DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

GCN compiles an on-going list of incidents involving guns.  See links to Infer Trust for summaries of incidents involving domestic violence. We define domestic violence as 'violence that is or arrives from a personal relationship.'

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 contact@gun-control-network.org.

Please see our explanation of why we highlight incidents involving air weapons.


Domestic Violence in England, Scotland and Wales

List of past domestic Incidents: 2004-2011 (see also March 2010 Review)

Monthly Incidents

The following are monthly lists of incidents which appear to have involved family members, partners or ex-partners, close friends or neighbours. This list does not include every domestic incident in which a gun will have been used to intimidate, threaten or injure. Many incidents go unreported because victims are too afraid of further threats or injury if perpetrators know they are investigated by police. We believe these incidents represent the tip of a disturbing iceberg.

DECEMBER 2014

 

Lincolnshire Echo, 11 December 2014

Mohamed Abdel-Khalek, 63, has been ordered to pay £7,000 court costs after losing his appeal against the decision to revoke his shotgun licence after he threatened to get the gun and ammunition and shoot his son during a family meeting. The eye surgeon also allegedly held a knife to his daughter’s neck and threatened to throw acid in her daughter's face, and had been involved in multiple disputes with his neighbours in recent years. Abdel-Khalek had also suffered from depression and was being prescribed medication for this at the time of the threat.

BBC News, 11 December 2014

Michael Furniss, 50, has been jailed for a minimum of 32 years and 11 months for murdering another man while he was asleep in his bed at his home in Nottingham. Furniss fatally shot the victim three times in the chest, firing the nine-millimetre pistol at such close range that the DNA from the victim was later found on the gun barrel. The shooting followed a number of unsuccessful attempts to kill the victim, Furniss having let himself in to the property with his key several times before including once when the victim was with his eight-year-old son. Furniss burnt his clothes and hid the weapon after the murder, but was caught retrieving the pistol to hide elsewhere by the camera fitted to his work lorry.

Hull Daily Mail, 9 December 2014

Peter Guy, 54, has been jailed for 14 years for the manslaughter of his partner's son-in-law who he shot in the chest and leg with a sawn-off shotgun at Guy's home in Melton, East Yorkshire. After arguing with his mother-in-law the victim and his 15-year-old son had gone to Guy's property to threaten her and her partner, and the teenager had stabbed Guy in the neck and the victim had run at the couple with a machete. When they fled into the house, the victim had repeatedly reversed his truck into Guy's van and Guy responded by recklessly firing the shortened shotgun at the truck, fatally injuring the victim, who could not be saved despite the attempts of his neighbour. Guy had been in illegal possession of the shotgun, the parts of which he had stolen and assembled before storing the shortened weapon insecurely for several months along with a CS gas canister, an illegal flare pistol, and ammunition.

NOVEMBER 2014

 

Daventry Express, 26 November 2014

Shaun Creasey, 51, has been jailed for 20 months, been ordered to pay a £100 victim surcharge, and had his shotgun licence removed after causing significant injuries to his partner when he fired the licensed gun into the ground during an argument at her home in Teeton, Northamptonshire. The pair fought after he had been been drinking and the victim went to her home, where elderly mother was staying, but was joined by Creasey who came collected his shotgun and said he was going shooting. When the victim asked him not to go, he shouted abuse at her and fired the gun multiple times. Eight pellets ricocheted off the floor and into the victim's thighs, back, and shoulders, leaving her needing an operation and with permanent scars. Creasey left the scene in his car, driving into into a hedge and causing £250 worth of damage and discarding the gun.

Birmingham Mail, 8 November 2014

Carl Blenkinsopp, 47, has been handed an eight-month suspended sentence for possessing a deactivated hand grenade, assault rifle, and rocket launcher, as well as an unlicensed shotgun and live ammunition in the bedroom of his home in Erdington, West Midlands. Police discovered the weapons after Blenkinsopp's girlfriend alerted them when he began to behave strangely. During the search he took the hand grenade, removed the pin and threw it on the bed in front of officers. The judge handed him a suspended sentence after accepting claims that he was a gun collector and was not aware he needed a licence.

OCTOBER 2014

 

SEPTEMBER 2014

 

Keighley News, 30 September 2014

Jonathon Warren, 24, has been jailed for 20 months for shouting threats and kicking the house of a door whilst carrying a realistic imitation handgun in front of residents on a street in Keighley, West Yorkshire. He threatened to kill one of the occupants, who was his former partner, if he and his sister did not open the door but was persuaded to move away from the property by a neighbour who told him there were children in the house. He was arrested after a struggle with armed officers who recovered the replica gun from where Warren had hidden it behind a kitchen panel beneath the cooker.

The Northern Echo, 24 September 2014

Anthony Bruce has been given a 12-month suspended sentence with supervision under the condition that he undergoes alcohol treatment, and been placed under a restraining order prohibiting from contacting his ex-wife or her parents after pleading guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm and intimidation in Chester-le-Street, County Durham. Bruce carried out a violent attack on his wife when she discussed splitting up, biting and choking her before holding an eight-inch knife to her throat and threatening to kill her and himself because "If I can't have you, nobody will." He also threatened to scald the mother of his two children with boiling water, and to shoot her through her eye into her brain with his pellet gun, before firing it at her and injuring her toe. The victim was able to grab the gun and hide it, but has had to move to a secret address since the attack and has been left in constant fear for her life. A few days before the trial Bruce rang his former wife and threatened to set fire to something unless she dropped the charges, and upon hearing his sentence he laughed and joked and quickly posted on social networking site Facebook "The **** did not win . . . I am free." The leniency of the sentence has been criticised by many, including domestic violence charities and Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird, who said: “How are women who suffer this to be encouraged to come forward if, when they do, there are frankly offensive sentences like this given to perpetrators of the most horrendous violence against someone who has nowhere to run, because it is done in their own home?"

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.

Blackpool Gazette, 20 September 2014

A man shot a gun into his neighbour's front door after a dispute between the two in a block of flats in Blackpool, Lancashire containing other residents. Armed police were called to the scene and a nine-hour stand off with the shooter ensued before he gave himself up for arrest on suspicion of assault and possession of a firearm. He was later re-arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.

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.

Manchester Evening News, 13 September 2014

A man dressed as crime-fighting cartoon characters the Mutant Ninja Turtles fired what police believed to be "warning shots" through the letterbox of a home in Manchester. Officers found scorch marks and pellets from a shotgun in the property, which was empty at the time of the attack. A stolen motorbike was also recovered from the scene, and police have linked the shooting to an ongoing feud between two families in the area.

Kent and Sussex Courier, 12 September 2014

A seven-year-old girl has died after being shot in the head by her father, who also shot himself dead with a shotgun, as she returned from school to her home in the village of Northiam, East Sussex. He was found dead inside his car outside the property and she was taken to hospital but also succumbed to her head wounds. The victim's parents had reportedly been involved in a custody battle, and the location of the mother and daughter were not meant to be known to the shooter (International Business Times, 12 September 2014).

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.

West Sussex Gazette, 11 September 2014

Police put up a road block on a street in Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex in order to search for a man involved in a domestic incident who was reported to have a firearm.

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.

Daily Echo, 9 September 2014

Firearms officers were deployed after an incident of domestic abuse involving a gun at a property in a residential area of Poole, Dorset. Police cordoned off the road and had to escort residents to and from their homes before the road block was lifted and a vehicle removed from the area.

London 24, 5 September 2014

Police have shot dead a 40-year-old man who was threatening a woman he knew with a knife in Islington, north London. A negotiator was sent to a house which the man was reported to have broken into but two hours later he was hit when armed officers fired a number of shots and he died in the ambulance on the way to the hospital. The woman was uninjured but was suffering from shock.

JULY 2014

 

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.

JANUARY 2014

 

Gloucester Citizen, 6 January 2014

Dean James, 49, has been allowed his appeal against a police decision not to renew his shotgun license after concerns about domestic incidents and other allegations against him in Lydney, Gloucestershire. Officers refused to renew the license after allegations after allegations that the licensed shotgun owner and wildfowling club member had been aggressive in two disputes about access rights to a woodland area and a car, and that he had thrown an 18-year-old male down a flight of stairs. He had also spoken to police about problems with his former partner after they were called to a number of domestic incidents, raising concerns about his psychological state, and his mother-in-law had complained that he had sent her harassing text messages. The recorder found that the police had been “fully entitled” to refuse to renew his license, but granted it back in view of the fact that he had never been found guilty of any of the allegations made against him, and despite recognising the "substantial stress" in his life.

DECEMBER 2013

 

Mirror, 27 December 2013

A 33-year-old woman has been seriously injured and her partner has been shot dead in a suspected murder-suicide attempt at their home in Bircotes, Nottinghamshire. They were found in their bedroom shortly after returning from family Boxing Day celebrations, and the couple's two and four-year-old sons were taken to safety by police while their mother was rushed to hospital with life-threatening injuries, where she was later said to be in stable condition. The 37-year-old, who was believed to have used his licensed shotgun to shoot his partner and then himself, was a clay pigeon enthusiast who often went shooting with his partner's father.

The Sentinel, 23 December 2013

Gary Lang has been jailed for 27 months, and been banned from contacting his wife for five years, after assaulting her and a police officer in an incident during which he was shot with a taser gun by police at his home in Bucknall, Staffordshire. When his wife locked him out when he came home very drunk, he hammered on the door until he was let in where he punched her, bashed her head into a cupboard, pulled her hair and whipped her in the head and body with a leather belt. He threatened to kill her with a knife, kicked her and choked her until she collapsed, leaving her with cuts and bruises all over her body. She managed to escape to her neighbours' house and armed police were called over fears for the couple's two children who remained in the property with their father and a firearm. Lang initially refused to emerge with his children, and attacked an officer when he later left the house and was detained with the use of a taser and a police dog. He was arrested and a BB gun was recovered from inside.

Thurrock Gazette, 13 December 2013

A 61-year-old man has died and his 45-year-old son has sustained potentially life-changing injuries after they were shot at their home in Orsett, Essex. Police found the men and recovered a firearm after they were called to reports of a domestic incident at the property, and the surviving victim was taken to hospital where he was said to be in a stable condition. The father is believed to have died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head after shooting the other victim with an unlicensed gun of unknown origin that police found at the house.

The 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.

Basildon Recorder, 8 December 2013

Council workers have repossessed a one-bedroom flat in Basildon, Essex after its occupants were reported to police for smoking cannabis and mistreating a dog and one of them was arrested on suspicion of possessing a firearm. The property had been sublet by a young man to his friends, who had reportedly caused distress to their neighbours by holding parties and taking drugs.

Daily Mail, 6 December 2013

A police officer was shot in the hand, neck and face with a sawn-off shotgun while attending the scene of a domestic dispute between neighbours in Leeds, West Yorkshire. The shooter's neighbours called police when he threw a bottle through their window after he had argued with them about someone allegedly pointing a torch at his house. When the victim and her colleague arrived at the house, they were shot at through the glass door, leaving the glass shattered and the police constable with serious wounds. The 37-year-old man escaped on a bike but was arrested outside a primary school by armed police after a seven-hour search of the city and the shortened shotgun was also recovered. He has been charged with the attempted murder of the two officers, possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life, criminal damage, and cannabis possession. The victim was left in serious condition but was expected to fully recover.

Lincolnshire Echo, 3 December 2013

Gavin Crane has been jailed for three years and four months, and been given a 10-year restraining order prohibiting him from contacting his wife or her workplace, after pleading guilty to possession of an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence, false imprisonment and making a threat to kill during an incident at a block of flats in Lincoln. Police were called to the property after Crane's wife hit the panic alarm when he fired the BB gun at a photo of her and smashed the frame, but he blocked police from entering when they arrived and pointed the replica Colt 45 pistol at one of the officers. The police retreated and firearms officers were called to the scene, where a four-hour siege ensued during which Crane's wife and a young boy were kept inside the flat. He eventually left the property and was shot with a police taser and arrested.

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.

NOVEMBER 2013

 

Shropshire Star, 16 November 2013

Lewis Williams has been given a 16-month suspended sentence and a 12-month community service order, and been ordered to attend anger management classes and to pay £1,400 costs after an incident in which he shot himself and injured officers at a property in Market Drayton, Shropshire. He shot himself in the head with a pellet gun while arguing with his girlfriend and when officers attended the scene he shouted and threw a glass clock at them, causing one officer minor injuries. Williams was then restrained and taken to hospital where surgeons decided it would be safer not to attempt to remove the pellets that had embedded behind his cheekbone and eye.

Gazette Live, 4 November 2013

A 27-year-old father has been jailed for three years and three months after pleading guilty to two charges of child cruelty and three charges of actual bodily harm assault at his former home in Billingham, County Durham. He injured his baby daughter on numerous occasions and refused to take her to hospital, including once opening the safety gate causing her to fall down a flight of stairs; shooting her in the stomach with a BB gun; throwing objects in her face; slapping her; and throwing her around the room. He also throttled his five-year-old son, rammed his head into a door and broke his wife's ribs. He was arrested after five years of abuse when he and his wife were caught shoplifting and authorities investigated the bruise on his daughter's face.

BBC News, 4 November 2013

Robert Herd has pleaded guilty to causing a police incident after posing as his former partner on social media site Facebook and sending a message to his sister saying he was shooting a gun on a street in Dundee. Officers were sent to the supposed location, but could not find Herd and then discovered that his ex-partner knew nothing on the incident and Herd was arrested at his flat.

The Sentinel, 1 November 2013

Police have confirmed that an elderly man and woman who went missing in the late 1990s were shot dead before being buried in the back garden of a property in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire where their bodies were discovered in October. The couple's 55-year-old daughter and her 57-year-old male partner have been arrested on suspicion of murder.

OCTOBER 2013

 

Lancashire Telegraph, 26 October 2013

Firearms officers were deployed after reports of an argument between neighbours involving firearm on a road in Blackburn, Lancashire. Residents were prevented from being in the streets until police ascertained that there was no firearm present.

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.

BBC News, 18 October 2013

Daniel Rodriguez has pleaded guilty to series of charges including three counts of rape and assault by penetration in relation of a woman and possession of an imitation firearm with intent cause harm or injury during an armed stand-off with police at a house in Kidlington, Oxfordshire. He kept his two-year-old daughters inside the property during part of the 12-hour  incident, but released them and was himself later shot with a taser and arrested.

Blackpool Gazette, 18 October 2013

Magistrates have granted a three month closure order on the house rented by 18-year-old Reece Huskinson, after he carried out 35 recorded incidents of anti-social behaviour in six months in the surrounding community in Blackpool, Lancashire. He kept a pregnant woman and her young son awake by revving motorbike engines late at night and when confronted, was verbally aggressive and threatened her partner with a baseball bat and a machete. He sought to intimidate his neighbours, including kicking at the front door and throwing bags of dog faeces into the garden. On a different occasion, he shot at another woman with a pellet gun, narrowly missing her and hitting her front door. He was also accused of tipping out rubbish bins and throwing stones and police have said they will reapply for a further closure if he continues to be of concern in the local community.

Mirror, 18 October 2013

A 69-year-old man has been arrested and charged with three counts of harassment towards his neighbours and having explosives, a prohibited weapon and an imitation firearm with intent to endanger life at his home in Birmingham, West Midlands. Police recovered what has been described as a “veritable arsenal” of weapons at the property and he was detained.

The Herts Advertiser, 16 October 2013

A 74-year-old man has been arrested and released on police bail after a stand-off with armed police following a domestic incident at his home in Wheathampstead, Hertfordshire. Police were originally called to the property to reports of a domestic incident with his long-term female partner, and eventually enabled her to leave the home safely. When police returned the following day with a firearms warrant, the known gun enthusiast and cannon owner barricaded himself inside armed with his guns. The stand-off continued from morning until after midnight, when the man finally left the house and police recovered a number of guns from the property. No injuries were reported.

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.

Lancashire Telegraph, 2 October 2013

Naeem Shazad, 38, has been jailed for 18 months for threatening to shoot his neighbour and his neighbour's brother and friend, and threatening to rape a woman connected to the men in Nelson, Lancashire. He reportedly made several death threats to the victim and at one point confronted the three in the street and told them he was going to shoot them dead.

Lancashire Telegraph, 1 October 2013

Dale Fallows has been jailed for six years and eight months for attempting to rob a man using an imitation gun and threatening to shoot police on the street in Burnley, Lancashire. He pointed the realistic BB gun at the forehead of the victim and demanded cash, but the victim refused, and Fallows walked off. When he was later confronted by police he threatened to shoot them dead with what appeared to be a handgun in front of passers by, but surrendered to armed officers and was arrested. At the time of the attack Fallows was also serving a suspended sentence for sending a threatening text message to his former partner that included a picture of a gun.

SEPTEMBER 2013

 

The Telegraph, 24 September 2013

An inquest into the murder of a Andrea Johnson by her husband who was shot by her husband who also fatally shot himself with her legally-owned shotgun at their home in Cromer, Norfolk has found that the 44-year-old was unlawfully killed and that her husband took his own life. The 58-year-old Conservative council leader and former mayor had made his wife leave the previous day but asked her to come back to the home where he was waiting with the gun and had written out instructions for their funerals. The Domestic Violence Homicide Review published after the inquest detailed how Keith Johnson had abused his wife for a decade, hitting her so hard at one point that her hearing was damaged. The report suggested that public authorities who could have helped the victim were "blinded by his public image" and by the notion that domestic violence did not happen in affluent areas. It also found that health and social service workers had not received sufficient training to identify, enquire about and communicate abuse, as illustrated by the fact that an attempt to commit suicide with an overdose of anti-depressants and alcohol because of marital problems was not communicated to her GP; a series of counselling sessions she received were not recorded in her medical notes; her husband was present at many of her GP appointments; when she called police for help they left when her husband said he would sort it out; and the fact that her relatives did not know how to report the domestic violence.

BBC News, 20 September 2013

David Mitchell has been jailed for eight years for assault and possessing a gun with intent to commit an indictable offence and Sean Nolan has been jailed for three years for helping him to shoot his neighbour in a dispute in Greater Manchester. At the height of a row between the two neighbouring families over the fact that a parent from one had told off a child from the other, Mitchell threatened to shoot the victim. Two days later he visited the victim at home and shot him twice in the leg with a shotgun before laughing as he ran off. The victim's injuries were not life-threatening and he received treatment for wounds to his legs and forehead.

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.

BBC News, 16 September 2013

Andrew Knights, 47, has been handed a 15-month suspended sentence with a £1,000 fine and 200 hours of unpaid work for stealing and illegally storing thousands of rounds of ammunition and pesticide canisters which police recovered during searches of his home in Dereham, Norfolk. The former gamekeeper stole over 7,500 bullets and shotgun cartridges and kept another 5,200 rounds illegally, after his legally held firearms and ammunition had been confiscated because of a domestic incident and he was refused a new firearms certificate when his expired. As a gamekeeper, he was able to continue to obtain ammunition by lying to his employer about having had his firearms returned. He also stockpiled 36 canisters of rat and rabbit pesticide in his home, putting those in and around his home at serious risk of a fatal poisoning accident.

Kent Online, 6 September 2013

Peter Britcher, 75, has pleaded guilty to possessing an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence to his neighbour at the culmination of a long-running disagreement between the two men in Herne Bay, Kent. Armed officers were dispatched after Britcher pointed the gun through the window of his neighbour's property, he was arrested, and the gun was recovered from his home.

AUGUST 2013

 

The Bristol Post, 26 August 2013

Shaun Taylor has been jailed for six years for assaulting his former girlfriend with an imitation gun at her home in Bristol. The 44-year-old entered the property through the back garden with a bag containing two rolls of tape, gloves, strong glue, a craft knife, needles and a syringe, grabbed her and held the gun to her throat. The victim was able to struggle free, but he ripped off her top and fired a shot near her head as she fled outside. Taylor escaped but left behind the bag which he claimed was for use in sex games with his new girlfriend.

Metro, 23 August 2013

A 50-year-old man was shot in the chest with a shotgun during a domestic incident in Old Leake, Lincolnshire. He was taken to hospital by his relative and was described as being in "critical condition" after having an emergency operation. A 28-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the shooting.

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.

The Bolton News, 19 August 2013

Stephen Barlow has been jailed for nine months and been ordered to pay a £100 victim surcharge for threatening to shoot a woman he had been seeing with an imitation handgun at her flat in Bolton, Greater Manchester. After she ended their affair and returned to her previous relationship, Barlow continued to send the victim romantic texts and went to her house with the gun while drunk. He pointed the gun at her and said, “You’re a slag. I’m going to shoot you”, but she was able to shut the door and contact the police. The former territorial army soldier was arrested at his home in the same street after threatening to shoot the attending officers, and police recovered three imitation guns, including the one used to threaten the victim.

BBC News, 19 August 2013

Two reports conducted by the Essex Safeguarding Children Board (ESCB) and the Community Safety Partnership have criticised the actions of police and social services leading up to a domestic incident in which a man shot dead his two-year-old daughter and her mother in Braintree, Essex in 2011. He shot dead the two-year-old at close range and shot her mother three times with a shotgun, killing both, before attempting to commit suicide with the gun. The murders took place shortly before a custody hearing and the report claimed that social workers, health visitors and police domestic violence specialists had failed to share information and to encourage reporting of domestic violence and drinking that may have prevented the deaths and injury.

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.

Lancashire Telegraph, 13 August 2013

Paul Alton, 50, has pleaded guilty to a number of firearms offences and the assault of his wife at their farm in Bacup, Lancashire. He was in possession of a prohibited home-made .22 pistol, a 12-gauge shotgun, two .22 bulleted rifle cartridges, and 74 .22 long rifle bulleted cartridges without a certificate, as well as a lock knife. They were discovered when his wife reported the weapons to the police and was assaulted by her husband as a result.

BBC News, 13 August 2013

Marc McLees, 42, has been jailed for two years for making threats with an imitation firearm during an incident which led to a five-hour stand off with police at his home in Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire. While suffering with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and after drinking heavily, the former soldier went to his neighbour's flat and warned her that she and her 16-month-year old should get out. Firearms officers were called to the scene, and she and her baby escaped after two-and-a-half hours, but McLees threatened police negotiators with his BB gun and told them he had put explosives around the doors and windows. He eventually turned himself in after speaking to his sister over the phone, and the threats about the explosives were found to be false.

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.

BBC News, 8 August 2013

A 46-year-old woman was shot dead and her 49-year-old former husband was critically injured after shots were fired on a street in Newport, Gwent. Residents who heard gunfire discovered the injured couple next to a running car and a shotgun lying on the ground. They called armed police to the scene and the pair were taken to hospital but the female victim died from chest wounds. The case was referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission because the relationship difficulties between the estranged spouses had been known to the police. Officers later confirmed that they had recovered a small number of legally-held firearms belonging to the husband and that they were not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident (Yorkshire Post, 12 August 2013).

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.

Nottingham Post, 6 August 2013

Nathan Keetch and Kadeem Graham have been jailed for a total of 13 years for possessing a shotgun with intent to cause fear of violence in Kirkby, Merseyside. They fired the gun through the front door of a flat while a couple and two children were inside, in an ongoing feud between Keetch and the female victim's former partner who no longer lived at the property. No one was injured and the pair fled in a vehicle which was later found abandoned and traced to Graham. Ian Parish, Keetch's stepfather, was also jailed for eight months for perverting the course of justice after falsely reporting that the getaway vehicle had been stolen from his home. The weapon was never located.

JUNE 2013

 

Halesowen News, 28 June 2013

Roy Watson has been jailed for nine years after pleading guilty to two charges of possessing an imitation gun, attempted robbery, false imprisonment, assault causing actual bodily harm and robbing a taxi driver of £300, and Kate Slater has been jailed for four years for assisting her boyfriend Watson to threaten his ex-girlfriend at gunpoint. The pair kidnapped the victim and drove her to a secluded park in West Bromwich, West Midlands, where they handcuffed and pistol whipped her, before forcing the gun into her mouth and threatening to kill her. Watson then headbutted and kneed the victim in the face so she hit the floor, and Slater drove her to her parents house to get money but the police were called and the pair were arrested.

Bradford Telegraph & Argus, 26 June 2013

Edward Simpson has been found not guilty of attempting to murder his cousin and of being in possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life during an incident in 2009 in Bradford, West Yorkshire. The victim and his brother had gone to Simpson's family home with knives and sticks to resolve a disagreement over a quad bike but the victim was shot with a Russian pistol. Simpson claimed not to have been involved in the shooting and to have fled to Spain before handing himself in to the police out of fear as his father had recently been tortured and murdered at the property.

Get Surrey, 18 June 2013

A gun was allegedly fired at a property on an estate in Weybridge, Surrey. Police were called to reports of two assaults and criminal damage and discovered that a domestic incident had occurred involving a man and a woman during which two men shot a firearm at the door of the property. Another man was allegedly assaulted when he sought to intervene. Police have arrested three men in connection with the incident.

Hull Daily Mail, 18 June 2013

Richard Fisher has been jailed for six months for being in possession of a knuckle duster, a stun gun that looked like a mobile phone, and a CS gas canister in his sock when he assaulted his boss at a pub on a racecourse in Beverley, East Yorkshire. Police were called to the pub after Fisher head-butted the victim and tried to push his thumbs into his eyes, and his son sprayed the victim with CS gas, for allegedly verbally abusing others. Fisher claimed to be in possession of the weapons because he had just come from carrying out irrigation work on pastures with unruly livestock from which he needed protection.

Derbyshire Telegraph, 18 June 2013

Daniel Coleman has lost an appeal against his four-and-half year jail sentence with a permanent restraining order for harassing a woman and her family over a four year period in Derby. Coleman began to stalk the victim after she refused to enter into a relationship with him, and he threw a brick through her window threatening to "slaughter" her and her friends like pigs. He also sent her an envelope containing a rifle bullet with a note that read, "I have a bullet for each of you"; sent her text messages; created a social media site account in the name of a serial killer; wrote threats on the wall of the cinema at which she was employed; and sent a video to her mother which contained modified photographs of the woman and her sister being beheaded by axe and shot in the head. Police recovered photographs of Coleman dressed as a Nazi and holding a gun during a search of his home. The victim moved house three times in order to escape the harassment, and the Criminal Appeal Court rejected his appeal for a sentence reduction.

Daily Mail, 16 June 2013

A 64-year-old woman has been questioned by police after she claimed she had killed a farmer she was working with in 1976 with his shotgun on his property in Buxton, Derbyshire. She alleged to have recalled shooting him and burying his body on the farm after he raped her when she underwent therapy for nightmares that included hypnosis. Police have not recovered a body in their ongoing searches.

This is Local London, 14 June 2013

Two individuals, aged 17 and 18, have been arrested on suspicion of possessing firearms with intent to cause fear of violence after a domestic incident in Bickley, south London. No one was injured.

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.

Cambridge News, 11 June 2013

Keith Codrington, 43, has been handed a hospital order and a restraining order after he assaulted his neighbour with a gun in Cambridge. Codrington carried out the attack after he had reduced his medication for bipolar disorder, approaching the victim as he sat in his taxi. He accused him of causing his brother’s death in Afghanistan and for interfering with his post before pointing an imitation handgun at the victim and using it to pistol-whip him across the face, causing his fractured nose to bleed severely. The victim was left with a collapsed septum and unable to smell.

The Bolton News, 10 June 2013

William Baines has been handed a four-month suspended sentence with 200 hours unpaid work and ordered to pay a £80 victim surcharge for carrying a knife in public and threatening to obtain a gun to kill another man in Leigh, Greater Manchester. The former soldier was seen with the knife by security staff at a pub in the town, who called the police to the premises. When confronted, Baines told the officers that he carried the knife for protection from the former boyfriend of a woman he had dated and would continue to do so after his sentence. He also said he was willing to arm himself with a gun and to shoot it to avoid being attacked first.

Leicester Mercury, 1 June 2013

Matthew James Powell has been jailed for 12 months after pleading guilty to possessing an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence, and possessing a small quantity of cannabis in Barlestone, Leicestershire. Powell had been locked out of the house by his partner after drinking heavily and was seen punching his neighbour's car. When confronted by his neighbour, Powell challenged him to a fight and threatened to shoot him with a BB gun designed to look like a semi-automatic pistol. The victim asked Powell to put the gun down four times while his sister ran into the house to call the police. He eventually put the gun in his pocket and made to leave, but was arrested by officers who had arrived on the scene.

Norwich Evening News, 1 June 2013

Jonathon Taylor has been jailed for seven-and-a-half years after pleading guilty to possession of a stun gun and intent to cause an explosion likely to endanger life in Buxton, Norfolk. He had placed a home-made bomb in a drinking flask under the car of his former girlfriend's partner that was parked in a residential area in the village. Taylor had harassed the pair and told his ex that there was a bomb under the car during an argument. The device was discovered by the victims' friend and removed by a bomb disposal team, who said that it would have caused a "powerful explosion". Taylor was arrested and police found the taser and a watch on which he had mistakenly recorded himself talking about the explosive device. Paul Gregory has pleaded guilty to providing the materials and instructions for the bomb and Milos Gontkovic has also been jailed for two-and-a half-years after pleading guilty to assisting an offender. Gregory was later jailed for four years for providing the explosives (BBC News, 3 July 2013).

MAY 2013

 

News & Star, 29 May 2013

Leon Harvey has been jailed for pointing a loaded sawn-off shotgun at a group of his friends celebrating a birthday and for possessing a firearm when prohibited due to a previous jail sentence at a house in Whitehaven, Cumbria. He turned up at the party and loaded the gun in front of the guests and brandished the gun at the group, pulling the trigger once when it was directed at a woman and once after putting the barrel in his own mouth. The otherwise functional gun did not fire because the ammunition was wet and he was disarmed after collapsing from drunkenness. Harvey's friend Lee Blinco was jailed for three and half years for verbally intimidating two woman in an attempt to stop them from assisting police with the investigation into the incident.

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.

The Independent, 23 May 2013

David Pinto and Robert Bleach have been jailed for a minimum of 31 years each for shooting dead Pinto's nephew in Greenwich, east London. Pinto put the gun to his drug dealer nephew's head and shot him through the eye after an argument in which he had threatened Pinto to get back £1,100 he claimed he was owed. Pinto escaped in a getaway vehicle driven by Bleach.

Oldham Evening Chronicle, 13 May 2013

Brett Minnice has been jailed for two years after pleading guilty to damaging property, breaching a restraining order and possessing an imitation firearm during an incident at his home in Oldham, Greater Manchester. Police were called to the property after an argument between Minnice and his former partner when he went to her house in breach of a court order banning him from contact, accused her of seeing other men and threw a brick through her window before heading home. When they arrived at his house, Minnice resisted arrest and pointed a realistic replica Beretta pistol at one of the officers and threatened to kill them. The officers backed away and he was persuaded to put down the gun by his brother and arrested. At the time of the incident he had been under the influence of drink and drugs and suffering after a recent diagnosis of Huntington's disease.

The Northern Echo, 13 May 2013

David James Willoughby has been made the subject of a secure hospital order after he made threats to kill a number of people with a shotgun upon his release from prison in Durham. Nine months from the end of his sentence for arson and a vigilante attack on a paedophile who was thrown from a bridge, Willoughby gave a letter addressed to the police to a prison officer in which he claimed he would don a Nazi uniform and shoot dead his parents, his mother's partner, and police officers, his co-accused and witnesses who had been involved in his case. He cited revenge and not wanting to be released from prison as motivations for the attack, but later told police the letter was a cry for  help and he had not intended the threats.

BBC News, 8 May 2013

A man in a wheelchair has been shot during an armed-stand off with police in Keynsham, Somerset. He reportedly pointed a gun out of the house towards police who called to his home. The officers shielded themselves behind a car and shouted to the man to put his gun down, before running towards him firing rounds from their weapons, to which he allegedly responding by firing his gun. He was left with a gunshot wound to his leg and treated in hospital for a non life-threatening injury before his arrested. The 47-year-old was later charged with possessing an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence and to resist arrest after police attended his home to reports of a domestic incident. The Independent Police Complaints Commission have begun an investigation into the circumstances of the shooting.

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.

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.

BBC News, 3 May 2013

A married couple, aged 77 and 78, were found shot dead at their home in Loddington, Northamptonshire. Both had sustained gunshot wounds to the head in what police suspected to have been a murder suicide. It later emerged that the female victim was found inside the house with four gunshot wounds to the head and stomach and is believed to have been killed by her husband, who also shot their pet dog with his shotgun, before shooting himself in the head in the garden of the property (South West News Service, 6 June 2013).

The Courier, 1 May 2013

Michael Kieran Mackie, 18, has been ordered to pay £200 compensation after pleading guilty to shooting his female friend in the face with a BB gun in Arbroath, Angus. The girl sustained an injury when the pellet struck her face.

APRIL 2013

 

Your Local Guardian, 24 April 2013

John Betram Barnes, 81, has been given a six month suspended sentence and ordered to pay £550 costs after he pleaded guilty to possessing a nine millimetre pistol at his home in Sutton, south London. He was arrested after his family member called police to the property during a row, and found to be in possession of the 135-year-old WWI souvenir. He had also to bought ammunition from abroad for the gun and tested it by firing at jam jars in his back garden. The gun has been ordered to be destroyed.

The Northern Echo, 30 April 2013

Craig Durham has been ordered to do 40 hours of unpaid work and to pay £50 compensation with a £10 victim surcharge after he assaulted his girlfriend and a police officer before the officer used a taser to detain him in Darlington, County Durham. He ripped open his girlfriend's shirt during a drunken argument and then grabbed the officer who tried to intervene by the throat. The officer struggled to breathe but was able to stun him with a taser.

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.

Liverpool Echo, 8 April 2013

An inquest has found that PC Ian Dibell was unlawfully killed and that Peter Reeve, 64, committed suicide in an incident in Essex in July 2012. Reeve shot the off-duty police officer in the hand and chest when he tried to prevent Reeve from shooting his neighbours, one of whom was also shot in the leg. Reeve, who was found with a gunshot wound to the forehead in a church graveyard, had been suffering with mental problems, and believed his neighbours were engaged in illegal activities in their flat.

Lancashire Telegraph, 1 April 2013

Elliott McNenemy has been given a 12-month suspended sentence with supervision and mandatory attendance of alcohol and relationship programmes after firing a stun gun at his partner and mother of his baby as she sought to hide from him at her friend's house in Burnley, Lancashire. McNenemy had climbed into the house when he was denied entry, having told his babysitter that he felt like killing someone and having spent the night in a police station cell after being arrested. The victim and her friend were shaken but uninjured by the attack.

MARCH 2013

 

This is Lancashire, 28 March 2013

Alrick Morgan has been jailed for five years for pointing a revolver at his former partner's new boyfriend and chasing him down a street in front of passers-by in Burnley, Lancashire. The victim had reportedly mocked and insulted Morgan after finding him at his partner's home, prompting him to arm himself with the weapon. After the incident, he left a holdall containing the gun and a silencer in a church ground where it was discovered by three young boys and handed in to police, leading to his arrest.

BBC News, 27 March 2013

Paul Allwright, 63, has been jailed for six years after pleading guilty to possessing his licensed single-barrelled shotgun with intent to endanger life during a stand-off with firearms officers outside his home in Seaford, Sussex. Armed police were sent to the property after receiving reports that Allwright was threatening to shoot his wife and dog. He pointed the gun at the officers and ignored requests to drop his weapon and was shot with two baton rounds and three live rounds, which left him with wounds to his chest and leg for which he was treated in hospital. Allwright fired his gun during the incident in what was reported to have been a reflex action to being shot. It emerged during the case that "systemic failings" in the licensing procedures had contributed to the stand-off. Allwright had been allowed to keep his firearms licence because a backlog in processing applications meant that his GP's indication that he was unsuitable to hold guns due to his depression was not identified.

BBC News, 27 March 2013

An inquest has found that Maureen Tyler, 79, was unlawfully killed with a sawn-off shotgun by her son, Mark Tyler, 37, who was found to have committed suicide at their home in Crays Hill, Essex. Tyler, who had a history of drug use, had recently had a psychiatric consultation but had not received a diagnosis.

Mirror, 27 March 2013

Stephen Seddon has been convicted of shooting dead his parents with a sawn-off shotgun to get his inheritance at their home in Sale, Greater Manchester. He had previously attempted to kill them by driving a car into a canal, but they had survived and Seddon had been seen as a hero for trying to rescue them. He tried to make it look as though his father had shot his mother and then himself but forensic testing showed they had been murdered.

Gainsborough Standard, 25 March 2013

Alan Hearn, 55, has been jailed for 18 months and given an indefinite ban on contacting his neighbours or entering their property after he threatened to shoot them with an imitation weapon at their home in Gainsborough, Lincolnshire. Hearn, who had previously received warnings from his landlord, told his neighbours he had a gun and would shoot them and grabbed the male victim when they went to his house to complain about his loud music. He then pointed what looked like a gun at the victim's window. He was arrested by officers who discovered that the weapon was in fact part of a drum stand and had appeared to be a gun in the darkness.

Gloucestershire Echo, 24 March 2013

Andrew Barton has been jailed for 18 months for threatening to shoot a tenant of his parents who had argued with his mother when she had given him notice to move out of the property they wished to sell in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. After the argument he told the student he would "send some guys round to sort him out" and returned the following day with a realistic BB gun which he held to the victim's face and said, "I'm going to blast you".

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.

Derby Telegraph, 18 March 2013

Muddaser Zarif, 19, has been jailed for 18 months in a young offenders' institute for threatening to kill his girlfriend and brandishing an imitation pistol at her home in Derby. After an argument about a ring he wanted her to return he threatened to chop her head off before driving to her home with a group of other men and taking out the imitation weapon when a man refused to come out of the house. He was arrested after police recovered the cigarette lighter shaped like a semi-automatic pistol used in the incident.

Blackpool Gazette, 15 March 2013

Brad Goldbourn has been jailed for two years and three months for firing a 12-guage shotgun at a house in Anchorsholme, Lancashire while his sister and her partner were inside. He carried out the shooting in an attempt to frighten the pair and prevent them from getting back together after their relationship troubles. He fired one shot at the front door lock and another through the bathroom window into the kitchen and threatened the victims, but no one was injured. Goldbourn was arrested after he handed himself in to police and his licensed shotgun and extra cartridges were recovered from his car.

ITV News, 8 March 2013

A inquest into the murder of a woman, her sister and her niece by her partner Michael Atherton, who also shot himself dead in Horden, County Durham has recorded three verdicts of unlawful killing and one of suicide. Despite of a history of alcohol abuse and domestic violence against his partner, Atherton was licensed to own weapons including three shotguns, one of which he used to kill himself and the victims. He had also had his guns returned to him after they were confiscated when he threatened to shoot himself in 2008. The coroner found that the victims would not have died if more robust procedures had been in place for granting gun licences and called for an overhaul of system. The Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) later issued recommendations, including increased numbers of routine checks on existing licence holders and close scrutiny of applications by anyone involved in domestic incidents, which five police forces will pilot before they are put in place across the UK (The Northern Echo, 7 April 2013).

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.

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald, 4 March 2013

A man and his 58-year-old female partner have been found shot dead at their home in Devizes, Wiltshire. Neighbours reported hearing an argument and two loud bangs, and the male victim was reported to have been experiencing emotional and mental difficulties in recent weeks. Police recovered a shotgun that had been discharged twice from the property.

FEBRUARY 2013

 

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.

The Star, 24 February 2013

Scott Ward has been jailed for two years for possessing a stun gun disguised as a mobile phone at a property in Sheffield, South Yorkshire. Police found the weapon to investigate reports of a domestic incident between Ward and his partner at the property they shared with their daughter. The judge reduced the jail term from the statutory five-year minimum for possession of a prohibited weapon on the basis of two recent judgements in the Court of Appeal.

North-West Evening Mail, 17 February 2013

Kevin Langridge, 57, has been jailed for 20 months in prison and been subjected to a restraining order after he held an imitation gun to his friend's head and threatened to kill him at a holiday village near Millom, Cumbria. He swore at a group of his friends after his former girlfriend who was in the group refused to give him a kiss and then assaulted one of the men in the group with his BB gun. The female victim was unable to become a foster mother after the incident due to the danger posed by Langridge and the male victim was left suffering recurring nightmares.

Haverhill Weekly News, 14 February 2013

A woman called police after her ex-partner put his hand on a gun in his pocket during an argument with her at a petrol station in Haverhill, Suffolk. Firearms officers were sent to the scene and discovered the man had a BB gun. He was cautioned for carrying the imitation weapon in a public place.

BBC News, 13 February 2013

Brian Fraser, 63, has pleaded guilty to possessing a firearm without a licence and found not guilty of causing grievous harm with intent after a woman with whom he had had a relationship was shot in the bowels and pelvis as she tended horses at a farm in Benenden, Kent. The unlicensed single-barrelled shotgun and some cartridges were found hidden between two hay bales on land belonging to the former hunt-master during the investigation into the shooting.

Grimsby Telegraph, 12 February 2013

Nicholas Brown has been given a two-year conditional discharge and ordered to pay £200 costs for threatening to shoot his ex-girlfriend with a gun after their relationship ended in Grimsby, Lincolnshire. After she left he sent her a number of threatening texts, including messages saying, "Watch your back" and "Gun Ready. You're doomed."

This is Local London, 1 February 2013

Dwayne Fulgence, 28, has been found guilty of murdering a man and possessing the firearm and ammunition used in the shooting in Bellingham, South London. Fulgence shot the man after a dispute between the two, and his victim died the following day. Before the shooting, he had fired up to four shots through the door and letter box of his ex-girlfriend's home after she refused to let him in. Fulgence was later jailed for a minimum of 35 years (News Shopper, 4 February 2013).

JANUARY 2013

 

This Bristol Post, 30 January 2013

Barach Bandavad has been jailed for a minimum of 22 years for the murder of the 58-year-old step-mother of his ex-girlfriend in a car outside his home in Horfield, Bristol. He threatened the victim and her husband with a gun and two knives when they went to collect their daughter's belongings after she had ended her relationship with Bandavad. He slashed the victim's throat in the back seat of the car after her husband fled and made an unsuccessful attempt to torch the vehicle and dispose of bloodstained items before contacting police to report that an accident had happened in which the victim had been killed.

Manchester Evening News, 29 January 2013

Mason Jones, 18, has been given a 12-week suspended sentence and a restraining order and been ordered to pay £100 compensation and to do 200 hours' unpaid work after pleading guilty to harassing his former girlfriend in Sale, Greater Manchester. Jones threatened the victim via phone and text message after their relationship ended and told her he had a nine millimetre Beretta pistol which he was going to use to kill her, her family and a man he believed her to be in a new relationship with, and got his friend to corroborate his claims.

Burton Mail, 28 January 2013

Oliver O’Toole has been given an 18-month community order after he was found in possession of a taser at his home in Burton-upon-Trent, Staffordshire. Armed officers recovered the weapon from the property after O'Toole's girlfriend reported it to police after a disagreement between the couple. Despite initially claiming that the weapon was his own to protect its owner's identity, and recently completed a suspended sentence for a violent offence, O'Toole was not given a custodial sentence.

Birmingham Mail, 26 January 2013

An inquest has found that Derrick Vassell, 43, was shot "in the course of a domestic incident" before his ex-partner Clare Sly, 39, fatally shot herself in the chest with a sawn-off shotgun that was not registered to either party at her house in Walsall, West Midlands. Sly was found to have shot her ex and father of her three children after he sent her over 160 threatening text messages in one day at the culmination of 25 years of physical and emotional abuse she was subjected to by Vassell.

Times & Star, 16 January 2013

Robert Cubby has lost an appeal against a police decision to withdraw his shotgun and firearms licences and been ordered to pay £7,480 court costs after he was convicted of violently assaulting his ex-wife in Cumbria. The judge upheld the decision in the interests of public safety in light of a number of incidents of aggression, including throwing kitchen utensils at his ex, using excessive force on a pub customer while working as a door man, threatening to kill his wife, and allegations that he had a assaulted a traffic warden who had booked him.

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".

DECEMBER 2012

 

BBC News, 6 December 2012

The North Norfolk District Council leader and his wife were found dead with shotgun wounds to the neck and chest respectively at their home in Cromer, Norfolk. The council leader is suspected to have killed his wife before turning the gun on himself. Police found the couple and the weapon when they went to the house following a phone call to the emergency services. The legal shotgun was one of four licensed to the female victim.

NOVEMBER 2012

 

Croydon Advertiser, 30 November 2012

Daniel Tesfay, 26, has been jailed for a minimum of 30 years for the murder of his accomplice during an attempted robbery at premises in Addiscombe, south London. He and the victim went to the property with a firearm, threatened the sellers and snatched Rolex watches they had pre-viewed. As they fled Tesfay fired two shots, one which struck the staircase and the other that hit his friend. The 21-year-old was taken to hospital with head wounds but he died two days after the shooting from his injuries. Tesfay escaped but was arrested by police in the city after a sighting.

Daily Mail, 28 November 2012

An inquest has found that Ian Blakey, 34, shot dead his 55-year-old mother before killing himself with an unregistered Beretta up-and-over double-barrelled shotgun at the edge of a golf course in Crook, County Durham. Although usually not involved in her care, he arranged to take his mother shopping but instead drove to the woods where he shot her, then called police to report the crime before turning the gun on his pet dog and himself. He left a note with his former partner in which he explained he had planned the unlawful killing in the albeit mistaken belief that his mother was unable to live with the Multiple Sclerosis from which she suffered.

Bradford Telegraph & Argus, 27 November 2012

Kumrain Hussain has been jailed for seven years for making death threats and firing a shotgun on a street in Bradford, West Yorkshire. He threatened to kill two brothers from a family with which he was involved in an ongoing violent dispute when they met in the street. He then fired a shortened double-barrelled shotgun into the air, causing them to fear for their lives.

Daily Mail, 24 November 2012

Brian Fraser, 63, has pleaded guilty to illegally possessing a shotgun without a firearms certificate at his home in Shadoxhurst, Kent but has denied attempting to murder his ex-fiancée, who was shot while feeding horses in her garden. Her former husband was also arrested but released without charge during the investigation into the shooting, which left the victim with wounds to her legs and hip.

Shropshire Star, 22 November 2012

Ian Poulton has been jailed for five years for possessing an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence, causing criminal damage to a police car and a laptop, taking a vehicle without permission, and assault causing actual bodily harm to his neighbour on a street in Wellington, Shropshire. He brandished a sex toy towards his neighbour during an alcohol- and drug-fuelled dispute, and placed it in his waistband as though it was gun, causing onlooking residents to call firearms officers to the scene. Poulton has also been banned for driving for three years and been subjected to three restraining orders.

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.

South West News Service, 15 November 2012

Richard Thomas, 61, has been jailed for six years after he pleaded guilty to possession of a BB gun and a sheath knife with intent to cause fear of violence and making threats to kill. He pointed the gun at his neighbours and threatened to kill them and set fire to their bungalow in Connor Downs, Cornwall as he thought his cat had been killed by a neighbourhood dog. When Thomas was arrested he said he intended ”to kill as many people as Colonel Gaddafi” and was discovered to have simulated the execution of a number of Barbie Dolls, which were found hanging in nooses from the ceiling of his home.

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.

Daily Mail, 7 November 2012

Barry Thorne, a 69-year-old former soldier, has pleaded guilty to the possession of an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence to his neighbour outside his home in Margate, Kent. Thorne thrust a rifle and bayonet towards the victim in a repeated motion after he refused to move his parked car from a space outside the property.

The Telegraph, 5 November 2012

Christopher Docherty-Puncheon, 33, has been jailed for at least 40 years for the shooting an 83-year-old retired army officer with a sawn-off shotgun on the doorstep of his home in Furneux Pelham, Hertfordshire. He confessed the killing to his cellmates while already serving a life sentence for shooting to death and dismembering a 21-year-old, in what was thought to have been an attempt to cover up the first murder. It was unclear which of a number possible factors may have motivated the killing.

Luton News Herald & Post, 1 November 2012

A inquest into the death of Idi Atiba, 31, has found that he died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest. Atiba sat down and pushed a gun into the ground at a park in Luton, Bedfordshire, causing the weapon to discharge a fatal shot, as he was approached after 16 hours of negotiations by armed officers who had been despatched after reports he planned to shoot his former partner and mother of his child. The IPPC stated that it was not possible to determine whether the weapon had been fired on purpose or by accident. It found no evidence of police misconduct.

OCTOBER 2012

 

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.

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.

Bournemouth Echo, 13 October 2012

Roger Weir has been jailed for 18 years for the attempted murder of his former fiancée and for giving heroin to their 2-year-old daughter in Eastleigh, Hampshire. He shot the victim in her side with a modified boat flare gun before beating her with a metal baton and wounding her neck with a meat cleaver. She fled and Weir was later arrested at his home in Poole.

BBC News, 11 October 2012

Richard Pell, 41, has pleaded guilty to possessing an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence and communicating false information about a hoax bomb during a stand-off with police in which he was shot by officers at his home in Knaphill, Surrey (see July incidents). Armed officers and a bomb disposal unit were despatched after reports that a man with a gun was threatening to harm himself and others. Pell was hospitalised with a gunshot wound to the hip, and a BB gun that had been painted black was recovered from the scene.

Daily Mail, 7 October 2012

Police investigating the death of a man, his wife and mother-in-law, and a passing cyclist in the French Alps in September, after their car was fired at with a semi-automatic weapon, have discovered that the victim kept a prohibited 50k-volt taser gun at his home in Claygate, Surrey. It is not known whether he held the weapon for general self-defence or whether it was connected to an alleged dispute between the victim and his brother over the ownership of the property they had jointly inherited.

South Wales Evening Post, 6 October 2012

Jamie Jones has been found guilty of possessing a double-barrelled shotgun without a licence and remanded in custody after jurors failed to decide whether he had used the weapon to assault his former girlfriend at his home in Swansea, West Glamorgan. He was accused of pointing the unloaded weapon at his ex-girlfriend's head and pulling the trigger after an argument between the pair in which the alleged victim admitted to having hit Jones. A shotgun and four cartridges in a holdall were discovered in his garden during a police investigation.

Liverpool Echo, 5 October 2012

James Wynne has been jailed for two and a half years for assaulting the brother of a man who owed him money with an imitation gun at a property in Birkenhead, Merseyside. After being unable to contact the friend he had loaned £60, Wynne punched the victim and held the gun to his head before he and his girlfriend were able to barricade themselves inside the home.

SEPTEMBER 2012

 

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.

Southend Standard, 7 September 2012

A mother and son have been found shot dead at the woman's home in Crays Hill, Essex. The son is thought to have been battling a heroin addiction and police are not looking for anyone else in connection with the shooting. An unlicensed gun was recovered from the property.

AUGUST 2012

 

The Sentinel, 22 August 2012

Joseph Gray has been found guilty of killing his mother with .410 shotgun in a trial to determine whether he had committed the killing. Gray, a paranoid schizophrenic who was declared unfit to stand trial, was found to have shot his mother in the eye at close range at her home in Stafford. He will be kept in a secure hospital in Birmingham indefinitely.

West Briton, 16 August 2012

Armed officers have arrested a man in Truro, Cornwall after he threatened to kill his girlfriend and caused criminal damage. Police were sent to the man's house after being informed that death threats had been made during an incident in which weapons might be involved. They recovered more than one legally held firearm from the property.

Bournemouth Echo, 16 August 2012

Gary Reid has been convicted of possessing a sawn-off shotgun with intent to endanger life in Poole, Dorset. Reid phoned the new partner of a woman with whom he had previously had a relationship and threatened to shoot him in the face if his son came to harm. He later took the weapon to his ex-partner's home and shot it at the wall. The gun was fired again when the woman's new partner and another man were disarming Reid, who was then arrested.

Grimsby Telegraph, 1 August 2012

Scott Westerman has been jailed for eight months after pleading guilty to two charges of possessing an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence. Westerman held the paintball rifle two feet from his ex-partner's face and threatened to shoot her at her home in Grimsby, Lincolnshire. He pointed the weapon at the chest of another woman shortly afterwards.

JULY 2012

 

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.

The Northern Echo, 23 July 2012

Malcolm Jones has been given a nine-month suspended sentence with supervision and been ordered to do 200 hours of unpaid work after he threatened people with an imitation shotgun on a street in Darlington, County Durham. The cowboy re-enactment enthusiast allegedly got out the weapon when his neighbours tried to prevent him from assaulting his partner on their return from a night out. When confronted by police he made racist comments about his neighbours and threatened to burn down their house before being arrested.

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.

Midhurst and Petworth Observer, 21 July 2012

A 50-year-old man has been arrested for suspected firearms offences after a shotgun was fired at a farm in Lurgashall, West Sussex. No one was hurt but armed police transported a woman from the property to safety.

Worcester News, 20 July 2012

Stephen Blake has been jailed for eight and a half years for a conviction he had been given the previous year when on the run after threatening to shoot his neighbours with a sawn-off shotgun. His was found hiding in Flyford Flavell, Worcestershire by a team of investigative TV reporters who alerted the police to his location.

Hull Daily Mail, 18 July 2012

A man has been handed an £80 fixed penalty notice for falsely reporting to police that he had been threatened with a gun in Hull, East Yorkshire. His ex-girlfriend, her 12-year-old daughter, and her current partner were surrounded by armed officers as they were leaving a pub in their car. Officers then discovered that the call had been made maliciously after the man and his former partner had argued and visited him the following day to issue the notice.

Northumberland Gazette, 13 July 2012

Henry Harrison, 57, has been given a two-year suspended sentence and been ordered to attend a domestic violence programme and pay £200 compensation and £40 costs, after he threatened to shoot dead his wife and himself at their home in Shilbottle, Northumberland. Harrison punched his wife, dragged her upstairs by the hair, and brandished a knife and axe after an argument about their financial difficulties since he lost his job. She fled but upon her return he threatened to end both their lives with one of two legal guns and ammunition he kept locked in a cabinet in their home. His guns have been confiscated and there is a restraining order against him.

BBC News, 13 July 2012

David Leeman has been jailed for 12 years for shooting his wife five times with a semi-automatic pistol at their farm in Parracombe, Devon. He was found guilty of manslaughter on the grounds of loss of control for killing his wife after their relationship broke down and he discovered she had been dating another man. He had kept the illegal pistol hidden at his farm for a number of years.

Daily Mirror, 11 July 2012

A 64-year-old man has killed a police officer and injured another man before shooting himself with the murder weapon in Essex. He chased his neighbours, who he believed were engaged in illegal activities, from their flat in Clacton, firing three shots at the couple. He hit the male victim before turning the handgun on the officer who had come out of his own home to help. The policeman, who is believed to have been off-duty at the time, was killed with a shot to the head and the other victim was taken to hospital with serious, but not life-threatening, leg injuries. The gunman fled in a getaway car which he abandoned nearby but his body was found the next day near the grave of his family member in Writtle, Essex. Police confirmed the gunman was involved with a gun club in his home town but that he was not a member and did not have a handgun licence.

Manchester Evening News, 8 July 2012

A married couple in their 60s was found shot dead at their home in Sale, Greater Manchester. The pair had been caring for their grandson after the death of their daughter, suffered from medical problems, and had been in a car driven by their son when it plunged into a canal four months previously. Their son was arrested and later charged with murder and attempted murder in relation to the car accident (Manchester Evening News, 13 July 2012).

Daily Mail, 7 July 2012

Aaron Wilkinson has been jailed for a minimum of five years after pleading guilty to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility. Wilkinson shot the woman he worked for and lived with in the head and chest three times with a shotgun at her home in Woodlesford, Leeds. He was cleared of murder in April because he had been suffering with PTSD after serving in Afghanistan as well as having Asperger's Syndrome at the time of the shooting.

Birmingham Mail, 6 July 2012

Two brothers have been jailed for smashing the windows of a property and threatening a man with a knife and an imitation shortened shotgun. The brothers went to the flat after a confrontation with the victim involving his former partner. Police found a Ruger .22 assault rifle and over 200 shotgun cartridges at a home in Castle Vale, Birmingham when investigating the incident. Richard Jones has been jailed for five years for possessing a prohibited firearm and a knife. Daryl Jones has been jailed for two and a half years for possessing a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence. 

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.

JUNE 2012

 

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.

Grimsby Telegraph, 27 June 2012

George Wilkinson has been jailed for seven years after he threatened to kill his ex-partner in Grimsby, Hull. Wilkinson reportedly sent threatening messages to his ex-wife and their daughter in which he vowed to kill the elder woman and himself. Meanwhile, Wilkinson acquired two shotguns, shortened their barrels, sought lessons in loading and shooting the firearms, and recorded suicide messages before police arrested him. Wilkinson pleaded guilty to possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life and making threats to kill. 

Birmingham Mail, 10 June 2012

Two people were found shot dead in Walsall, West Midlands. The victims were partners, and police suspect either a domestic murder-suicide or a double-murder. They arrested the son of one of the victims and his girlfriend but have not issued any murder charges.

MAY 2012

 

Sunday Mercury, 27 May 2012

A man has appeared in court charged with possession of an imitation firearm, criminal damage and robbery. The suspect was said to have been involved in a domestic argument in Telford, Shropshire which got out of control causing someone to call the police saying the man had a gun. The item was later found to be a silver sex toy.

Spalding Today 24 May 2012

Police defended the use of a taser gun on a 78 year old woman who had stabbed and seriously injured her husband, injured herself and threatened officers who had been called to a home in Long Sutton, Lincolnshire. A statement issued by Lincolnshire Police referred to the need to ensure that the husband received urgent medical attention.

BBC News, 15 May 2012

Stuart Horner has been sentenced to a minimum of 27 years for the murder of his uncle with what police believe to be a shotgun, in Wythenshawe, Manchester. The shooting came as the result of a long running family feud.

The Enquirer, 11 May 2012

David Oakes has been jailed for two life sentences after he shot and killed his former partner and their two-year-old daughter with a double barrelled shotgun in Braintree, Essex. Oakes pleaded not guilty to both murder charges.

APRIL 2012

 

Journal Live, 30 April 2012

Two people were found dead at a golf club in County Durham. The victims, believed to be a 34-year-old man and his 55-year-old mother, both died of shotgun wounds to their heads.

The Sun, 28 April 2012

A man and his daughter were found shot dead in West Bridgford, Nottingham. Police found a gun at the scene along with the bodies of the victims, aged 64 and 31.

Northern Echo, 25 April 2012

A suspected gunman who made domestic threats was hunted by police in Middlesborough. The suspect reportedly made violent threats to individuals he knew, prompting an armed police search.

Pendle Today, 21 April 2012

Donna Sherwin has been jailed for seven months after pulling a knife on her ex partner who allegedly threatened her with a gun in Nelson, Lancashire. The victim allegedly told her he had a shotgun down his pants before an altercation ensued.

News Shopper, 11 April 2012

Owen Roberts has been handed a community order after he threatened his girlfriend with an imitation firearm in Erith, southeast London. Roberts reportedly pointed the gun at the victim and verbally threatened to kill her. The ruling judge cited Roberts' mental health as the reason for not imprisoning him for the guilty charge of possessing a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.

St Helens Reporter, 11 April 2012

Christopher Strettle has been convicted of murdering his best friend in Prescot, Merseyside. Strettle shot the victim in the chest before his wife, Lesley, disposed of the murder weapon. She pleaded guilty to assisting an offender and possessing a banned firearm. Strettle reportedly used a handgun in the attack (Liverpool Echo, 30 March 2012).

This is Wiltshire, 6 April 2012

Paul Muller has been jailed for ten years after taking his son hostage in 2001 and then going on the run. Police arrested him for a domestic dispute in Swindon when he held his son hostage at knifepoint, also possessing an imitation handgun. He falsely claimed he had a bomb and used his son as a human shield from police. After police eventually captured him, Muller skipped bail and was caught in December 2010 after he took a second son hostage in Cambridgeshire.

West Briton, 5 April 2012

Travis Hughes, 20, has been ordered to do unpaid work and given a suspended sentence after cutting himself and another man over his relationship. Police shot Hughes three times with a stun gun to subdue him, before arresting and convicting him of affray and common assault.

MARCH 2012

 

St. Helens Star, 23 March 2012

An inquest determined that a police officer in St. Helens, Merseyside committed suicide in February 2011 after assaulting another officer he was having an affair with. He died after shooting himself in the head with a shotgun.

This is North Devon, 19 March 2012

Police arrested a man on suspicion of making threats to kill in Bideford, Devon. Officers raided a home to respond to a domestic incident before capturing the man and recovering a BB gun.

This is Wiltshire, 9 March 2012

Mathew Bastin has been given a community order and was released after being convicted of purchasing two illegal stun guns. Bastin's home had been raided after police received information that he had a history of harassing ex-girlfriends and possessed several items relating to an intent to kidnap. He apparently purchased the second stun gun days after being arrested for stalking his ex and having a similar weapon. Bastin, who pleaded guilty to two counts of buying or acquiring prohibited weapons, will not serve jail time but cannot enter Surrey or leave the country for three years.

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.

Scottish Sun, 1 March 2012

Mo Siddique, Tencho Andonov and Deyan Nikolov were convicted of murder after Siddique ordered the execution of his brother in Fife. He paid the others to carry out the murder, while Andonov, who pulled the trigger on the fatal blast that killed Siddique's brother, was also convicted of a attempted murder of a second man also present.

JANUARY 2012

 

Halifax Courier, 13 January 2012

Marcin Kasprzak has been jailed for 20 years for attempted murder and possessing a prohibited weapon after attacking his girlfriend in Huddersfield in May 2008. Kasprzak shot the victim twice with a stun gun before he bound and gagged her, forced her into a cardboard box and buried her alive. He then took her bank card and withdrew 500 pounds before being caught at the home of his accomplice, 18-year-old Patryck Borys, who was sentenced to four and a half years at a young offenders institute for kidnapping. The victim managed to survive and escape, and now has sole custody of the son she had with Kasprzak one month before the attack.

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.

BBC News, 3 January 2012

A man shot and killed three women in Horden, County Durham before turning the gun on himself. The killer used a legally owned shotgun to murder his partner, her sister and his partner's niece. The BBC reports that the killer, who was licensed to own six firearms, had previously had his guns taken away by police in 2008, but his licenses were later restored.

DECEMBER 2011

 

Fulham Chronicle, 9 December 2011

Samantha Cadge has been found guilty of arranging for her ex-partner to be shot in west London in November 2010. She hired a gunman to blast her ex after he ended their relationship, and the victim was left confined to a wheelchair. Police recovered the sawn-off shotgun used in the shooting and convicted Cadge of conspiracy to cause grievous bodily harm after her friend Shane Worrall and gunman Marwan Goodridge admitted the same charge. Cadge was jailed for 16 years, while Worrall received 14 years and Goodridge was jailed for 18 years and five months (Barnet Today, 12 January 2012).

NOVEMBER 2011

 

Boston Standard, 25 November 2011

Jacek Piwowarski has been jailed for two years after threatening to shoot his ex-wife and possessing a loaded shotgun in Lincolnshire.  Piwowarski admitted assault, possessing a loaded shotgun in a public place and breaching his shotgun licence. He reportedly grabbed his ex-wife, leaving red marks on her arms, and told her he would 'shoot her head off'.

Falmouth Packet, 25 November 2011

Dylan Wilkes has been found guilty of assaulting his former partner in Cornwall. Wilkes had been on the run for several weeks, and armed police pursued him under the belief he may have had a firearm. Wilkes, who admitted punching his former partner in the face and is alleged to have attacked her further, was caught in the water trying to swim to safety.

East Coast Target, 10 November 2011

Mark Burton has been given a 12-month prison sentence suspended for two years for possessing an unlicensed shotgun. Burton, reportedly depressed over his mother's health, fired the shotgun into the air after arguing with his partner. Police arrived at their Lincolnshire home after his partner called them. They confiscated the illegal weapon but spared him the mandatory five-year sentence for possession of an unlicensed shotgun due to the judge ruling this case was exceptional.

Ripley and Heanor News, 4 November 2011

Peter Sisson has admitted illegally possessing a stun gun, possessing amphetamine and damaging property. He apparently broke into his ex-partner's home in Alfreton, Derbyshire and threatened her with an axe. He was arrested four days later in possession of the amphetamine, which he claimed to be taking to counteract side effects from schizophrenia medication.

Sunderland Echo, 4 November 2011

A man who killed one partner and was jailed for abusing another partner is apparently on the run. Shaun Gibbons disappeared in Wearside and witnesses reported seeing a man carrying a gun. Police recovered a replica handgun at the scene. Gibbons choked his girlfriend to death in 1991 and was handed a reduced murder charge of 'manslaughter on the grounds of provocation'. He served two years before being released and he eventually married another woman, then was jailed for stalking and bullying her during a two-month campaign of terror.

OCTOBER 2011

 

Boston Target, 28 October 2011

A man in possession of a shotgun allegedly threatened to shoot his estranged wife in Boston, Lincolnshire. He is alleged to have turned up at the victim's home, grabbed her by the arm and shouted "I'm going to shoot your head off." Police arrested the man and recovered a loaded 12-bore shotgun plus 102 rounds of ammunition from his car.

Scottish Sun, 26 October 2011

Frank Moore has been jailed for at least 22 years for killing his ex-partner's new boyfriend in Edinburgh. Moore bludgeoned the victim to death and attacked his ex-partner, apparently setting fire to their flat and leaving them. She was found by firefighters and survived the attack. Police recovered a stun gun at Moore's home, and he was convicted of illegally possessing the weapon among numerous other charges.

BBC News, 12 October 2011

Colin Baulch has admitted threatening his estranged wife and a man with a loaded shotgun in Orkney. Suspecting his wife of having an affair with the man, Baulch brandished the weapon in October 2010 but the victims disarmed him and tied him up until police arrived. Baulch will be sentenced next month for two counts of possessing a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.

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.

SEPTEMBER 2011

 

Guardian, 20 September 2011

A woman was shot and killed on a farm in Devon. Police arrested her husband and charged him with murder after finding the victim dead from gunshot wounds.

Journal Live, 14 September 2011

Max Exley and Lee Scott have been jailed for 13 and a half years each after shooting someone over unpaid debt. The victim was shot in the shoulder in May 2010 while sitting in a car on his street in Stocksfield, Northumberland. He said he had been friends with the shooters for 20 years prior to the attack, which forced him to undergo surgery. He continues to have problems from nerve damage due to the shooting. 

Daily Record, 9 September 2011

Frank Moore has been found guilty for murder and attempted murder in Edinburgh, as well as threatening his ex-girlfriend, theft, trying to destroy evidence and possessing a stun gun. Moore, who will be sentenced next month, beat his ex-girlfriend's new lover to death and also severely beat her, leaving her with a fractured skull, blind in one eye, deaf in one ear and unable to walk. A fire started after he left and firefighters were able to save the female victim. 

Express and Star, 2 September 2011

Jahmayne Meade has been jailed for at least 26 years for the murder of Lee Douglas. Meade shot Douglas in the neck and back with a pistol after finding him with Meade's ex-girlfriend in Wolverhampton in November 2010.


 

AUGUST 2011

 

BBC News, 26 August 2011

Catherine Hodges has been jailed for at least 24 years after murdering her partner in Stratton Strawless, near Norfolk. She drove five miles from her home and shot him several times with a rifle in June (See June Incidents: BBC News, 13 June 2011).


JULY 2011

Evening Telegraph, 26 July 2011

Edgar Clark, 73, has been jailed for two and a half years after threatening to shoot his partner and her son with a shotgun at their home in Corby, Northamptonshire. The gun had reportedly been altered by Clark to accommodate live ammunition (it was created to be an imitation gun), and he threatened her for an hour and 20 minutes. The shooting threats were recorded by Clark's partner from a device in her bag. Clark was convicted of possessing a firearm, making threats to kill and false imprisonment.

BBC News, 25 July 2011

John Pitcher, 21, has been jailed for five years after being convicted of wounding and fraud. Pitcher opened fire at his father with the elder man's shotgun in his home in Plymouth in December 2010. He hit him in the shoulder, causing a severe injury. The younger Pitcher, who had been due to join the Royal Navy two months later, was cleared of attempted murder.

Braintree and Witham Times, 20 July 2011

Pedro Da Silva was convicted of common assault in Braintree, Essex on suspicion of assaulting his wife with an imitation gun. The woman reportedly asked her brother to contact police after believing her husband threatened her with a real gun. He was arrested and ordered to stay at an alternate address and not contact his wife before he is sentenced on 8 August.

Daily Post, 16 July 2011

Luke Lamond, 21, has been jailed for five months in Llysfaen, Wales for harassing his ex-girlfriend, who is the mother of his child. Over a period of time he broke into her home, told her he had a firearm, pestered her with online and text messages, and switched off her electricity. Lamond was arrested after threatening to jump off a bridge.

Daily Mirror, 15 July 2011

Mohammed Alom has been jailed for two years after attacking his ex-wife with a knife. High on drink and cannabis, Alom threatened to kill his wife in front of her two-year-old child in Oldham, Manchester. Even after police shot him with a taser gun, he began slicing through the weapon's wires and police had to use more physical force to bring him down. His ex-wife was apparently injured in the abdomen, legs and fingers, and Alom was convicted of unlawful wounding, having a knife, making a threat to kill and possessing cannabis. In addition to the jail time he was ordered to stay away from the woman for a minimum of five years.


JUNE 2011      

This is Wiltshire, 28 June 2011

A man in Eldene, Swindon faces trial after being arrested and charged with shocking his wife with a taser gun and causing her actual bodily harm. The man is accused of zapping her with the stun gun four or five times in their home in February, leaving her bruised on the stomach, arm and one of her eyes.

Lynn News, 28 June 2011

An inquest determined that a man in Feltwell, Norfolk shot his ex-lover in the back of the head with a handgun before turning the gun on himself in July 2010. The man's victim survived but still suffers impaired vision and hearing, while the man's suicide bid was successful.

Bearsden Herald, 24 June 2011

A man has been arrested and charged with the murder of his ex-partner and daughter in Essex. He is alleged to have killed both in early June before turning the gun on himself. He was held under police guard in hospital since the incident and was arrested upon regaining consciousness.

BBC News, 23 June 2011

Joseph Peachey has been found guilty of attempted murder after he tried to smother his terminally ill father in a hospital in Eastbourne, East Sussex. In the incident, which occurred in December, 2010, police used taser guns to restrain Peachey after he attacked members of staff. Peachey will be sentenced in August.

Falmouth Packet, 15 June 2011

Michael Glanville has been jailed for four months after walking through the city centre of Truro, Cornwall with a samurai sword. Glanville also had assaulted his partner and a 17-year-old youth. Police threatened him with a taser gun upon arresting him but did not use it.

Daily Mirror, 15 June 2011

Scott Raisbeck has been jailed for 15 months after hiding a van, shotgun ammunition and evidence used by convicted murderer Raoul Moat. Raisbeck, of Northumberland, admitted perverting the course of justice after his assistance to Moat, who killed a love rival with a shotgun in July 2010. Richard Reay was previously sentenced to five years for possession of a shotgun after one was found in his garden. His friend Moat had also shot his ex-girlfriend and turned the gun on himself (Northern Echo, 14 June 2011).

BBC News, 13 June 2011

A man was shot and killed in Stratton Strawless, Norfolk. His body was found at an animal shelter with bullet wounds, and a woman who was previously in a relationship with the victim was arrested.

John O'Groat Journal, 11 June 2011

John Begg has been jailed for two years and two months after threatening to shoot his former partner if she tried to take their child away from him. Wielding an air pistol, the 21-year-old Begg pointed it at his ex-girlfriend in March in Wick, Highland threatening her in front of the child.

The Northern Echo, 9 June 2011

A two-year community order was given to Michael Tierney for an incident in March in which police used a taser gun to paralyse him after Tierney had stabbed himself in Middlesbrough and threatened to kill himself. He had attacked himself in the wake of a break-up, having also theatened his ex-girlfriend via text message, smashed a window of her home and threatened her new partner in November 2010.

The Wolf, 9 June 2011

Police seized four firearms in the past week in Wolverhampton. They arrested a man and woman after finding a shotgun and ammunition in their home; arrested a 19-year-old on suspicion of burglary and found drugs and a shotgun in his home; arrested a 20-year-old man after finding a loaded pistol on him as well as drugs when they encountered him in a domestic dispute with a woman; and found a shotgun hidden in bushes after receiving a tip.


MAY 2011

Yorkshire Post, 24 May 2011

Michael Tucker has been found guilty of murder in Norwich. He shot his partner in Norfolk in March, 2010 before hiding her body in the freezer. He was sentenced to 26 years in prison (The Independent, 25 May 2011).

Worcester News, 21 May 2011

Jamie Cornes has been jailed for 30 months following an incident last month in Malvern, Worcestershire in which he barricaded himself into his ex-girlfriend's house and threatened to use a loaded shotgun. After a six-hour siege, police arrested Cornes, who was inside with his ex-partner and their four-year-old child, but was without a gun or ammunition.

BBC News, 6 May 2011

Stuart McCutcheon, 23, has been jailed for two years and five months for putting someone in a state of fear, breaching the peace, possessing a firearm and committing motoring offences. McCutcheon reportedly threatened to rape and kill his ex-girlfriend in May 2008 in Hawick, Scotland following a breakup. Police recovered a shotgun and ammunition at the time of his arrest.

Bath Chronicle, 5 May 2011

Shaun Drake has been jailed for four years and seven months in Bath after pleading guilty to possession of a firearm. On 5 December, 2010, Drake had been involved in a domestic incident and had threatened officers with what turned out to be an imitation gun.


MARCH 2011

The Herald (Plymouth), 24 March 2011

A man from Devonport, Devon, has appeared in court accused of putting an air pistol to the stomach of an ex-girlfriend. He is charged with possessing a firearm with intent to cause her to believe that violence would be used against her or another.

This is South Wales, 11 March 2011

Andrew Bidder seriously injured his ex-girlfriend by shooting her with an airgun. The incident took place at an address in Morriston, Swansea, in November 2010. The victim suffered injuries to her face, arms and legs and had to undergo surgery to have pellets removed. Bidder had been drinking heavily. He had admitted unlawful wounding but originally denied wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm. He changed his plea and accepted that he had intended serious injury and has been jailed for six years.

Daily Post, 2 March 2011

A man was arrested in connection with a domestic incident in Towyn, Conwy. Firearms officers and a police helicopter had gone to the scene but police refused to confirm if a firearm was recovered at the scene.


FEBRUARY 2011

Lincolnshire Echo, 25 February 2011

Gary Noble from Glebe Park, Lincoln, threatened to shoot his ex-girlfriend during "menacing" phone calls to police.  He said he had a loaded shotgun and would "put a bullet" in her.  He was an air rifle owner.  He pleaded guilty to two charges of making menacing phone calls and has been sentenced to a 12-month supervision order with conditions not to contact his former partner or own air weapons.

The Argus, 19 February 2011

John Cogger armed himself with an arsenal of weapons including three machine guns, a rifle and a pistol when police surrounded his house in Copthorne, West Sussex, in November 2010 (see Incidents).  All the firearms had been deactivated.  The police were responding to a call from Cogger's wife saying he had been drinking and had threatened to blow them up or to shoot both of them and their dog.  He was shot by a police marksman after he raised a Bren gun and aimed it through the kitchen window.  He pleaded guilty to two charges of possessing a firearm or imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.  Sentencing was adjourned.

This is Kent, 18 February 2011

A soldier, Nicholas Fabian, from Vigo, Kent, has been convicted of trying to murder his wife in March 2010 (see Incidents) by booby trapping her car using a stolen hand grenade.  He had pleaded guilty to possession of 95 rounds of 5.56 mm rifle ammunition without a firearms certificate.  He has been given a life sentence and will serve a minimum of 16 years.

Evening Gazette, 7 February 2011

In October 2010 Christopher Donnelly, 19, from Grangetown, Teesside, grabbed his former partner and when she escaped he pursued her holding a small imitation gun.  He admitted possession of an imitation firearm.  He also admitted handling stolen goods.  He was jailed for 20 months, primarily for trying to frighten his ex-partner.

This is Kent, 2 February 2011

An air rifle was confiscated from a house in Sittingbourne, Kent, where a man jumped from a chimney after an hour-long stand-off with police.  He was wanted by police after allegedly breaching bail conditions for an offence of domestic assault.

Evening Gazette, 1 February 2011

Christopher Pease from Thorntree, Middlesbrough, bought a shotgun and then threatened to kill his ex-girlfriend.  A friend of his took the gun off him to stop him from doing "anything stupid".  Pease pleaded guilty to having a firearm with intent to cause fear, making threats to kill and possessing a shotgun without a certificate.  He was jailed for three years.  His friend Matthew Robinson, 21, who hid the gun at his home pleaded guilty to possessing a shotgun without a certificate and was given a 12-month community order with a supervision requirement.


JANUARY 2011

BBC, 25 January 2011

A woman was found dead with gunshot wounds in the attic of a house in Woodlesford, Leeds.  The weapon was apparently a shotgun (Yorkshire Evening Post, 25 January 2011).  A man has appeared in court charged with murder (BBC, 27 January 2011).  An inquest has opened into the death and has been adjourned by the coroner pending the outcome of further proceedings (Yorkshire Evening Post, 22 February 2011).

Lincolnshire Echo, 17 January 2011

After walking in on his former partner and friend of his at her home in Navenby, Lincolnshire, Jamie Belton went home and armed himself with his licensed shotgun.  When he returned to the property he fired the gun into the ceiling.  He admitted possessing a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence, causing actual bodily harm and criminal damage and has been jailed for four years.

Walsall Advertiser, 13 January 2011

Matthew King from Walsall, West Midlands, bombarded his former partner and her mother with a string of abusive texts.  He had also left two knives on her bed, a toy gun and toy dolls which had their heads removed.  He admitted two charges of harassing the victims and was given a two-year community order with two years' supervision.


DECEMBER 2010

Evening News, 29 December 2010

A man was being questioned after a five-hour stand-off with armed police in Whitburn, West Lothian.  The police had surrounded a house following reports of a domestic disturbance.  Despite initial reports no gun is believed to have been involved.

Pendle Today, 18 December 2010

A man has been cleared of bursting into his ex-partner's home in Barnoldswick, Lancashire, and pointing a gun at her teenage son's head.  He was found not guilty of making a threat to kill and possessing an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.

stv, 13 December 2010

John McDermott sparked a ten-hour grenade siege in a street in Partick, Glasgow.  He barricaded himself into his flat with a three-year-old girl in September 2010 (see Incidents).  Grenades were thrown out of the window and a gas-powered ball-bearing gun and magazine were seen on top of a nearby bus stop.  He has pleaded guilty to assaulting his wife and police officers and admitted breaching the peace by throwing items out of the window, shouting and swearing and holding a knife to his throat.  He was jailed for four years (Herald, 28 January 2011).

Lincolnshire Echo, 7 December 2010

Jason Elliott sparked an armed police operation in Orby, Lincolnshire, in September 2010 when he produced a replica musket in front of his former girlfriend.  She feared the gun was real and contacted the police.  Elliott had been drinking heavily at the time.  He admitted common assault by putting her in fear and was placed under 18 months' probation supervision and ordered to carry out 80 hours' community punishment.

Bath Chronicle, 6 December 2010

Two people were arrested after a three-hour armed siege at a flat in Bath, Somerset.  Two officers attending a domestic incident were threatened with a handgun, which later turned out to be a replica.  A man has been charged with possessing a firearm, an airgun, with intent to cause fear of violence and making threats to kill.  A woman has been charged with assaulting a police officer and with a public order offence (Bath Chronicle, 9 December 2010).

Yorkshire Evening Post, 1 December 2010

Police officers were confronted by a woman armed with a rifle when they were called to a domestic disturbance at a tower block in Leeds.  The woman was arrested for possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life and breach of an ASBO, and the gun, an air rifle, was safely recovered.


NOVEMBER 2010

BBC, 16 November 2010

A man who has been charged with the murder of his father has also been charged with firearm offences.  The remains of a body were found in a garden in Borehamwood, Hertfordshire.

Press Association, 9 November 2010

A man has been shot by police after he threatened a woman with a gun at an address in Copthorne, West Sussex.  The man was injured in the hand and taken to hospital where he was assisting police with their inquiries.  It was reported that a woman had called the police to say her husband was scaring her and had access to guns.  Firearms and ammunition were found within the house (The Argus, 10 November 2010).  He has been charged with possession of an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence (BBC, 21 November 2010).  He has pleaded guilty to two charges of possessing a firearm or imitation firearm with intent to case fear of violence (see February 2011 Incidents).


OCTOBER 2010

BBC, 28 October 2010

A 17-year-old has been arrested on suspicion of possessing a firearm with intent to cause fear after police were called to a domestic dispute in Marston, Oxfordshire.  It was reported that a firearm had been seen.  The firearm turned out to be an air rifle.

The Star, 19 October 2010

An inquest has heard that a man found dead with a gunshot wound in Gleadless, Sheffield, in January 2009 (see Incidents) had barricaded himself into his flat when police officers arrived to arrest him for allegedly breaching a non-molestation order sought by his partner.  During a 48-hour siege a shot was fired through the door and a police officer was saved from serious injury by his helmet.  The man had previously been seen by doctors who concluded he was not unwell enough to be sectioned under the Mental Health Act.  Before the siege he had thought people were talking about him and collected weapons.  According to the reports he was gripping the trigger of a 'rifle' when he was found but had a shotgun wound and more than 40 small shotgun pellets were recovered from his brain.  The police were unaware he owned guns but had been given two deactivated rifles as a birthday present by his ex-wife (The Star, 27 October 2010).  The inquest jury recorded a verdict that he took his own life.  The coroner is set to recommend changes in the way information is passed to police in siege situations (The Star, 29 October 2010).

Daily Mirror, 14 October 2010

Martin Jones, described as a firearms enthusiast, shot his wife dead by firing at her nine times and then killed himself with a musket at their home in Brabourne Lees, Kent, in December 2009 (see Incidents). An inquest was told that his wife had been planning to leave him.  Verdicts of unlawful killing and suicide have been recorded. 

Northern Echo, 11 October 2010

Imran Miah brandished an imitation firearm at his pregnant wife and in front of their daughter at their house in Darlington, County Durham, in April 2010 after an argument about him having an affair.  Police who were called to the house found the gun and a black padded glove with a 5 inch spike.  Miah admitted possessing an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence and possessing an offensive weapon and was jailed for two-and-a-half years.


SEPTEMBER 2010

Paisley Daily Express, 30 September 2010

James Murphy pulled out a gun and warned his estranged wife "Your days are numbered" outside the former marital home in Paisley in June 2010.  The weapon was a Russian air pistol capable of firing ball-bearings.  He has admitted charges of assault, possession of a firearm and breach of the peace.

News & Star, 27 September 2010

Richard Ewart terrorised his estranged wife sending a number of text messages and making calls describing serial killers as heroes.  He was said to be aggressive when drunk.  He was found with an arsenal of weapons including an airgun in his former home in Carlisle.  He has been given bail whilst awaiting sentencing.

This is Kent, 24 September 2010

Steven Oakeshott held a starting pistol against his niece's head as she sat in bed at his home in Tunbridge Wells, Kent.  He did so because she would not move out of his property.  He pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence and was given a suspended 14-week jail sentence.  He was also ordered to carry out 150 hours' unpaid work.

This is Cornwall, 22 September 2010

Keith England has been given a five-year prison sentence after admitting possessing a specially-modified Smith and Wesson revolver with intent to cause fear of violence.  In August 2010 (see Incidents) he had had an argument with his wife at their home in Liskeard, Cornwall, before firing a bullet into their sofa.  He fled the scene before turning to fire twice at the couple's home.  He was later arrested in Somerset after making a distress call.  He told police he was intending to shoot himself.  England, a slaughterman, kept the revolver at work.

This is Cornwall, 17 September 2010

At the trial of a man from Camborne, Cornwall, accused of breaching a non-molestation injunction, his former partner has revealed how he kept a loaded shotgun and air rifle in the house and on one occasion had intimidated her with a gun.

BBC, 15 September 2010

Armed police were called out after a woman in Lincoln said she received a text message which contained a threat to shoot her.  A man was arrested a few hours later.

stv, 13 September 2010

A man was arrested after police officers entered premises in Glasgow after a siege which followed reports of a disturbance.  There were reports of various weapons, including a handgun and magazine being thrown out of the window of a flat.  The weapon was a ball-bearing gun and the man has admitted assaulting his wife and police officers and breaching the peace (see December 2010 Incidents).

Evening Courier, 12 September 2010

A man shouted "shoot me" at two armed police officers and then tried to reach for the pistol of one of the officers before being shot in the chest and arm by the other officer.  Bartholomew Buckley had argued with his then girlfriend at a house in Brighouse, West Yorkshire, when the she called the police.  He has been given a nine-month suspended sentence for affray and a suspended one-month sentence for common assault and been made subject to a supervision order.

Daily Mail, 9 September 2010

A man has denied the attempted murder of his ex-wife who was shot three times in the head in a street in Finchley, north London, in February 2010.  The victim survived but was left with severe brain damage.  The attack took place the day they were due in court to divide their assets.  The man also denies possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life.  Ronald Seymour has been found guilty of attempted murder.  He had claimed that he bought the revolver to kill himself and did not know how it had gone off.  It is reported that he feared that the victim would "take everything" in a financial settlement (BBC, 15 September 2010).  He had pleaded guilty to having a prohibited weapon with ammunition and not having a certificate for it (Independent, 15 September 2010).  He has been jailed indefinitely, with a minimum term of 12-and-a-half years (BBC, 27 October 2010).

Keighley News, 2 September 2010

Andrew McKell from Oxenhope, West Yorkshire, has been jailed for six months for breaching a restraining order after a relationship ended.  He also admitted possessing an air rifle without a certificate for which he was given a six month sentence which will run concurrently.


AUGUST 2010

BBC, 31 August 2010

Jason Barnett has been jailed for seven and a half years after pleading guilty to drugs and weapons charges.  He was arrested after a gun and chemicals used in cocaine production were found in his van after police were called to a domestic incident at his house in Avonmouth, Bristol.  A pump action rifle was found in a hidden compartment.

Press & Journal, 28 August 2010

A man is alleged to have attacked and injured three people including a former girlfriend at a flat in Inverness.  The incident is believed to have involved a stun gun.  A man has been named in connection with the attack and is being sought by police.  A man has been arrested and accused of abduction and assault involving a stun gun and pepper spray (BBC, 2 September 2010).  He has admitted three charges of assault and one of possessing unlawful weapons (see November 2010 Incidents).

Evening Post (Bristol), 26 August 2010

A man waved a loaded pistol in his girlfriend's face and threatened to slash her at his flat in Bristol.  The gun was a Glock 8mm blank-firing pistol, adapted to fire live rounds.  The woman had to be rescued by armed police.  Abdizak Daoud pleaded guilty to possessing a prohibited firearm, possessing ammunition without a firearms certificate and false imprisonment and was jailed for six years.

Northampton Chronicle & Echo, 18 August 2010

Luke Bosworth from Merefield, Northampton, walked uninvited into his ex-girlfriend's home pointing what appeared to be a black handgun at her.  He threatened to "blow her head off".  The police were called and Bosworth calmed down and handed over the gun, an imitation pistol.  He has pleaded guilty to possessing an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear and been sentenced to four-and-a-half years.

Derby Evening Telegraph, 16 August 2010

Jamie Hand threatened to kill his mother while pointing an imitation handgun at her head after an argument was sparked by the smell of her cooking.  The incident took place at the home in Mickleover, Derbyshire.  His mother escaped to a neighbour's where the police were called.  Police found a BB gun and a blank-firing pistol.  Hand has been jailed for 13 months.

Tamworth Herald, 12 August 2010

Richard Jackson shot his partner in the leg during a drunken assault.  The attack happened when he returned drunk to their home in Tamworth, Staffordshire.  He threw two punches at her and then ran upstairs to get his air rifle to find her cornered in the back garden.  He has admitted assault causing actual bodily harm, criminal damage and cultivating cannabis and been jailed for two years.

Yorkshire Evening Post, 7 August 2010

Two police officers have been honoured for disarming and subduing a man at a house in Weetwood, Leeds.  The man was pointing a handgun at them when they responded to a 999 call from the man's partner who had taken refuge in the bathroom.  The gun was later found to be a replica which appeared entirely real.  The man, who was high on cocaine, was convicted of affray and given a 12-month sentence suspended for two years, a 12-month supervision order and ordered to do 250 hours of community service.

Liverpool Echo, 7 August 2010

Phillip Lilliot has been jailed for 14 months for possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.  He was seen brandishing a gun in the street in Prenton, Merseyside, in July 2010.  His wife, with whom he had broken up, and daughter had rung police saying that he had made threats and that he had a gun.  He pointed a handgun at a driver who was stopped when Lilliot was standing in the middle of the road.  He was stopped by his neighbour who grabbed him in a lock during a police stand-off.  The court heard that he had been drinking and had no recollection of the incident.  The gun was an imitation (Wirral Globe, 9 August 2010).

Hunts Post, 4 August 2010

A man has been arrested on suspicion of firearms offences after a gun went off during a domestic row in Ramsey, Cambridgeshire.  No one was injured.


JULY 2010

Hartlepool Mail, 30 July 2010

Anthony Errington fired at his sister's partner with a lethal .177 air rifle following a family feud.  He narrowly missed him when he fired from a bedroom window in Hartlepool, Teesside, in February 2010 (see Incidents).  The shot hit the driver's side door.  The two men had brawled outside the house minutes before.  He was convicted of possessing a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence and affray and jailed for a year.

Shropshire Star, 27 July 2010

Julian Danks kept an illegal gun and ammunition in a bedroom drawer at his home in Shifnal, Shropshire.  He admitted possessing a firearm without a certificate and possessing a prohibited firearm and ammunition without a firearm certificate.  His partner told police he owned an illegal handgun when they were called to a domestic incident in September 2009.  A single barrelled shotgun was seized and the handgun was seized a day later after his partner said she had found it.

Northampton Chronicle & Echo, 22 July 2010

Stephen Hart has admitted unlawfully wounding his cousin at his home in Daventry, Northamptonshire.  He had previously denied the charges.  In May 2010 when the two were sharing a spliff he pulled a .22 air rifle from behind the sofa and fired the weapon at a wall.  A second shot was fired which hit the victim in his left foot.  Hart has been sentenced to 30 weeks in prison, suspended for two years.  He was given a 12-month community order, a 10-day employment course and told to do 100 hours of unpaid work.  He will also pay his cousin £600 in compensation.

Evening Telegraph (Peterborough), 20 July 2010

A man shot and wounded his ex-girlfriend before shooting himself dead in Feltwell, Norfolk.  He suffered gunshot wounds to the head.  The woman was with a baby at the time of the incident.  Her condition is not thought to be life threatening.  It is understood that the dead man had appeared in court in January 2009 after attacking another ex-partner and was given a suspended prison sentence.  Police said investigations were underway to establish how the man came to have gun.  They are not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident.  The police have said that the dead man did not have a gun licence but had previously been considered eligible for a firearms licence and had voluntarily surrendered a shotgun licence. His victim was shot with a shotgun and a .22 single-shot pistol was found by his body (East Anglian Daily Times, 21 July 2010).

BBC, 3 July 2010

A man died and his partner was in a critical condition in hospital after they were shot in Birtley, Tyneside.  It is believed that the man responsible was the ex-boyfriend of the woman and that he had just been released from prison.  The gunman has been named as Raoul Moat.  A man believed to be Moat also shot a police officer on duty in East Denton (BBC, 4 July 2010).  Police are investigating an armed robbery of a fish and chip shop near Blyth by a man with a similar description to Moat (Guardian, 6 July 2010).  Police searching for Moat sealed off the town of Rothbury, Northumberland (BBC, 7 July 2010).  Moat, who is still on the run, has made threats to the wider public (BBC, 8 July 2010).  Two men believed to be part of Moat's conspiracy to hunt down and kill policemen have been charged with conspiracy to commit murder and possessing a firearm with intent (Mail, 8 July 2010).  It is suggested that they got hold of a sawn-off shotgun before Moat was released from jail and helped him find food and supplies when he went on the run (Daily Mirror, 9 July 2010).  Moat died after shooting himself following a six-hour stand-off in a field Rothbury (BBC, 10 July 2010)  Two Taser guns were fired at him but his wounds were consistent with a weapon he was carrying (BBC, 11 July 2010).  It has since been revealed that neither of the Taser rounds fired at Moat by the police hit him (Telegraph, 5 January 2011).  Another man has been arrested on suspicion of firearms offences (Guardian, 19 July 2010).  Two men have appeared in court charged with conspiracy to commit murder and possessing a firearm with intent (The Journal, 1 November 2010) and both have now been convicted of a number of offences (see March 2011 Incidents).


JUNE 2010

Press & Journal, 25 June 2010

Kevin McHugh, 21, was drunk when he began shooting an airgun into a wall in Muirhead, Angus.  He was at his girlfriend's house where he kept the £800 air rifle under a bed and invited neighbours for a drink before he started becoming abusive towards his partner.  The neighbours became concerned about his increasing aggression and were scared when he fired three pellets from the gun.  He had pleaded guilty of committing a breach of the peace and recklessly discharged a firearm.  He was jailed for four months.

Barking & Dagenham Post, 23 June 2010

Paul Thompson has admitted arming himself with an air pistol during a family brawl in Dagenham, east London, in December 2008.  He was attacked by his son and his son's stepfather after he pointed the gun at his ex-partner.  The other two men have been found guilty of affray and are facing jail.

Get Reading, 23 June 2010

Jamie Dunne from Caversham, Berkshire, has been convicted of attempting to murder his wife in January 2010 (see Incidents).  He shot her in the head with a shotgun.  He previously admitted possessing a shortened shotgun, criminal damage, possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence and unlawful wounding.  He will serve a minimum of 20 years in prison (BBC, 27 September 2010).

Hounslow Chronicle, 21 June 2010

Sebastian Mateza and his brother Pedro Mateza, both aged 19, lured a former girlfriend to their home in Chiswick, west London, in September 2009 where Sebastian shot her in the stomach at point blank range with an airgun.  They left her thinking she was going to die.  The two were both convicted with intent, two counts of having with intent to commit an indictable offence and a fourth of having an imitation firearm in a public place.  Both were given indeterminate jail sentences with a minimum of four years.  A third man, Daniel Kongo, was sentenced to five years in prison after being convicted of wounding with intent and having an imitation firearm in a public place.

Wiltshire Times, 18 June 2010

A man from Melksham, Wiltshire, has been charged with possessing an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence following an incident at his home.  It is alleged that following an argument he threatened family members with a BB gun.  The 19-year-old has been charged with possessing an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence (This is Wiltshire, 31 August 2010).

The Herald (Plymouth), 16 June 2010

An inquest has heard that Andrew Pawlowski shot his partner as she lay on the floor before he put a Magnum .357 revolver to his temple and killed himself.  The two died at their home in Dousland, Devon, in April 2009 (see Incidents).  The shootings were witnessed by Pawlowski's mother.  Apart from the Magnum revolver several other guns were found at the property.  At the inquest he was described as controlling and a drinker.  The coroner recorded a suicide verdict and a verdict of unlawful killing on his partner.

BBC, 11 June 2010

Thomas Williams has been jailed for life for shooting his sleeping father with a homemade gun at the family home in Rhydyfro, West Glamorgan.  He also stabbed his father 16 times.  The body was discovered in March 2009.  Williams admitted manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

Paisley Daily Express, 10 June 2010

An arsenal of weapons was found at a home in Glenburn, Paisley, after a woman told the police that her husband had pressed a gun against her head during a row.  A rifle and shotgun cartridges were discovered.  The man was arrested.

Liverpool Echo, 8 June 2010

Michael Clarkson from Speke, Merseyside, "lost all control" and threatened to set fire to a car while armed with a BB gun.  He wrongly believed his partner was having an affair after finding a text message on her phone.  He admitted possessing an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence, affray and criminal damage and has been jailed for 16 months.

Lennox Herald, 4 June 2010

Jamie Floyd, 19, from Helensburgh, West Dunbartonshire, threatened his ex-girlfriend and her new boyfriend, claiming his dad had a shotgun.  He admitted sending offensive text messages and making threats.  Sentencing was deferred.


MAY 2010

This is Local London, 19 May 2010

An inquest heard that a man whose body was found in King's Wood, High Wycombe in Buckinghamshire, in February 2010 committed suicide after being interviewed by police over allegations he assaulted his wife.  He died from a gunshot wound to the head.  Three shotguns had been taken from him by police over concerns that he was at risk to himself in September 2009, were later returned but taken away again at the end of January.  The weapon found at the scene was an "old fashioned gun" given to him by a colleague to look after.  The coroner recorded a verdict that he took his own life.

Western Telegraph, 6 May 2010

Mark Edwards from Hakin, Pembrokeshire, threatened to "sort out" his ex-wife and her new partner while loading a revolver with pellets and attaching gas canisters.  The gun was an imitation, an R77 Combat revolver.  The incident occurred in November 2009 (see Incidents).  He has been convicted of possessing an imitation firearm with intent of making his mother fear that violence would follow and of assaulting his mother by beating.  A restraining order was made without limit of time banning Edwards from possessing a gun of any description or ammunition of any type.

Yorkshire Post, 4 May 2010

David Large and Simon Mullen have been found guilty of murdering Large's gay lover who was found shot dead with a shotgun in a lay-by near Clayton West, West Yorkshire, in September 2009 (see Incidents).  Large paid Mullen thousands of pounds to carry out the killing.  Both men have been jailed for a minimum of 30 years.


APRIL 2010

Telegraph, 30 April 2010

Caroline Igoe has been convicted of the murder of her boyfriend in Edinburgh in January 2009 (see Incidents).  Her brother Paul Igoe was cleared of murder but both were convicted of possessing the murder weapon and attempting to cover their tracks.  The victim was shot in the head outside their home after they had rowed in the hours leading up to his death.  The murder weapon was a converted blank-firing pistol.  The gun belonged to the victim (Daily Record, 1 May 2010) who had shown Igoe how to use it (Times, 1 May 2010).  She has been jailed for life and will serve a minimum of 20 years (Daily Record, 28 May 2010).

Mid Devon Star, 30 April 2010

A man was arrested after an incident in which a shotgun was fired in Bishops Tawton, Devon, during a dispute involving a father and son.

BBC, 23 April 2010

Five members of a family have been found guilty over the death of a man whose decapitated body was found in a lake in Arlesey, Bedfordshire (see February 2010 Incidents).  The victim had been kept prisoner at a house in Luton as a slave and for his benefit money.  He was hit with bats, shot with an airgun and stabbed.  James Watt, Natasha Oldfield and Nichola Roberts were all convicted of murder and Robert Watt, Jennifer Smith-Dennis were found guilty of familial homicide.  Richard Watt had admitted familial homicide.  All were found guilty of perverting the course of justice.  James Watt had 14 previous convictions for 22 different offences, including affray and an airgun shooting.  James Watt will serve a minimum of 36 years in jail, Oldfield a minimum of 18 and Roberts a minimum of 15 years.  Richard Watt was jailed for eight years and Smith-Dennis for 10 years (Independent, 26 April 2010).

Racing Post, 18 April 2010

A jockey has been arrested on suspicion of assault and possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear.  The arrest followed an altercation with his girlfriend in Newmarket, Suffolk.  The firearm is understood to have been a broken air rifle.  He was released with no charge and commented that "this is a private matter which is now resolved".

BBC, 18 April 2010

Armed police were involved in a stand-off with a householder in Dunbeath, Caithness.  The incident followed reports of a man with a gun and an earlier disturbance between a man and a woman.  A man was arrested.  He had abducted his former partner at knife-point and was jailed for two years and four months after pleading guilty (BBC, 9 July 2010).

Lancashire Evening Post, 16 April 2010

A man has been charged in connection with possession of an imitation gun and false imprisonment after an incident in which a woman was allegedly threatened with a gun at her flat in Leyland, Lancashire.  Three other people, two women and a man were also arrested and bailed.  Two men have pleaded guilty to possession of an imitation firearm to cause fear of violence and false imprisonment (see January 2011 Incidents).

Express & Star, 16 April 2010

Paul Swain held an imitation gun to the head of his wife when their marriage collapsed.  He threatened that "This is for you" as she was driving through Walsall, West Midlands.  His wife did not immediately report the incident to the police but did so when Swain attacked her at the house they shared after a drinking spree.  Swain admitted possession of an imitation firearm and assault and was jailed for 16 months.

Express & Star, 14 April 2010

A man from Shirley, West Midlands, was given a three-year community order under supervision after he admitted possession of a bladed article and loaded air weapon.  He was found with the weapons when hiding outside the home of his wife after their marriage had broken down.  His wife was regarded as being at "high risk" and a restraining order had been issued.

Lincolnshire Echo, 12 April 2010

Paul Charrington held an imitation firearm to the head of an unarmed police officer called out to deal with a domestic incident in Market Rasen, Lincolnshire, in January 2010.  The officer believed he was about to be murdered.  Charrington admitted possession of an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence and has been jailed for five years.  The weapon was an unloaded ball bearing gun.  He has had his sentence reduced to four years on appeal (Lincolnshire Echo, 6 October 2010).

Press & Journal, 10 April 2010

A police armed response unit was called to a flat in the Menzieshill district of Dundee and following a nine hour stand-off a man was detained in connection with an alleged assault of a woman.  A witness said there was a lot of talk that a gun was involved, but the police would not confirm if a firearm had been recovered.


MARCH 2010

Sunderland Echo, 31 March 2010

John Elliott was arrested in Seaham, County Durham, after pointing what turned out to be a toy gun to his head in a fall out with his estranged wife.  He admitted having an imitation firearm in a public place and was given an 18 month conditional discharge and ordered to pay costs.

BBC, 31 March 2010

Andrew Copland shot his ex-partner and their 4-year-old daughter at his home in Aldershot, Hampshire, in December 2009 (see Incidents) before killing himself an inquest heard.  The weapon was a 1934 Beretta semi-automatic pistol.  His ex-partner's new boyfriend said she had told him Copland was violent and had a gun in the loft.  The coroner recorded that he had unlawfully killed the mother and child and then took his own life.  Copland had found the gun in a skip whilst he was working as a builder in 1998 (BBC, 2 April 2010).

Daily Mirror, 31 March 2010

Helen Lawson fired both barrels of a shotgun at point-blank range at her husband after waking him up in bed at their home in Wellow, Isle of Wight, in January 2009 (see Incidents).  She was found guilty of murder and will serve a minimum of 15 years in prison.

BBC, 31 March 2010

A coroner has criticised police in Lincolnshire for "extraordinary" failings in the lead up to a man shooting his teenage step-daughter before killing himself.  Elvis Cant was on police bail accused of assaulting and threatening to kill her at the time of the incident in Potterhanworth, Lincolnshire, where Cant had tracked her down in July 2009 (see Incidents).  He had a double barrelled shotgun he had bought hours earlier and struggled with his step-daughter's natural father before shooting her in the leg and then missing her with a second shot.  He was found dead an hour later in a nearby field with gunshot wounds.  Officers had confiscated three shotguns from Cant but did not take his firearms certificate allowing him to buy the other gun.  An open verdict was recorded on Cant because the coroner was not entirely clear how he came by his death.  Lincolnshire Police offered an unreserved apology to the victim and her family.  Four officers are to receive "management words of advice" after failing to take steps to find and seize the certificate (Lincolnshire Echo, 26 May 2010).

Stourbridge News, 26 March 2010

Ben Goodwin, 18, has pleaded guilty to unlawful wounding and having a firearm.  He fired an air pistol at a love rival during an incident in Redditch, Worcestershire, in December 2008.  Two pellets were embedded in the face of his victim.  Surgery was not possible and doctors were hoping the pellets would eventually work their way out.  Goodwin was sentenced to two years detention.

Guardian, 25 March 2010

A woman was found dead in a flat above the post office she owned with her husband in Melsonby, North Yorkshire.  She died from head injuries and is believed to have been bludgeoned.  Her husband has told police that he was in the post office when a man appeared from the flat carrying a gun and told him "We've got your wife".  The man escaped with money.  The post office was also robbed in March 2009 (see Incidents) by two men armed with an imitation gun which was discarded at the scene.  It would now appear that an armed robbery did not take place as the husband has been arrested and charged with the murder (Daily Mail, 17 April 2010).

Press Association, 24 March 2010

A man has killed himself after holding a child hostage at gunpoint in Dingwall, Ross-shire, for three hours.  Police had managed to negotiate the child's safe release.  The gunman had abducted the 11-year-old daughter of a former girlfriend and shot himself with a shotgun (The Herald, 25 March 2010).  The man had broken a series of court bans on approaching the girl's mother after previously assaulting her (Highland News, 1 April 2010).

Evening Star, 24 March 2010

Robert Franks-Jones has admitted possessing an imitation firearm, a deactivated bolt-action rifle, with intent to cause fear of violence during an incident in December 2009 in which he pointed the gun at a police officer.  Officers had gone to his home in Thurlow, Suffolk, after receiving a call from his mother who claimed he had grabbed her round the throat.  Franks-Jones was given a 12 month prison sentence suspended for two years and ordered to pay £750 compensation and £250 costs.

Evening Standard, 23 March 2010

A woman has been shot on the doorstep of her home in Clapton, east London.  She was found with fatal injuries and pronounced dead at the scene.  It has been suggested that the murder was a domestic incident that got out of hand and that the weapon was a shotgun (Hackney Post, 25 March 2010).  Seven people are on trial.  They include the victim's common law husband who is alleged to have hired a boy who was 15 at the time to shoot her because he feared losing custody of his son.  The boy, now aged 16, is one of the others on trial (Evening Standard, 16 March 2011).

Kent Online, 22 March 2010

A former bomb disposal expert accused of attempting to murder his wife and her son in a car explosion in Vigo, Kent, also faces a charge of possessing 95 rounds of 5.56mm rifle bullets.  He has admitted a charge of possessing ammunition without a firearms licence (Irish Times, 18 August 2010).  He has been found guilty of the attempted murder and received a life sentence (see February 2011 Incidents).


FEBRUARY 2010

Northern Echo, 26 February 2010

Andrew Ardle twice fired a sawn-off shotgun at a man whom he wrongly suspected of trying to "chat up" his wife.  The incident took place in Stanley, County Durham, in August 2009 (see Incidents).  His victim gave chase by car and the chase ended when he shunted Ardle's car in Durham City.  Ardle was found near his damaged vehicle with his legally-held Beretta 12-bore shotgun which he had illegally shortened the day before.  He was jailed for seven years after admitting two counts of possessing a firearm with intent to cause a fear of violence, possessing a loaded shotgun in a public place, shortening a shotgun and possessing a prohibited firearm.  His victim admitted dangerous driving and was given a suspended prison sentence and was banned from driving.

Isle of Wight County Press, 26 February 2010

Christopher Howse has admitted threatening his girlfriend and her friend with an airgun in January 2010.  He claimed he had been drinking.  He had pointed the loaded .22 air rifle inches from the other man's face and threatened to blow his head off.  He shot a pellet into the ceiling of the caravan in Chale, Isle of Wight.  The victim escaped after an ordeal lasting an hour.  Howse was in breach of a condition discharge imposed for assaulting his girlfriend.  He has been jailed for two years.

South Wales Argus, 20 February 2010

Armed police responding to reports of a disturbance sealed off part of the centre of Newport.  Officers broke into a property and a woman, two-year-old and a baby were taken away in an ambulance.  A man was escorted to a police station.  An air rifle was recovered from the premises.  No shots were fired and no one was injured.

Get Surrey, 15 February 2010

Ian Henderson threatened his elderly mother with a BB gun at his parents' house in Salfords, Surrey, in September 2009.  He was drunk at the time and shouted abuse at her and then flashed the imitation handgun and said he was going to shoot her and bury her in the garden.  He said he carried the gun sometimes with a view to shooting cats.  His mother called the police who found 1,500 ball bearings in his bag which could have been used as ammunition.  He admitted one count of possessing an imitation firearm and was sentenced to 20 months' imprisonment.

Manchester Evening News, 14 February 2010

Alan Long from Eccles, Greater Manchester, shot his girlfriend in the neck with a sawn-off shotgun after they argued about his cheating on her.  He escaped an attempted murder charge after the court heard he had not intended to shoot her and a fault made the weapon fire.  After the shooting he fled the scene with a shotgun, a handgun and ammunition in a bag.  He admitted possessing the shotgun and handgun with intent to endanger life, plus charges of possessing ammunition and farming cannabis plants.  He was jailed indeterminately for the public protection.  The shooting took place at a house in Peel Green in August 2009 (BBC, 12 February 2009).

Daily Gazette, 12 February 2010

Terrance Horncastle pointed a replica gun at police officers who were looking through the letter box of his home in Witham, Essex, after his then girlfriend called the police in November 2009.  He had become violent after drinking.  He was given a four-month suspended prison sentence after admitting assault and possessing an imitation firearm with intent to make someone believe violence would be used.

BBC, 4 February 2010

A court has heard that one of two men on trial for the murder of a man on Sanday, Orkney, had threatened to shoot the victim.  The defendant's former partner, who had a relationship with the victim, said it was an empty threat because the gun was a replica.

Evening Gazette, 3 February 2010

Duncan Quinn showed a black pistol to men in black hoods in Lingdale, Cleveland, in June 2009.  The incident was the culmination of a feud with his partner's ex who believed Quinn had damaged his car.  Quinn was on bail at the time.  He has admitted possessing an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence and dangerous driving.  His previous convictions included an affray when he had fired an air rifle, narrowly missing someone's eye.  He was jailed for eighteen months.


JANUARY 2010

Monmouth Today, 27 January 2010

A man was arrested following a report of a woman motorist being tailed through Monmouth by a second vehicle driven by a man with a firearm.  A loaded firearm was seized and the man was charged with three offences including possession of a shotgun with intent to cause unlawful violence.  In a linked incident armed police were called to a property in the Wonastow area to deal with what was described as a 'domestic incident' involving a firearm.  A man who had been chasing his ex-partner has been jailed after admitting possessing a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence (see August 2010 Incidents).

Liverpool Daily Post, 19 January 2010

A husband and wife have been found dead at their home in Sealand, Flintshire.  It is understood a gun may have been fired at some point prior to the deaths, but police could not confirm the circumstances of how the couple died.  The husband was killed by a shotgun wound to his head but a post mortem examination was unable to establish how his wife died (BBC, 20 January 2010).  A coroner has recorded that the wife unlawfully killed her husband before killing herself (see October 2010 Incidents).

 

 

 

 

 

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