DEATHS

Below is an on-going list of incidents involving guns that resulted in death. This section includes reports of new incidents, of court sentences and convictions, and of the verdicts of inquests into these deaths. Click on the link to view the original article.

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

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New Incidents

 

DECEMBER 2013

 

Mirror, 27 December 2013

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

Thurrock Gazette, 13 December 2013

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

Get West London, 9 December 2013

A 20-year-old man has died after being shot during a party at a house in Neasden, north London. He was shot in the chest and taken to hospital but died from his injuries within a few hours. Two males, aged 22 and 49, and a 49-year-old woman were arrested on suspicion of murder at the property but later released on bail as was a 27-year-old man who had been arrested later.

Daily Mail, 2 December 2013

A 56-year-old man has been shot dead near to the fish farm he owned in Tonge, Kent. He was hit in the stomach and died at the scene. A 54-year-old man, who was said to have previously worked at the fisheries, was arrested shortly after the attack and has been charged with murder.

NOVEMBER 2013

 

BBC News, 16 November 2013

A 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.

The Sentinel, 1 November 2013

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

SEPTEMBER 2013

 

Daily Mail, 26 September 2013

The body 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.

London Evening Standard, 20 September 2013

A 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.

AUGUST 2013

 

Mirror, 24 August 2013

A 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 News, 29 August 2013).

Herts and Essex Observer, 12 August 2013

A 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 information.

BBC News, 8 August 2013

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

The Telegraph, 6 August 2013

Two people have been shot dead and another injured at a riding centre near East Kilbride, South Lanarkshire. The 53-year-old licensed 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.

JUNE 2013

 

Daily Mail, 16 June 2013

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

Blackpool 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.

MAY 2013

 

The Scotsman, 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 (The Scotsman, 8 June 2013).

Yorkshire Evening Post, 23 May 2013

A 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.

ITV News, 22 May 2013

A 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).

BBC News, 11 May 2013

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

BBC News, 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.

Daily Record, 9 May 2013

A 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.

Eastern Daily Press, 8 May 2013

A 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 depression.

London 24, 7 May 2013

Three 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.

BBC News, 3 May 2013

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

APRIL 2013

 

The Northern Echo, 28 April 2013

The body 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

A 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

A 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 suspicious.

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

A 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

A 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

A 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 arrested and 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.

MARCH 2013

 

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

A 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

A 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.

Manchester Evening News, 7 March 2013

Details 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

A 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.

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald, 4 March 2013

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

Lynn News, 4 March 2013

A 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.

FEBRUARY 2013

 

Kent Online, 21 February 2013

A 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 suspicious.

Yorkshire Post, 21 February 2013

A 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.

Daily Mail, 19 February 2013

A 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.

News Shopper, 18 February 2013

A 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 certificate.

Leicester Mercury, 4 February 2013

A woman 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.

JANUARY 2013

 

News Shopper, 31 January 2013

Five men 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.

Plymouth Herald, 26 January 2013

A 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.

Herald Express, 24 January 2013

A 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.

Hereford Times, 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.

DECEMBER 2012

 

Daily Mail, 12 December 2012

A 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.

BBC News, 6 December 2012

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

NOVEMBER 2012

 

Click Liverpool, 26 November 2012

A 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

A 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.

BBC News, 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.

OCTOBER 2012

 

The Star, 26 October 2012

A 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.

Liverpool Echo, 19 October 2012

A 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.

SEPTEMBER 2012

 

Daily Mail, 20 September 2012

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 (see August Incidents), 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).

Southend Standard, 7 September 2012

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

AUGUST 2012

 

Swindon Advertiser, 12 August 2012

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.

Daily Mail, 11 August 2012

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 shootings. 

Harrow Observer, 3 August 2012

A 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 death.

JULY 2012

 

Guardian, 23 July 2012

A 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.

Croydon Today, 17 July 2012

A 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

A 64-year-old man has killed a police officer and injured another man before shooting himself with the murder weapon in Essex. He chased his neighbours, who he believed were engaged in illegal activities, from their flat in Clacton, firing 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

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

JUNE 2012

 

BBC News, 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.

Ealing Gazette, 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.

Nottingham Post, 19 June 2012

A soldier 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.

Guardian, 14 June 2012

One man 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).

Birmingham Mail, 10 June 2012

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

MAY 2012

 

Daily Express, 28 May 2012

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.

Sunday Sun, 27 May 2012

A  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.

Daily Mail, 15 May 2012

A police 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.

Daily Mail, 14 May 2012

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.

APRIL 2012

 

Journal Live, 30 April 2012

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

The Sun, 28 April 2012

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

BBC News, 25 April 2012

A 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 April 2012

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.

MARCH 2012

 

Edinburgh Evening News, 30 March 2012

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 gunshots.

STV, 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.

BBC News, 4 March 2012

Police 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).

FEBRUARY 2012

 

BBC News, 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).

BBC News, 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.

Stamford Mercury, 7 February 2012

A 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.

Bourne Local, 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.

JANUARY 2012

 

Mirror, 31 January 2012

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

Mirror, 27 January 2012

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.

Telegraph, 26 January 2012

A 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.

BBC News, 12 January 2012

News 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 of murder.

BBC News, 7 January 2012

A 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.

The Ross Gazette, 5 January 2012

A 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.

BBC News, 3 January 2012

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

DECEMBER 2011

 

BBC News, 26 December 2011

A 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

A 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).

NOVEMBER 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 get AIDS. 

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

A 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).

OCTOBER 2011

 

The Sentinel, 29 October 2011

A woman 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

Details 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

A man 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.

SEPTEMBER 2011

 

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

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

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

A 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. (BBC News, 11 September 2011)

Gazette Herald, 8 September 2011

A 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 working condition.

AUGUST 2011

 

BBC News, 26 August 2011

Darren 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).

BBC News, 25 August 2011

A 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.

Northampton Chronicle, 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. 

BBC News, 9 August 2011

In an 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.

Virgin Media, 9 August 2011

Amidst the 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.

BBC News, 9 August 2011

A 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 their involvement.

JULY 2011

 

Braintree Chronicle, 15 July 2011

A 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.

Lynn News, 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 scene.

Telegraph, 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.

BBC News, 4 July 2011

A 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.

BBC News, 3 July 2011

A 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).

BBC News, 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. 

JUNE 2011

 

BBC 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.

BBC News, 24 June 2011

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

BBC News, 23 June 2011

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 suspicious.

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 out.

BBC 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.

BBC News, 13 June 2011

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

This 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).

BBC News, 7 June 2011

A teenager 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

Two 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

 

DECEMBER 2013

 

Hackney Gazette, 23 December 2013

Ricardo Dwyer has been jailed for 32 years after a retrial for shooting dead a 50-year-old cashier and injuring his son with a nine-millimetre semi-automatic pistol in an attempted revenge attack on another staff member at a convenience store in Holloway, north London. Dwyer had been hired by a gang leader to kill the key member of a rival gang after he had been beaten up the intended victim and his associates. The attack led to a number of non-fatal shootings in the area before the victim and his son were mistakenly shot, despite having no involvement with either gang. Michael James, who drove Dwyer to the scene on a motorbike was previously jailed for 25 years for the murder.

Solihull Observer, 19 December 2013

Paul Davies has been jailed for a minimum of 31 years for shooting dead a 33-year-old father of two in an attempted revenge attack on a different man at a pub in Birmingham, West Midlands. He shot the victim five times from behind as he was having a birthday drink with his friends in front of a number of families in the pub, before fleeing to the airport on a motorbike and escaping to Thailand. He carried out the shooting after he and others had been attacked earlier in the day by a group of three men while they were at the gym, but mistook the victim for someone else who had been involved in the attack. He was arrested after police discovered he was returning to the city and stopped him as he left the plane.

NOVEMBER 2013

 

Yorkshire Post, 30 November 2013

Four men have been jailed for a minimum of 90 years in total for shooting a 21-year-old man in the bathroom of his home in Leeds, West Yorkshire. The victim's four-year-old son was asleep in another room when the gang of 19 and 20-year-olds fired a shotgun into his chest at close range because they believed he had turned in their cousin to police for drug dealing.

OCTOBER 2013

 

The Yorkshire Post, 25 October 2013

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

Mirror, 18 October 2013

Robert 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. He was later jailed for 31 years for the murder (North London Today, 18 November 2013).

News Shopper, 10 October 2013

Dialo Hall 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.

SEPTEMBER 2013

 

Manchester Evening News, 4 September 2013

Robert 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.

AUGUST 2013

 

Kent Online, 20 August 2013

Michaela 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.

London 24, 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, found, and traced to the shooting.

BBC News, 2 August 2013

Kevin 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 from him.

JUNE 2013

 

BBC News, 18 June 2013

Michael 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.

Sky News, 13 June 2013

Dale 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.

Ealing Gazette, 11 June 2013

Daniel 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.

Bournemouth Echo, 7 June 2013

Four men 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 News, 7 June 2013).

MAY 2013

 

BBC News, 31 May 2013

Damien 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 away.

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 charges.

The Independent, 23 May 2013

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

This is Local London, 21 May 2013

Gezim 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.

APRIL 2013

 

Daily Mail, 17 April 2013

Kyrone 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 following day.

MARCH 2013

 

Mirror, 27 March 2013

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

The Epworth Bells & Crowle Advertiser, 13 March 2013

Nathan Wingfield 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 victim.

FEBRUARY 2013

 

This is Local London, 1 February 2013

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

JANUARY 2013

 

This Bristol Post, 30 January 2013

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

BBC News, 30 January 2013

Vincent Ashman 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.

ITV News, 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 weapon.

DECEMBER 2012

 

NOVEMBER 2012

 

Croydon Advertiser, 30 November 2012

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

OCTOBER 2012

 

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.

SEPTEMBER 2012

 

The Telegraph, 21 September 2012

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 2012

Stephen Crawford and Darren McDevitt have been convicted of the murder of a man in West Dunbartonshire in which they stabbed him and shot him with an airgun in Renton, West Dunbartonshire. Crawford arranged to meet the victim on a cycle path after a party all 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, 18 October 2012).

AUGUST 2012

 

The Sentinel, 22 August 2012

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

Daily Mail, 9 August 2012

Anthony 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.

BBC News, 3 August 2012

Shakah Anderson, 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.

JULY 2012

 

Daily Mail, 30 July 2012

Anthony 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 sawn-off 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.

The Guardian, 27 July 2012

Kiaran 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.

BBC News, 13 July 2012

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

Your Local Guardian, 12 July 2012

Five 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 manslaughter.

Daily Mail, 7 July 2012

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

JUNE 2012

 

Haverhill Echo, 28 June 2012

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 other nearby. 

MAY 2012

 

This is London, 31 May 2012

David 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 murder.

BBC News, 18 May 2012

Anthony 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 runners.

BBC News, 15 May 2012

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

The Guardian, 14 May 2012

Horace 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.

The Enquirer, 11 May 2012

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

APRIL 2012

 

Express and Star, 20 April 2012

Nathan 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, 11 April 2012

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

MARCH 2012

 

BBC News, 26 March 2012

Edward 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.

BBC News, 21 March 2012

Shane 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, 10 March 2012

Afzal Arif, 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.

Metro, 2 March 2012

Nathan 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.

BBC News, 1 March 2012

John 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.

Scottish Sun, 1 March 2012

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

FEBRUARY 2012

 

Times and Star, 15 February 2012

Thomas 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, 11 February 2012

Gary 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.

JANUARY 2012

 

BBC News, 13 January 2012

Darren 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.

BBC News, 5 January 2012

Scott 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 prison.

DECEMBER 2011

 

East London and West Essex Guardian, 28 December 2011

Mohammed 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

Moses 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

Jordan 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

Andrew 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

Daniel 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

Sodiq 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).

NOVEMBER 2011

 

STV, 18 November 2011

John 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.

Chester Chronicle, 17 November 2011

Scott 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

Michael 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.

Guardian, 10 November 2011

Rupert 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

Raymond 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 cultivating cannabis.

OCTOBER 2011

 

Bucks Herald, 29 October 2011

Mohammed 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

Mohammed 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.

Scottish Sun, 26 October 2011

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

SEPTEMBER 2011

 

Portsmouth News, 20 September 2011

Ryan 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

Hajdar 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

Frank 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

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

AUGUST 2011

 

BBC News, 26 August 2011

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

Voice Online, 18 August 2011

Ithai 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 last year. 

JULY 2011

 

Daily Record, 23 July 2011

Lee 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.


 

Inquests

 

DECEMBER 2013

 

Bucks Free Press, 4 December 2013

An inquest into the death of Keith Dear, 66, has found that he took his own life with his licensed shotgun in the garage of his home in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire. He was found with a gunshot wound to the head by his long term partner after he had been suffering with depression and anxiety for nine months.

Herts and Essex Observer, 3 December 2013

An inquest has found that Constandino Orphanou, 43, shot himself dead with a prohibited revolver after receiving a threatening mobile phone call in a field close to a storage unit he was renting near Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire. He shot himself through the mouth, and was found with fatal injuries to his head and face and no signs of a struggle. Although the Coroner recorded a verdict of suicide it has not yet been established who made the phone call nor how Oprhanou came to be in possession of the illegal American gun, which was found to have the DNA of a number of individuals on the butt and to have been fired once before. He was also said to be experiencing financial difficulties at the time of his death.

NOVEMBER 2013

 

Daily Mail, 21 November 2013

An inquest into the death of Stephen Thackery, 57, has found that he took his life with his own shotgun in the garage of his home in Rotherham, South Yorkshire. He was reported to have become inconsolable after his wife of 34 years decided to divorce him because of his drinking and the fact that he spent all of his free time clay pigeon shooting. Three weeks before his death firearms officers had been called when he threatened to kill himself while drunk and he was arrested on suspicion of possessing a firearm with intent to cause fear or violence. Although he was kept at the station and his guns were confiscated, he claimed his threats were flippant and was released and had his guns returned five days later. South Yorkshire Police force's professional standards department investigated the arrest and found that the interview he was given was "lacking in any depth or investigative probing", but nonetheless held that a person's suitability to own guns remained a matter of judgement for the firearms team leader.

The Daily Express, 20 November 2013

An inquest into the death of Colonel Robert Shaw, 52, found that he shot himself dead in his car in Quenington, Gloucestershire due to the pressures he faced as deputy commander of his garrison. He was found dead with a rifle at his side by his wife after telling her he was going out to sell his weapons at a gun traders. He shot himself in the chest after becoming overwhelmed in the face of cuts that increased his responsibilities and worries about his career and financial prospects after his imminent retirement. He was on mild anti-depressants at the time of his suicide and was known to be anxious about a number of things, including the state of his relationship with his mother and children.

Kent Online, 13 November 2013

An inquest has found that the death of soldier Dean Griffiths, 21, during a training exercise in Romney Marsh, Kent in 2011 was an accident. He was killed by one of two bullets that were fired at a target and wooden wall that should have been placed face down but was left standing, and also should have been placed against a solid structure to avoid bullets passing through in the manner which they did.

Eastern Daily Press, 5 November 2013

An inquest into the death of Neville Freeman, 79, has found that he killed himself with a shotgun at his home in Feltwell, Norfolk. The avid clay pigeon shooter had been suffering from abdominal pain for a number of months and had been depression due to the prospect of having cancer and needing surgery and had expressed intentions to take his own life a number of times to his neighbours. He was found with a note by his friends who he had called to the property to walk his dogs. Freeman had been told by doctors that he did not have cancer and been given painkillers for ulcers, but a post mortem revealed that he in fact did have a pancreatic tumour.

OCTOBER 2013

 

Daily Mail, 28 October 2013

An inquest 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.

SEPTEMBER 2013

 

The Telegraph, 24 September 2013

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

Daily Mail, 4 September 2013

The 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.

AUGUST 2013

 

Norwich Evening News, 29 August 2013

An inquest 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".

East Anglian Daily Times, 20 August 2013

An inquest 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 in 2008.

BBC News, 2 August 2013

An inquest 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 2010.

JUNE 2013

 

The Telegraph, 14 June 2013

An inquest 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.

This is Wiltshire, 6 June 2013

An inquest 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.

MAY 2013

 

Your Local Guardian, 24 May 2013

The 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

An inquest 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

The 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

An inquest 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

An inquest 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.

APRIL 2013

 

Witney Gazette, 25 April 2013

An inquest 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

The 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

An inquest 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 recent re-assessment.

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.

MARCH 2013

 

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.

The Sentinel, 22 March 2013

An inquest has found that Steven Copestick took his own life with one of two licensed shotguns 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.

The Wiltshire 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.

The Telegraph, 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.

ITV News, 8 March 2013

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

FEBRUARY 2013

 

Newbury Today, 28 February 2013

An inquest 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 applied.

BBC News, 17 February 2013

The 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.

Stroud News, 16 February 2013

An inquest has found that Michael Beard took his own life with a licensed shotgun 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.

BBC News, 7 February 2013

A inquest 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 justified force.

Bucks Free Press, 7 February 2013

The 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.

JANUARY 2013

 

Birmingham Mail, 26 January 2013

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

Bury Free Press, 17 January 2013

An inquest has found that Roger Douglas Allen took his own life with his licensed shotgun. 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 personal difficulties".

BBC News, 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.

Bucks Free 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.

DECEMBER 2012

 

NOVEMBER 2012

 

Daily Mail, 28 November 2012

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

Bradford Telegraph & Argus, 10 November 2012

The 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”.

Cornish Guardian, 9 November 2012

An inquest 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, 1 November 2012

A inquest into the death of Idi Atiba, 31, has found that he died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest. Atiba sat down and pushed a gun into the ground at a park in Luton, Bedfordshire, causing the weapon to discharge a fatal shot, as he was approached after 16 hours of negotiations by armed 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 misconduct.

OCTOBER 2012

 

The Northern Echo, 31 October 2012

An inquest 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 misconduct proceedings.

Tewkesbury Admag, 11 October 2012

An inquest 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.

SEPTEMBER 2012

 

Dorset Echo, 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 uncertain.

Dorset Echo, 20 September 2012

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 friend.

Daily Mail, 19 September 2012

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 Telegraph, 12 September 2012

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.

AUGUST 2012

 

Kent Online, 22 August 2012

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.

The Telegraph, 21 August 2012

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.

Hertfordshire Mercury, 2 August 2012

An inquest 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 days earlier.

JULY 2012

 

Huntingdon, St Ives & St Neots News & Crier, 30 July 2012

An inquest 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.

Daily Mail, 23 July 2012

An inquest 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

An inquest 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 illness.

North-West Evening Mail, 5 July 2012

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.

JUNE 2012

 

Stroud News and Journal, 26 June 2012

An inquest 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. 

MARCH 2012

 

St. Helens Star, 23 March 2012

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

Lancashire Telegraph, 14 March 2012

An inquest 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.

Derby Telegraph, 12 March 2012

An inquest heard that a man shot and killed himself in Carsington Water, Derbyshire. He reportedly killed himself with a shotgun blast to his torso.

Staffordshire Newsletter, 3 March 2012

An inquest 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.

Eastbourne Herald, 1 March 2012

An inquest 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 2011.

FEBRUARY 2012

 

Grimsby Telegraph, 22 February 2012

An inquest 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.

DECEMBER 2011

 

Get Reading, 19 December 2011

An inquest 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.

SEPTEMBER 2011

 

Daily Mail, 21 September 2011

A 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.

AUGUST 2011

 

BBC News, 30 August 2011

A report 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. 

Lynn News, 23 August 2011

A coroner 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.

 

 

 

 

 

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