worcestershire. He reportedly threatened a man with an air rifle after losing his temper following a row.

Rochdale Online, 15 July 2011

Six men aged 22 to 42 have been jailed after police recovered loaded guns from a convoy of three cars in Manchester in November 2010. Amar Murtaza, Atiq Arif and Peter Maguire were sentenced to 12 years each for possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life and possession of ammunition with intent to endanger life. Daryl Maguire, Steven Yates and Perry Curtis each received five years for similar charges. The group were traveling with a shotgun and an air pistol capable of causing death, as well as a machete.

North West Evening Mail, 11 January 2012

Daniel Adams has been found guilty of possessing an air rifle with intent to cause fear of violence. Adams threatened another man with the airgun in Barrow, Lancashire after the victim confronted Adams at Adams' home. The incident was the result of a dispute over the victim's son, who lives with Adams. The victim reportedly grabbed the loaded weapon and left the house with it before police got involved.

Swindon Advertiser, 9 July 2011

Peter Gallagher has admitted possessing a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence in Swindon. He confronted youngsters with an air weapon in May. A judge initially suspended sentence due to further investigation into the incident.

Scotsman News, 7 July 2011

Brian McGeechan, 21, has been jailed for five years and four months after he shot a man five times with an airgun in Glasgow, permanently blinding the victim in one eye. The incident took place outside a bar in February.

BBC News, 5 July 2011

Johnathon Foster has been convicted of recklessly discharging an air pistol. He fired it several times as fans arrived for a football match at Tynecastle Stadium in Edinburgh in August 2010. He will be sentenced next month.

SCOTLAND

The Telegraph, 11 December 2014

Samuel Barlow, 16, has pleaded guilty to four charges of assault and one of abusive and threatening behaviour in Shetland. Police were called after residents saw Barlow, dressed in camouflage trousers and brandishing a realistic air rifle, but he pointed the gun at the officers and they could not approach him. He went into the hills but came back into a residential area, and walked through people's gardens, threatening residents and aiming his rifle at police who were attempting to negotiate with him. Every officer in Shetland was deployed and firearms officers were also flown in from the mainland, while islanders were encourage to stay inside their homes. At one point police came close to shooting down the teenager, but they were able to detain him in a final effort, during which they also recovered the gun and discovered it to be an air weapon.

The Courier, 3 December 2014

Ross James Ramsay, has been jailed for for 26 months and 80 days, to include part of a previous outstanding sentence; been banned from driving for three years; and been ordered to forfeit his gun, for illegally possessing an air rifle, £462 worth of diazepam tablets and £900 worth of heroin in Dundee. He was arrested after crashing his car while driving dangerously while under the influence and attempting to dump the bag containing the drugs in some bushes. Police recovered the drugs and found the air weapon inside the damaged vehicle.

Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser, 10 November 2014

Michael Mackay, 19, has been jailed for two years for pointing an unloaded air rifle at a female motorist on a road in Coatbridge, North Lanarkshire. He stood in front of her vehicle and raised the gun whilst under the influence of alcohol, leaving the victim very shaken.

The Scotsman, 4 September 2014

Hugh Hunter has been jailed for five years for keeping an arsenal of guns and ammunition at his home in Libberton, South Lanarkshire. Police were called after two hunters saw the 58-year-old with what appeared to be a pistol, and officers recovered a number of illegal weapons including a loaded pistol, a banned air-cartridge revolver, a bolt-action rifle, a silencer and 3,500 bullets. The former army sniper and firearms instructor, and legal shotgun owner, claimed to have bought the weaponry in order to prevent others committing crimes and to be planning to safely dispose of the guns.

BBC News, 22 August 2013

Bill Walker, an independent member of the Scottish Parliament, has been found guilty of 23 charges of assault and one breach of the peace for the domestic abuse of his three ex-wives and a step-daughter in various locations throughout Scotland over a period of 30 years. He was found to have punched and slapped his wives, to have brandished an air rifle at one of the victims, to have injured his 16-year-old stepdaughter by hitting her on the head with a saucepan, and to have subjected them all to "relentless" and "systematic" emotional abuse.

BBC News, 4 June 2013

William McNally has been jailed for six years for threatening a shopkeeper with an air pistol during the robbery of a grocery store in Glasgow. He wore a balaclava and pointed the gun at the victim before escaping with £200 in cash. Police recovered the air pistol from his home in the city.

Dumbarton Reporter, 29 January 2013

John Scott has been jailed for five months for carrying an air rifle in the grounds of Vale of Leven Hospital in Alexandria, West Dunbartonshire. Staff called police after he and another man were seen dressed in camouflage and carrying the rifle on hospital grounds.

The Courier, 10 January 2013

Akram Arebi has been ordered to pay a £600 fine and to forfeit his air rifle and ammunition after he used the firearm to illegally shoot and kill a pheasant on a farm in Auchterarder, Perth and Kinross. He claimed not to know he required permission to shoot in the area after he was discovered with the weapon by a farm worker.

Stirling Observer, 7 November 2012

Sean Waddelow, 19, has been fined £180 for using an airgun to shoot at a property in Carron Valley, Stirling. Waddelow, who has learning difficulties and Asperger's Syndrome, fired a shot from the window of a vehicle on the way back from shooting rabbits with a group of friends. The pellet smashed the windows of the cottage but no one inside was injured.

Daily Record, 28 October 2012

Terence Carvell, 56, has been convicted of the possession of prohibited guns and ammunition at his home in Milton of Campsie, East Dunbartonshire. Officers found three AK-47 assault rifles, a Rossi five-shot revolver and over 2000 rounds of ammunition which police believed may have been intended for use in gang disputes over drugs. Carvell was also found to possess a large number of legal weapons, including 69 airguns, 11 replica firearms, 10 deactivated guns and an antique gun.

Stirling Observer, 21 September 2012

James Barnes and Alexander Sloan have pleaded guilty to shooting a man in the face during a robbery in Buchlyvie, Stirling and assaulting a shopowner in a robbery in Glasgow. They threatened the shopworker who had been serving a customer with a knife and an air rifle before shooting him in the face and hitting him with lead pellets from the gun. They made off in a car with bottles of vodka but were stopped by police who had been called by the worker. The victim required surgery but was expected to be left with permanent scarring.

BBC News, 20 September 2012

Stephen Crawford and Darren McDevitt have been convicted of the murder of a man in West Dunbartonshire in which they stabbed him and shot him with an airgun in Renton, West Dunbartonshire. Crawford arranged to meet the victim on a cycle path after a party all 3 had attended where the pair stabbed him multiple times and shot him in the buttock with an air rifle before removing his clothing and dumping his body in the river, where it was found the next day.

The Scotsman, 21 July 2012

Paul Fannon has been given a five-year driving ban, with two years' supervision, and ordered to do 180 hours of unpaid work and pay £150, after police found an air rifle when they arrested him for driving over the limit twice in a one-month period. A high-powered air rifle fitted with a scope and a silencer were discovered in the boot of his car when it was stopped and searched in Livingston, West Lothian. The gun, his car and a motorbike were all confiscated.

Stirling Observer, 3 February 2012

David Dickson pleaded guilty to recklessly discharging a firearm after her accidentally fired an air rifle at two victims in Perthshire. Dickson, who had reportedly never used the weapon before, was experimenting when it accidentally shot, hitting a boat carrying two fishermen. He was fined £600. 

STV, 13 January 2012

Michael Hannah, 20, admitted culpably and recklessly firing an airgun and placing children in a state of fear. Hannah shot the air weapon at a group of kids in Nairn, Highland after they threw snowballs at his front door. He initially threatened the children, aged 12 to 15, by brandishing a knife, then fired 'warning shots' with the airgun. A judge deferred sentence because his girlfriend threw him out of the home he had defended.

Scotsman, 28 October 2011

Paul Purves will be sentenced for committing armed robbery in Edinburgh. In September 2008 he assaulted a woman in her car, threatening her with an air pistol and stealing her purse and car. Purves initially jumped bail and fled the country, but was arrested in Ireland in April of this year.

WALES

South Wales Argus, 17 August 2013

Matthew Bond, 21, has been found guilty of using an air rifle to cause fear of violence to his former girlfriend and harassing her in Ebbw Vale, Blaenau Gwent. When the victim got into his car to discuss their relationship but refused to be with him, Bond drove the car off and dragged her in and out of the vehicle and across the floor. He then pointed the gun at her head and laughed before apologising and taking her home, but also dragged her down the road in a fireman's lift on another occasion.

Wales Online, 8 August 2013

Scott Clark has been jailed for 10 months for shooting his girlfriend with an air rifle in Swansea, West Glamorgan. He attacked the victim after becoming jealous of her use of social media site Facebook, taking her mobile phone and punching her in the side of the face before telling her to buy him beer if she wanted it back. He later hit her across the face with a mug leaving them both with cuts and hit her in the leg with a pool cue she picked up to defend herself, before shooting her in the lower leg with her son's .22 calibre air rifle, leaving her with superficial pellet wounds.

South Wales Evening Post, 23 November 2012

Ryan Lewis Morgan has been given a 12-month community order with supervision and a 3-month curfew, and been ordered to attend a thinking skills programme and pay £85 costs and £100 compensation to a man he shot with an air weapon in Port Talbot, West Glamorgan. He caused a puncture wound in the victim's abdomen when he fired the .177 air rifle through the letterbox of his home, after an argument with his mother that exacerbate mental health problems from which he was suffering.

Wales Online, 27 October 2012

Keiron Williams, 39, has been jailed for three years and banned from possessing weapons for flashing a realistic imitation weapon and making threats outside a nightclub in Cardiff. He pleaded guilty to possessing the imitation firearm with intent to cause fear and three airguns without a certificate. His collection of weapons was also destroyed.

Daily Post, 28 September 2012

Three teenage men have been jailed for a total of 24 years for shooting a farmer with his own gun during a robbery at his home in the village of Rhydyclafdy, Gwynedd. The masked robbers held an air rifle to the neck of the 55-year-old victim, beat him up as he lay on the floor, and ransacked his home when he told them he did not have the valuables they believed to be in the property. They left after he grabbed the gun but one returned and shot him in the leg with one of two shotguns he had stolen from the victim's attic. The robbers escaped with cash, cheques and the weapons and the victim drove himself to his neighbours before receiving emergency hospital treatment for his wounds.

Daily Mail, 24 September 2012

Gareth James Sale was given a 32-week suspended sentence and a 12-month supervision order with 200 hours paid work and ordered to pay £250 costs for threatening customers with an air rifle at his pub in Penrhyndeudraeth, Gwynedd. The landlord produced the weapon and loaded it with an air cannister to scare customers who refused to order their drinks in English from his then partner, who did not speak Welsh. He was relocated to a pub in the West Midlands by his employers.

BBC News, 20 July 2012

Steven Barrett, 66, has been jailed for three-and-a-half years after a rifle that had been shortened to operate as a handgun and illegal expanding ammunition were found inside his van. The weapons were found when his vehicle was stopped after a clash between hunters, including Barrett, and protesters near Saundersfoot, Pembrokeshire. A protester claimed to have been shot in the head during the incident, but no one was charged with the shooting. A search of his home unearthed 10 air rifles and six air pistols, one of which had been modified to have extra power. Barrett's sentence was reduced from the five-year minimum for firearms offences due to his age and failing health.

The Flintshire Chronicle, 12 July 2012

Stephen Ellis has been jailed for three years after firing shots at police officers with a .22 air rifle during an incident at a property in Buckley, Flintshire. Officers were called after Ellis was allegedly assaulted by his neighbour, who Ellis suspected was responsible for the disappearance of his dog, and began to assemble an air rifle, crossbow, catapult and an axe. Police fired baton rounds in an attempt to restrain Ellis, but he fired shots at the officers and a member of the public and pointed the gun directly at them, before surrendering.

South Wales Argus, 1 March 2012

Connor Davies, 18, has been jailed for one year and four months for inflicting grievous bodily harm after he shot a 12-year-old boy with an airgun in Newport. Davies shot at the victim from his bedroom window and hit him in the eye with a pellet, permanently removing most visibility.

This is South Wales, 4 November 2011

Shaheur Rahman, 19, who lives in Tower Hamlets, east London, has been jailed for two and a half years for assault causing actual bodily harm and possessing a firearm. He shot another Londoner with an airgun while the two were both in Swansea. One day after legally buying the weapon in Swansea, Rahman shot the victim five times in what the court referred to as a 'pre-planned revenge attack.'

Flintshire Chronicle, 1 July 2011

Ben Jones, 19, was sentenced to three years in youth custody after holding up a petrol station with an airgun in Ewloe. Jones stole cash and battered the shop staff member on the head before fleeing on 30 May. He then posted messages on Facebook boasting of his crime as he fled from police. 


Incidents Involving Animals

Evening Times, 11 December 2014

It has emerged that a cat was shot with an airgun near her home in Hamilton, South Lanarkshire. The two-year-old was shot through her hip bone and intestines, and the pellet embedded in her other hip, but she was able to drag herself home before being taken to the vets for an emergency operation. A large part of her intestine had to be removed during the surgery to take out the pellet.

The Blackpool Gazette, 8 December 2014

A cat was shot with several airgun pellets lodged in his body near his home in Calder Vale, Lancashire. He was seriously injured, with a broken jaw and damaged tongue which left him struggling to eat, but he has begun to recover.

The Argus, 8 December 2014

A four-year-old cat has been shot dead with an air rifle in a series of cat shootings in Brighton. The pet was found dead in his neighbour's garden and was discovered to have been shot three times, in the head, chest and abdomen, but two of the pellets were thought to have been from earlier attacks. Other attacks on cats in the area have also been reported.

Wirral Globe, 8 December 2014

A pet cat was shot with an air rifle in Greasby, Merseyside. The eight-year-old returned home with an injured shoulder and had to undergo surgery to remove a pellet. RSPCA inspector Anthony Joynes said in response to the attack: "It is not acceptable for someone to just take pot shots at people's pets or wildlife for fun or because they don't like them visiting their gardens or because they simply don't like them." This follows another shooting of a cat in the area a few days earlier.

Manchester Evening News, 24 November 2014

A two-year-old pet cat has been shot with an air rifle in Littleborough, Greater Manchester. The pellet went through his large and small intestines and lodged near his spine, and has not yet been removed. This follows two other cat shootings with air rifles in the area within the previous two months.

Get Surrey, 6 November 2014

A cat was shot in the leg at close range in Churt, Surrey. Vets found an air rifle pellet embedded in his femur and had to amputate his leg. Other cat shootings have been reported in the same road in recent months.

Gloucester Citizen, 2 November 2014

A five-year-old cat has been shot in the leg with an air pistol in Gloucester. The pet was taken to the vet after it was seen limping, and was discovered to have a pellet embedded in its leg. He is not recovering well and it is thought that his nerve and muscle damage may be permanent.

Bucks Free Press, 7 October 2014

A cat has been shot in the back leg and hip with an air rifle in Downley, Buckinghamshire. The two-year-old required surgery to remove the pellets.

Bedfordshire on Sunday, 7 October 2014

A four-year-old cat was shot with an air rifle near his home in Wixams, Bedfordshire. The bullet punctured his bladder and intestines and he required an emergency operation to save his life. Police have appealed for information.

Hunts Post, 1 October 2014

A cat was left with over 50 pellets in her body after she was shot at close range with a shotgun and an airgun in Tilbrook, Cambridgeshire. The two-year-old pet returned home with serious injuries and required a blood transfusion to keep her alive, and she may be left with a permanent limp.

News & Star, 1 October 2014

A two-year-old cat has had to be put down after she was shot in the spine with an airgun and left paralysed near her home in Whitehaven, Cumbria. Her owner has publicly demanded increased regulation of airgun use in public areas.

Sevenoaks Chronicle, 29 September 2014

A goose fell out of the sky after being shot into an ice-cream truck near a supermarket in Sevenoaks, Kent. A witness alerted a local vet and upon examination the bird was found to have six airgun pellets embedded in her body, but she has begun to recover. The local police force confirmed that it is not illegal to shoot geese between September and February in the area.

Oldham Evening Chronicle, 26 September 2014

One cat has been shot with an air rifle and two cats belonging to the same family have been shot with pellet guns in attacks in Oldham, Greater Manchester. The first cat had to have her eye removed after the pellet became embedded in the organ. The second cat sustained injuries to her mouth and body and had to have two pellets removed by a vet, and her eight-month-old companion was shot in her back leg just six weeks later and had to have an amputation due to the severity of her injury.

Kent Online, 25 September 2014

A cat has died after being shot in the abdomen with an airgun in Goudhurst, Kent. The pellet penetrated his liver and gradually poisoned him as he lay under a hedge in his back garden where he was later found. He was taken to the vets but suffered heart failure and died when given medication to ease the pain.

Bracknell News, 25 September 2014

A cat was shot in the eye with an airgun near her home in Bracknell, Berkshire. The pellet lodged in the three-year-old's eye, and this had to be removed. This follows the shooting of the family's other cat, who was shot in the spine and has been left with an embedded pellet and unable to be stroked by his owners.

Caerphilly Observer, 25 September 2014

A dog was found collapsed by the side of the road after being beaten and shot with an airgun by two men who then fled the scene in Rudry, Gwent. The attack was witnessed by a horse rider and the dog was taken to a vet for treatment, where airgun pellet shards were found in his skull but could not be removed without causing further damage. He has begun to recover and the RSPCA have offered a reward for information leading to the arrest of the attackers.

My Next Fone, 22 September 2014

A cygnet has been found shot dead floating in the river in Windsor, Berkshire. The four-month-old baby swan was shot in the head with a suspected air rifle. The father of the cygnet was also reported missing at the time of the discovery.

North Devon Journal, 20 September 2014

A cat and a dog belonging to the same family were both shot with an air rifle in attacks only two weeks apart in Spreacombe, Devon. Both animals survived the shooting and required surgery to remove pellets, the cat from its back and the dog from its hind leg.

Rochdale Online, 20 September 2014

A cat was shot in the leg with an air rifle in Littleborough, Greater Manchester. He required an operation to remove the pellet.

South Wales Evening Post, 18 September 2014

A cat has been left suffering from jaundice and shock after she was shot in the abdomen with an air rifle in Swansea, West Glamorgan. The 6-year-old was shot at close range, so her small wound was not discovered for a while before she began to receive treatment and it is uncertain whether she will recover.

Manchester Evening News, 17 September 2014

A cat was shot in the spine with an air rifle near his home in Denton, Greater Manchester. The eight-month-old pet has been left paralysed and may need to be put to sleep if the paralysis of his back legs is permanent.

Wales Online, 15 September 2014

A cat has died after being shot in the abdomen with an airgun in Treharris, Mid Glamorgan. The wounded animal was found by a passer-by and taken to the vet, but had to be put down due to the severity of his injuries. RSPCA inspector Keith Hogben said: “Whoever carries out these attacks needs to understand that they are illegal and you face up to six months in prison if caught.”

STV News, 9 September 2014

A cat has died after it was shot with an airgun in Inverness, Highland. It survived the original attack but became ill and had to be put down three weeks after being shot.

Mirror, 4 September 2014

A cat has lost a leg after being shot with an air rifle in Hyde, Greater Manchester. The shot smashed his front leg bone and it had to be amputated.

Midweek Herald, 3 September 2014

A cat was shot in the stomach and leg with an air rifle in Honiton, Devon. She had the pellet removed from her abdomen in an operation but the other pellet could not be safely extracted. The attack follows the shooting of another family cat in April and one five years ago which led to the pet being put down, as well as separate shootings in the area in July and in 2011.

Daily Record & Sunday Mail, 1 September 2014

A cat was shot in the leg with an airgun near her home in Renfrew. Her thigh bone was shattered by the pellet, and her leg had to be amputated. Chief Superintendent Mike Flynn responded to the attack, saying: “We welcome the Scottish Government’s proposal to introduce an airgun licensing scheme as we believe this will help to prevent horrific attacks such as this... [t]he scheme would ensure that only those with a lawful reason are allowed to own an airgun and it would also help the police trace anyone using an airgun irresponsibly.”

Nottingham Post, 4 January 2014

A one-year-old cat has died after he was shot with an air rifle in Ruddington, Nottinghamshire. The pellet passed through his lungs, liver, stomach, pancreas and intestines and despite having an operation he remained in critical condition and had to be put down.

Chronicle Live, 31 December 2013

A cat has been shot in the back leg with an air rifle in Coxhoe, County Durham. He survived the attack but the pellet broke the bone and he had to have an operation to have it pinned.

Essex Chronicle, 27 December 2013

A cat was shot with a suspected airgun or BB gun in Chelmsford, Essex. It was taken to the vets but died from its injuries.

Scunthorpe Telegraph, 27 December 2013

A male cat was found with a broken jaw, missing an eye and some teeth, with cuts to his paw and with an air rifle pellet embedded in his skin in Barton-upon-Humber, North Lincolnshire. He was taken to the vet where he needed three operations to treat his injuries. His owner has not yet been identified but people in the local community have raised funds to pay for his treatment.

Stroud News, 30 November 2013

A cat was shot in the pelvis with an air rifle in Stroud, Gloucestershire. The eight-month-old required veterinary treatment to remove a metal pellet.

Exeter Express, 27 November 2013

A 15-month-old cat had to have his back leg amputated after the bone was shattered when he was shot with a high-powered airgun in Exeter, Devon. This follows a number of shootings in the area earlier in the year, including one which led to the death of a cat, one in which the cat was put down after she was shot at close range and the airgun pellet lodged in her spine and paralysed her, and one in which the cat survived after the pellet embedded in her neck.

Cornish Guardian, 26 November 2013

A cat has been shot with a high-powered air rifle in St Columb Major, Cornwall. It sustained what were described as "horrific injuries" including a broken leg bone for which it required a serious operation.

Get Hampshire, 21 November 2013

A cat has been shot in the abdomen with an air rifle near his home in Farnborough, Hampshire. He required treatment to stop the bleeding.

The Argus, 13 November 2013

A cat has been shot in the face with an air rifle in Littlehampton, West Sussex. He had to undergo a three-hour operation to remove the metal pellet that had embedded behind his eye and may have been left permanently blind on one side.

Burton Mail, 4 November 2013

A three-year-old cat has been shot in the leg with an airgun in Rolleston-on-Dove, Staffordshire. The pellet passed through his leg and he required veterinary treatment to stop the bleeding.

Get Surrey, 1 November 2013

Two female cats belonging to the same family have been shot in airgun attacks on two consecutive days in Ashford, Surrey. One cat was shot in the leg and the pellet bounced off into her intestine, leaving her with three puncture wounds and in need of surgery to remove part of her intestine and with an infection. The other cat was hit in the spine and lost sensation in her back legs and tail but could not be operated on.

BBC News, 26 October 2013

A 67-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of possessing a firearm without a licence, and a 16-year-old and a 14-year-old were arrested on suspicion of stealing over 150 pheasants in a one-month period from farms in Faversham, Kent. They were arrested after police searched a number of a properties and recovered a rifle, a pistol, two airguns and a crossbow.

Mirror, 18 October 2013

A female swan is suspected to have been shot in the head with an airgun and her male partner has been killed after it was shot sixteen times in the head, neck, and chest in a park in Warrington, Cheshire. The male was found by a member of the public but the RSPCA have been unable to catch the female to give her treatment. It was later revealed that the killing followed the shooting of ducks, grebes and terns five months previous who were found by members of public where they had been left to die on a dam in the area (St Helens Star, 24 October 2013).

Mirror, 11 October 2013

A wild mute swan has been shot through the neck at close range with an air pistol on a lake in Corby, Northamptonshire. The bird was found dead, with its surviving female mate and five cygnets close by. Police have appealed for information.

Yorkshire Post, 9 October 2013

At least three cats have been shot in a series of recent airgun attacks in Leeds, West Yorkshire. Three shootings have been reported to the police, but the Cats Protection League said it had been told about at least seven. One of the animals is reported to have died from its injuries.

Kent Online, 25 September 2013

A cat has been shot in the stomach at close range with an airgun in Minster-in-Thanet, Kent. The pellet tore a 3-inch wound in her abdomen and she required multiple surgeries to treat the injury.

The Scotsman, 25 September 2013

A cat has had to have her front leg amputated after being shot with an airgun in Kilmarnock, Scotland. She was rescued by the Scottish SPCA but her leg bone was shattered by the pellet and had to be removed. She has not yet been claimed by her owner.

Derby Telegraph, 21 September 2013

A two-year-old cat was shot in the face with an airgun near her home in Draycott, Derbyshire. The pellet lodged in her eye socket and left her eyeball hanging out, and so she required emergency surgery to remove this. The shooting follows two other cat shootings in the village in the past year.

Ipswich Star, 20 September 2013

A cat has died after she was shot three times with an air rifle in an attack in Ipswich, Suffolk. The seven-year-old survived the attacked but one of the pellets fractured her spine, leaving her paralysed, and she had to be put down.

BBC News, 13 September 2013

A two-year-old cat was shot at multiple times with an airgun in an attack in Lingfield, Surrey. He survived the attack and was found by a member of the public, but has been left blind in one eye and with severely impaired vision in the other as well as having four pellets lodged in his head and others in his body which could not be removed.

Fenland Citizen, 11 September 2013

A two-year-old cat has had to be put down after he was shot in the spine with an air rifle in Doddington, Cambridgeshire. The two-year-old was left paralysed by his injuries and so had to be put to sleep.

Hastings & St Leonards Observer, 6 September 2013

Two cats have been shot in two airgun attacks in Hastings, East Sussex. A four year-old cat had to be put down after sustaining a fractured pelvis and a pellet embedded in her spine. A six-year-old cat was shot in her upper front leg at close range with an airgun and required multiple surgeries to remove the pellet and fix her shattered bone.

West Sussex County Times, 5 September 2013

A four year-old cat was shot in the head with a .22 air rifle in Henfield, West Sussex. He survived the attack but was left with a scar close to his eye where the pellet had to be removed from where it was embedded in his head.

East Anglian Daily Times, 4 September 2013

Two suspected airgun attacks are reported to have taken place in less than a week in Easton, Suffolk. A six-year-old cat was shot in the chest and had to have the pellet removed by a veterinarian. A window of a house was also damaged by an apparent air weapon pellet and police have appealed for information.

Daily Record, 3 September 2013

A three-year-old cat has been shot in the shoulder with an airgun in Cawdor, Scotland. He received treatment to remove the pellet and stop the bleeding, but has been left with a limp.

Bury Free Press, 2 September 2013

A two-year-old cat was shot twice in one month with a suspected air rifle in Bury St Edmunds, West Suffolk. She came home with a pellet wound to her side and back leg after two days of being missing and was taken to the veterinarian where it was discovered that she also had an older pellet wound in her other back leg. She required surgery to remove the more recent pellet.

Ripon Gazette, 30 August 2013

A cat has had to be put down a month after being shot with an airgun in Burton Leonard, North Yorkshire. He was left with a fractured jaw and a severed windpipe and lost a lot of blood after the shooting. Despite undergoing several surgeries, including a tracheotomy, and being fed through a tube, his wounds did not heal and he lost weight as he was unable to eat. He eventually had to be put to sleep after he began to suffer from fits.

BBC News, 27 August 2013

Three boys, aged 10 and 11, have reportedly used an air rifle to shoot dead 54 doves in Bookham, Surrey. They are believed to have broken into an outside enclosure before shooting the pets. Police have yet to take action against the boys or any adult who allowed them access to the airgun.

Swindon Advertiser, 17 August 2013

A cat has lost a leg after it was shot twice with an airgun in Swindon, Wiltshire. One of the pellets embedded in each front leg, and the left was badly punctured and broken and so had to be amputated. The RSPCA said this was the third animal air weapon shooting in the county already this year.

Your Local Guardian, 12 August 2013

An 18-year-old cat has been shot in the shoulder with an airgun in an attack in Sutton, south London. The deaf and almost blind cat survived the attack but has been left with a limp from where the two pellets entered his shoulder.

Eastern Daily Press, 10 August 2013

A cat has died after being shot at close range with an airgun near his home in Carlton Coalville, Suffolk. He was shot in the neck and had to be put to sleep because he was paralysed by nerve damage caused by the pellet that had embedded in his chest.

The Northern Echo, 2 August 2013

A two-year-old cat sustained a ruptured intestine after being shot at close range with an air rifle in Newton Aycliffe, County Durham. Vets suggested putting him down, but the surgery to repair the three punctures was successful.

The Sentinel, 2 August 2013

A three-year-old cat was shot with an air rifle in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire. He survived the attack but the pellet struck close to his heart and he had to have surgery to remove it.

Daily Mail, 2 August 2013

An 11-week-year-old cat has been found after being shot in the head with an airgun in Driffield, East Yorkshire. The five millimetre pellet went through his face and embedded in his neck, and the kitten was left to starve to death. He has recovered but has yet to be claimed by his owners.

Bournemouth Echo, 29 June 2013

A cat has been shot in the face with an air rifle near his home in Sixpenny Handley, Dorset. The one-year-old pet was left with a pellet embedded in his head close to his eye.

Leicester Mercury, 28 June 2013

A cat has been shot in the head with an airgun in Loughborough, Leicestershire. He survived the attack but sustained a hole in his head and suffered nerve damage affecting the movement in one side of his body. Another cat belonging to the family, and two others from the neighbourhood are also reported to have disappeared since the beginning of the year.

Eastwood & Kimberley Advertiser, 27 June 2013

A magpie was shot in head with an air rifle in Nuthall, Nottinghamshire. The bird was found on the driveway of a home in the village by a resident.

The Northern Echo, 24 June 2013

A horse has been found with a suspected pellet wound two days after two men were witnessed hunting with an air rifle in fields in Shildon, County Durham. Police have appealed for information.

Western Telegraph, 24 June 2013

A 10-year-old cat has had its front leg amputated above the shoulder after it was shot with an air rifle in Saundersfoot, Wales. The impact of the pellet shattered his shoulder, and vets had no option but to remove the whole limb.

Leicester Mercury, 24 June 2013

A cat has been shot in the leg with an airgun in Coalville, Leicestershire. The leg was so badly damaged that he required a specialist operation and will have a 10-week recovery period.

BBC News, 21 June 2013

A five-year-old cat was shot in the mouth and head with an airgun in Treorchy, Wales. He survived the attack but had to have his left eye removed because of the damage.

Times & Star, 20 June 2013

Two herring gulls were found dead and one badly injured after they were shot with an airgun on a street in Barrow, Cumbria. They were found surrounded by airgun pellets and pieces of bread and were thought to have been purposefully lured to the area so they could be shot at. The surviving gull was found to have two pellets in his chest and was given treatment for his injuries.

Your Local Guardian, 6 June 2013

Armed officers were deployed after they were called to the scene by member of the public who witnessed a group of men firing guns in Morden, south London. When police reached the scene they discovered a group of builders who appeared to be shooting pigeons with air rifles on private property, and therefore acting within the law.

Oxford Mail, 6 June 2013

A thirteen-year-old cat was shot in the stomach with an air rifle near his home in East Hendred, Oxfordshire. The pellets pierced his abdomen in four different places and he needed an operation for his injuries.

Manchester Evening News, 6 June 2013

A six-year-old cat was shot 16 times by a group armed with air rifles and BB guns in Glossop,  Derbyshire. He survived the attack and underwent surgery to remove the pellets.

Carmarthen Journal, 5 June 2013

A cat has been shot in the head with an air rifle near his home in Carmarthen, Wales. He survived the attack but the pellet penetrated his skull and lodged in the bone above the roof of his mouth. He underwent surgery but vets were unable to remove the pellet.

News Shopper, 4 June 2013

A four-and-a-half year old cat has been shot in the leg and abdomen with an airgun in Bexleyheath, east London. One of the two pointed pellets tore through her bowel and she required a series of operations for her wounds.

Herald Express, 30 May 2013

Three cats have been shot with air weapons in separate attacks in one two-week period in Devon.  One young cat was shot in the abdomen and underwent surgery but died from her wounds. Her sibling was shot in the leg four days later and had to have two pins put into the limb. Earlier in the month another cat had been shot in the abdomen with an airgun near his home. The pellet hit the 5-year-old close to his heart and lungs and he required veterinary treatment to stop the bleeding.

Salisbury Journal, 30 May 2013

Two female cats belonging to the same woman were both shot with an airgun within months of one another in Ringwood, Hampshire. In the first incident the cat was shot through the chest, and the pellet hit her lungs and just missed her heart but she survived. The second pet was shot through the spleen and had to be put down due to the severity of her wound. Specialist hunting air weapons were believed to have been used in both attacks.

Pendle Today, 24 May 2013

A cat has been shot with an air rifle in Trawden, Lancashire. She survived the attack but the pellet embedded a millimetre from her spine and she required surgery to remove the projectile.

This is Local London, 21 May 2013

Two cats have been shot with air weapons within three weeks of each other in Finchley, north London. A six-year-old cat was found outside their home after being missing for two days with air rifle wounds to his leg and stomach. He underwent an operation but vets were unable to remove one of the pellets. A female cat was also shot in the back leg with an airgun leaving her with a shattered metatarsal bone.

Glasgow South and Eastwood Extra, 20 May 2013

A cat was found shot in the head with an air rifle and drenched with water in Newton Mearns, Renfrewshire. A pellet fractured his skull and embedded behind his ear where it put pressure on his brain and paralysed his back legs.

The Citizen, 20 May 2013

A cat has been shot in the head with an airgun near his home in Stroud, Gloucestershire. A pellet entered above his eyes and became embedded behind his ear, but was removed by vets and he has made a full recovery.

This is Local London, 15 May 2013

A fox cub, a number of crows and a cat have all been shot with an air rifle in the space of a few weeks in Sutton, south London. The fox cub was discovered alive in a garden but had a pellet embedded near its spine restricting its leg movement and it had to be put to sleep. Two of the crows were killed by the shooting, but one survived and has been treated for its injuries. The pet cat was shot in the eye with a pellet.

The Argus, 11 May 2013

Five badgers have been found dead in a National Park in Brighton, Sussex. The animals were all lying within five metres of one another and they are believed to have been either shot with an air rifle or poisoned. The founder of the East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service, said the bloating of their bodies was consistent with internal injuries that could have been caused by the impact of pellets, and that it was likely the bodies had been deliberately placed closed together.

Tamworth Herald, 3 May 2013

Two cats have been shot in separate incidents within three weeks of each other in Tamworth, Staffordshire. A 10-year-old cat was shot in the leg and needed surgery to remove the bullet and rebuild his shattered bone. A two-year-old was later shot in the eye with an air rifle and had to be put down due to the severity of his injuries.

BBC News, 30 April 2013

A cat was shot in the leg with an air rifle in Armadale, West Lothian. A pellet lodged in the wound and had to be removed at a veterinary surgery.

Eastern Daily Press, 27 April 2013

A two-year-old cat has been shot dead with an air rifle just outside her home in Scarning, Norfolk. She was shot in the chest, and the pellet broke her pelvis and severed her spine.

Chorley Guardian, 25 April 2013

Four lambs were shot dead with a suspected high-powered air rifle at a country park in Chorley, Lancashire. The three-week-old lambs were all shot in the head or neck and found shortly after the shooting.

Leicester Mercury, 25 April 2013

A cat was shot in the spine with an airgun in Welford, Northamptonshire. The eight-year-old survived the attack, but had to undergo emergency surgery and was left paralysed and in intensive care.

This is Total Essex, 15 April 2013

A cat was shot at close range with what police believed to be an air rifle near his home in Seven Acres, Essex. The 11-year-old pet's injuries were so severe that he had to be put down.

BBC News, 15 April 2013

A one-year-old cat has been shot in the face with an air rifle near his home in Ferndown, Dorset. He needed surgery to remove a pellet that was embedded in his head behind his eye, and the RSPCA stated that he was "lucky to be alive". The charity also reported that a number of similar incidents had recently taken place in the same area.

The Portsmouth News, 4 April 2013

A male swan has been shot to death with an air rifle over a lake in Portsmouth, Hampshire. It was shot five times and was attacked by other swans when it crashed into the lake. It was rescued but had to be put down as it had sustained severe pellet injuries to its body and leg and a broken beak.

Wigan Today, 2 April 2013

An 18-month-old cat has been shot in the leg with an air rifle in Leigh, Greater Manchester. The pellet shattered her bone and she will need to spend eight weeks confined to a cage in order to allow the injury to heal.

News Shopper, 29 March 2013

A three-year-old cat has been shot in the back with an air rifle near his home in Lewisham, east London. The pellet lodged close to his spine and he has been left unable to walk properly.

Daily Mail, 29 March 2013

A Belgian Blue cow that escaped from her field has been shot dead by police marksmen in Grantham, Lincolnshire. The animal reportedly jumped fences and charged at people before being taken down by four police sniper shots in a car park near a school in the town. The cow's owner reportedly gave police permission for the animal to be killed after she became distressed and aggressive.

BBC News, 28 March 2013

A dog has survived an attack in which it was shot 17 times with an airgun near Standish, Greater Manchester. It sustained a punctured lung and a broken leg bone, and an RSPCA inspector said it was "lucky to be alive".

Shropshire Star, 23 March 2013

A nine-month-old cat has been shot twice in the face with an air rifle in Shrewsbury, Shropshire. One of the pellets damaged his eye and it had to be surgically removed, while the other became embedded in his left cheek.

Gloucestershire Echo, 21 March 2013

A two-year-old cat has been shot dead near his home in Lechdale, Gloucestershire. The pellet damaged his internal organs and he died from severe blood loss.

Hemel Gazette, 19 March 2013

A pet cat has been found shot dead and mutilated in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire.  She is believed to have been shot in the chest at close range with an airgun and to have had her ear and tail cut off and removed by her assailants after she was dead.

Tewkesbury Admag, 15 March 2013

A two-year-old cat has been shot in the face with an airgun near Pershore, Worcestershire. He required surgery to remove the metal .22 calibre pellet from his chin.

Central Somerset Gazette, 15 March 2013

A cat has been shot through the stomach with an airgun near her home in Street, Somerset. She survived the attack but required an operation on the wound in her abdomen.

Herts and Essex Observer, 14 March 2013

A nine-year-old cat has been shot a total of five times with an airgun in two separate attacks in Stanstead, Essex. He underwent two emergency surgeries to remove three pellets from his leg and two from his abdomen that had been lodged there for at least a week. Vets reported that his injuries might not heal.

Bradford Telegraph & Argus, 14 March 2013

A farmer has killed two dogs with a bolt gun after they strayed onto his farm in Oxenhope, West Yorkshire. The dogs had been found by a dog walker after they ran from their owner and were given to the farmer to pass on to the dog warden. The farmer was arrested on suspicion of causing criminal damage but contends the shooting was within the law, as he believed the dogs had killed three of his lambs and shot them in a humane manner.

York Press, 8 March 2013

A cat has been shot for the second time in two years near his home in York. The four-year-old pet was hit in the spine and needed an operation to remove an inch-long pellet.

Nottingham Post, 6 March 2013

A swan has been shot dead with a rifle at a pond in Forest Town, Nottinghamshire. Witnesses reported hearing a shot and seeing a man with a gun bag leaving the area. The body of the dead bird was found by an RSPCA inspector who attended the scene.

Watford Observer, 1 March 2013

A three-year-old cat has been shot in the legs with an air rifle on a street in Watford, Hertfordshire. The metal pellet is reported to have left her "seriously injured".

Pontefract & Castleford Express, 28 February 2013

A swan has died after it was shot in the back of the head with an air rifle on a pond in Knottingley, West Yorkshire. The bird was found dying in the middle of the pond with its mate by two swan sanctuary volunteers and although they brought to shore it was unable to be saved. The volunteers report witnessing a man carrying with air rifle leaving the scene as they arrived.

Peterborough Telegraph, 27 February 2013

A cat was shot in the leg with an air rifle in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire. She required an operation to remove a pellet from her leg.

Bournemouth Echo, 26 February 2013

A cat has lost her tail after being shot with an airgun in Wimborne Minster, Dorset. The pellet caused nerve damage to her tail and it had to be removed to prevent paralysis. The pet survived her life-threatening injuries and recovered a limited ability to walk.

The Northern Echo, 24 February 2013

An air rifle was reportedly used to shatter windows and to shoot a dog in Bishop Auckland, County Durham. Police have appealed for information.

Look Local, 19 February 2013

A cat has been shot in the head with an airgun near his home in Sheffield, South Yorkshire. The three-year-old pet survived the attack.

Plymouth Herald, 3 February 2013

Two cats owned by the same family were shot with an air rifle within a week of each other near their home in Plymouth, Devon. The male cat was left with a pellet lodged in his thigh which could not be removed without causing nerve damage whereas the female cat had pellet fragments in the wound in her face. Both cats survived the shootings.

Daily Mail, 11 January 2013

A three-year-old cat was shot in the leg at close range with an airgun in Hucknall, Nottinghamshire. The pellet shattered his thigh bone into 20 pieces but his leg was glued and pinned back together in an operation.

Ealing Gazette, 10 January 2013

A cat has been left paralysed after it was shot with an air rifle in Ealing, west London. He was shot in the spine and has been left currently unable to walk.

Melton Times, 10 January 2013

A cat has been shot in the shoulder with an airgun near his home in Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire. The seven-year-old required treatment for an injury to his bone, and he has been left with a permanent limp.

Eastern Daily Press, 4 January 2013

An 18-month-old cat has died after she was shot with what was believed to be a gas-powered air rifle near her home in Caister-on-Sea, Norfolk. She sustained a punctured lung and was taken to the vets but died from her internal injuries.

Guide & Gazette, 17 November 2012

A nine-month old cat has died after being shot with an airgun in Monifieth, Angus. He was shot through the intestine and spleen and had to be put down after he contracted an infection. A local councillor Margaret Thomson said that the “use and ownership of air rifles should be tightly controlled as they are dangerous and could easily kill or severely injure someone".

Stratford-upon-Avon Herald, 11 November 2012

An 18-month-old cat has been shot with a suspected airgun pellet in Beaudesert, Warwickshire. His eye was damaged and had to be removed. Vets were unable to extract the pellet from his skull without causing further injury.

Ealing Gazette, 7 November 2012

A cat has been shot with an air rifle near her home in Greenford, west London. The pellet fractured her jaw and she will require complicated surgery to rebuild it. The 18-month-old had already been shot in the foot the previous year, when two other cats in the family were also injured in airgun attacks.

The Scotsman, 7 November 2012

Two cats have been shot in airgun attacks in Stirling, Scotland. One cat was shot in the shoulder and vets said she would make a full recovery after the pellet was removed. The other cat had to be put down after it was found, with a broken back caused by the shooting and suffering from hypothermia, in a box outside the veterinary surgery. In response to the shootings, the SSPCA reiterated its belief in the need for a complete ban on airguns.

Gwent Gazette, 25 October 2012

Two cats from the same family have been shot with an air rifle in Nantyglo, Blaenau Gwent. The ten-month-year-old was killed after the pellet caused her to develop peritonitis. A second pet was shot in the leg, and should recover with treatment.

The Sentinel, 23 October 2012

A cat has been shot with a air rifle near his home in Newcastle, Staffordshire. He survived the attack but required stitches after vets removed a pellet from his shoulder.

The Sentinel, 22 October 2012

Two youths were reported to have been shooting geese with what appeared to be air rifles at a canal in Baddeley Green, Staffordshire. Armed police were despatched to the area to search for the suspects and have identified one suspect, but have not yet made an arrest.

Melton Times, 11 October 2012

A three-year-old cat has been shot in the neck with an airgun in Melton, Leicestershire. She was shot at close range and required surgery to remove the pellet.

News & Star, 5 October 2012

The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds has published figures of recorded crimes against wildlife in 2011. It highlighted in particular the killing of birds of prey, including fatal shootings of a red kite and of a tawny owl with an airgun in Cumbria. The RSPB has called for changes to laws and their enforcement aimed at preventing the illegal persecution of wildlife, with a focus on the current review of wildlife protection legislation by the Law Commission.

The Press, 5 October 2012

A cat was shot in the leg with an airgun in Wheldrake, York. The pellet shattered the four-year-old's femur and she had to be put down.

The Argus, 4 October 2012

A cat has lost an eye after being shot in the face with an airgun in Worthing, West Sussex. Vets also discovered another pellet in the three-year-old's chest from an unsuspected prior shooting. His owners have started a Facebook campaign against cat shooting, and Worthing and District Animal Rescue Service is offering a £500 reward for information that assists in a conviction.

Teesdale Mercury, 1 October 2012

A cat has been shot in the neck with an airgun in Newsham, North Yorkshire. She survived the attack and has made a full recovery.

Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News, 27 September 2012

A cat has been shot through the abdomen with an airgun in Runcorn, Cheshire. The four-year-old required an operation to fix tears to his bowel, liver and diaphragm, during which two pellets from previous shootings were discovered lodged in his stomach. Another cat in the family was shot and killed with an airgun three years ago.

Redbridge News, 27 September 2012

A cat was injured with an airgun in Wanstead, east London after residents heard shots being fired in the area. The six-year-old pet survived the incident.

Express & Star, 22 September 2012

A  three-year-old cat was shot in the abdomen with an air rifle in Hednesford, Staffordshire. He was said to be in 'critical condition' after the pellet damaged his intestine and lodged in his knee.

Cambridge News, 13 September 2012

A cat was shot twice with an air rifle in Coveney, Cambridgeshire. The three-year-old pet survived the attack but one of the pellets lodged in her chest and she required surgery.

Herne Bay Times, 13 September 2012

A cat has died after it was shot in the leg and back with an airgun in Herne Bay, Kent. He was also targeted in an incident six months earlier in which another car was killed by being shot with an airgun. As a result of both attacks, he was left with four pellets in his body and a broken leg and had to be put down. A few days later another cat was shot in the area, but survived the incident.

Knutsford Guardian, 12 September 2012

An eight-year-old cat has been shot with an air rifle in Knutsford, Cheshire. His front leg had to be amputated after the pellet shattered the bone.

Surrey Comet, 10 September 2012

A cat who was five-weeks pregnant was shot twice with a high-powered air rifle in Mitcham, south west London. Vets were unable to remove the pellets from the one-year-old due to the risk to her unborn kittens.

Stourbridge News, 6 September 2012

Two cats have been injured in separate airgun shootings in the area of Stourbridge, West Midlands. An 18-month-year-old was shot through her intestine and required emergency surgery. A six-year-old cat was left with a pellet lodged near his heart which was too expensive and dangerous to remove. His owner has begun a petition calling for a system of registration for air weapons: http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/38193.

Staffordshire Newsletter, 2 September 2012

An owl was found with lead poisoning after being shot with either an airgun or a BB gun near Cannock, Staffordshire. The bird required an operation to remove her eye and will have to be hand-fed for the rest of her life.

Bicester Advertiser & Review, 24 August 2012

A cat was shot twice in the head with an airgun in Buckingham, sustaining damage to his eye.

The Courier, 21 August 2012

Two cats from the same household have been shot with an air rifle in Brechin, Wales. Both pets survived the shooting but one required surgery.

Cornish Guardian, 17 August 2012

A seven-year-old cat was shot three times with an airgun in Bodmin, Cornwall. The pet underwent surgery to removed the pellets from its abdomen but was still struggling to eat or drink.

Luton News Herald & Post, 17 August 2012

A cat from Sundon, Bedfordshire had to undergo surgery to remove three pellets from his chest and leg. The pellets were found in old wounds, suggesting that the cat had been shot on more than one occasion. Another cat from the household was shot with an air rifle in March (see March incidents).

Herts and Essex Observer, 16 August 2012

Police have been investigating after a three-year-old cat was shot with a high-powered air rifle in Sawbrideworth, Hertfordshire less than a month after a similar attack in nearby Bishop's Stortford. He survived the attack but was left with a severely splintered leg bone.

South Wales Guardian, 15 August 2012

A cat was shot with a pellet gun in Ammanford, Wales. The cat's leg was broken in the attack and officers are investigating the shooting.

Epsom Guardian, 11 August 2012

A six-year-old cat was shot in the stomach with an air rifle in Epsom Downs, Surrey. He survived the incident but had to have surgery to remove part of his stomach.

South Wales Evening Post, 10 August 2012

A three-year-old cat has been shot in the leg with a pellet gun in Betws, Wales. He survived the attack but the pellet broke the bone in his leg.

Mansfield and Ashfield Chad, 10 August 2012

Two cats have been shot with air rifles near their home in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire. The first cat was shot in the eye leaving a pellet embedded at the top of his spine. The second victim was shot in the head but the pellet was removed and both cats should make a full recovery.

Ardrossan Herald, 9 August 2012

A cat was shot with a pellet gun in the back garden of its own home in Ardrossan, Scotland while its owner was out of the house.

Gwent Gazette, 9 August 2012

A three-year-old cat was shot with an air rifle in Abertillery, Wales. She survived but sustained serious injuries and had to be operated on to remove the pellet.

Tandridge Mirror, 9 August 2012

A cat was shot with an air rifle in Caterham, Surrey. The victim had to undergo surgery to remove two pellets from her broken leg. The injury may leave the cat permanently lame. 

Boston Standard, 7 August 2012

A cat was shot in the face in Fishtoft, Lincolnshire. His owners suspected he had been run over when he sustained a jaw injury, but X-rays revealed multiple pellets believed to have been fired from either a shotgun or an airgun. He had to be put to sleep due to the extent of his injuries. 

Leatherhead Advertiser, 6 August 2012

A cat has died after being shot with an air rifle in Capel, Surrey. The pellet punctured her lung. The victim was taken to the vet but did not survive the attack.

The Falkirk Herald, 2 August 2012

A 13-year-old cat has died after being shot seven times in the head and in its leg with an airgun. The cat made his way back to his home in Reddingmuirhead, Scotland but later died from his injuries. 

The Falkirk Herald, 2 August 2012

A cat has been shot in the leg with an airgun in Slamannan, Scotland. He survived the attack.

BBC News, 1 August 2012

A six-week-old cat was shot twice in the head with an airgun in Ringmer, East Sussex. She survived the attack but needed surgery to remove the pellets and has been left with a hole in her head.

Boston Target, 25 July 2012

A cat was shot with an airgun in Mablethorpe, Lincolnshire. The pellet caused extensive damage to her side and diaphragm before it lodged in her lung. The veterinary practice said her lungs will be permanently damaged if she survives and confirmed that another cat suffered a fractured femur after being shot with an air rifle in the same area in June this year.

The Star, 17 July 2012

Two cats from the same home in Stannington, Sheffield were both shot with an airgun within a four month period. Both pets survived but the seven-year-old lost his eye and the five-year-old required surgery to remove a damaged kidney.

Thurrock Gazette, 17 July 2012

A family of four swans is believed to have been shot dead with an air rifle in Aveley, Essex. Their bodies were found by an RSPCA inspector who had been alerted by a member of the public.

Cornish Guardian, 13 July 2012

A horse has been wounded and two cats killed with the same .22 air rifle in St Columb Minor, Cornwall. A kitten is also reported to have lost a lung after being shot in the same area a few months earlier.

Leicester Mercury, 12 July 2012

A six-year-old cat has been shot with an airgun in Leicester Forest East, Leicestershire. He had surgery to repair damage to his abdomen and bowel but may not recover as he suffers from haemophilia.

Halifax Courier, 11 July 2012

A three-and-a-half year old cat has died after she was was shot with an airgun for the second time in Norwood Green, West Yorkshire. She was shot in the side and tail and had to be put down after having already had surgery to remove a pellet from her liver from a shooting a year before.

BBC News, 7 July 2012

A seven-year-old cat had to be put down after it was paralysed by two shots from what was believed to be an airgun in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire.

Nottingham Post, 7 July 2012

A four-year-old cat from Bircotes, Nottinghamshire has been shot with an air rifle. The pellet was lodged behind his tonsils and he had to have surgery to remove his eye. Squirrels have reportedly also been found dead in the area. 

Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser, 4 July 2012

The Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SSPCA) officer found a cat who had been shot with an air rifle in Chapelhall, North Lanarkshire. She survived the attack but had to have surgery to remove a pellet lodged in her head and also suffered a hip fracture.

Get Bracknell, 25 June 2012

An Egyptian goose was shot with an airgun in Berkshire. The bird was left with a pellet near her heart that can't be removed, and since she will never fly again she will not be returned to the wild.

Merthyr Express, 21 June 2012

Two cats were shot with airguns in Merthyr Vale, Wales, as one was killed and the other injured. The attacks took place within two days, as the second victim died when pellets ruptured his bladder.

Liverpool Echo, 20 June 2012

A cat was shot with an air rifle in Huyton, Merseyside. The animal suffered a cracked rib and internal injuries, but she survived after an emergency operation to remove part of her liver.

Rugby Observer, 19 June 2012

A cat was shot and killed with a pellet gun in Long Lawford, Warwickshire. The pet was found dead with a single pellet wound on the left side of his body.

Wakefield Express, 17 June 2012

A 30-year-old pet parrot was shot in the wing in Outwood, West Yorkshire. Police said the weapon used was probably a BB gun. He was treated for the injury and expected to recover.

Telegraph, 16 June 2012

A man who killed a neighbour's dog in Cheshire was cleared of any wrongdoing. He used a shotgun to kill the dog after it allegedly killed one of his sheep.

Batley News, 15 June 2012

A cat was shot with an airgun in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire. She was shot in the side and the local vet confirmed she had been shot with an air rifle.

Ashbourne News Telegraph, 12 June 2012

A cat was shot twice with an airgun in Denstone, Staffordshire. He was wounded in the left eye and neck by the attack, and has lost sight in the eye as a result.

Western Telegraph, 11 June 2012

A horse was shot with an airgun in Goodwick Moor, Pembrokeshire. The horse was wounded in the right side of its chest as a pellet was left embedded in the animal.

Spenborough Guardian, 10 June 2012

A cat was shot with an airgun in Cleckheaton, West Yorkshire. The pet, who was left with a pellet lodged in his skull when he was shot on a previous occasion months earlier, recovered from the recent attack after an operation.

Blackpool Gazette, 4 June 2012

A cat was shot with an airgun in Blackpool. The attack comes two months after the animal's owners had another pet cat shot and killed by an air rifle.

This is Local London, 2 June 2012

A pigeon was shot with an airgun in Weybridge, Surrey. The bird was a local favourite at a hair salon, where he was found wounded by an airgun pellet. He received treatment from the Wildlife Aid Foundation in nearby Leatherhead.

Hertfordshire Mercury, 1 June 2012

A pet owner reported a series of gun attacks on pets in Hertfordshire, including two of her cats. An airgun and BB gun were apparently both used in the attacks, which resulted in several bullet wounds to the animals.

Cambridge News 30 May 2012

Armed police were called to Barnwell Business Park, Cambridge following reports of a gunman.  A man with an air rifle was discovered shooting vermin on his premises and told by police to be careful.

Northampton Chronicle, 21 May 2012

A seven month old cat has been shot in the stomach with an air rifle in Boothville, Northampton. He survived the attack but needed surgery to remove the pellet.

Northampton Chronicle, 18 May 2012

A cat was shot with an air weapon in Kingsthorpe, Northamptonshire. The cat survived the attack but needed surgery to removed the pellet from its chest.

Times and Star, 17 May 2012

A fourteen month old cat was shot dead with an air weapon in Workington,  Cumbria. 

Get Bracknell, 14 May 2012

A cat was shot with an air weapon in Crowthorne, Berkshire.  He survived the attack but the pellet has badly damaged his thigh bone.

Isle of Wight County Press, 12 May 2012

A cat was shot with an air weapon in Newport, Isle of Wight.  He survived the incident but had to have his left eye removed. 

About My Area, 12 May 2012

A one-year-old cat was shot with a pellet gun in Castle Donington, Derbyshire.  He died as a result of the attack.  The owner has distributed letters locally and anyone wishing to report an airgun incident should contact the Police or the RSPCA.

Wrexham.com, 11 May 2012

An eight-year-old cat was shot with a pellet gun in Wrexham, Clwyd.  The cat remains in a critical condition following three hours of surgery.  An RSPCA Inspector  said "This was a cruel and callous act.  Air weapon shootings of pets are becoming increasingly common".

Ripon Gazette, 11 May 2012

A cat was shot with an air rifle in Ripon,  North Yorkshire.  He survived the attack but sustained a severely shattered leg.

The Star, 10 May 2012

A 14-year-old cat was shot with an airgun in  Burngreave, South Yorkshire.  He had to be put to sleep due to the extent of his injuries.

Blackburn Citizen, 5 May 2012

A cat was shot with what is believed to have been an air rifle in  Church, Lancashire.  The injury was thought to have been an abscess, but an operation revealed a pellet which was removed.  The cat survived the attack.

ITV News, 1 May 2012

A cat was shot with an air rifle in Groveley Lane, Birmingham. The pellet was lodged between her eyes but has been removed and the cat survived the attack.

Peterborough Today, 27 April 2012

A cat was shot with an airgun in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire. The animal was left with a pellet in his leg. The owner of the suffering cat, who does not have pet insurance, must choose between an expensive operation, amputation, or to put the cat down.

The Leader, 24 April 2012

A dog was shot and killed with an air gun in Mostyn, Wales. The pet, a small Jack Russell belonging to a 74-year-old woman, had to be put down due to injuries sustained in the shooting.

Hereford Times, 23 April 2012

A horse was shot in the face with an air rifle in Madley, Herefordshire. He underwent an operation to remove the pellet, which was lodged near his right eye.

Paisley Daily Express, 23 April 2012

A cat was shot and killed with an air gun in Edinburgh. The cat was hit in the chest with a pellet and he died the next day.

Buxton Advertiser, 21 April 2012

A cat was shot with an air rifle in New Mills, Derbyshire. She survived the shooting after undergoing surgery to remove the pellet.

Times Series, 10 April 2012

Police said they were summoned for two separate reports of people shooting birds in Barnet, north London. In one occasion it is believed the shooters used a shotgun; hours later, another incident took place involving an air rifle. No arrests were made.

Sleaford Standard, 8 April 2012

A cat was shot with an air rifle in Ruskington, Lincolnshire. The cat was shot in the stomach and was injured, but survived the attack.

Droitwich Standard, 30 March 2012

A cat was shot and killed with an airgun in Droitwich, Worcestershire. A pellet was reportedly lodged in her stomach for a day before she collapsed and died.

Clydebank Post, 26 March 2012

A cat was shot in the chest with an airgun in Clydebank, West Dunbartonshire. The pet reportedly was shot and in pain for weeks before undergoing surgery to remove the pellet.

Craven Herald, 23 March 2012

A cat was shot in the neck with an airgun in Skipton, North Yorkshire. The pellet went through his neck and lodged in his shoulder bone, but he survived after undergoing surgery.

Hinckley Times, 23 March 2012

A cat was shot in the leg with an air rifle in Hinckley, Leicestershire. The pet survived but had to have his front leg amputated.

This is Wiltshire, 22 March 2012

A cat was shot in the side with an air rifle in Calne, Wiltshire. The wound was severe enough that she couldn't immediately undergo surgery, but she is expected to recover after eventually receiving treatment.

South Wales Argus, 22 March 2012

An owl was shot in a sanctuary in Ebbw Vale, Wales with was believed to be an airgun. The bird was found dead with a wound to the skull, after the sanctuary owner reportedly heard shots fired.

Blackburn Citizen, 21 March 2012

A cat was shot in the tail in Darwen, Lancashire. The animal was allegedly shot with an airgun a week after six ducks and a goose were shot in the same area (Blackburn Citizen, 10 March 2012).

Warrington Guardian, 19 March 2012

A cat was shot in the tail in Padgate, Warrington. The cat underwent a successful operation to remove the pellet after being attacked by someone with an air rifle, causing a swollen wound.

Blackburn Citizen, 10 March 2012

Six ducks and a goose were shot and killed in a public park in Darwen, Lancashire. Police said someone was spotted shooting the birds with an air pistol. The ducks were pets belonging to a member of the public (This is Lancashire, 13 March 2012).

Wigan Today, 9 March 2012

A cat was shot with an air rifle in Wigan, Manchester. The animal was apparently shot in the spine just two months after he was shot a previous time.

Luton Today, 8 March 2012

Two cats were shot with airguns in Sundon Village, Bedfordshire. One animal underwent extensive surgery after his wounds caused damage to his bowel, abdomen and intestine. Meanwhile, the other cat was killed in the attack.

Kent Online, 8 March 2012

Teenagers in Kingsnorth, Kent reportedly shot frogs and toads with an airgun. A member of the public allegedly found the youths shooting the amphibians with an air pistol, leaving them mutilated and dying in the street.

Western Telegraph, 7 March 2012

A cat was shot and killed with an air rifle in Maenclochog, Pembrokeshire. The animal was left with a pellet lodged in its lung and died later the same day.

Luton Today, 8 March 2012

A cat was shot with an airgun in Sundon Village, Bedfordshire. The animal underwent extensive surgery after his wounds caused damage to his bowel, abdomen and intestine. 

Daily Mail, 8 March 2012

A cat was shot nine times with an air rifle in Timperley, Manchester. The assailants apparently lured the pet with food, then blasted it in the skull, spine, leg, back and stomach. Despite his severe wounds, the cat managed to survive after hospital treatment.

Kent Online, 8 March 2012

Teenagers in Kingsnorth, Kent reportedly shot frogs and toads with an airgun. A member of the public allegedly found the youths shooting the amphibians with an air pistol, leaving them mutilated and dying in the street.

Western Telegraph, 7 March 2012

A cat was shot and killed with an air rifle in Maenclochog, Pembrokeshire. The animal was left with a pellet lodged in its lung and died later the same day.

Luton Today, 7 March 2012

A cat was shot and killed with an air rifle in Luton, Bedfordshire. The 15-year-old cat's owners found him unable to move with three air rifle pellets lodged in his body. He had to be put down shortly thereafter.

York Press, 6 March 2012

A cat was shot with an air rifle in York. The owner of the animal said it had undergone an operation after a pellet was lodged in its skin.

Mix 96, 4 March 2012

A cat had to be put down after being shot with an air rifle in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire. The pet was found with pellets lodged in his lungs.

Watford Observer, 25 February 2012

A cat was shot with an airgun in Maple Cross, Hertfordshire. The pet reportedly had to be put down after being injured in the attack.

South Wales Guardian, 24 February 2012

A cat was shot in the head by an air rifle in Gwaun cae Gurwen, Wales. He was reportedly the sixth cat shot by an airgun in the area in the past 18 months, with at least two of the pets killed.

Hamilton Advertiser, 23 February 2012

Two cats were shot in airgun attacks in Bellshill, North Lanarkshire, Scotland. The incidents spanned three days as one cat was shot in the head and another in the cheek, with each badly injured by the attacks.

Huddersfield Daily Examiner, 18 February 2012

A cat has been shot and killed with an air rifle in Birkby, Huddersfield. His owner has another pet cat who was also shot by an airgun last year, but survived.

Paisley Daily Express, 14 February 2012

Days after the below incident (Paisley Daily Express, 9 February 2012), another cat was apparently also shot with an airgun in Renfrew. He suffered nerve damage after a pellet was lodged in his chest, but unlike the previous pet he did not die.

Paisley Daily Express, 9 February 2012

A cat was shot with an air rifle and left to die in Renfrew. An airgun pellet was shot through his spine and into his stomach, and the cat was found frozen stiff after spending the night wounded in a garden with temperatures at minus 3°C.

BBC News, 9 February 2012

A cat has been put down after being shot with an airgun in Shropshire. A pellet struck her head and became lodged in her jaw, police said.

Bedfordshire News, 3 February 2012

A man was arrested after trapping his neighbour's cat and shooting at it with an air rifle in Bedford. The assailant reportedly caged the animal after it got into his flowers, but missed after taking aim and firing with the airgun. The owner of the cat then confronted the man and the cat was freed.

Wakefield Express, 31 January 2012

Police have been increased in Normanton, West Yorkshire after a series of vandalism and reported airgun incidents. Police said a boy had been seen with an air rifle and residents reported dead birds in their gardens.

Salisbury Journal, 25 January 2012

A cat was shot with an air rifle in Amesbury, Wiltshire. The pet suffered serious injuries to his intestines and required multiple operations, leaving the owners unsure if he will survive. Police arrested a man on suspicion of carrying out the attack.

News Guardian, 24 January 2012

A cat was shot by an airgun for the third time in North Shields, Tyne and Wear. After surviving two shootings in the past, he was hit in the left front leg by an airgun pellet and may have to have the leg amputated. The pet's owner has another cat that was also shot four years ago.

This is Local London, 20 January 2012

Two cats were shot with an airgun in Hextable, Kent. The incidents were reportedly separate but occurred within four hours of one another. One cat was hit in the face and may not survive, while the second must have her leg amputated.

Scottish Sun, 13 January 2012

A cat was shot in the face with an airgun in Dumfries, Scotland. His jaw was broken in five places, the tip of his tongue was torn of and a pellet was left lodged in his head. He is expected to survive the attack following surgery.

Milton Keynes Citizen, 11 January 2012

A dog was shot twice by an airgun in Milton Keynes. The animal had been playing with another dog and a three-year-old boy who was with the animals when the attack occurred. The shot dog had surgery and she is expected to survive. No arrests were made.

Dudley News, 4 January 2012

Someone shot a cat with an air rifle in Dudley, West Midlands. A pellet was found in the neck of the pet, which had been rescued by her current owner in 2011. Following an operation the cat is expected to make a full recovery, as the pellet apparently missed her larynx by a millimetre -- had it connected, the pellet reportedly would have been fatal.

Shoreham Herald, 28 November 2011

Someone shot a foal with an airgun in Soutwick, Wiltshire. The 18-month-old horse was left with an air pellet lodged in her hind leg. The 'flabbergasted' owners said they were concerned about the risk of infection and it wasn't immediately known whether the pellet would cause long-term damage.

Daily Mail, 23 November 2011

A cat was shot with an airgun in Bracknell. He survived the incident as the pellet, which vets chose to leave inside him, missed his spine.

Bracknell News, 23 November 2011

A cat was shot with an airgun in Bracknell. He survived the incident as the pellet, which vets chose to leave inside him, missed his spine.

About My Area, 23 November 2011

A cat was shot in the side with an air rifle in Loughborough. The pet's owner noticed a pellet in its side and was able to get it to the vet for treatment.

Leicester Mercury, 16 November 2011

A cat died after being shot with an airgun in Whitwick, Leicestershire. The owner took her to the vet after noticing she was in pain, and the vet discovered an airgun pellet lodged in her side. Despite the owner's hopes that she would make a full recovery, the cat died in his arms the following day.

Hucknall Dispatch, 12 November 2011

A cat lost an eye after being shot with an airgun in Hucknall, Nottingham. Vets were apparently able to save his life because they operated immediately, but had to remove his left eye due to the pellet wound.

The Visitor, 5 November 2011

A cat was shot with an airgun in Overton, Lancashire. A vet said the cat had a pellet lodged near his spine and near his liver.

Burton Mail, 4 November 2011

A person who shot and killed six wild birds in Burton is wanted as the animals are protected by law. The perpetrator used an airgun to shoot three geese, two pigeons and a Mallard duck near a 40-acre lake, leaving them each to suffer a 'lingering death' after hitting them with pellets.

Medway Messenger, 4 November 2011

A cat was shot in the chest with an airgun in Kent. He is expected to recover after undergoing a successful operation.

Peterlee Mail, 2 November 2011

A cat had its leg amputated after being shot with an air rifle in Hartlepool. An airgun pellet shattered his back right leg, and the animal is now learning to live without it.

Buckinghamshire Advertiser, 28 October 2011

Someone killed a sheep in Chartridge, Buckinghamshire by shooting it in the head. Police said the attack weapon was either an air weapon or a crossbow.

Daily Mail, 28 October 2011

Eric Reeves, 68, admitted causing unnecessary suffering after he shot his neighbour's cat with an air rifle in Norfolk. The airgun pellet punctured the cat's intestine but it survived. Reeves, a 'bird lover' who apparently shot the cat for chasing birds, was ordered to do 100 hours of unpaid work and was fined £400.

Scotsman, 27 October 2011

A family of swans was shot by someone with an airgun in Livingstone, Scotland. Two mated swans and a cygnet were found with both parents having sustained severe injuries. One of the adults was reportedly shot at least 14 times. Both adults' lives hang in the balance, with vets unsure if they will survive the attack.

Salisbury Journal, 20 October 2011

A cat was killed by an airgun in Salisbury, Wiltshire. He was taken to hospital after his owners found him injured, but the subsequent infection caused by the attack left him beyond treatment. Unable to save him, a vet told the Journal that the cat then died in pain.

North Wales Weekly, 20 October 2011

A cat was shot by an air rifle in Towyn, Wales. A pellet was lodged in her groin, causing her to be unable to use her back legs. The cat underwent surgery to remove the pellet and is recovering following the operation.

Maidenhead Advertiser, 20 October 2011

A swan was killed when he was shot in the eye by someone with an airgun in Windsor. The body of the swan was found floating in the river by a Swan Lifeline Rescue Centre worker who instantly recognised the bird for his distinct features, but no aid could be administered as the swan had already died.

Plymouth Herald, 19 October 2011

A cat was shot in the head with an airgun in Devon. The pellet became lodged in his skull and was removed in an operation. However, vets said the cat may also lose his eye, which is close to the pellet wound.

Liverpool Echo, 15 October 2011

A swan was shot in the neck with an air rifle in Merseyside. Animal rescue teams reportedly spent several days attempting to rescue the bird, eventually conducting an operation to remove the air pellet from its neck. The animal was released back to its home lake, where it is one of only two swans -- the pair, nicknamed Bill and Maj, have been there for 20 years.

Uxbridge Gazette, 14 October 2011

A cat was shot with an airgun in Northwood, west London. A lead pellet was reportedly lodged behind his knee cap but survived after an operation.

Tamworth Herald, 14 October 2011

A cat was shot with an airgun and another was set on fire in Tamworth, Staffordshire. The animal that suffered the first wound was shot through the eye and had its jaw fractured. She had her eye removed in a subsequent operation. Meanwhile, the other cat, who is 15 years old, had his face set on fire. He survived but suffered severe wounds.

Scarborough Evening News, 12 October 2011

A cat was shot with an airgun in Scarborough, North Yorkshire, leaving him blinded in one eye. His owner was initially told the cat may have been hit by a car or have a tumour, but vets found an airgun pellet during an operation.

Guardian, 7 October 2011

A cat was shot in the head with an airgun in Winkleigh, Devon. The cat survived the shooting, thought to have been at close range. Winkleigh was recently proclaimed the best place in England and Wales to raise children.

Bucks Free Press, 4 October 2011

A cat was shot by an air rifle in Amersham, Buckinghamshire. A pellet was reportedly lodged between his heart and lungs, but although vets are unable to remove the pellet, he is expected to survive.

Scarborough Evening News, 4 October 2011

A cat was shot through the neck by an airgun in Scarborough, North Yorkshire. Although she had reportedly made improvements since receiving treatment, she's unable to walk and has severe injuries to her neck.

Harwich and Manningtree Standard, 30 September 2011

A six-month-old kitten was shot by an airgun in Harwich, Essex. She was left with a fractured leg but is expected to survive following an operation.

Highland News, 29 September 2011

Two birds were apparently shot by an airgun near a school in Inverness. The birds, a pigeon and a seagull, were both taken to a vet and put to sleep.

Peterborough Today, 27 September 2011

A cat was shot in the neck by an airgun in Peterborough. He escaped without severe physical injury, though his vocal chords were affected, as the pellet missed the animal's vital organs. He is expected to make a full recovery.

Medway Messenger, 26 September 2011

A cat was badly injured after being shot in the neck by an airgun in Kent. He reportedly is expected to survive after undergoing surgery, but has been left with severe damage to his nervous system.

Oxford Mail, 23 September 2011

A cat was shot by an air rifle in Oxford. A vet reported that the airgun pellet went into her abdominal cavity and made three holes. She is expected to recover after receiving treatment.

Hereford Times, 23 September 2011

Someone shot a horse with an air rifle in Hereford. The 15-year-old rescue horse reportedly recovered from the attack, escaping with a puncture mark still visible under his skin.

BBC News, 23 September 2011

A cat was shot and killed by an airgun in Skellingthorpe, near Lincoln. Vets found an air pellet that had been shot through his heart.

Medway Messenger, 21 September 2011

A cat was shot with an airgun in Kent. Police said he had been hit with a pellet on 5 September and was in a serious condition.

Scunthorpe Telegraph, 15 September 2011

A cat was shot in the face by an airgun in Scunthorpe, north Lincolnshire. A lead pellet was removed from his cheek, just below the right eye. He is expected to make a full recovery.

Fenland Citizen, 10 September 2011

A cat was shot by an air rifle in Cambridgeshire, leaving a hole in his back leg. An initial report from the vet indicated the cat would need to have the leg amputated.

The Courier, 7 September 2011

Two cats were shot and killed by airguns in Fife, Scotland over the past month. The owners of the cat from the second incident saw her 'stumble out' after being shot and then die an hour later. Meanwhile, a nearby cat owner found her cat lying outside her home after she was also shot by an airgun in August.

Peterborough Today, 5 September 2011

A cat was shot and killed by an airgun in Eye Green, near Peterborough. He was put down by vets after an airgun pellet became lodged in his spine.

Malvern Gazette, 2 September 2011

A cat was shot by an airgun in Upper Welland, Worcestershire. He had one leg amputated but survived after 10 days at the vets.

Huntingdon People, 29 July 2011

A swan was found in Cambridgeshire after being shot with an airgun. The swan had seven airgun pellets in it and had to be put to sleep. 

Scotsman News, 29 July 2011

A cat was shot in the stomach with an airgun in Whitburn, Scotland. It was the second such incident suffered by the animal, who was also shot with four airgun pellets in 2008. The cat's owner said their other pet, this cat's brother, has lost an eye and a kidney due to airgun attacks, and she said a neighbour's cat was recently shot and killed by airgun assailants. 

Daily Mail, 28 July 2011

A hedgehog was shot in the head with an air rifle and also reportedly kicked by her assailants in Northwood, Middlesex. The pellet can't be removed from her jaw and she suffered broken legs when kicked, but is expected to recover. 

The Wokingham Times, 28 July 2011

A kitten was shot in the chest by what is believed to be an air rifle in Arborfield, Wakefield. Shot the same week he turned one, the kitten should recover after receiving treatment from vets. 

Morley Observer, 28 July 2011

A cat was shot and killed by an airgun in Morley, Norfolk. His owners found him lifeless, with pellets in his side.

Buck Free Press, 27 July 2011

A swan was shot in the back of the head by an airgun in Windsor. It is currently receiving treatment and reportedly stands a good chance of survival since the attack missed 'vital parts' of the bird's head.

Pontefract and Castleford Express, 25 July 2011

A cat was shot and killed by an airgun in Pontefract, Wakefield. He was hit in the side and was already dead when found by his owner.

St. Helens Star, 21 July 2011

A kitten was shot with an airgun in St. Helens, Merseyside. A pellet was lodged in his leg that vets cannot remove, and while the cat survived the initial incident the pellet could still move naturally and damage a main artery. 

BBC News, 19 July 2011

A dog was shot and killed with an airgun in Hampshire. Police said two neighbours reported hearing a single gunshot but the dog was found dead after being hit near the ribcage. 

Swindon Advertiser, 15 July 2011

A cat was shot in the eye by an air rifle in Swindon. The animal will have to have her eye removed, an operation that will cost her owners £1,200. The attack mirrors one a month earlier in the same community in which a pregnant cat was shot in the face.

West Briton, 14 July 2011

Someone shot a pair of swans with an air rifle in Cornwall. The birds were mating close to their nesting ground and were left wounded and covered in blood by their attacker.

Wakefield Express, 14 July 2011

A cat was killed in Wakefield when someone attacked it with an airgun. Two of the owner's other cats were also found with pellet gun wounds recently and she noted that the shootings occurred where children regularly play.

Cambridge News, 14 July 2011

A cat was shot by an air rifle in Haverhill, Suffolk. He was struck in the leg but survived following surgery.

Filey Mercury, 12 July 2011

A cat was shot and killed by an air rifle in Hunmanby, North Yorkshire. After being found by his owner with a pellet injury he was taken to vets for treatment but later died.

South Wales Argus, 9 July 2011

Animals in the city of Newport, Wales have suffered a series of attacks over the past two weeks. A vet there said three seagulls, two pigeons, one fox and a squirrel have been shot by airguns.

Coventry Telegraph, 7 July 2011

A cat in Coventry was shot by an airgun. She survived after three nights at the vet but lost an eye as a result of the attack.

BBC News, 6 July 2011

An owl was shot by an air rifle in Gloucestershire but was successfully rescued by quarry workers following a three-day search. One of the owl's wing bones had been broken by a pellet but after an operation the bird made a full recovery.

Bournemouth Echo, 5 July 2011

A cat was shot with an airgun in Dorset. A pellet was lodged in his spine but he made a full recovery after an operation.

Guardian, 6 July 2011

A kitten was shot with an air rifle in East Ewell, Surrey. She underwent surgery and is expected to make a full recovery.

BBC News, 5 July 2011

Three ducks were shot dead by airguns in Nottinghamshire. Police said they received calls about shots being fired in a park, before finding the victims, two ducklings and one mallard.

 

 

 

 

 

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