an on-going list of incidents involving guns. See links
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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
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Violence in England, Scotland and Wales
List of past domestic Incidents:
March 2010 Review)
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
Telegraph, 26 October 2013
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.
Echo, 21 October 2013
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.
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
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.
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.
Advertiser, 16 October 2013
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.
Mail, 9 October 2013
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.
Telegraph, 2 October 2013
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
Telegraph, 1 October 2013
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.
24 September 2013
into the murder of a Andrea Johnson by her husband who was shot by her
husband who also fatally shot himself with her
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.
20 September 2013
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.
18 September 2013
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.
16 September 2013
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
16 September 2013
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.
6 September 2013
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.
Post, 26 August 2013
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.
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.
22 August 2013
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.
News, 19 August 2013
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
19 August 2013
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.
Argus, 17 August 2013
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.
Telegraph, 13 August 2013
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
13 August 2013
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.
Echo, 12 August 2013
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.
8 August 2013
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).
8 August 2013
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.
Post, 6 August 2013
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
News, 28 June 2013
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
& Argus, 26 June 2013
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.
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.
Mail, 18 June 2013
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.
Telegraph, 18 June 2013
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.
16 June 2013
64-year-old woman has been questioned by police after she claimed she
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.
London, 14 June 2013
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.
Guardian, 14 June 2013
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.
News, 11 June 2013
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.
News, 10 June 2013
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
Mercury, 1 June 2013
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.
News, 1 June 2013
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
3 July 2013).
News & Star, 29 May 2013
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
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
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
Chronicle, 13 May 2013
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.
Echo, 13 May 2013
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
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
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
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
3 May 2013
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
News Service, 6 June 2013).
The Courier, 1 May 2013
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.
Your Local Guardian, 24 April 2013
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
The Northern Echo, 30 April 2013
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
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
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.
Telegraph, 1 April 2013
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.
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
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
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.
18 March 2013
19, has been jailed for 18 months in a young offenders' institute for
threatening to kill his girlfriend and brandishing an
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.
Gazette, 15 March 2013
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.
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
Journal, 7 March 2013
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
regarding his antisocial behaviour.
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.
Mercury, 25 February 2013
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.
24 February 2013
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.
Evening Mail, 17 February 2013
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.
Weekly News, 14 February 2013
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.
13 February 2013
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.
12 February 2013
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."
London, 1 February 2013
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).
Post, 30 January 2013
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.
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.
28 January 2013
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.
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.
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.
Gazette, 11 January 2013
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
Post, 8 January 2013
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".
News, 6 December
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
was one of four licensed to the female victim.
Croydon Advertiser, 30 November 2012
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
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
Kent Online, 21 November 2012
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
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.
10 November 2012
Chapman, 49, has been given a 12-month community order with six months
of supervision after he pleaded guilty in October to possessing an
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.
7 November 2012
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.
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,
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
The Shields Gazette,
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
5 October 2012
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
30 July 2012
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
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.
23 July 2012
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
21 July 2012
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.
20 July 2012
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
10 June 2012
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.
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.
24 May 2012
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
St Helens Reporter,
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,
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
5 April 2012
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
St. Helens Star, 23
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,
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,
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
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.
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.
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,
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.
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.
9 December 2011
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).
25 November 2011
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'.
25 November 2011
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
East Coast Target,
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
Ripley and Heanor News, 4 November 2011
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.
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.
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.
26 October 2011
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.
12 October 2011
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
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
Guardian, 20 September 2011
was shot and killed on a farm in Devon. Police arrested her
husband and charged him with murder after finding the victim dead from
Journal Live, 14 September 2011
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
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
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
26 August 2011
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
26 July 2011
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.
25 July 2011
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
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.
16 July 2011
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.
15 July 2011
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.
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.
News, 28 June 2011
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.
News, 23 June 2011
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
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
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
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.
O'Groat Journal, 11 June 2011
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.
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.
9 June 2011
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.
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
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.
6 May 2011
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,
following a breakup. Police recovered a
shotgun and ammunition at the time of his arrest.
5 May 2011
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
24 March 2011
Devon, has appeared in court accused of putting an
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.
is South Wales,
11 March 2011
Bidder seriously injured his ex-girlfriend by shooting her with an
The incident took place at an address in
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.
2 March 2011
was arrested in connection with a domestic incident in
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.
25 February 2011
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
19 February 2011
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.
18 February 2011
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.
7 February 2011
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.
2 February 2011
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.
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.
25 January 2011
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).
17 January 2011
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
13 January 2011
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
29 December 2010
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.
18 December 2010
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.
13 December 2010
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).
7 December 2010
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.
6 December 2010
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
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.
16 November 2010
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
9 November 2010
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).
28 October 2010
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
19 October 2010
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
14 October 2010
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.
11 October 2010
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.
Paisley Daily Express,
30 September 2010
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.
27 September 2010
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
24 September 2010
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.
22 September 2010
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.
17 September 2010
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.
15 September 2010
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.
13 September 2010
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
December 2010 Incidents).
12 September 2010
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.
9 September 2010
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).
2 September 2010
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.
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
Press & Journal, 28
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
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
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
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).
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.
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
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
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
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
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
1 November 2010) and both have now been convicted of a number of
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Large paid Mullen thousands of pounds to carry out the killing.
Both men have been jailed for a minimum of 30 years.
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.
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
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".
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.
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,
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.
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.
31 March 2010
Andrew Copland shot his
ex-partner and their
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).
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.
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
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).
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.
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).
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).
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
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
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).
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
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
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
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.
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.
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