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convictions, and of the verdicts of inquests into
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and 15 percent of the total number of firearms offences recorded in Home
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16 November 2013
33-year-old man has been found shot dead with a single gun shot wound at
a house in Nottingham. Three men, aged 22, 29 and 49, have been
arrested and charged with murder.
26 September 2013
of a man who went missing with his licensed
shotgun after being accused of
sexual offences has been found shot dead around 30 miles from his home
in Claines, Worcestershire. The 53-year-old was discovered by a member of the public
with his gun four days after he was seen leaving his home in distressed
state when police questioned him about the allegations made against him.
He was a licensed shotgun holder and survival expert who often went
camping in remote areas, and it had been hoped he may have been doing
this when he went missing.
Standard, 20 September 2013
19-year-old man was fatally shot on an estate in Battersea, south
London. He walked a short distance after being shot but collapsed and a
passer-by was threatened with a gun while attempting to perform CPR on
the victim. Emergency services attended, but the teenager died at the
scene. No one has been arrested.
mother has been killed and her friend injured after they were shot by
two men outside a kebab shop in Kilburn, north London. The
24-year-old women were taken to hospital, but the victim died from her
wounds and her friend stayed in for treatment. Police said the victims
were not believed to have been the intended targets and to have instead
been in the “wrong place at the wrong time”. A 22-year-old man was later
arrested at an international train station in the city and has
been charged with murder, three counts of attempted murder and two
counts of possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life (BBC
29 August 2013).
Essex Observer, 12 August 2013
43-year-old man has been found shot dead in a field near
Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire. Police did not believe the
circumstances of his death to be suspicious but have appealed for
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).
6 August 2013
have been shot dead and another injured at a riding centre near
East Kilbride, South Lanarkshire. The 53-year-old
gun owner used a shotgun to target
the 59-year-old owner of the equestrian centre and his son before also
killing himself with the legally-held gun. The father died from his
wounds but his son was shot in the legs and was able to escape in his
van, and is described as being in a stable condition. Both the victims
were said to have had financial troubles related to the business in the
past and police believed the attack to have been targeted.
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.
Gazette, 3 June 2013
A man in
his 80s has been found shot dead with a shotgun
at his home in Blackpool, Lancashire. An emergency call
was made but he was not taken to hospital. The victim was a
licensed shotgun owner and police did
not treat the death as suspicious.
28 May 2013
A man has
died after he was shot following a car chase involving three or four
vehicles through Edinburgh. The victim was killed and another man
was injured in a shootout after one of the cars crashed in the city.
Police said they were looking for six men from rival gangs in connection
with the shootings. Police later arrested three man who were charged
with murder and disturbing the peace
Scotsman, 8 June 2013).
Evening Post, 23 May 2013
21-year-old man was shot dead at his home while his four-year-old son
was asleep in the property in Meanwood, West Yorkshire. Police
recovered a shotgun from the woods
near the address after they were given information in the investigation.
Three 19-year-old men and a 20-year-old male have been charged with
murder and remanded in custody.
22 May 2013
31-year-old man has been shot dead while visiting Hove, Sussex.
The victim, his brother and his nephew were shot at while walking in the
city, and the victim was hit in the stomach. He was taken to hospital but
died from his injuries. Police believed the shooting to have been a
targeted attack after a dispute between two families. A man was later
detained at Gatwick airport on suspicion of conspiracy to murder (Littlehampton
Gazette, 29 May 2013) and his brother was subsequently arrested in
Milan, Italy for murder, two counts of attempted murder and possession
of a pistol, and was extradited back to the UK (The
Argus, 14 June 2013).
11 May 2013
24-year-old man has died in hospital after being shot in the head with
an air rifle at an address in
Sheffield, South Yorkshire. He survived the shooting and was
taken to hospital but died six days later from his injuries. A 47-year
old man has been arrested and charged with wounding, while another man
has been released without charge.
11 May 2013
A man was
shot dead in a suspected targeted attack at a pub in Birmingham,
West Midlands. The 33-year-old was shot several times while having a
drink with friends and died from his injuries at the scene. No arrests
have been made.
9 May 2013
22-year-old has died after he was accidentally shot while in his Land
Rover on his farm near Hawick, Roxburgh, Ettrick and Lauderdale.
The gun discharged while he and friend were out shooting wildlife and
vermin, firing a bullet through his thigh. He was driven to a nearby
hospital but could not be resuscitated and died from his injuries. It
was reported that the safety catch had not been on the weapon while it
was being transported.
Press, 8 May 2013
70-year-old man has died after reportedly shooting himself in the garden
of his home in East Runton, Norfolk. An ambulance was called but
he was pronounced dead at the scene. He was known to suffer with
7 May 2013
people have been arrested in connection with the murder of a 23-year-old
man who was shot in the head in Camberwell, south London. He was
taken to hospital but died from his injuries. One man has been charged
with murder, the attempted murder of another man and possession of an
illegal firearm. Another has been arrested on suspicion of
possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life and a third was
arrested and has been bailed.
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 Northern Echo, 28 April 2013
of a man and a gun have been found outside a police station in
Harrogate, North Yorkshire. The man in his 60s has not yet been
identified but police were not said to be searching for anyone else in
connection with his death.
The Huffington Post, 26 April 2013
A man has
died from severe burns after he was a shot with a
taser gun by a police officer while
covered in flammable liquid at an address in Plymouth, Devon.
Officers were called to the house after the 32-year-old was seen holding
a can of flammable liquid in the garden of the property. A taser was deployed
and he suffered serious burns, and although he was taken to hospital he died five days later from his injuries. The Independent Police
Complaints Commission has begun an investigation into the incident.
Comet 24, 25 April 2013
21-year-old man has died in hospital after he was shot in Stevenage,
Hertfordshire. He was found with a gunshot wound to the chest after
police attended an alleged incident at a travellers' site nearby and
taken to hospital, but he later died.
BBC News, 24 April 2013
A man has
died after being shot in the head at an address in Southampton,
Hampshire. A gun has been recovered and four people have been arrested
and bailed in connection with the shooting. Police said they believed
the murder to have been an isolated, drug-related incident.
Fulham & Hammersmith Chronicle, 19 April 2013
55-year-old man was found shot dead after gunfire was heard on a
street in Fulham, west London. Police discovered four guns
and ammunition at the property that were all
licensed to the victim, and said
that the circumstances of his death were not considered to be
Luton Today, 16 April 2013
A man has
been shot dead outside the home of his friend in Luton,
Bedfordshire. Two men were arrested on suspicion of attempted murder but
have since been released on bail. Police have connected the killing to
an ongoing dispute between criminal groups in the town.
News RT, 16 April 2013
46-year-old man has been found shot dead at his home in Appley
Bridge, Lancashire. He was discovered with a
shotgun next to him and police are not
looking for anyone else in connection with his death.
BBC News, 9 April 2013
30-year-old man has died after his gun discharged while he was hunting
rabbits in a field in Brockton, Shropshire. The gun is believed
to have gone off accidentally, and police have begun an investigation
into the circumstances of the death.
BBC News, 7 April 2013
19-year-old male has died after being shot in the chest on a street in
Edmonton, north London. He was given emergency care at the scene
but was unable to be resuscitated. Three men, aged 18, 19 and 20, have been
charged with his murder.
Daily Mail, 5 April 2013
A man has
been shot dead after the gun he was holding discharged during a
struggle with unarmed officers during a drugs raid at a property in
Bradford, West Yorkshire. The 49-year-old is alleged to have
confronted police who had entered the house to execute a search warrant
and refused to take his hands from behind his back. The weapon is
reported to have discharged as officers tried to restrain the man, who
died at the scene from his injuries. The incident has been referred to
the IPCC for investigation.
Liverpool Echo, 25 March 2013
A man has
been shot dead in a reportedly targeted attack in Liverpool,
Merseyside. His body was found with four gunshot wounds in the back
garden of a home, a few hours after shots were fired at a property in
which a family was sleeping in the same street. The occupants were not
connected to the victim, and the property is believed to have been hit
by a stray bullet.
This is South Devon, 13 March 2013
73-year-old man has died from a gunshot wound to the head in Totnes,
Devon. He was found holding a rusty gun in his own camper van and the
case was not treated as suspicious.
Kent Online, 12 March 2013
16-year-old boy has died after apparently shooting himself with his
father's gun at his home in Cobham, Kent. The teenager is thought
to have taken his life with the reportedly
licensed weapon a few hours after police officers visited the
house to discuss an incident, and the case has been referred to the IPCC.
The victim, a member of a cadet force involved in activities such as
shooting and survival training, was known to have discussed his bad moods
and arguments on social media in the week before his death.
Daily Gazette, 10 March 2013
A man has
died from a knife wound to the chest after he was attacked by two men
who threatened him with a knife and a gun, before stabbing him to death,
at a flat in Colchester, Essex. The pair forced entry into the
property where the victim was staying and killed the 26-year-old,
leaving another man with a cut to his hand.
Evening News, 7 March 2013
have emerged of the death of a 17-year-old boy who took his own life
with a legal
shotgun from the family farm in August 2012, after he was
arrested for drinking and driving in Stockport, Greater
Manchester. He had spent the night in custody and been charged without
his parents being contacted, after he
was arrested on his way home from a party. His parents have started a petition to change the law
allowing 17-year-olds to be treated as adults in custody, which they say deprives vulnerable individuals of the support they require in
the traumatic circumstances of an arrest.
The Sun, 5 March 2013
41-year-old man has died after he was shot at his home in Johnstone,
Renfrewshire. Armed officers were called after he sustained serious
injuries and he was taken to hospital but died the following day. The
victim and his friends had allegedly been playing Russian roulette with
the gun at the property when the fatal shot was fired.
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.
4 March 2013
79-year-old man has been found dead in the garage of his home in
Feltwell, Norfolk. He was discovered with a
shotgun wound to his head by a neighbour and pronounced
dead at the scene.
21 February 2013
58-year-old man has apparently taken his own life with a
shotgun in the back garden of his
brother's home in Canterbury, Kent. The
licensed shotgun owner had bought the
legal weapon two days prior to his
death and had other guns but these were kept in a cabinet that required two
people to access. The victim is believed to have been under pressure due
to his involvement in the robbery of £53 million from a Securitas depot
in Tonbridge in 2006, but police said his death was not considered
Post, 21 February 2013
43-year-old police officer has been found dead with gunshot wounds at a
residential property in Camden, north London. Police have begun
an investigation and said that his death is not being treated as
suspicious. The officer was a member of Metropolitan Police Specialist
Protection Command but was not under investigation as part of the "plebgate"
inquiry nor inquiries into phone hacking or corruption.
19 February 2013
19-year-old university student was shot dead and his 32-year-old brother
was shot in the shoulder when three brothers were
attacked in their car outside a store in Clapton, east London.
The victim was shot in the head but his injured brother managed to drive
away from their two attackers and he was taken to hospital, but died a
few hours later. His elder brother remained in hospital for treatment of
non life-threatening gunshot wounds. Police stated that they believed
the attack to have been a case of mistaken identity.
18 February 2013
32-year-old man has been shot dead on a street in Dartford, Kent.
He was shot through the hip and buttock with a
shotgun and suffered an abdominal haemorrhage at the scene in
front of his six-year-old son and other relatives. He was taken to
hospital but died from his injuries. A 24-year-old woman has been
arrested and charged with murder while her 25-year-old partner has been
charged with possessing the shotgun and ammunition used in the shooting without a
Mercury, 4 February 2013
has been shot dead at a residential property in Hinckley,
Leicestershire. Police were called to the property where they found the
body of the victim with gunshot wounds. Two men who visited the victim
and another man at the property were suspected to have been involved in
the shooting but left the scene in a car before police arrived. A
27-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the incident.
31 January 2013
have been arrested after a man was shot and killed in Woolwich,
east London in November 2012. All five men have been charged with murder
and one of the men has also been charged with possessing a self-loading
pump action smooth bore gun.
26 January 2013
50-year-old man has died during an attempt to rob a bookmaker's in
Plymouth, Devon using an imitation
pistol. The man entered the shop wearing a gas-mask and brandished the
gun at staff, but was tackled and restrained by a number of customers.
When police arrived to arrest him, he was discovered to be unconscious.
Resuscitation was attempted, but he was declared dead at the scene. He
is reported to have been suffering from a lung condition, and drink and
drug problems. Police have begun an investigation and voluntarily
referred the incident to the Independent Police Complaints Commission in
accordance with standard procedure.
24 January 2013
54-year-old man has been shot and killed at his home in Kingsteignton,
Devon. He was found with a shotgun
wound to the head in what appeared to have been a suicide. An
inquest has been opened and adjourned.
14 January 2013
A man in
his 40s has been found shot dead by police officers who were called to a
farm in Monkland, Herefordshire. He had a single
shotgun wound and police are not
reported to be looking for anyone else in connection with the incident.
21-year-old man with learning difficulties has been shot to death on the
way to his car outside his home in Fazakerley, Merseyside. He was
shot multiple times by an unidentified gunman and died at the scene. The
victim had recently been released from jail for using a Colt revolver to
shoot and injure a drug dealer who had repeatedly and violently
threatened members of his family, and police confirmed this was a
targeted shooting. The dealer is currently serving a jail sentence for a
large-scale drug operation during which he was also caught conspiring to
purchase firearms and making threats to kill the victim.
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.
Click Liverpool, 26 November 2012
31-year-old man has died after he was shot at least five times as he sat
in his car outside his home in Wavertree, Merseyside. He was believed
to have been attacked by two men who were waiting outside the
property in a stolen car that was later abandoned and set alight. The
victim was taken to hospital after being shot in the head, chest and
arms but died from his wounds seven days later.
Nottingham Post, 20 November 2012
A man has
died after he was shot with a firearm in Bilborough, Nottingham.
He was found collapsed on the road by a local resident and taken to
hospital by ambulance, but later died from his injuries. A 32-year-old
man has been arrested in connection with the death.
Eastern Daily Press, 11 November 2012
60-year-old man has died from a gunshot wound to the head outside a
hotel in Titchwell, Norfolk. Emergency services were called after
the man was seen walking into the car park with a firearm, but were unable to
resuscitate the victim.
5 November 2012
A male police
officer has died in a firearms incident at a police station in
Glasgow, Strathclyde. No one else is believed to have been involved
in the shooting. Officers from another police force have begun an
investigation into the circumstances of his death.
42-year-old man who was shot in the chest in the doorway of his home in
Wath-upon-Dearne, South Yorkshire in September (see
September incidents) has died in hospital. Two
men have been arrested in connection with the murder, which police
believe was a targeted attack.
19 October 2012
54-year-old man has died after he was shot in the head at a house
Huyton, Merseyside. Officers who were called to the scene recovered
two handguns and an alleged quantity of drugs at the property but made
no arrests. An inquest into the death was begun and has been adjourned.
Two female police
officers, aged 23 and 32, were killed while working in Hattersley,
Greater Manchester. The unarmed officers were allegedly tricked into
going to the property by false reports of a burglary where they were met
with a gunfire and grenade attack. A 50k-volt
taser was recovered from the scene which the victims may have
attempted to discharge to stop the attack. A man who had been wanted for
two previous shooting murders of a father and son and 4 attempted murders
presented himself for arrest at a police station in the city soon after
the incident. A
15-year-old boy was later arrested at a school in the area on suspicion
of assisting in the attack but has been released on bail (Metro,
22 September 2012).
A mother and son
have been found shot dead at the woman's home in Crays Hill,
Essex. The son is thought to have been battling a heroin addiction and
police are not looking for anyone else in connection with the shooting.
An unlicensed gun was recovered from the property.
A man has been found dead
on a farm in Lavington Freith,
Wiltshire. Police confirmed the man had sustained a
shotgun wound and
that there were no suspicious circumstances around his death.
A man has been killed after shots were fired and a grenade detonated at
a house in Clayton, Manchester. Police found the man's body
in the property after neighbours reported hearing shots and seeing two
masked men leaving the man's house. Police have confirmed this
incident was linked to a second report of a grenade attack and shots
fired at a house in Droylsden, Manchester minutes after the first
attack. Officers have confirmed that the victim was the father of
man killed with what is believed to be a semi-automatic 9mm pistol in Droylsden in May. At the the time of the grenade and gun attacks,
two men were in court facing charges of murder for shooting the son in
the neck while he was in a pub playing pool with friends. Three other
pub customers were also non-fatally shot - two in the leg and one in the
lower back - in the attack. A third man has been arrested on
suspicion of the son's murder and three counts of attempted murder. Another man is wanted in connection with both the May and August
man was shot dead in an attack in Bournemouth, Dorset. The man is
believed to be a friend of pop star Tulisa and recently appeared in one
of her music videos. Police have arrested a man in connection with the
23 July 2012
58-year-old solicitor has died in hospital after being shot in the head
with a sawn-off shotgun at his
office in Devizes, Wiltshire. The 62-year-old assailant
fled in a car but was arrested and has been charged with attempted
murder and with carrying a firearm with intent to commit murder.
He is also charged with possessing a shortened
shotgun with intent to cause fear of violence to, and threatening to
kill, a woman at the office.
17 July 2012
25-year-old aspiring musician was shot outside his home in Croydon,
south London. The victim was shot as he sat in his car and taken to
hospital by paramedics where he died the following day. Two teenagers,
aged 18 and 19, were later arrested and have been charged with murder (Croydon
Guardian, 13 August 2012).
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 3 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).
24 June 2012
A man has
died in hospital after being shot in Bellingham, south London.
Police have arrested a man, who has been charged with murder as well as
eight other firearms offences.
21 June 2012
A man was
fatally shot in West Ealing, west London, while his partner was
also attacked and treated in hospital for shoulder injuries. Police
arrested a man and charged him with murder, possession of a firearm with
intent to endanger life and attempted murder.
19 June 2012
was found dead at a Nottingham barracks in an apparent gun
suicide. The man was found in early May and the Ministry of Defence
later announced that a senior non-commissioned officer had been found in
accommodation at the barracks.
14 June 2012
was shot dead and another was critically injured in Liverpool. One
victim was found dead at the scene, a residential street, and the other
was taken to hospital. The shooting apparently prompted a police
crackdown that led to 87 arrests over the next week (Liverpool
Echo, 23 July 2012).
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.
A 68-year-old man has been found dead with gunshot wounds at his home in
Gillingham, Dorset. The man, whose daughter is said to have been close
to Prince Harry, is believed to have shot himself after struggling
recently with financial problems.
restaurant owner has been found dead at premises in Middlesbrough,
Cleveland. Police confirmed a firearm had been used in the incident and
that there were no suspicious circumstances around his death.
officer shot and killed himself in North Woolwich, east London.
He reportedly had reported for duty as normal and been issued firearms
before he then shot himself in the head.
A man has
died from head injuries after shooting himself with what was reported to
be a stun gun at a cattle market in
Darlington, Co. Durham. Police have recovered a bolt gun
(used to stun animals before slaughter) from the scene. Police and the
Health and Safety Executive are investigating.
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.
19-year-old was shot and killed outside a pub in Sherwood,
Nottingham. Police arrested two teenagers in connection with the murder.
BBC News, 8
A man was
found dead after being shot in Southport, Merseyside. The
24-year-old victim was reportedly killed by a single gunshot wound to
the head. Two men were initially arrested on suspicion of their
involvement in the death.
Edinburgh Evening News,
A man died
from gunshot wounds on a housing estate in Edinburgh. Police said
they believe the victim took his own life after firing multiple
9 March 2012
A man was
shot and killed at his home in South Lanarkshire. The victim, 45,
was pronounced dead at the scene after being gunned down on his doorstep
in what police said was a targeted attack.
4 March 2012
shot and killed a man during a planned operation in Culcheth,
Cheshire. Armed officers reportedly stopped the vehicle he was driving.
The man died of a single gunshot wound to the chest while he was in the
driver's seat of a car that was stolen but had no weapons (BBC
News, 8 March 2012).
17 February 2012
A man was
found dead due to gunshot wound on a farm in Norfolk. The death
was an apparent suicide and the farmer's life was taken by a
shotgun days after footage emerged of
him treating his pigs cruelly. An inquest confirmed he died from a
self-inflicted gunshot to the head (Diss
Express, 24 February 2012).
14 February 2012
A man died
at Gatwick Airport in south London after an altercation with
police. The man was reportedly acting strangely and trying to cut
himself with a broken bottle when he was captured by police, who used a
stun gun to restrain him. He then
died in an ambulance before receiving hospital treatment, and
investigations are on-going as to his cause of death.
7 February 2012
61-year-old armed man was found dead following a 12-hour siege with
police in Sutton St. James, Lincolnshire. The man reportedly shot
a police officer in the face during the ordeal but the officer sustained
only minor injuries. An inquest will be opened to determine the cause of
the gunman's death.
3 February 2012
A man was
shot and killed while he sat in a car near Turnpike Lane, north
London. Police said they believe two men approached the car and fired
six to eight shots from a handgun, before escaping on foot.
13-year-old boy was shot and killed in an apparent
airgun incident in Souldern, Oxfordshire. After a
row, the teenage boy reportedly shot himself in the head with the airgun
and died in hospital.
A man was
shot and killed in Stockport, Manchester. The victim was
reportedly blasted in the head with a shotgun,
then decapitated and set on fire. His body was found by firefighters,
and upon investigation police said the victim died from a blunt force
head injury and shotgun wound. Two men have been arrested on suspicion
of possessing shotgun cartridges and murder.
64-year-old man died of a heart attack after being threatened at
gunpoint at his home in Barnehurst, south London. Armed robbers
entered the home of the victim and his wife and reportedly tied up the
woman, who later freed herself and found her husband motionless.
surfaced this month of a double murder that took place in Cornwall
in June 2011. Two drug dealers were shot dead with a
shotgun and their bodies were burned
on a remote farm. The farm's owner, who allegedly owed the victims a
large sum of money, is on trial along with one other man for two counts
22-year-old man was shot and killed on New Year's Day in Clerkenwell,
central London. A 25-year-old man was charged with murder and possession
of a firearm with intent to endanger life, while two other men were also
arrested in connection with the incident. Police said the shooting
followed an altercation outside a bar during which a 24-year-old man was
stabbed. The stabbing victim recovered after being treated in hospital.
5 January 2012
67-year-old man was shot and killed with his legally-held firearm on
Christmas Eve 2011 at a property in Gorsley, Gloucestershire.
Police were sent to the property after receiving reports that a gun had
been fired. No other people were involved and the incident was not
treated as suspicious.
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.
BBC News, 26 December 2011
23-year-old student from India was shot and killed in Salford,
Manchester. The victim was reportedly approached by two men before being
shot in the head at close range. Police said the attack appeared
unprovoked and that they were treating it as a hate crime. The
perpetrator allegedly used a handgun which has not been recovered.
Officers arrested five young men aged 16 to 20 on suspicion of murder (BBC
News, 29 December 2011).
BBC News, 22 December 2011
21-year-old man in Paisley, Scotland was shot and killed. The
victim's body was found in a quiet neighbourhood. Police recovered a
firearm near the incident and have arrested one man in connection with
the murder (BBC
News, 30 December 2011).
Daily Mail, 18 November 2011
A woman in
Somerset killed herself after she wrongly thought she had HIV. A
hypochondriac, the woman apparently shot herself with a
shotgun after believing she had
inflicted her husband with the virus and that they both were on track to
This is Lincolnshire, 10 November 2011
A man was
shot and killed in Nottinghamshire. He had gone missing on
October 12 and his body was found in the river three days later. An
examination confirmed that he died from a gunshot wound to the head.
Police noted that a search around the river did not yield a gun.
Guardian, 4 November 2011
21-year-old man was killed in a shooting that took place at a funeral in
Camberwell, south London. A 17-year-old was also shot in
the ankle as gunfire disrupted the funeral of another 17-year-old who
had died in a car crash. Police initially arrested two 20-year-old men
and two 17-year-old girls. After the funeral shooting, two men were shot
in Wandsworth, south London and a fifth man was shot an hour
later. Police are investigating whether these incidents are related (LBC,
4 November 2011).
29 October 2011
was shot dead in Stafford. Police said the 49-year-old was found
dead at her home, and a 22-year-old man was taken into custody.
Scotsman, 28 October 2011
A man was
shot and killed in East Renfrewshire. Police said the victim had
been 'involved in crime in the past', and was murdered near his home.
The killer shot him with a handgun and fled the scene.
The Star, 17 October 2011
have emerged about a man who killed himself in Chesterfield last
March. He reportedly took a shotgun
from his father's home and shot himself in the wake of a failed
relationship. He apparently sent his ex-partner an abusive text message
before taking his own life with the shotgun.
Lynn News, 14 October 2011
killed himself in South Wootton, Norfolk. He reportedly shot
himself in the chest with a shotgun
he legally owned, having held a shotgun license since 2006.
Click Liverpool, 14 October 2011
A man was
shot and killed in Prescot, Merseyside. He was gunned down in his
home and then staggered outside, where paramedics attended to him. They
were unable to help him, however, as he died from a single gun shot
wound to the chest. A man and a woman have been arrested on suspicion of
murder and possession of a firearm. Another woman has also been arrested
on possession of a firearm.
BBC News, 30 September 2011
A man died
of gunshot wounds in Littlehampton, West Sussex. Three shots were
reported heard at the home of the man, a licensed firearms officer, and
he died after being taken to hospital. After the initial gunshots, the
victim's wife alleged that she had been attacked. She fled to a
neighbour's house and contacted police, but was apparently not
physically injured. Officers said they are not seeking anybody else in
connection with the shooting.
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
Liverpool Echo, 17 September 2011
A man was
shot and killed in the street in Norris Green, Liverpool on 30
August. The 24-year-old victim was shot once in the head and pronounced
dead after arriving at hospital. One man has been arrested and charged
with the murder, and he has now made an initial court appearance.
Sky News, 15 September 2011
21-year-old soldier was shot and killed in an incident at a military
training ground in Kent. Police are investigating, along with the
Army and Health & Safety Executive. The young man was killed by a single
gunshot wound to the head.
BBC News, 10 September 2011
A man was
fatally shot at a pub in Manchester. The victim was taken to a
nearby hospital but pronounced dead shortly thereafter. Police said they
believed the victim was shot during an altercation in the pub just
before 3 a.m.
News, 11 September 2011)
Gazette Herald, 8 September 2011
92-year-old man in Easingwold, north Yorkshire shot and killed himself in June.
Reports indicate that the man, who was suffering from leukaemia, shot
himself with a shotgun in poor but
26 August 2011
Williams killed himself in Newport after apparently shooting his
estranged wife and two others who were struck by rebounding shots.
Williams, who used a double-barrelled shotgun
in the attacks, was also arrested in 2004 after being found in
possession of a stun gun, a pistol,
a machete, a hunting knife, CS gas and ammunition. His teenage son then
apparently killed himself by hanging himself in September (South
Wales Argus, 29 September 2011).
25 August 2011
20-year-old man was shot and killed in Croydon, south London. The
victim was found with a bullet wound to his head, and he died after
being taken to hospital. Police immediately identified a suspect and
made an arrest soon after (BBC
News, 2 September 2011.
19 August 2011
A man shot
and killed himself in Pattishall, Northamptonshire. He had been
undergoing treatment for a terminal brain tumour. He reportedly shot
himself with a shotgun he owned for
the purpose of keeping rabbits away from his garden.
9 August 2011
incident that apparently sparked much of the mayhem that took place
throughout London in early August, police shot and killed suspected drug
dealer Mark Duggan in Tottenham, north London. Duggan died from a
single bullet and reportedly did not fire at police first from the
handgun he was in possession of.
9 August 2011
rioting in London, a man was shot and killed in Croydon, south
London. He was reportedly discovered in his car with gunshot wounds and
died in hospital.
9 August 2011
20-year-old man was shot and killed in West Norwood, south
London. The victim was taken to hospital with gunshot wounds but died
within an hour. Police initially arrested three people on suspicion of
15 July 2011
21-year-old in Braintree, Essex has shot and killed himself. The
young man had reportedly been recently accepted into the Essex Police
force but a coroner determined that he died from a self-inflicted
shotgun wound to the head.
14 July 2011
A woman in
Norfolk has shot and killed herself. She was found by her
husband, who said he owns seven guns, including apparently the
shotgun that the depressed woman
used to commit suicide.
This is Devon,
13 July 2011
A man in
South Zeal, Devon has shot and killed himself. He was
found beside a
shotgun and pronounced dead at the
7 July 2011
A man in
Bristol has shot and killed himself. The victim, who had been out
of work for two years, used a homemade shotgun
to commit suicide, police said.
4 July 2011
23-year-old man was shot and killed in Greenwich, south London.
He was found in a car with gun shot wounds to his head and shoulder.
News, 3 July 2011
21-year-old man was shot and killed in Bristol. The incident took
place near a pub around 4 a.m., and a man and a woman are also in
hospital being treated for injuries not thought to be life-threatening.
Five people have been arrested on suspicion of their involvement
(Bearsden Herald, 8 July 2011).
1 July 2011
A man was
shot and killed in a house in Thornton Heath, south London.
Police said paramedics arrived and attempted to aid the victim but he
died at the scene. There were three people in the house at the time of
the attack, and a woman suffered minor injuries.
News, 27 June 2011
A man was
found murdered in Coventry having been shot in the chest. Police
have arrested two men and two women on suspicion of their involvement,
while a reward has been offered for further information from the public.
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
A man has
been shot and killed in West Dulwich, south London. Police
responded to reports of shots fired but found the body of the victim and
pronounced him dead at the scene.
Eastern Daily Press,
19 June 2011
A man died
from shotgun wounds in Melton
Constable, Norfolk. Police said they do not believe his death was
Cambridge News, 17 June 2011
A man was
found dead in Cambridge after apparently being shot in the head.
A gun was found nearby but police said there were no suspicious
circumstances to the death. Further investigations are being carried
News, 16 June 2011
A man was
shot and killed in Manchester. Police said he was murdered while
in his car and an unidentified gunman was seen. Police have arrested one
person in connection with the case so far.
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.
is The West Country, 10 June 2011
A man was
shot and killed in Taunton, Somerset. Police said they responded
to calls early morning on 8 June after the victim was found outside a
property, and an inquest concluded he died from
shotgun wounds to the head. Police do not think the
incident was a homicide (This is The West Country, 15 June 2011).
News, 7 June 2011
was shot and killed in Tulse Hill, south London. The 18-year-old
was apparently the victim of a drive-by shooting. Witnesses alerted
police that they heard several shots and a speeding car, but the young
man died shortly after police arrived.
Guardian, 3 June 2011
teenage boys were shot and killed in Milton Keynes,
Buckinghamshire. The pair were reportedly shot in the head at close
range by handguns. The victims were 18 and 19 years old.
Bearsden Herald, 2 June 2011
A man was
shot and killed in Stockwell, south London. The victim was gunned
down as a motorcycle carrying two men approached him. A teenage boy has
been charged with murder and police also arrested another male they believe to
be his accomplice. On 7 June, the Bearsden Herald reported the teenager
had appeared in court, with a full hearing pending on charges of murder
and possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life.
Sentences and Convictions
Post, 25 October 2013
Fairchild, 47, has been jailed for three years for the manslaughter of his 24-year-old
friend, who he shot in the head with an air
rifle at a property in Sheffield, South Yorkshire. He
fired the air weapon during a prank while high on cannabis and drunk,
believing it to be unloaded. The pellet hit the victim above his eye and
lodged in his brain and he died in hospital six days after the shooting
from his head injuries.
Bernard has been found guilty of murdering a 20-year-old man who he and
a group of other men shot dead in 2007 in Enfield, north London.
They used three guns to shoot the victim seven times from their vehicle
as he got out of a taxi, leaving the cab covered with bullet marks but
the driver uninjured. Bernard escaped to Thailand but a mobile phone
found at the scene and a glove from a van that that was later found
burnt out were traced to him and he was arrested and extradited. Adrian
Thomas was found not guilty of the murder and of possession of a firearm with
intent to endanger life.
10 October 2013
has been jailed for a minimum of 20 years for shooting another man in
the back of the head with a handgun in 2000 in Brixton, south
London. He shot the victim after they got into an argument while parked
next to one another, and fired at his head three more times as he lay
dying on the ground. Hall escaped to Jamaica but was recently located
and extradited to stand trial.
Evening News, 4 September 2013
William Knott has had his 2011 murder conviction overturned after the
Criminal Appeal Court ruled that he may have been sentenced on a "false
basis" for shooting dead his long-time rival with a
sawn-off shotgun on a street in
Manchester. Knott shot the victim in the stomach while he was
stopped at a red light in his car and claimed to have done so in
self-defence when the victim took a pistol from his waistband and
pointed it at him. It was ruled that, due to discrepancies between
Knott's account and that of his barrister as to how the victim drew his
gun, the jury may have thought Knott was manufacturing his version of
events and thus their conviction on the basis of his credibility was
"unsafe" and he should be retried.
20 August 2013
Sargeant, 25, has been jailed for eight years for the manslaughter of a
32-year-old man outside her house in Dartford, Kent and her
partner, Lewis Wickenden, has been jailed for five years for assisting
an offender. Sargeant took a semi-automatic
shotgun into the road purportedly to scare off the victim
when he and Wickenden got into a fight over alleged threats, and shot
the victim in the buttock and hip as he was walking away while his
6-year-old son was sitting in a car close by. A friend of the victim who
was in the car attempted to help him and he was taken to hospital, but
later died from the blood loss. Wickenden, who had taken the
semi-automatic shotgun from a friend without permission, attempted to
flee but left the gun at the scene of the shooting.
6 August 2013
Christopher Thomas has been jailed for a minimum of 35 years after being
found guilty of murder, attempted murder, wounding with intent and
possession of a firearm for shooting a woman and shooting dead her
husband at their home in Thornton Heath, south London. Thomas and
another masked and armed assailant forced their way into the house with
the intention of killing the victim's stepson, and shot his mother and
stepfather in the chest when they attempted to protect him. The female
victim received hospital treatment for minor wounds but her husband
sustained fatal injuries from the gun that was later discarded by Thomas,
and traced to the shooting.
2 August 2013
Addison has been jailed for a minimum of 22 years for shooting dead
another man during an attempted drug deal at a flat in Edinburgh.
He shot the victim with a sawn-off shotgun
during a dispute over cannabis Addison had gone to the property to buy
18 June 2013
Chudley, 63, has been jailed for 28 years for the murder of a
58-year-old solicitor who he shot at close range in his office in
Devizes, Wiltshire after also pointing the gun at the receptionist
and threatening to kill her. Chudley, who was suffering from a paranoid
personality disorder at the time, shot the victim for revenge after he
had lost a legal case against a man the victim was representing, and
Chudley lost his home and business due to bankruptcy. The victim
sustained a single gunshot wound to the head and died from his injuries
in hospital three weeks later.
13 June 2013
Cregan has been jailed for life, receiving a whole life sentence, after
pleading guilty to the shooting and grenade murders of four people in
Greater Manchester. He shot the son of a man he was intending to
target while he was playing pool at a pub, and killed his father three
months later in a gun and grenade attack on his home in the city. Cregan
finally lured two unarmed female officers to a property by making a fake
emergency call to police reporting a burglary, and killed them with a
pistol and a grenade. Cregan later handed himself in to police, after
turning up at the home of a barber the night before and forcing him to
trim his hair and beard for the occasion. Luke Livesey and Damian Gorman
were also each jailed for a minimum of 33 years after being found guilty
of murdering the father and attempting to murder three other people at
the pub. Jermaine Ward and Anthony Wilkinson were jailed for a minimum
of 33 and 35 years respectively for murdering the son, and Mohammed
Imran Ali was jailed for seven years for assisting an offender.
11 June 2013
Bidace has been jailed for a minimum of 42 years for murdering a man and
shooting his disabled fiancée at their home in West Ealing, west
London. Bidace made the victim kneel down in his living room before
shooting him execution style and attempted to kill his fiancée as she
lay in bed but left her with a shoulder wound when the gun jammed after
two shots. The victim survived her injuries and was later able to
identified Bidace as the shooter.
Echo, 7 June 2013
have been found guilty of the manslaughter of a 21-year-old man during a
planned burglary at a flat in Bournemouth, Dorset. The four
conspired to raid the property after seeing a photograph of cash
believed to be the profits of drug dealing and to be held at the address.
One of the men stayed in London while three others went to the flat and
broke in, but they were confronted by the victim and another man who were
inside. During the struggle, the victim allegedly armed himself with a
sawn-off shotgun which killed him
when it discharged in the fight. One of the defendants took the gun from
the property and later discarded it in the River Thames. The men were
arrested after a police stopped a car registered to the defendant as it
was travelling from London to Bournemouth on the day of the shooting
death. Three of the men were later jailed for 16 years each (BBC
7 June 2013).
BBC News, 31 May 2013
Fogo has been jailed for a minimum of 32 years for the murder of a
supermarket manager in a failed attempt to steal his redundancy money in
Nottingham. Fogo threatened the victim with a gun while in his car,
forced him into the boot, and ordered a friend who had also been picked
up the victim to drive the vehicle away. The friend was able to escape
but Fogo shot the victim and he died on the street a short distance
London Evening Standard, 24 May 2013
Christopher Gabriel and another 25-year-old have been jailed for a
minimum of 30 years for shooting dead an 18-year-old student who they
mistook for a rival gang member near his home in Tulse Hill,
south London. They shot the teenager in the face and stomach with a
sawn-off shotgun and an automatic
pistol in a drive-by shooting because he lived on an estate home to
their rival gang. Romario Henry and two men aged 27 and 24, have each
been jailed for eight years for perverting the course of justice by
burning the stolen car used in the shooting. The men were arrested after
someone who knew them phoned police with information about the murder.
Al Daniels, 22, has been found guilty of firearms offences but Sachia
Clarke will face a retrial as the jury were unable to reach a verdict on
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
This is Local London, 21 May 2013
Delijah has been jailed for 20 years after being found guilty of
manslaughter and robbery, but being cleared of possessing an
imitation firearm with intent during a
violent armed robbery in which a man died at his home in Barnehurst,
east London. Delijah and an unidentified man wore balaclavas and
broke into the property, where they punched and kicked the victim and
his wife and tied them up with tape to force them to hand over keys to
the safe from which they stole rent money the victim had collected that
day. The injuries to the victim's back, arm, legs and face triggered an
underlying heart condition and he suffered a heart attack and died at
the scene. Police have appealed for information to assist in locating
the second assailant.
Daily Mail, 17 April 2013
Daley and Sanchez Thomas, both 19, have been jailed for a minimum of 22
and 25 years respectively for shooting dead a man as he sat in his car
outside his home in Norwood, south London. They fired a .32
calibre handgun at the victim's head from close range in a planned
killing having possibly mistaken him for his younger brother, who had
stabbed Thomas three months earlier in a gang-related incident. The
shooters escaped and the 25-year-old was taken to hospital but died the
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.
Bells & Crowle Advertiser, 13 March 2013
and Stephen Rogers have been jailed for 25 and 21 years respectively
after pleading guilty to an attempted robbery in which a man was shot in
the stomach on the doorstep of his home in Wath upon Dearne,
South Yorkshire. He survived the attack but died in hospital a month
later. Wingfield and Rogers admitted planning to rob the victim using a
knife and an axe, but claimed not to have known their accomplice was
carrying the gun that went off during a physical struggle with the
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.
has been jailed for a minimum of 28 years for the murder of a man at a
nightclub in Wolverhampton, West Midlands. He shot the victim six
times during an argument and although the victim was taken to hospital
he died shortly afterwards. The club was closed after the shooting and
has never been reopened.
11 January 2013
Fuad Awale and
Sharmake Abdulkadir have been jailed for a minimum of 38 and 32 years
respectively for shooting two teenagers to death with an automatic
pistol in an alleyway in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire. One of
the victims was alleged to have been killed because he sold drugs
belonging to a local dealer, but his companion was not believed to have
had any prior involvement in criminal activity. Before the shooting in
May 2011, Awale and Abdulkadir had travelled to Holland to obtain the
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.
The Bolton News, 23 October 2012
Arfan Rafiq has
been jailed for 16 years for manslaughter and possession of a prohibited
firearm and Akmal Afzal has been jailed for seven years for assisting an
offender and possession of a prohibited weapon. The pair, and another
two men who are wanted by police, were involved in the fatal shooting of
a 27-year-old shop employee in Salford, Greater Manchester. The
victim was killed while he was serving a customer during an ongoing dispute between rival gangs in
Bolton by a gunman and getaway driver
who were previously sentenced to 15 and 8 years respectively.
David Smith and
Kevin Powell have been jailed for at least 34 years each and Nana Oppong
has been jailed for two years after a shoot-out in Forest Gate,
east London in which two men were killed and Smith was himself shot. The
two murder victims were followed and shot by Smith after one of them fired
four bullets into the ceiling of the nightclub below a pub at Oppong's
birthday party. One was killed immediately in the busy street filled with
party guests but the other died after six weeks in hospital. Powell then
chased and shot at Smith at least 24 times, causing him six bullet wounds
including one to the head and hitting windows of houses in the area. He
escaped in a car and was taken to hospital where he recovered. Three women
were earlier charged for perverting the course of justice after attempting
to hide evidence and Oppong was cleared of murder and firearms charges but
was also found guilty of perverting the course of justice.
BBC News, 20 September
and Darren McDevitt have been convicted of the murder of a man in West
Dunbartonshire in which they stabbed him and shot him with an
airgun in Renton, West
Dunbartonshire. Crawford arranged to meet the victim on a cycle path after
a party all three had attended where the pair stabbed him multiple times and
shot him in the buttock with an air rifle before removing his clothing and
dumping his body in the river, where it was found the next day. They were
later jailed for a minimum of 18 years each (Dumbarton
and Vale of Leven Reporter,
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.
McGivern has been jailed for a minimum of 30 years for murder after he
shot his best friend by mistake in an attempt to shoot at a rival gang
in Liverpool. McGivern and his friend acquired a 9mm gun in
order to carry out the attack because of a dispute with the gang over
drugs and the drive-by murder of their friend. McGivern shot his
friend, who was sitting in the passenger seat, in the back of the head
instead of hitting his intended target. He then made a second
attempt to shoot his original targets before he dumped his friend's body
in a gutter and set alight the stolen car.
31, and Rickel Adams, 27, have been jailed for life for murder and
possession of a firearm. The victim was killed in the crossfire
when the pair and a third man fired at least 21 shots after a
confrontation between rival groups in Bristol. Adams was also
convicted of causing grievous bodily harm with intent to 2 other
people injured in the incident. The weapons have not been found.
30 July 2012
and Joseph Jenkins have been jailed for a minimum of 30 and 32 years
each for the murder of a man they beat, stabbed and shot before
decapitating his body with a bread-knife and power saw in Stockport,
Greater Manchester. After the three men had been drinking in the
town together the victim was beaten, hit on the head with a hammer,
stabbed in the legs and shot in the knee and head with a
shotgun. The brothers took his body from their home to a
nearby wood and set fire to the body using petrol, causing a blaze that
alerted emergency services. The pair were arrested nearby and found to
be in possession of six live shotgun cartridges, while other weapons and
evidence were discovered at the site of the fire and in their flat.
27 July 2012
Stapleton, 21, has been jailed for at least 30 years for the murder of a
postgraduate student at Lancaster University who was shot when visiting
Manchester during the Christmas holidays. Stapleton asked the
victim and his friends for the time before shooting the student in the
head. The trial found no evidence of a motive for the unprovoked attack.
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.
Your Local Guardian,
teenagers have been jailed for a total of 80 years for shooting to death
a 20-year-old professional dancer as he stood at a bus stop on his way
home from a nightclub in West Norwood, south London. The group
held up a number of people at gunpoint on the streets before kicking,
punching and then shooting the victim with a nine-millimetre pistol. The
shooter was jailed for life and the four others were convicted of
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.
Christopher Line has been jailed for life after being found guilty of
two counts of murder. Line used a shotgun
to shoot and kill two men on a travellers' site in Suffolk.
Police discovered the victims, aged 20 and 29, dead from multiple
gunshot wounds with one left lying inside a car that was on fire and the
This is London,
Nyamupfukudza 19, has been jailed for life for the murder of Sylvester
Akapalara, 17 in Peckham, South London in 2010. Sodiq Adeojo, was
convicted at an earlier trial and is serving at least 30 years for the
Small, a drug dealer has been found guilty of murder and has been
ordered to serve a minimum jail term of 34 years. In December 2010 Small
shot and killed a man at close range in Hayes, Middlesex with a
sub machine gun. The man had allegedly stolen drugs from one of Small's
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.
Campbell, and Liam Douglas-O'Callaghan, 18 have both been given life
sentences after shooting a man dead following a row in a queue in a fast
food outlet in Brixton, South London.
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.
Express and Star,
Hamilton has been jailed for 12 years after he shot and killed a
17-year-old in Wolverhampton. Hamilton, convicted of
manslaughter, apparently accidentally blasted the victim in the chest
while the gang both men belonged to planned a revenge attack.
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).
Heffey, Jason Gabbana and Simon Smart have been jailed for life for the
murder of a man in Liverpool. The victim was shot in the head
with a sawn-off shotgun at a pub he
had been lured to. Heffey was jailed for a minimum of 35 years after
firing the fatal shot; Gabbana was given at least 33 years after
ordering the shooting; and Smart received a minimum of 31 years after
luring the victim to the scene. A fourth conspirator, Brian Regan, was
sentenced to four years and 10 months after being convicted of
perverting the course of justice.
McGrath has been jailed for four years and four months after
accidentally shooting and killing a family friend in Paisley.
McGrath pleaded guilty to culpable homicide after he fired a
shotgun at a 21-year-old victim,
fatally shooting him in the chest.
Yorkshire Evening Post,
23, has been found guilty of murdering a man in Chapeltown, Leeds
during the August 2011 riots. Arif shot the victim in the face and neck
with 85 shotgun pellets from a sawn-off shotgun.
Another man, Sohail Mahmood, 23, was found guilty of conspiracy to
pervert the course of justice after he reportedly helped Arif identify
the victim before the shooting.
Hamilton has been convicted of manslaughter after killing his friend, a
17-year-old victim, in Wolverhampton, West Midlands. Hamilton
accidentally shot the boy in the chest with a
shotgun, and the victim was unable to recover after being
rushed to hospital.
Otugade, 19, Christopher N'Jie, 19, and Errol Jeffrey, 29, have been
found guilty of murder after they shot a bouncer in north London.
The victim had angered the assailants by refusing to allow a group to
enter the club where he worked; three weeks later, they shot the victim
twice in the head outside his house.
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. Mo
Siddique was sentenced to a minimum of 25 years, Andonov for at least 29
years and Nikolov for at least 18 years (Stirling
Observer, 28 March 2012).
Times and Star,
Haigh has been jailed for life for shooting and killing two men in
Cornwall. Haigh will serve a minimum of 35 years for killing the
victims, who he owed a large amount of money for drug debts.
Express and Star,
Narwain and Sarah Singh have been found guilty of the murder of a
22-year-old man in Edgbaston, West Midlands. Singh lured the
victim to the place in which he was shot, while Narwain helped plan the
murder and cover up evidence. Another man, Barrington Denny, had already
pleaded guilty to pulling the trigger on the
shotgun that killed the victim at close range.
Jewell has been jailed for life after murdering a man in St. Osyth,
Essex. Jewell shot the victim with a shotgun
twice in May 2011, causing fatal wounds to the man's abdomen. Jewell
must serve a minimum of 30 years for the murder.
Davidson, 22, has been sentenced to life imprisonment for murdering a
man in Chester in March 2011. Davidson, who owed the victim a
large amount of money, shot him in the chest and stabbed him eight times
in the neck. The killer's girlfriend, 20-year-old Rachel Horton, pleaded
guilty to manslaughter and was sentenced to eight years at a young
offenders' institution. Davidson, who had claimed self-defence but was
convicted by a majority verdict, must serve a minimum of 30 years in
East London and West Essex Guardian, 28 December 2011
Ayub Khan has been jailed for at least 26 years after he murdered two
men in Chigwell, Essex in 2003. Khan escaped to Pakistan and was
extradited in 2010 after being found in Bangladesh. Khan and two other
men apparently killed the victims in a row over parking, pulling out a
machine gun and firing 10 rounds. Police have not located the other men
nor have they recovered the murder weapon.
Bury Focus, 22 December 2011
Mathias has been jailed for a minimum of 18 years for the murder of a
16-year-old in Manchester in 2009. Mathias had fled the country
but was arrested in Amsterdam in June 2011. He admitted being one of the
shooters that shot the teen in a gang-related killing. At least two
handguns were used as the victim was shot in the head. Two 19-year-old
men were already convicted of the murder, as Hiruy Zerihun and Njabulo
Ndlovu were jailed at least 23 and 21 years, respectively. Shadrach
Phipps and Michael Egerton, both 21, were jailed for 10 years and five
years and four months, respectively, for their part in the attack.
BBC News, 21 December 2011
Burree, 24, has been jailed for a minimum of 33 years after being
convicted of murder. Adebiyi shot a 25-year-old man from a motor bike in
Stockwell, south London in May 2011. Burree used a Mac-10 machine
pistol to shoot the victim four times (Evening
Standard, 21 December 2011).
Daily Gazette, 14 December 2011
Cross has been jailed for 11 and a half years after being convicted of
possessing a murder weapon. Following the fatal shooting of a man in
south London in 2009, Cross was cleared of murder. But he and four
others were jailed after failed attempts to dispose of the Mac-10
machine pistol used in the killing, which was still loaded when
recovered by police. Lemuel Robinson, Shubiah Linton, Dino Rouillon, and
Shevonne Legister were jailed for ten years, nine years, five years and
nine months, and five years, respectively.
Grantham Journal, 13 December 2011
Wilson and his uncle Wayne Wilson have each been jailed a minimum of 35
years after murdering two men in Islington, north London in
November 2010. The pair used handguns to shoot one victim in the back
and the other in the arm, back and twice in the head. Daniel Wilson had
sold drugs for one of the victims and apparently received death threats
after owing him money.
Mirror, 12 December 2011
Adeojo, 19, has been convicted of murder and faces a life sentence in
prison. Adeojo shot and killed a 17-year-old victim in Peckham,
south London in 2010 with a handgun. The victim's friends were also
stabbed in the altercation. Adeojo was also convicted of two counts of
attempted murder, possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life and
having an offensive weapon. Adeojo was later sentenced to a minimum of
30 years (Metro,
16 February 2012).
18 November 2011
Tomney has been found guilty of murder after killing his best friend
with an illegal pistol in a drunken accident. Tomney acted recklessly, a
jury decided, when he shot the victim in the chest at his home in
Wishaw, North Lanarkshire. Tomney initially dumped the gun and lied
to officers about the incident, saying his friend had been stabbed. The
weapon used was apparently an illegally owned service pistol, and was
one of two illegal guns in the house that night, along with 100 bullets.
17 November 2011
Davidson, 23, has been found guilty of murder. Davidson shot and killed
a man in Chester with his father's
shotgun in March. The victim was apparently a debt collector
that Davidson couldn't pay back. His 19-year-old girlfriend was also
involved in the incident but a verdict was not reached regarding her
role. She is accused of assisting in planning the murder and of stabbing
the victim, who died from gunshot and stab wounds.
This is Lancashire,
12 November 2011
Dunphy and Daniel Jones have been jailed for 11 years and 10 years,
respectively, after helping a drugs kingpin arrange for a man to be
killed. The victim, who was murdered in East Lancashire,
reportedly had a large amount of cocaine that drug lord Paul Devalda
wanted to steal. Devalda was jailed for life earlier this year after
being convicted of kidnap and murder. Dunphy and Jones were jailed after
admitting manslaughter and conspiracy to kidnap.
10 November 2011
Ross and Leon De St Aubin have each been jailed for 30 years for murder.
Ross shot a man in Wandsworth, south London five times over a
drug feud in 2009, and De St Aubin drove them away from the scene.
BBC News, 4 November 2011
Andes has been jailed for 10 years for manslaughter. Andes shot and
killed a 21-year-old who had tried to break into his flat in Clapham,
south London. Andes had been protecting cannabis that he was growing,
but the shot he claimed to have fired in warning struck the victim in
the head. Andes was also convicted of possession of a firearm and
Bucks Herald, 29 October 2011
and Amanullah Azram, two brothers living in Aylesbury,
Buckinghamshire, have been jailed for ten years each. The pair sold a
gun to a gang that led to the assassination of a teenager. They were
convicted of conspiracy to transfer a prohibited weapon, possession of a
firearm with intent for others to endanger life and possession of
ammunition without a certificate.
BBC News, 7 October 2011
Rafiq has been jailed at least 22 years after murdering a man in
Birmingham in 2003. Rafiq used an Uzi sub-machine gun to shoot a
young man 16 times at close range. He was arrested in 2007 and convicted
of murder in 2008 but was initially granted a retrial.
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.
Portsmouth News, 20 September 2011
Donovan, 23, has been jailed at least 25 years after going on a
'murderous rampage' with a semi-automatic rifle while onboard a
nuclear-powered submarine. Donovan killed a Lieutenant Commander with a
shot to the head in Southampton. The victim had tried to tackle
the gunman after hearing the shots but was killed in the struggle.
Eventually, two other people wrestled the weapon from Donovan, who also
pled guilty to attempting to murder another Lieutenant Commander who he
shot in the stomach. He also shot at two more officers - apparently his
intended targets - four times but missed.
Barnet and Whetstone Press, 16 September 2011
Kasumaj has been jailed for a minimum of 20 years for double
manslaughter and attempted murder. Kasumaj was handed the manslaughter
sentence 'on the grounds of diminished responsibility due to mental
health problems'. He shot two men dead at close range and attempted to kill a third in
East Ham, east London in July 2010. Police said he used a handgun
to shoot at all three victims from close range. He was also found
guilty of possession of a short prohibited weapon.
Daily Record, 9 September 2011
Moore has been found guilty of 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
18 August 2011
McPhee, 21, and Shervin Irvani, 20, of Hertfordshire were jailed
for life after being found guilty of the murder of 17-year-old Marvin
Henry in Mill Hill, north London in October 2010. Another four young men
aged 19 to 21 were also jailed for a dozen years after being convicted
of false imprisonment and grievous bodily harm. Henry was shot in the
chest and pronounced dead upon his arrival at Barnet General Hospital
23 July 2011
McNamara has been found guilty of murder after killing a man in East
Lothian in October last year. In a drunken row at a pub, McNamara
beat a man, then drove over him with his car, taking his life. McNamara,
who has prior convictions for carrying a firearm, assault and driving
offences, will return to court next month to receive his sentence.
28 October 2013
into the death of PC Colin Smelts has found that the police marksmen
shot himself in the chest with his police issue semi-automatic pistol at
his flat in Camden, north London. He had rowed with his former
girlfriend on the night of his death during a discussion about getting
back together after splitting because she had cheated on him twice, once with his
colleague. Smelts had access to guns despite previously trying and threatening to kill himself after the breakdown of two past
relationships, and had already taken home a gun once after his current
break-up in order to practice pulling the trigger. He was found dead
with the weapon after his ex became worried when he stopped replying to
texts and sent some colleagues to check on him.
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.
4 September 2013
coroner in the inquest into the fatal shooting of Lee Erdmann, 37,
during an early-morning lock-in at a pub in Salford, Greater
Manchester has recorded a verdict of unlawful killing. Erdmann was shot
dead by another pub customer at point-blank range in front of 20 or 30
people who were also in the premises and the coroner has issued a strong
criticism of the lack of cooperation by the witnesses who have all
refused to identify the murderer. After shooting Erdmann once in the
back with a .38 revolver the gunman then shot his body as he lay on the
floor and kicked and stamped on his head. He was taken to hospital by
other pub customers but later died from his extensive injuries.
News, 29 August 2013
has found that Clifford Crosbie, 65, committed suicide while in a
disturbed state of mind using his licensed
shotgun at his home in Hemsby,
Norfolk. He was found by his wife with the gun underneath him and had
left a note in the property. He had recently separated from her and was
suffering with depression and anxiety over his financial situation,
health and the threat posed to his home from erosion by the sea. The
coroner found that Crosbie may have been suffering from an undiagnosed
mental health problem at the time, and had said that he "didn't want to
be here anymore".
Daily Times, 20 August 2013
has found that Jimoh Plunkett, 24, was unlawfully killed when he was
murdered and three others were shot and wounded by an unidentified
shooter in a nightclub in Ipswich, Suffolk in 2005. Plunkett, who
was said not to be involved with gangs, was shot in the chest but
escaped and died in hospital after a number of conflicts between rivals
in the club that night, which culminated in the shooting by a group of
men and women who had swapped clothes before it took place and escaped
on foot from the building. The killer was never identified but one of
the suspects, Errol Davis, was shot dead in a suspected revenge attack
2 August 2013
has found that Louis Brathwaite, 16, was unlawfully killed when he was
shot in a betting shop in Manchester and later died. He was hit
in the abdomen and died in hospital two weeks later, and another man was
also hit, but the perpetrator has never been identified. Another
16-year-old was later shot dead in a revenge attack connected to
Braithwaite's murder, for which two teenagers were jailed for life in
14 June 2013
into the death of Charlie Booth, 16, has found that he took his own life
with a shotgun he had been given as
a birthday present at his home in Cobham, Kent. A few hours
earlier Booth had been visited at home by police because he had sent sexual
text messages to a girl and had been given advice and a reprimand by his
parents who confiscated his mobile phone. The teenager went to his
bedroom but his parents heard a loud bang and discovered his body with
the shotgun he had been bought for his 15th birthday and a note in the
pocket of his trousers. Despite his young age, he was a member of his
school Combined Cadet Force and a shooter and therefore trusted to
handle the weapon responsibly.
6 June 2013
has found that Ed Bailey, 47, took his own life with a
shotgun after shooting dead his unwell
pet dog at his farm in Market Lavington, Wiltshire. He was found
by members of his family with fatal shotgun wounds near a note he had
written. He had recently suffered the death of his mother and pet dog,
and the illness of another dog which had become almost blind.
Your Local Guardian, 24 May 2013
coroner has recorded an open verdict in the inquest into the death of
Richard Mullany, who was found with a single gunshot wound to his
forehead at his home in Wallington, south London. He was taken to
hospital but died the following day. He was recorded to have suffered
with recurring pains, but was not thought to have been depressed. There
was said to be insufficient evidence to conclude his death was a
suicide, but it did not appear to have occurred by accident.
Canterbury Times, 10 May 2013
into the death of Malcolm Constable, 58, has found that he committed
suicide by shooting himself in the head with a
licensed shotgun in the garden
of his brother's home in Canterbury, Kent. He was found by his
brother with a gunshot wound to the head next to the gun, and had been
struggling financially and emotionally at the time of his death. Despite
having undergone counselling at a mental health centre in the town,
Constable still held a firearms licence and had bought the shotgun just
a week before his suicide.
Shropshire Star, 9 May 2013
coroner has recorded a verdict of suicide in the inquest into the death
of Ray Shaw at his home in Albrighton, Shropshire. The
experienced huntsman used the single-shot handgun to shoot himself in
the forehead and was found dead in his bedroom by other members of the
hunt. The 45-year-old owned the weapon for the humane killing of dogs
and horses injured during hunts.
BBC News, 2 May 2013
into the death of soldier Terence Conley has found that he committed
suicide with a rifle at his barracks in Chilwell, Nottinghamshire.
The 38-year-old shot himself while depressed because of the recent death
of five of his colleagues and the breakdown of his marriage. Despite not
being trained, he had access to the rifle and ammunition. Shortly before
his death his wife had attempted to contact the welfare officer at the
training site but had reached the answering machine on multiple
occasions and the coroner called for an increase in the support given to
military personnel and their families after traumatising experiences.
Suffolk Free Press, 2 May 2013
has found that Gerald Dann, 77, took his own life with a homemade pistol
in the garden of his home near Leavenheath, Suffolk. His body was
found face down with a gunshot wound to the head by his neighbour after
she heard a gunshot and called the emergency services. He was reported
to have recently had thoughts of suicide after suffering with depression
and to have been drinking heavily. The weapon had been skilfully put
together from different gun parts and police also discovered live
shotgun cartridges, a rifle and a shotgun
butt attached to a wooden pole in a search of the property.
Witney Gazette, 25 April 2013
has found that Jamie McIntyre, 46, took his own life with a
shotgun in the loft of his home in
Carterton, Oxfordshire. His body and two notes were found by his
wife after she heard a banging noise from upstairs. His company had
recently gone into liquidation and he had accrued debts, a situation
which became worse when McIntyre drove into the back of another motorist
and was sued for whiplash. He had discussed suicidal thoughts with his
doctor and been prescribed anti-depressants. The Citizens Advice Bureau
in the area warned of a recent increase in the number of people
suffering with anxiety and depression.
Daily Mail, 24 April 2013
coroner has recorded a verdict of unlawful killing in an inquest into
the death of IRA members David Griffiths, 35, and Brett Flournoy, 31, on
a farm near St Austell, Cornwall. They were killed with a
shotgun and their bodies were burned in
the back of a van and buried on the farm by two men who owed them
£40,000 in drug debts. Their bodies were discovered when the man who had
disposed of the bodies admitted the doing so when he was arrested on an
unrelated drugs matter.
Gazette & Herald, 17 April 2013
has found that Nicholas Peter Barker, 51, deliberately took his own life
with a shotgun in the front garden
of his home in Helmsley, North Yorkshire. He was found with a
gunshot wound to the head and the gun at his feet by his neighbour after
he heard a banging noise. Baker was believed to have been depressed over
concerns that his disability benefits were going to be stopped after a
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.
Spalding Guardian, 28 March 2013
An inquest has
found that Barry Horspool took his own life with a sawn-off rifle at his
home in Chapelgate, Lincolnshire. After a family dispute, the
61-year-old had threatened to kill himself and shot a police officer who
attended the scene in the face while he was in a car outside the
property. He shot himself in the head with the rifle after almost four
hours of telephone negotiations with police during which he gave
officers a living will, and his body was found lying next to the gun on
the floor inside the house.
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.
22 March 2013
An inquest has
found that Steven Copestick took his own life with one of two
at his home in Waterhayes, Staffordshire. He shot himself in
the head after finding out that allegations of sexual misconduct had
been made against him, but died before he could be told that the
complaints were not going to be pursued.
Gazette & Herald, 18 March 2013
An inquest has
found that Noel Stanley Smith, 73, was suffering from oesophageal cancer when
he took his own life with a gun, that was found with his dead
body at his home in Calne, Wiltshire. He had not received a
diagnosis of cancer but was said to have known he was susceptible to the
condition and not to have wanted to die in hospital.
12 March 2013
An inquest has
found that soldier Michael Maguire, 21, was unlawfully killed when he
was shot in the head with a stray bullet while eating lunch in a "safe
area" on an army shooting range in Castlemartin, Pembrokeshire.
The coroner found that the targets had been set up facing in the wrong
direction, thus creating the dangerous situation.
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
28 February 2013
into the death of Giles John Budgen, 47, has found that he took his own
life with his licensed
shotgun at his home on the farm he managed in Peasemore,
Berkshire. He had been let go a few months earlier by the "demanding"
owner of the estate and left a suicide note that read, “Working here has
made my life a misery. I’ve gone into a dark tunnel and can see no
light.” Budgen had sought over-the-counter medication and help from his
GP for sleeplessness caused by the stress of the job, which the previous
farm manager had attempted to dissuade him from taking when he had
17 February 2013
coroner has recorded an open verdict in the inquest into the death of
Lieutenant Corporal David Wilson, from Spennymoor, County Durham
at an airbase in Basra in Iraq in 2008. It was found that the soldier
fired the shot that killed him, that it was not a case of gun
malfunction, and that heavy drinking the night before his death may have
altered the Wilson's decision-making abilities and perception of risk.
The military police inquiry was criticised for flaws that prevented a
clear understanding of events from emerging.
16 February 2013
has found that Michael Beard took his own life with a
in an outbuilding at his home in Stroud, Gloucestershire. He
was found by his friend with a gunshot wound to the neck lying next to
his lawfully-held shotgun. The 71-year-old was thought to have become
depressed over the sale of piece of land.
7 February 2013
has found that Dale Burns, 27, died as a result of a heart attack caused
caused by taking class B drug MDPV after an incident in which police
used a taser to arrest the
bodybuilder from his home in Barrow, Cumbria. Burns was tasered
four times and pepper-sprayed in the face when he violently resisted
arrest and was taken to hospital and sedated but suffered a cardiac
arrest. The coroner delivered a narrative verdict and ruled that the
controlled substance was the only significant cause of death. A separate
investigation by the Independent Police Complaints Commission concluded
that the police officers involved had acted appropriately and used
Press, 7 February 2013
coroner in the inquest into the death of Christopher Lacey has found
that the 57-year-old took his own life with his
shotgun at his home in
Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire. He was found with a shotgun
wound to his head by a friend he had arranged to meet days before he was
set to receive test results for a liver complaint. The post mortem did
not reveal any damage to his liver.
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.
Press, 17 January 2013
An inquest has
found that Roger Douglas Allen took his own life with his
He was found with a shotgun wound to the head in the passenger seat of a
car after he went missing from his home in Thetford, Norfolk. The
58-year-old was reported to have been experiencing "significant recent
14 January 2013
An inquest into
the death of a naval officer on board a nuclear submarine which was
docked in Southampton, Hampshire in April 2011 has returned a
verdict of unlawful killing. The Lieutenant Commander was shot dead by a
sailor Ryan Donovan after he was tackled by the victim when he went on a
shooting spree in which one other man was shot in the stomach. The
coroner in the inquest recommended the introduction of a system of
random alcohol breath testing for Navy personnel before duty in
light of the fact that Donovan had been drinking in the city for two
days before the incident.
Press, 10 January 2013
An inquest has
found that William Leatherby, 85, used his
licensed shotgun to take
his own life in the garden of his home in High Wycombe,
Buckinghamshire. His body was discovered with shotgun wounds to the head
next one of four shotguns owned by the gun club member. He had been
suffering with a number of health problems that limited his mobility and
is thought to been recently diagnosed with terminal cancer.
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.
& Argus, 10 November 2012
coroner has recorded open verdict in an inquest into the death of Myles
Nesbitt who was found with a gunshot wound to the head lying next to a
shotgun outside the back of a pub in
Laisterdyke, West Yorkshire. Police discovered his body after
his brother informed them he had been missing for three days after
expressing an intention to harm himself and having had a long history of
substance abuse. Detectives were unable to determine who had supplied
the 40-year-old with the weapon, nor to gather sufficient evidence to
conclude he had “voluntarily carried out an act that ended his life”.
9 November 2012
has concluded that Ian Towsey, 54, took his own life with a
shotgun at his home in Caerhays,
Cornwall. The coroner found that the shooting was not accidental as
the gun was usually kept safely locked and unloaded in a different room
than the one in which his body was found, but it did remain unclear
exactly why he had ended his life.
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 police. The firearms officers 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 Northern Echo, 31 October 2012
has found that Lenny McCourt, 44, died while being transported in a
police van after being pepper sprayed during his arrest in
Seaham, County Durham. Officers went to his home after reports of
a disturbance at the property, and were confronted by McCourt as they
were leaving in their vehicle. He was pepper sprayed twice, handcuffed,
and placed on the floor of the van. When the vehicle arrived at the
police station, the victim was not given medical assistance for a number
of minutes. The jury ruled that his death was caused by a combination of
a pre-existing heart condition, the effects of alcohol, and physical
stress, and it has been confirmed that four police officers will face
Tewkesbury Admag, 11 October 2012
has found that Philip Walton took his own life with a
shotgun two days after the death of his
father from heart failure at the family farm near Moreton-in-Marsh,
Gloucestershire. Walton would have had to take over the running of
the family farm and care of his disabled brother as a result of his
death of his father, who he was known to be close to.
28 September 2012
An inquest into
the death of gamekeeper Nicholas Crocker has found that he died from a
single pistol shot to the head. His body was found four months after he
went missing in bushes on a building site close to his home in
Weymouth, Dorset. He was last seen leaving the property with a
licensed pistol after he had been visited by police about a case of
minor theft. The coroner stated that the circumstances of death
suggested self-harm, but that the reasons for his death remain
Dorset Echo, 20 September
The coroner has
recorded an open verdict in an inquest into the death of Stephen Ernest
Whitehand, 50, who was found
with a gunshot wound to his chest in his home in Blandford, Dorset.
His body was discovered in bed next to a rifle by his former partner two
days after she had spoken to Whitehand over the phone about his
frustration at being unemployed and having recently lost three dogs and a
An inquest found
that David Lewin shot himself in the garden of his home in Westbrook,
Berkshire with a shotgun. Lewin, who
had been suffering from anxiety and depression at the time of his death,
drove his son back to boarding school and then phoned his wife before
shooting himself in the head with the shotgun that was kept locked in the
property. A suicide note was also recovered.
The coroner has
recorded an open verdict in an inquest into the death of Charles Harbord,
the 68-year-old father of one of Prince Harry's friends, in May (see
May incidents). His body was discovered with
one of two shotguns belonging to his
daughters that were kept in a case in the family home and a shotgun
wound to the chest. The inquest found that Harbord inflicted the
injuries that led to his death in Gillingham, Dorset but that
evidence of his intentions was only circumstantial.
The coroner has
recorded an open verdict in the inquest into the death of businessman
Charles Lambie, who was found with a gunshot wound to the head next to
his shotgun at his home in
Muswell Hill, north London. Tests showed the victim had been taking
medication for depression and he was reported to be under financial
strain, but there was insufficient evidence to determine whether he had
discharged the licensed gun accidentally or intentionally.
An inquest found
that 20-year-old sailor Samuel "Ricky" Hatton shot himself dead on the
HMS Cattistock at the Naval Base in Portsmouth, Hampshire in
September 2010. He shot himself in the head with an SA80 service rifle
after bullying from his superiors about the suicide of his friend and
colleague, Matthew Webster, who had shot himself on board a ship in
February of that year. Hatton had been given access to ammunition which
he was not cleared to handle.
found that David Hackett, 63, shot himself dead in Hertford,
Gloucestershire. Hackett shot himself with the gun in his mouth in front
of his lodger with one of three licensed guns he owned. He is
believed to have killed himself after the death of his girlfriend 10
Huntingdon, St Ives & St Neots News & Crier,
30 July 2012
has found that Brian Longbridge, 61, shot himself with one of three
legally-owned 12-bore shotguns at
his home in St Neots, Cambridgeshire. Longbridge, who had been
wheelchair-bound since a work-related accident 33 years ago, left a note
of apology to his sister but the coroner recorded that his motivations
would "never be clear". He was thought to have felt vulnerable and
unable to cope the pain and financial burden of his disability,
including an upcoming move to a new home.
23 July 2012
found that George Duckmanton, 88, took his own life on the railway
embankment behind his home in Heighington, Lincolnshire
using a shotgun he inherited from
his father. He was reported to have feared being moved to a care home as
he lived alone and was losing his eyesight.
Doncaster Free Press,
19 July 2012
has found that Ian Sanderson, 45, took his own life using one of a
number of fully licensed rifles and shotguns
he kept at his home in Thurnscoe, South Yorkshire. He was
discovered in an outbuilding with a gun to his chest by his
cleaner after she read a suicide note he had left in his home. Sanderson
shot himself after losing both his first wife, and mother of his three
children, and second wife to cancer. He had also been made redundant
when he had to take time off to care for his second wife during her
North-West Evening Mail,
An inquest has
found that Steven Devine, 20, took his own life while suffering from
depression. He was found hanged in the outhouse of his home in
Dalton, Cumbria and taken to hospital but could not be resuscitated.
A friend of the victim alleged that Devine had been sexually assaulted
in an incident that involved a firearm, but Devine had refused to press
charges. The victim's father has lodged a complaint with the Independent
Police Complaints Commission over the way an investigation into the
allegations of rape and gun threats were handled.
Stroud News and Journal,
found that William Young, 82, shot himself dead in Middle Lypiatt,
Gloucestershire. Young shot himself in the head with a single-barrelled
shotgun at his home.
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.
14 March 2012
found that a man took his own life with a single gunshot wound to the
head in Burnley, Lancashire. Police noted the victim acquired two
handguns and a rifle from his father-in-law, who had been a member of a
gun club and had gun permits. However, the victim did not legally own
the firearms at the time of his death.
12 March 2012
heard that a man shot and killed himself in Carsington Water,
Derbyshire. He reportedly killed himself with a
shotgun blast to his torso.
3 March 2012
determined that a man took his own life with a
shotgun in Bishops Offley, Staffordshire. Although the
victim's family suggested the death could have been an accident since
the victim regularly carried the gun without the safety, the
investigation determined the shooting was intentional.
1 March 2012
heard that a depressed man killed himself with a
shotgun in Eastbourne, East Sussex. The victim
reportedly had a gun licence that was suspended in 2010 but given back
to him. He was found with fatal head injuries at his home in August
22 February 2012
determined that a man took his own life with a
shotgun in Grimsby, Lincolnshire. The man, facing
bankruptcy at the time, reportedly died from a single gunshot injury to
his head, and a 12-bore shotgun was found next to his body.
Get Reading, 19 December 2011
reported that a man shot and killed himself in Mortimer, West
Berkshire in July. The depressed man used a
shotgun to carry out the suicide and was found dead at his
home by his sister.
Daily Mail, 21 September 2011
Norfolk inquest heard that a police officer took his own life with a
licensed shotgun he used to shoot
pheasants. His partner, the mother of his two children, confronted him
after she discovered a text message on his phone which led her to
believe he had formed a friendship with another person. His body was
discovered on Blofield Heath on 19 April 2011.
News, 30 August 2011
has found failings in the medical care of an ex-soldier who shot four
members of his family in 2006. David Bradley, who killed his aunt, uncle
and their two sons in Newcastle, was jailed for at least 15 years
for manslaughter following the incident. He had smuggled a handgun into
the UK while serving in the British Army and used it to kill the four
people he shared a house with after 'flipping out' at their home. A
report into his care found several failures to identify vulnerabilities
about his mental health.
23 August 2011
has called for a review of the firearm license application process in
the wake of the suicide of a man in Dersingham, Norfolk. The man,
who held a shotgun license despite
being diagnosed with anxiety and depression. He was found dead at his
home on April 29, the day of the Royal Wedding.