We prepare a monthly review of gun incidents, focussing on those that raise key issues about the nature of gun crime and the adequacy of gun legislation.  Items that have been amended or added to the list since the Review was written are marked (*).




Nottingham Post, 28 February 2011

A robber pointed a revolver at the chest of a shop worker at a newsagents in West Bridgford, Nottingham.  The man demanded money and made off with 300.

Fulham & Hammersmith Chronicle, 28 February 2011 *

A teenager was injured by flying glass when a gunman shot out the window of a house in West Kensington, west London.  He was treated for minor injuries at the scene.  The weapon was a shotgun (Fulham & Hammersmith Chronicle, 1 March 2011).

Enfield Independent, 28 February 2011

An imitation handgun was seized by police when they raided two suspected cannabis factories in a road in Enfield, north London.  One man was arrested.

Croydon Guardian, 28 February 2011

Jacob Bernard, Francis Banya, 19, Earljay Walters, Michael Lindo and an unnamed 17-year-old committed forty offences in an eight-week crime spree during which they attacked pubs, restaurants and banks in south London in November and December 2009 (see 2009 Incidents).  They were arrested after an armed robbery at a bank in Balham in which four of the men brandished an imitation firearm which was pressed to the head of a female customer.  The men pleaded guilty to a number of robberies and possession of a firearm and Bernard was sentenced to 14 years, Banya to 10 years, Walters to 12 years and Lindo to 9 years imprisonment.  The 17-year-old was given a youth rehabilitation order for one robbery and possessing of an imitation firearm.

BBC, 28 February 2011

A man found in a street in Sunderland with gunshot wounds to one of his legs is recovering in hospital.  His injuries were not thought to be life-threatening.

Observer, 27 February 2011 *

A Premier League footballer is reported to have shot and wounded a student on work experience at his club's training ground in Cobham, Surrey.  The player arrived holding the .22 air rifle, complete with a muzzle and nightscope, and the weapon is alleged to have gone off accidentally whilst he was "larking about".  The incident is to be investigated by the police (Guardian, 27 February 2011) but it has been reported that no charges will be brought (Press Association, 10 March 2011).

Redditch Advertiser, 26 February 2011

Thieves who broke into a community building in Redditch, Worcestershire, used by groups including scouts stole five .177 air rifles, an air pistol and 30 arrows used for archery practice.

Manchester Evening News, 26 February 2011

Police arrested four men after a series of raids aimed at organised crime in Salford.  A firearm was among the items uncovered.

Liverpool Echo, 26 February 2011

A man took himself to hospital in Fazakerley, Liverpool, after being shot in the stomach.  Officers were waiting for him to recover after he underwent emergency surgery.

Liverpool Echo, 26 February 2011

Graham Kelly has admitted possessing a .38 Smith and Wesson revolver and ammunition.  He took the loaded gun into a hospital in Liverpool after being taken there by ambulance crews who had found him drunk and collapsed.  He will be detained in hospital indefinitely after a court heard he was suffering from psychotic symptoms at the time.

Leicester Mercury, 26 February 2011

In a second such incident in Leicester in a week firearms officers were called to an incident involving toy guns.  They raided a bus en route to Oadby and took four suspects off the bus.  The police later confirmed the weapons were cap guns and water pistols.

Kincardineshire Observer, 26 February 2011

A man who went into a shop in Blakelaw, Tyneside, demanded cash and then revealed what is believed to be a black handgun.  He grabbed cash from the till before leaving the store.


BBC, 26 February 2011

During a raid on a nightclub in Dale End, Birmingham, by police and UK Borders Agency staff drugs, a firearm and knives were found.  The club is to close for the weekend.

BBC, 26 February 2011

An elderly couple were threatened with a gun and tied up by two burglars at their home in South Hay, Hampshire.  The men stole a number of items including jewellery and bank cards.

BBC, 26 February 2011

A shot was fired through the window of a pub in Tipton, West Midlands, as police were inside following up an earlier incident in which a man was injured.  No-one was hurt by the gunshot.

Manchester Evening News, 25 February 2011

David Callow and Stewart Bowden shot at the door of a pub in Ashton-under-Lyne, Greater Manchester, with a sawn-off shotgun and rounded up the staff.  One worker was forced to open a safe and the men escaped with the contents.  Callow and Bowden were jailed for nine and a half years and 12 years, respectively, for robbery and six and a half years and seven years, respectively, for possession of a firearm, the sentences to run concurrently.

Liverpool Echo, 25 February 2011 *

A man has been gunned down and killed in a street in Aigburth, Liverpool.  A local resident said that it looked like a point blank execution.  An e-fit picture of the main suspect has been released (Liverpool Echo, 23 March 2011).  Four people have been arrested in connection with the murder (BBC, 31 March 2011).

Lincolnshire Echo, 25 February 2011

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

Lancashire Evening Post, 25 February 2011

An open verdict has been recorded at the inquest into the death of a man who was found shot dead in a field in Sollom, Lancashire, in October 2010 with his shotgun beside him.  It was reported that his personal life was in "turmoil" at the time of his death.  The deputy coroner said there was not enough evidence to record a verdict of suicide.

East London Advertiser, 25 February 2011

Volunteers clearing a churchyard in Bromley-by-Bow, east London, uncovered a revolver and two knives.

Daily Echo, 25 February 2011

Two men threatened staff at a shop in Ashley Heath, Dorset, with a handgun and tied them up.  They stole cash.

Bolton News, 25 February 2011

Drugs and a stun gun were seized during police raids on houses across Bolton, Greater Manchester.  A man was arrested.

BBC, 25 February 2011

A taxi driver was threatened with a pistol in Portland, Dorset.  He was tied up and locked in a garage whilst a robber stole money and his car.

BBC, 25 February 2011

A man is being questioned on suspicion of having an imitation firearm and a knife at a hospital in Gorleston, Norfolk.  He has been released on bail pending further inquiries (BBC, 28 February 2011).

Southwark News, 24 February 2011

A man has been remanded in custody after being charged with carrying an imitation machine gun which he fired at the back of a church in Borough, south London.  He is alleged to have caused distress to members of the congregation after walking into the church whilst drunk.

The Sentinel, 24 February 2011

Armed police were called to an incident in Bentilee, Stoke-on-Trent, in which a man who had complained about the noise youths were making outside his home was glassed with a bottle and threatened with an air pistol.  The weapon was recovered and a 16-year-old was arrested.

Northern Echo, 24 February 2011

Cash and an air weapon were seized from a property in Easington Lane, County Durham, during a series of police raids as part of an ongoing campaign to target burglaries.  One man was arrested on suspicion of money laundering, handling stolen property and being concerned in the supply of drugs.

Bath Chronicle, 24 February 2011 *

A man wielding a handgun held up a betting shop in Corsham, Wiltshire.  He ordered staff to empty the till.  He left with another man who was seen standing in the doorway.  Two men have been arrested in connection with this and a later robbery in Devizes.  An imitation firearm was recovered (see March 2011 Incidents).

Yorkshire Evening Post, 23 February 2011

An inquest in Leeds heard that a distraught husband used a shotgun to kill himself after a fight with his wife in July 2010. After their marriage broke down, the couple had begun divorce proceedings. The husband, reportedly 'fuelled by drink', grabbed his gun as his wife feared for her own safety and his. He then shot himself in the head after she fled the room and pleaded in vain for him to put away the gun.

Yorkshire Evening Post, 23 February 2011

Gary Buttle has been jailed for nine years after pleading guilty to his part in an armed raid on a nightclub in Batley, West Yorkshire.  He was one of four men carrying Tasers and machetes who went into the club and stole 20,000 takings in August 2009.  Two of the others were also jailed, Luke Humble, who also admitted being involved, for seven years and David Bailey, who was found guilty, for 12 years.  Three other men were also jailed for their part in the conspiracy.

This is Local London, 23 February 2011

Teenagers were trapped in a nightclub in Balham, south London, after police began to investigate reports of shots being fired near the club.  There was panic as officers began to empty the premises and people were trampled on.  The police said evidence that a gun had been fired was found but confirmed there were no reports of any gunshot injuries.

Evening Standard, 23 February 2011

Armed robbers fired a shotgun at a woman who had just collected her company's takings.  The incident occurred in Canning Town, east London.  She ducked as the gun was fired but 20 pellets were embedded in the back of her head.  Some were removed during an operation but it may be too risky to remove others (Evening Standard, 25 February 2011).

BBC, 23 February 2011

Two people in a car shot at five vehicles in Glossop, Derbyshire.  They used an air rifle to damage windows.  A man has been arrested in connection with the incident.

Worcester News, 22 February 2011

A man has died in Inkberrow, Worcestershire, after a firearms incident.  A man was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead.  The death is not being treated as suspicious.  An inquest will open shortly (Worcester News, 23 February 2011).  The man apparently died from shotgun wounds to the head (Birmingham Post, 24 February 2011).

This is Local London, 22 February 2011

Staff at a building society office in Selsdon, south London, were threatened by three men, one armed with a handgun.  The gang made off with thousands of pounds.

Shropshire Star, 22 February 2011

Mark Gill has been jailed for a year after threatening to shoot party-goers at a neighbour's house in Bridgnorth, Shropshire, with an air rifle.  He had been bingeing on alcohol before the incident in July 2010.  He was convicted of possessing a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.

The Press, 22 February 2011

A coach driver has described how the window of his vehicle was "shot out" as he travelled near Tadcaster, North Yorkshire.  He believed a gun or object was fired at the coach.  He speculated that it could have been someone shooting pheasants in a nearby field.

Leicester Mercury, 22 February 2011

Firearms officers responded after a group of youths was seen with what turned out to be a plastic gun in Leicester.  Three of the group were questioned in connection with possession of an imitation firearm but they were not likely to be charged.

Leicester Mercury, 22 February 2011

A man threatened a teenage woman with a gun before subjecting her to a sexual assault on a footpath in a park in Loughborough, Leicestershire.

Hartlepool Mail, 22 February 2011

An armed police search was launched after a motorist reported seeing a man with a handgun in Newton Bewley, County Durham.  After a thorough search no-one with a gun was found.

Braintree & Witham Times, 22 February 2011

Gunshots were heard from a car near Coggeshall, Essex.  A man was arrested later on suspicion of discharging a firearm within fifty feet of a highway.  Three air rifles were seized by officers.

BBC, 22 February 2011

Two men have been arrested after claims a man was threatened with a firearm in Workington, Cumbria.  It is alleged one of the men was seen with an object that was said to have resembled a small pistol.  It was later reported that a small gas-powered pistol has been seized by police (News & Star, 22 February 2011).  One has been charged with two counts of possessing an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence and the other man faces one count of the same charge (News & Star, 25 February 2011).

This is Local London, 21 February 2011

A man has been charged with possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life after shots were fired outside a house in Waltham Abbey, Essex.  No-one was injured during the shooting.

Kent Online, 21 February 2011

Collette O'Flaherty, 21, armed herself with a loaded pistol after an ex-boyfriend threatened her and her family.  The gun was found by police at her brother's flat in Chatham, Kent, in September 2010.  She admitted possessing a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence and possessing prohibited ammunition.  She has been jailed indefinitely and will serve at least three years.

Hereford Times, 21 February 2011

A man from Bodenham Moor, Herefordshire, who has been charged with seven counts of fraud and handling stolen goods is also charged with possession of a shotgun without a licence.

BBC, 21 February 2011

A gang of four, armed with a gun and baseball bats, smashed glass display cabinets at a jewellers in Burnley, Lancashire, and stole various items.  The shop owner, who managed to lock himself in a back office, was uninjured.

Sunday Mercury, 20 February 2011

Seven people were being quizzed by police after shots were fired on a street in Kingstanding, Birmingham.  No one is believed to have been hurt.

News & Star, 19 February 2011

One of two men who appeared in court in connection with a drugs seizure in Carlisle has also been accused of possessing a high voltage stun gun without authority.

The Argus, 19 February 2011

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

Whitby Gazette, 18 February 2011

Youngsters have been reported causing damage to allotments in Whitby, North Yorkshire, with reports they have been firing air rifle pellets.

This is Sussex, 18 February 2011

A man was shot in the face three times with a pellet gun in an incident in Crowborough, East Sussex, in January 2011.  A young man pulled out the gun and shot the victim at point-blank range.  One of the steel pellets ripped through his cheek and into his mouth and another lodged in his skin and doctors are afraid to cut it out.

This is Local London, 18 February 2011

Police have dismissed claims that gunshots were fired at a house in Buckhurst Hill, Essex.  It is thought that a resident made a genuine mistake in reporting two shots being fired.

This is Kent, 18 February 2011

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

Manchester Evening News, 18 February 2011

Lesroy Lewis admitted possessing a firearm and ammunition and Samuel Stephens was found guilty of the same offences after police officers found a loaded revolver when they were searching a car in Moss Side, Manchester, in August 2010.  Lewis was jailed for five years and Stephens for eight years.  It is not known why they had the weapon.

The Guide (Prestwich & Whitefield), 18 February 2011

A woman had her purse stolen by two men in a street in Prestwich, Greater Manchester.  She felt an object pushed into her neck which she believed to be a gun.

Evening Post (Bristol), 18 February 2011 *

Three men have denied conspiracy to rob, they and another man who has admitted that charge also deny having a firearm with intent and an alternative charge of possessing a prohibited firearm.  A fifth man, Ashley Pritchard, has admitted conspiracy to rob and having a firearm with intent.  The men are alleged to have burst into a property in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, in March 2010 and one of them was brandishing a semi-automatic pistol.  They were apparently looking for cannabis but stole various items and threatened to kneecap one of those at the house.  See also March 2011 Incidents.

Birmingham Mail, 18 February 2011

Five shots were fired at a woman driver in Lea Hall, Birmingham.  The shots smashed windows on her car and punctured the tyres.  The gunfire happened only hours after a shooting in nearby Kitts Green (see below)

BBC, 18 February 2011

A vehicle was shot at in a mobile home park in Beck Row, Suffolk.  Five men have been arrested, two on suspicion of conspiracy to murder, two on suspicion of attempted murder and one over the possession of an offensive weapon.

BBC, 18 February 2011

A 16-year-old has been charged with robbery, causing grievous bodily harm and possession of an imitation firearm.  The charges follow an attack on a taxi driver in St Ann's, Nottingham, in December 2010 which resulted in the victim being stabbed in both legs.

BBC, 18 February 2011

Shots were fired towards a house in Kitts Green, Birmingham.  A man was arrested on suspicion of possessing a firearm and drugs offences.

BBC, 18 February 2011 *

A man armed with a suspected firearm threatened a shopkeeper at a store in Thurmaston, Leicestershire, and stole cash and cigarettes.  The following day a worker at a store in Birstall was also threatened with what is believed to have been a gun but the suspect left empty handed.  The same man is believed to be responsible.  A 16-year-old has been charged with robbery and attempted robbery.  He is also accused of two counts of possessing a firearm (BBC, 3 March 2011).

BBC, 18 February 2011 *

Two men burst into a jewellers in Peterborough and attempted a robbery but ran off when challenged.  A small handgun was found at the scene.  A passer-by gripped the arm of one of the robbers who was pointing the gun at him before dropping the weapon and fleeing (Daily Mail, 22 February 2011).  The weapon was a blank-firing starter pistol (Evening Telegraph (Peterborough), 12 March 2011).

Uxbridge Gazette, 17 February 2011

A man has attempted to rob a supermarket in Croxley Green, Hertfordshire.  A man has been charged with attempted robbery, possession with intent to cause fear or violence with a firearm and possession of an offensive weapon.

This is Hull & East Riding, 17 February 2011

A burglar who has been sent to a young offenders institution for 18 months after pleading guilty was shot twice with an air rifle by the householder in Bransholme, Hull.  He had claimed to have been shot at through a window.  The householder was left free of any charge as it was considered he acted in self-defence.

Telegraph, 17 February 2011

A man is accused of driving alongside a car on the M1 in Buckinghamshire before winding down his window and pointing a gun at the driver in an incident in May 2010.  He has denied two counts of possession of an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence against two fellow motorists.

The Star, 17 February 2011

A man held up a bookmakers in Kendray, South Yorkshire.  The robber, who was brandishing a gun, threatened staff and escaped with a substantial amount of cash.

The News, 17 February 2011 *

A loaded double-barrelled shotgun was found when police raided a cannabis factory in Hayling Island, Hampshire, but two brothers who were arrested and were later released on police bail set up another factory in Portsmouth.  They have now pleaded guilty to two charges of producing a class B drug.  James Plunkett, who admitted possessing a firearm without a certificate, was jailed for seven years.  The other men also received jail sentences (Hayling Islander, 15 March 2011).

Crosby Herald, 17 February 2011

A gang of three men are thought to be behind raids at a convenience store in Litherland, Merseyside, and a chip shop in Bootle.  The robberies took place 30 minutes apart.  At the store two men threatened staff with a handgun and a pistol was aimed at a woman at the chip shop (Liverpool Echo, 19 November 2011).

Times Series, 16 February 2011

Two 14-year-old boys were arrested after a robbery outside a school in Hendon, north west London.  They were found with a gas powered airgun, lock-knife and items alleged to have been stolen.  They have been charged with four counts of robbery, two counts of possession of sharply bladed articles and one count of possession of an imitation firearm.

Northern Echo, 16 February 2011

Darren Gowland armed himself with a starting pistol and knuckle-dusters to scare off youths who have gathered outside his home in Billingham, Teesside, in June 2010.  He fired the gun into the ground.  The gun had been bought on the internet.  He admitted possessing an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence and was given a suspended six-month jail sentence and put on supervision for 18 months.

Maidenhead Advertiser, 16 February 2011

Four men are on trial accused of conspiracy to murder, conspiracy to commit GBH with intent and conspiracy to gain possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life.  A 16-year-old is also on trial facing the latter two charges.  They are alleged to have opened fire with a gun on a family home in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire.

Local Guardian, 16 February 2011

Two 17-year-olds were injured in a shooting in South Norwood, south London.  They were both shot in a house.  One of the victims was in a serious but stable condition.  The other teenager was treated for relatively minor gunshot wounds to the leg.  The weapon is reported to have been a shotgun (Evening Standard, 17 February 2011).

Liverpool Echo, 16 February 2011

Ryan Porter, 18, kept a semi-automatic pistol in his shed in Huyton, Merseyside, in November 2010.  Police also found nine rounds of ammunition.  He was sent to a Young Offenders' Institute for five years after pleading guilty to possessing the weapon and ammunition.

Keighley News, 16 February 2011

Armed police searched a property in Haworth, West Yorkshire, in relation to an incident in which a gun may have been present.

Hounslow Chronicle, 16 February 2011

Staff at a restaurant in Feltham, west London, were threatened with a handgun.  A man demanded the takings and stole thousands of pounds before making his getaway on a push bike.

Burton Mail, 16 February 2011

A taxi driver was challenged by a gun-wielding motorist who crashed into the side of his cab in Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire.  A man was arrested on suspicion of possessing a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence and possession of an offensive weapon.  An unloaded air rifle and a craft knife were recovered by police.

BBC, 16 February 2011

A cashier at a bookmakers in Headington, Oxford, was threatened by two men armed with a gun and a knife.  They escaped with a "small sum" of money.  Two men and a woman have been arrested and an imitation firearm and a knife have been seized.  The men have been charged with possession of a firearm with intent to commit an indictable offence and possession of a bladed article in a public place and the woman has been charged with the latter offence (Oxford Mail, 18 February 2011).

BBC, 16 February 2011

Two men are in hospital after being shot when they answered the door of their home in Luton, Bedfordshire.

BBC, 16 February 2011

Two men attempted to rob a shop in Hartlepool, Teesside, with a replica gun.  They fled when staff raised the alarm.

BBC, 16 February 2011

Eight teenagers have been arrested in connection with an assault in Derby in which another teenager was attacked and a stun gun was reportedly seen.

Wandsworth Guardian, 15 February 2011

Police officers were called to an incident at a college in Wandsworth, south London, involving reports of a shot or shots being fired at the college.

Press Association, 15 February 2011 *

James Allen has admitted hoarding an arsenal of weapons at his scrapyard in Clapham, south west London.  He claimed he did not know the weapons were illegal and he had them to protect his business.  The weapons were discovered in May 2010 and included a revolver, a stun gun and an air rifle which Allen was barred from possessing.  He admitted possessing a gun, ammunition and a stun gun and two further charges of possessing a single shot revolver and ammunition were ordered to remain on file.  He has been jailed for two years (BBC, 14 March 2011).

Local Guardian, 15 February 2011

Two men were caught by police and a handgun thrown into the street by one of the men in Thornton Heath, south London.

Huddersfield Daily Examiner, 15 February 2011

Drug dealer Zahid Ali had "an arsenal of firearms" hidden under the floorboards of a house in Huddersfield.  The weapons and ammunition were discovered by police in September 2010.  They included three prohibited handguns, one of which (a converted Baikal) had been used in a drive-by shooting in Manchester in 2006, and a de-activated Uzi sub-machine gun.  He has pleaded guilty to a series of charges relating to the possession of prohibited firearms and ammunition together with offence of possessing Class A drugs with intent to supply.  He has been jailed for 11 years.

Evening Post (Bristol), 15 February 2011

Kaya Hartley brawled with a man in a street in Bristol before cycling off and returning with a handgun which he fired at the other man.  The incident took place in May 2010 (see Incidents).  He has been convicted of attempted murder and possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life.  He has been jailed indefinitely and must serve a minimum of 12 and a half years (BBC, 25 February 2011).

Evening Chronicle, 15 February 2011

A man and his two sons are on trial after they were allegedly involved in a dispute and a shooting in Lemington, Newcastle, in May 2010.  A pistol was fired from the rear window of a car after an argument between members of different families got out of control.  No one was injured by the gunfire but some people were knocked by a car speeding away.  The trial continues.

BBC, 15 February 2011

A couple and their two teenage daughters were threatened with a shotgun by three men who targeted the family at their home in Alwoodley, Leeds.  The men stole jewellery and fled in a stolen car.

This is Local London, 14 February 2011

An inquest held into the death of a man who is thought to have shot himself with a rifle in October  2010 (see Incidents) in a lock-up garage in Wallington, south west London, two miles away from his home in Carshalton, has concluded that he killed himself.  The circumstances surrounding his death remained a secret after the coroner refused upon request to provide the facts of the case put before the court.

This is Hampshire, 14 February 2011

Three men threatened a 15-year-old schoolgirl with a stun gun at her home in Totton, Hampshire, as they searched the house after they burst in.  A safe containing cash and jewellery were taken.

The Shuttle, 14 February 2011

Police were called to a flat in Kidderminster, Worcestershire, after two men claimed they had been threatened with a firearm.  Seven people, four men and three women, were arrested, three of them on suspicion of possession of an imitation firearm.  Four were also arrested on suspicion of firearms offences and have been released without charge.  Two men were arrested on suspicion of affray.  An airgun was among items recovered.

Oxford Mail, 14 February 2011

Two men, one of whom was brandishing what looked like a gun demanded cash from the cashier at a petrol station in Marston, Oxford.  A member of staff was forced to hand over money.

Nottingham Post, 14 February 2011

A man was found dead at a house in Warsop Vale, Nottinghamshire.  He had died from a single gunshot wound, but police are not treating the death as suspicious.  A man who was arrested is understood no longer to be under suspicion of murder.

Kent Online, 14 February 2011

A security guard brandished a shotgun at two intruders at a recycling yard in Paddock Wood, Kent, in November 2010 and shot one of them in the foot.  Brian Turley had previously received a life sentence for murder and had been released on licence nearly ten years ago.  He bought the shotgun as a "scare tactic" and claimed it went off accidentally.  He admitted possessing a firearm when prohibited and was jailed for three years.

The Herald (Plymouth), 14 February 2011

Stewart Lindsay, a former member of a Wild West re-enactment group fired a replica Colt 45 in his front garden in Lipson, Devon, in March 2010.  He was heard and seen by a neighbour mumbling to himself with the gun in his hand.  Police found other guns in his house.  He had previously pleaded guilty to possessing an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear and was sentenced to eight months in jail, suspended for two years, plus 12 months' supervision from the Probation service.  Lindsay was suffering from delusional beliefs and psychotic episodes at the time of the incident.

Evening Standard, 14 February 2011 *

Peter Shalson, a keen hunter, has admitted firing a shotgun to disable a burglar alarm next to his home in St John's Wood, north west London.  The incident took place in January 2010 (see Incidents).  He admitted possessing a firearm with intent to commit criminal damage.  He has been sentenced to 100 hours for possessing a firearm and another 100 hours for causing damage to doors, a lamp, windows and the burglar alarm (BBC, 28 March 2011).

BBC, 14 February 2011

Anthony Contos from Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, has pleaded guilty to four charges of conspiracy to import two self-loading pistols and 19 rounds of ammunition and a drugs charge.  He will be sentenced after a psychiatric assessment.

BBC, 14 February 2011

A man armed with what is believed to be a gun escaped with cash after threatening staff at a shop in Sunderland.  Police said the firearm may have been an imitation.

Croydon Advertiser, 13 February 2011

A gang threatened to kill shop staff and shoved a gun into the manager's mouth during a robbery in New Addington, south London in January 2011.  The men escaped with more than 17,000 in cash.

Huddersfield Daily Examiner, 12 February 2011

Two men attempted to rob a shop in Fartown, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire.  The brandished a gun and demanded cash from the till but fled empty handed after the shopkeeper set off a panic alarm.

Bolton News, 12 February 2011

Zaishan Jahangir, 18, and Joel Samuels, 22, have pleaded guilty to robbery and possession of an imitation firearm.  They were both sentenced to eight years for robbery and three years for the firearm offence, to run concurrently.  In August 2010 a gang who burst into a house in Daubhill, Bolton, Greater Manchester, pointed a gun at a girl's head and tried to steal jewellery and cash.  Two weeks later a gang threatened another family in Daubhill and threatened to kidnap a girl when their demands for money were refused.

Tamworth Herald, 11 February 2011

A man described as a country sports enthusiast illegally bought a rifle and prohibited dum-dum bullets at a market in Leek, Staffordshire, in January 2010.  Darren Shiels was investigated by the RSPCA and the weapon and ammunition, together with a stun gun, were found in his garden shed in Tamworth.  Shiels had never held a firearms certificate but had been legally shooting rabbits, pigeons and other vermin on a friend's land with an air rifle.  He admitted illegally possessing the ammunition, the rifle and the stun gun and was jailed for two years.

Lincolnshire Echo, 11 February 2011

Armed police were called after a girl was spotted with what looked like a handgun outside a college in Lincoln.  She was spoken to but no further action was taken.

Birmingham Mail, 11 February 2011

A security guard was shot with a stun gun during an armed hold-up on a bank in Erdington, Birmingham.  The victim was hit in the arm, possibly to make him release the canister of cash he was carrying.  The gang made off in car with a "large amount of cash".

BBC, 11 February 2011

Two rifles and a shotgun were among items stolen from a house in Clayton le Dale, Lancashire.

BBC, 11 February 2011

A man confronted and detained a gunman who tried to rob his parents at their newsagent's in West Derby, Liverpool.  A man has been charged in connection with the attempted robbery (BBC, 12 February 2011).

This is Lancashire, 10 February 2011

A stun gun and heroin were seized during a series of raids in the Heasandford area of Burnley, Lancashire.  A number of people were detained.

Press Association, 10 February 2011

Two guns disguised as pens were seized by police during raids at the homes of two teenage gang members in Leytonstone and Walthamstow, north east London.  One of them was also held on drugs offences and for handling stolen goods.

The Press, 10 February 2011

A man seen leaving his house in Haxby, York, with a shotgun was later found dead in his car by his partner.  He died from a gunshot wound to his head.  An inquest has been opened and adjourned. Suicide has been confirmed (The Press, 17 September 2011).

Oxford Mail, 10 February 2011

A man shot himself because he could "no longer stand" his worsening health.  He was found beside a double-barrelled shotgun in his garden in Didcot, Oxfordshire, in September 2010.  The coroner concluded he had taken his own life.

Nottingham Post, 10 February 2011

Two men allegedly threatened staff at a newsagent in Wollaton, Nottingham, with a handgun.  They grabbed the till which was later found empty nearby.  A 17-year-old has been arrested.

Liverpool Echo, 10 February 2011

Essa Mohammed was caught hiding a gun at a hostel in Aigburth, Liverpool, following his release from prison where he had been serving a sentence for violent disorder.  The gun was discovered during a routine search of his room in February 2010 along with 93 cartridges.  He was found guilty of possessing the firearm and three offences of possessing ammunition and sentenced to seven years in prison.

Harrow Observer, 10 February 2011

A 5-year-old boy playing with his brothers in Wembley, north west London, has been shot in the back of the head with an air rifle.  The incident has been linked to two other shootings in the same road in which a man was shot in the stomach and elbow and another man was hit in the back of his head while washing his car.  Three teenagers have been arrested for three counts of actual bodily harm and possession of a firearm in a public place.

Epping Forest, Waltham Forest, Wanstead & Woodford Guardian, 10 February 2011

Two shotguns and a vehicle were seized by police during a raid on commercial premises in Waltham Abbey, Essex.  A man was arrested on suspicion of burglary, receiving stolen goods, possessing a firearm without a certificate and theft.  It is believed the shotguns were stolen in Halstead towards the end of 2010.

Ely Standard, 10 February 2011 *

Police were called to a secondary school in Ely, Cambridgeshire, after reports that a teenage boy had a gun.  The weapon was an air rifle.  The pupil was arrested and was bailed later.  He has admitted possessing an imitation firearm in a public place (see March 2011 Incidents).

Cambridge News, 10 February 2011

Daniel Maples has admitted having a 9mm revolver and blank ammunition at his home in Saffron Waldon, Essex.  His mother found the gun in July 2010 and took it with the ammunition to the police.  He was looking after a gun for his drug dealer.  He was jailed for 12 months.

BBC, 10 February 2011 *

Four men have been convicted over the killing of a worker who was shot in the chest and stomach at a shop in Salford in July 2009 (see Incidents).  Mohammed Hafiz and Arfan Rafiq were convicted of murder, Ryan Manning of manslaughter and Akmal Afzal of possession of a prohibited weapon.  Simeon Henderson had previously admitted murder.  The victim was not the intended target and was caught up in a feud involving drugs gangs from Bolton who had called on a gang from Oldham to send out a warning to their rivals.  Two men who were arrested and bailed pending further inquiries have since failed to answer bail and a third man who left the country at the time of the killing was never arrested.  All three are thought to have headed for Pakistan.  Hafiz, Rafiq and Henderson were all jailed for life, Manning was given an indeterminate sentence with a minimum term of eight years and Afzal was jailed for seven years (BBC, 11 February 2011).  Henderson will serve a minimum of 15 years after his evidence earned him a reduction in his sentence (Manchester Evening News, 11 February 2011).  A man wanted in connection with the shooting has been arrested as he stepped off a flight from Pakistan (Manchester Evening News, 4 March 2011).

The Argus, 10 February 2011

A suspected armed robber has died in hospital after being shot by police in Kemp Town, Brighton.  The shooting took place after a pre-planned police operation related to a number of armed robberies in the area.  What appears to have been a handgun was found at the scene.  It is being examined to find out whether it is real or imitation and whether it had been fired (BBC, 11 February 2011).  The man was wanted in connected with two robberies in Burgess Hill, West Sussex, in January 2011 (see Incidents) and detected are looking into whether he was linked to a series of Post Office robberies in Brighton and Hove which occurred between September 2010 and January 2011 (The Argus, 11 February 2011).  It is reported that the dead man had pulled a handgun from his trousers and fired before the police returned fire (The Argus, 14 February 2011).

Yorkshire Post, 9 February 2011

Mark Glasewell who attacked two elderly women in their homes in Leeds has admitted aggravated burglary, assault, theft, robbery, attempted robbery, false imprisonment and arson with intent to endanger life.  Shortly after the first attack he threatened a female member of staff with a plastic handgun at a store in Leeds.  He used the same gun to threaten his second elderly victim.  Glasewell was given a life sentence with a minimum of six years in jail.

Nottinghamshire Post, 9 February 2011

A shotgun was found on wasteland in St Ann's, Nottingham, after an anonymous phone call.  It is not known whether it is being linked to any of the three shooting incidents in the Nottingham area in the last two months.

East Lothian News, 9 February 2011

Staff at a bookmaker's in Newark, Nottinghamshire, were threatened with what was believed to be a handgun by a man who entered the branch.  Cash was stolen.

Bucks Free Press, 9 February 2011

Three men threatened a resident of a house in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, with what is believed to be a gun before they "realised they had gone to the wrong address".  The incident is being treated as an aggravated burglary.

Birmingham Mail, 9 February 2011

Two cars recently seized by police as part of a criminal investigation were stolen from a storage yard in Stechford, West Midlands, by a gang who it is claimed pointed a pistol to the head of a staff member at the yard.

Yorkshire Evening Post, 8 February 2011 *

A man brandished a gun a staff in a shop in Scholes, Leeds, before making off with cash from the till.  A man has been charged with armed robbery, possessing an imitation firearm, vehicle theft and driving offences (Seacroft Today, 9 March 2011).

Local Guardian, 8 February 2011

Five men involved in a raid on a jewellers in Richmond, south west London, in February 2010 have been jailed for a total of 41 years.  One of the men was armed with a handgun.  Lee Byer and four others had pleaded guilty.

This is Hull & East Riding, 7 February 2011

A man described as a weapons fanatic kept an "armed robber's toolkit" of guns, knives and nearly 100 bullets hidden in his bedroom in Hull.  Police found a collection, which included a sawn-off shotgun and 9mm bullets including expanding ammunition, at the home of Raymond Catley.  Catley, who claimed the collection was due to his interest in armoury, has been jailed for two years.  The judge said that his desire to possess the weapons was "so powerful as to override the risk of going to prison for their possession".

Telegraph & Argus, 7 February 2011

Shots were fired through the downstairs window of a house in Clayton, Bradford.

Telegraph & Argus, 7 February 2011

Two men fired shots and threatened staff with a shotgun during a raid on a supermarket in Bradford

The Shuttle, 7 February 2011

An 11-year-old girl was shot in the face with a BB gun in Kidderminster, Worcestershire.  She was approached by a teenage boy she did not know who shot her from a distance of two inches.

Oxford Mail, 7 February 2011

Alan Jenson admitted possessing an unloaded air weapon in a public place in Didcot, Oxfordshire, in June 2010.  He was given a 12-month conditional discharge and told to pay costs.

Liverpool Echo, 7 February 2011

Two men who were part of an eight-strong gang who broke into a house in Everton, Liverpool, in June 2010 have been jailed.  Dominic Daniels, 21, received a 10-year and four month sentence and Callum Hannon, 19, a seven-and-a-half year sentence after admitting robbery and possession of an imitation firearm with intent to commit an offence.  A man in the house had a gun pointed at him and was beaten and two women were punched.

Harrow Times, 7 February 2011

Two men broke into a house in Pinner, north west London, and one of them pulled out a revolver-type gun and pointed it at a man in the house.   They tied him and a woman up and took sets of keys for a car which they drove away.  They also stole other items.

Evening Gazette, 7 February 2011

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

This is Local London, 5 February 2011

A 17-year-old has appeared in court charged with carrying an imitation firearm on a train at Clapham Junction, south London.  He was seen to discard a black item on to a seat of the train after he and a friend were found travelling in a carriage of a train without a valid ticket.

Liverpool Echo, 5 February 2011

Five members of a burglary gang from Merseyside have been jailed after they pleaded guilty to conspiring to commit burglary and aggravated burglary.  They smashed their way into houses and terrified their victims with knives, swords, sledgehammers, machetes, chisels and a shotgun.  Craig Murphy, 19, Gary Moffatt, 22, Jason Nee, 21, Anthony Akins, 19, and Jamie Williams, 18 are starting a combined 40 years in prison.  In one break-in in St Helens a shotgun was fired.  The Attorney General is expected to decide whether he considers the sentences, which were between seven and ten years, to be unduly lenient (St Helens Star, 17 February 2011).

Halifax Courier, 5 February 2011

A man holding what staff described as a gun entered a store in Glossop, Derbyshire, and stole jewellery.  A man was later arrested on suspicion of the robbery.  Detectives are investigating whether the incident is linked to a robbery in nearby Hayfield (see below).  He has been charged with robbery, attempted robbery and firearms offences (BBC, 7 February 2011).

Express & Star, 5 February 2011

Two gunmen became trapped as they tried to flee from a raid on a jeweller's in Smethwick, West Midlands, in November 2010 (see Incidents).  Sandeep Singh, who was armed with a pistol, and Sandeep Kumar were rescued by fire crews.  Singh was also involved in a similar attack on a jeweller's in Palfrey in October 2010 (see Incidents).  Both men pleaded guilty to attempted robbery and possessing a firearm, and Singh also admitted the Palfrey robbery and possessing an imitation firearm.  They will be sentenced later.

Evening News (Norwich), 5 February 2011

When rival gangs clashed at a house in Norwich in June 2010 one man was stabbed to death and another was shot in the head.  Six people have now been given prison sentences for conspiracy to rob in two cases and assisting an offender to commit an indictable offence in four cases but nobody has been charged with murder or manslaughter or with a firearms offence.

BBC, 5 February 2011

A 15-year-old was left with facial injuries after being shot with an airgun in Gateshead, Tyneside.  Two young men have been arrested.  The weapon has since been described as a BB gun and the victim has said that a man demanded money from him (Evening Courier, 8 February 2011).  There were other reports from Gateshead.  A taxi driver reported damage to his vehicle by an airgun pellet and a report was received from a bus driver that pellets had been fired (Northern Echo, 5 February 2011).

St Helens Star, 4 February 2011

A man armed with what is suspected to be a handgun threatened a member of staff at a newsagent's in Newton-le-Willows, Merseyside.  He demanded cash but escaped empty handed.  The attempted robbery took place last month.

Liverpool Echo, 4 February 2011

Robert Moore had a .38 revolver by his bed when police went to a house in Bootle, Merseyside, in June 2010.  The weapon had been adapted to fire live ammunition and two bullets were found in the barrel.  He admitted the firearm was his and claimed he wanted people to know he had it for his own security.  He was jailed for a total of seven years and for a separate attack at a pub in Childwall.  He pleaded guilty to wounding, affray and possession of an offensive weapon and ammunition.

Lancashire Telegraph, 4 February 2011

A gang of three held up a teenager in Burnley, Lancashire, and demanded his mobile phone.  When the victim denied he had a phone one of the men produced what was said to be a handgun.  A mobile phone was handed to the gang.  Police believe the weapon is most likely to be an imitation firearm.

Haringey Independent, 4 February 2011

Two men have been charged with threatening bystanders at gunpoint or with a machete to get their bank details in north and east London.  They were each charged with five counts of robbery, with possessing an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence and conspiracy to commit robbery.  The offences took place at locations across Haringey, Hackney and Islington.

Express & Star, 4 February 2011

Daniel Sedgwick, 19, pointed a loaded handgun at an assistant manager at a bookmakers in Wolverhampton and shouted threats at him whilst demanding money.  The raid happened in August 2010.  He has been found guilty of armed robbery.  Accomplice Cameron Wilkinson, 18, who acted as lookout and getaway car driver Ryan Graham, 19, were also convicted of robbery and firearms charges.

BBC, 4 February 2011

Thirty people have been jailed for 33 armed robberies in shops in southern England, Greater London, the West Country, East Anglia and one in Belgium.  Jewels were taken from the shops and the gang also stole motorcycles from dealerships, tying up staff while they loaded bikes into stolen vans.  The weapons they used included sledgehammers, a gun and knives.  A full list of those convicted is given in the article.

BBC, 4 February 2011

A man threatened staff at a pharmacy in Hayfield, Derbyshire, with a "long-barrelled handgun" and stole cash and prescription drugs.  The crime could be linked to two others in the Manchester area.  A man has been charged with this robbery and other charges relating to a robbery in Glossop (see above).

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard, 3 February 2011

In July 2010 a pensioner called the police to report his own imminent death, telling them there was a fatality in his back garden in Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucestershire, and he had been shot.  His body was found with 'catastrophic' head injuries and a shotgun in his lap.  He was said to have lost his purpose in life and the will to live after his wife died.  The coroner concluded he had intended to take his own life and recorded a verdict of suicide.

London Daily News, 3 February 2011

A man entered a bookmaker's in Plaistow, east London, and demanded cash before threatening staff with a small handgun.  The staff managed to flee to a secure room and the man left empty-handed.

Local Guardian, 3 February 2011

A 13-year-old boy was arrested at a school for carrying a revolver and bullets.  His lawyer argued that firearms charges should never have been brought as the gun was more than 100 years old.  The boy has admitted possessing the loaded revolver at his school in Merton, south London, in January 2011 and pleaded guilty to one count of being a person under 14 in possession of a firearm and two counts of possessing ammunition. He has been handed a 10-month community sentence.  An older pupil who is alleged to have given the boy the gun and told him to look after it will appear in court next month (Local Guardian, 24 February 2011).

The Herald (Plymouth), 3 February 2011 *

A pensioner has denied shooting a teenager in the neck after being pestered by a gang in St Austell, Cornwall, in February 2010.  He denies one count of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and denies one count of unlawful wounding.  He has accepted that the pellet was from his air rifle but he says the gun went off accidentally.  Alfred Tipson was cleared of the wounding charges but admitted possessing a firearm with intent to cause fear (BBC, 4 February 2011).  He was sentenced to eight months jail suspended for two years and banned from keeping firearms for two years (BBC, 3 March 2011).

Daily Mirror, 3 February 2011

Phiwi Dolo borrowed a toy gun at a fancy dress party and waved it around as he tried to hail a taxi in October 2010.  He was seen by police officers.  He was originally charged with possession of an imitation firearm but pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct.  He was fined 200 with a one-year conditional discharge.  The incident took place in Newquay, Cornwall, in October 2010 (The Packet, 3 February 2011).

BBC, 3 February 2011

Four people were arrested on suspicion of firearms, robbery and drugs offences after a raid on a house in Felixstowe, Suffolk.  A firearm was found.

BBC, 3 February 2011

Occupants of a house in Deeping St James, Lincolnshire, were threatened with a handgun.  The suspected gunman is believed to have left the scene in a vehicle.

Wirral Globe, 2 February 2011

A man carrying a firearm escaped with cash and foreign currency from a travel agents in Wallasey, The Wirral.

This is Kent, 2 February 2011

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

Reading Post, 2 February 2011 *

Konrad Bicknall has been convicted of robbing a service station in Shinfield, Berkshire, in August 2010 (see Incidents).  He had denied robbery and possessing an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence but was convicted on both counts.  Another man, Anthony Walker, had previously admitted the raid.  Bicknall has been jailed for seven years (Reading Post, 17 March 2011).

Press Association, 2 February 2011

Six men, including a 16-year-old, have been found guilty of the murder of a man who was shot with a pump action shotgun in Gipsy Hill, south London, in March 2010 (see Incidents).  Marcel Mason, Trevelle Williams, David Lock, Robert Saint, David Smith and Lavarne Forde-Morgan face life sentences.  All except Lock were found guilty of having a firearm with intent to endanger life.  Williams and Forde-Morgan were also convicted of a second firearms offence.  Mason will spend at least 25 and a half years in jail, Williams 24 years, Lock 21 years, Forde-Morgan 18 years, Saint 23 years and Smith 24 years.  It is not know who was carrying the gun and pulled the trigger.  The men were said to be "intoxicated by guns and high on adrenaline" and had already fired shots at a rival gang.  The victim had attempted to smooth over bad feelings between a friend and Mason before he was shot (Croydon Advertiser, 3 February 2011).

East Anglian Daily Times, 2 February 2011

A man walking in a street in Colchester, Essex, was approached by two men believed to have been carrying a knife and an object which looked like a gun.  A mobile phone and a small quantity of cash were taken.

BBC, 2 February 2011

One man is on trial accused of conspiracy to murder a man who was shot dead by Raoul Moat in Gateshead, Tyneside, in July 2010 (see Incidents).  He denies the charge, and he and another man both deny charges of conspiracy to murder, the attempted murder of a policeman who was shot and blinded by Moat, possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life and robbing a shop.

Worcester News, 1 February 2011

Two men and a woman have been charged with committing two armed robberies in Worcester.  The woman has been charged with possessing an imitation firearm which is alleged to have been used in the second robbery on a shop.

Manchester Evening News, 1 February 2011

Daniel O'Brien kept a sawn-off shotgun and a cache of drugs in his child's bedroom in Gorton, Manchester, at the home of his girlfriend.  He admitted possessing drugs with intent to supply and possessing firearm and has been jailed for seven-and-a-half years.  He had coaxed Leia Hylton to let him store cannabis but she was unaware of the other drugs and the gun.  She admitted possessing drugs.

Evening Gazette, 1 February 2011

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

Evening Chronicle, 1 February 2011

Lee McCartney, 20, was caught carrying an imitation gun in public.  He had picked up an air pistol to scare off a group who turned up at his girlfriend's home in Chopwell, Tyneside, after she had been exchanging insults with another woman on Facebook.  His offence was in breach of a suspended sentence imposed last year and he has been jailed for 14 weeks.

Daily Echo, 1 February 2011

A teenager was arrested and a gun seized after a gang smashed their way into a house in Weymouth, Dorset.  The men were armed with a handgun and baseball bats and fled with jewellery and hundreds of pounds.

BBC, 1 February 2011

A series of robberies were carried out by a gang of six teenagers in Stevenage, Hertfordshire.  One of the offenders was carrying a stun gun which was used on each of the victims, who suffered neck and face injuries.  Three teenagers have been arrested.




stv, 26 February 2011 *

A man who was shot with what is thought to have been a BB gun at a taxi rank in Glasgow is likely to lose his eye according to police.  Both the victim and suspected attacker had been drinking in a pub during the evening.  A man has been arrested over the attack (Scotsman, 9 March 2011).

Lennox Herald, 25 February 2011

Three deactivated firearms including a machine gun and an AK47 were taken from a paintball centre in Alexandria, Dunbartonshire.  A quantity of paintballing equipment was also taken.  The machine gun was later recovered.

Daily Mail, 23 February 2011

A number of school pupils were injured when someone took potshots at them with an air weapon during their lunch break in Auchinleck, Ayrshire.  The victims went to hospital for medical attention and one of them was detained for further treatment.  Five girls and six boys were struck by pellets, mainly on their legs and torsos.  At least one property nearby had its windows shattered.  An 18-year-old and a 15-year-old boy have been charged with assault (BBC, 24 February 2011).  A third teenager is due in court in connection with the attack (stv, 25 February 2011).

stv, 20 February 2011

Staff at a bookmakers in Glasgow were threatened by a man brandishing what appeared to be a firearm.  He demanded cash and made off with a three-figure sum of money.

Scotsman, 11 February 2011

Two metal cabinets containing a number of guns were taken during a break-in at a house on the outskirts of Newburgh, Fife.  Police would not say exactly how many guns, or what type, were taken.  The empty cabinets were later found dumped (The Courier, 16 February 2011).

Largs & Millport Weekly News, 11 February 2011

A man was arrested for a Breach of the Peace involving a firearm after an incident on Isle of Cumbrae.

Kilmarnock Standard, 4 February 2011

A 13-year-old boy who took a BB gun to his school in Stewarton, Ayrshire, has been suspended from school and reported to the children's panel.  The head of Strathclyde Police Firearms Unit said 'Many air weapons and BB guns are extremely realistic, therefore it's vital that people understand the very real danger they are putting themselves in by recklessly handling these types of weapons'.

West Lothian Courier, 3 February 2011

Paul McManus and Andrew Caldwell had taken drink and drugs when they attempted to rob a service station in Livingston, West Lothian, in October 2010.  Caldwell was armed with an airgun but was recognised by one of the staff.  The two men pled guilty to the attempted robbery.  McManus was jailed for 10 months and Caldwell for a year.

stv, 2 February 2011

Police arrested four men in an operation in the south side of Glasgow after they were alerted that four men who had a handgun were travelling in a car.  No firearm was recovered.

Scotsman, 2 February 2011

A report on the main library in Elgin, Moray, describes how an elderly pensioner was struck on the head with a pellet fired from a BB gun which was discharged in the building.  Two youths have been charged (BBC, 21 February 2011).

Paisley Daily Express, 2 February 2011

Drugs and a gun were found during raids by police at a farmhouse in the Foxbar area of Paisley.  Three men have been arrested.

Evening News, 1 February 2011

David Arnott, 19, pointed an imitation gun at a taxi driver to avoid paying a 9 fare.  The incident happened in the Craigour area of Edinburgh in May 2010.  He admitted intending not to pay the fare and to pointing an imitation firearm at the driver.  He has been ordered to carry out 300 hours of community service and to pay his victim 1000 in compensation (stv, 25 February 2011).




South Wales Echo, 19 February 2011

A BB gun was among items found during a raid on a property in Maerdy, Glamorgan, in which 1,000 of cannabis was recovered.  A man has been arrested.

South Wales Argus, 18 February 2011

Lee Williams from Ebbw Vale, Gwent, has pleaded guilty to possession of a prohibited firearm, possession of ammunition without a firearms certificate, possession of a prohibited weapon and possession of expanding ammunition.  Police found a signal flare gun pen and a separate metal tube capable of firing .22 ammunition when they searched his house in April 2011.  He also has a canister of CS gas.  He claimed he found the weapons and ammunition while out walking  his dog.   He has been jailed for five years.

Cambrian News, 17 February 2011

A man was arrested in Pwllheli, Gwynedd, after armed police were alerted when a man carrying an airgun was spotted.




Cambridge News, 24 February 2011

A cat has been shot dead with an airgun in March, Cambridgeshire.  She had two pellets in her body, one in the abdomen and another in her back leg.  She was not strong enough to survive the injuries and died at the vet's surgery.

Kent Online, 23 February 2011

A cat has been hit by an airgun pellet in an attack in Gillingham, Kent.  He suffered damage to his spleen bowel, pancreas and kidney and is in a serious condition.

BBC, 22 February 2011 *

Eight swans have been shot dead.  Three were found in a field in Wedmore, Somerset, and the others nearby.  One surviving bird was recovered and is being treated.  X-rays showed that they had all been shot in the head with airgun pellets.  A reward of 10,000 has been offered to find the person responsible.  Five more dead swans have been found in the area though the cause of death was not reported (Burnham-On-Sea.com, 28 February 2011).  Three men have been arrested on suspicion of criminal damage (BBC, 8 March 2011).

BBC, 18 February 2011

A female swan has been put down after it was found to have been shot at least three times.  The bird from a countryside centre in Benton, Tyneside, was discovered by the RSPCA.  She had been shot at least three times by separate air weapons.

Lichfield Mercury, 17 February 2011

A cat has had to have his tail amputated after suffering serious shotgun wounds in Lichfield, Staffordshire.  He was found hiding in a haystack covered in blood.

BBC, 10 February 2011

A swan is recovering after being shot in the head with an air rifle.  It was found in Littlehampton, West Sussex.  The pellets have been removed.

BBC, 10 February 2011

A cat had to have its eye removed after being shot in the head four times.  The incident occurred in Newton, Hampshire, in January 2011.  Airgun pellets were found embedded in his head.

This is Local London, 6 February 2011

A campaigner has spoken out about airgun owners who use wild animals for target practice.  Squirrels, foxes and swans have been shot in a series of incidents in the area around Leatherhead, Surrey.  In a recent incident an injured squirrel was found in a street in Dorking with an air rifle pellet lodged in its back and had to be put down.

stv, 3 February 2011

Two drunken youths armed with an air rifle stole a pet rabbit from a children's nursery in Peebles in October 2010.  Craig Robertson, 20, had bought a 150 air rifle the day before with a view to making money shooting rabbits.  He and Stephen McLeod, 19, believed they did not harm the animal which they said was released into the wild but the sheriff has cast doubt on their story and implied that the pet, which has not been found, could have been used for target practice.  They both pled guilty to stealing the rabbit.  Sentencing was deferred.






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