MARCH 2011

GCN compiles an on-going list of incidents involving guns.  Click on the relevant date to view incidents reported during that period.

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.

On 1 October 2007 restrictions were placed on the purchase of air weapons and, with certain exceptions, it became illegal to sell, import or manufacture realistic imitation firearms.  To emphasise the need for further legislation we had previously highlighted incidents involving these weapons but because few measures, such as amnesties or hand-ins, have been introduced to ensure a reduction in the large numbers of these guns already in circulation, we continue to highlight such incidents.  We do not, however, underestimate the dangers posed by all other types of weapon, both legal and illegal.

Please note that GCN describes the weapons used in each incident as they have been reported in the relevant article.  We are aware that the use of some terms can be problematic.  In particular, the term ball bearing gun is being used to describe both (i) airguns firing ball-bearing type ammunition and (ii) BB guns (defined on the basis that they fire "BB" size pellets, but usually referring to low powered imitation firearms that discharge plastic pellets (generally 6 mm in diameter), "airsoft" guns).  In some incidents in which a weapon has been described as a handgun it will not be known whether this was a real firearm or an imitation gun.

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Waltham Forest Guardian, 31 March 2011

Three people were arrested following anti-gang raids in Waltham Forest, north east London. One of them was an 18-year-old who is suspected of possessing an imitation firearm.

News Shopper, 31 March 2011

Armed police were called to a street in Eltham, south east London, after reports that a man carrying a gun was threatening to kill himself. An airgun was recovered and a man was arrested but later released without charge.

Liverpool Echo, 31 March 2011

Police have recovered a handgun and a Taser during a series of police raids across Merseyside in which they also seized drugs, cash and three suspected dangerous dogs. The guns were found at an address linked to a man from Bootle who was among ten people arrested.

Eastern Daily Press, 31 March 2011

A 17-year-old has suffered a neck wound after an air weapon was fired at him in Lowestoft, Suffolk. He heard the sound of one shot and then heard the noise again and felt an object hit his neck.

Daily Echo, 31 March 2011

A woman member of staff at a store in Kinson, Bournemouth in Dorset, was tied up by a man who threatened her with a handgun. He made off with money.

BBC, 31 March 2011

A man has been arrested after reports of someone firing an air rifle at members of the public in Stoke-on-Trent. The gun was being fired from a bedroom window (The Sentinel, 1 April 2011).

The Visitor, 30 March 2011

Marian Mis from Morecambe, Lancashire, pointed an imitation gun at a man using a cashpoint machine. He said he found the weapon in a local park.

Manchester Evening News, 30 March 2011

Five paintball attacks occurred in Greater Manchester in one day. In Leigh one victim was hit in the stomach by a pellet fired from a car. In Golborne a woman was hit in the back, a bus was hit on its windscreen, a teenager was shot at and two boys were targeted in another attack. Two men were arrested on suspicion of assault and possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear or violence.

Manchester Evening News, 30 March 2011

Two robbers attacked shop owners with a stun gun at their store in Ashton-in-Makerfield, Greater Manchester.  They demanded cash but after a brief struggle the men left empty handed.

Harrow Times, 30 March 2011

Two security guards were threatened with a gun as they filled a cashpoint at a store in South Harrow, north west London. A gang of three men were involved and they ran off with a cash box which contained a small amount of money.

Halifax Courier, 30 March 2011

Stuart Wardle shot a boy in Halifax, West Yorkshire, with an air rifle in December 2010. The 16-year-old victim was walking with a group of friends when they passed Wardle wearing a camouflage jacket and carrying what looked like a real rifle. After they had walked on Wardle fired the gun at them hitting the victim in the hip. He has admitted possession of an imitation firearm and assault occasioning actual bodily harm and been jailed for two years and eight months. The incident happened five days after Wardle was sentenced to a community order for battery.

BBC, 30 March 2011

A five-year-old girl and a man were seriously injured in a shooting at a shop in Stockwell, south London. The victims, who were not related, were in a critical but stable condition. Two youths had been chased into the store by three others and whilst the pair hid their rivals opened fire hitting the innocent victims (Telegraph, 30 March 2011). A 19-year-old has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder (BBC, 1 April 2011).

Manchester Evening News, 29 March 2011

Kevin Fitzsimons pulled out a Smith and Wesson revolver following a minor dispute at a pub in Sale, Greater Manchester, in September 2010. He had bought the weapon several weeks earlier but the spring wasn't working and it would not have fired. He admitted possessing a prohibited firearm with intent to cause fear of violence and also possessing a prohibited weapon, a CS canister. He has been jailed for 20 months.

Leicester Mercury, 29 March 2011

A man was robbed in a park in Birstall, Leicester. He was approached by two men who threatened him with a weapon believed to be an airgun. They ran off with cash and a mobile phone.

The Gazette, 29 March 2011

Alan Bentley became annoyed at the noise coming from a group of teenage campers whilst he was fishing in Greenhalgh, Lancashire, in September 2010. He armed himself with an air rifle and started firing at them. He also threw bottles of petrol at them. Bentley, who was on licence after being convicted of drug dealing, has been jailed.

Express & Star, 29 March 2011

A man who said he was armed with a loaded pistol tried to rob a bank in Oldbury, West Midlands. He fled when the alarm was raised and failed to produce a weapon.

Birmingham Mail, 29 March 2011

A shopkeeper whose off licence in Hamstead, Birmingham, had been targeted twice in less than two years has been pistol-whipped during a third attack. The raiders fled empty-handed.

Oxford Times, 28 March 2011

A woman was approached by a man in Oxford and threatened her with what was believed to be a gun. She was forced to hand over her handbag, a mobile phone and sunglasses. Two teenagers were arrested in connection with this and another robbery involving a knife. Police said an imitation handgun has been seized.

Herald Series, 28 March 2011

In one of a number of burglaries across south Oxfordshire a shotgun was stolen along with other items from a property in Woodcote.

Hastings and St Leonards Observer, 28 March 2011

A man pointed a gun, which turned out to be fake, at a receptionist in the Citizens Advice offices in St Leonards, East Sussex. A man was later arrested and charged with possessing an imitation firearm.

Garstang Courier, 28 March 2011

Mark Cain who was involved in a robbery on a security van in Fulwood, Lancashire, in March 2010 (see Incidents) has pleaded guilty to possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life and attempted robbery. An attempted murder charge was dropped. A guard was shot and injured with a handgun during the raid. One other man faces trial in connection with the incident and is charged with attempted robbery, conspiracy to rob and possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life.

Ealing Today, 28 March 2011

Desmond Lambert who tried to rob another man at gunpoint in his home in South Ealing, west London, in August 2010 has been jailed for eight years. He was armed with an air pistol. The victim managed to slam the door shut and contacted the police. Lambert was found guilty of aggravated burglary and possession of a firearm to commit an indictable offence.

Dorset Echo, 28 March 2011

A retired farmer was tied up and beaten by armed robbers who stole a hoard of guns and cash from his farmhouse close to Bloxworth, Dorset. A police spokesperson would not confirm how many guns were stolen.

BBC, 28 March 2011

Two men tried to gain entry to a flat in Brighton hitting a man on his head with what was thought to have been a gun. A woman who was also in the property managed to call police and the men left.

Cambridge News, 27 March 2011

Donstas Sabonis hid a gun in a bag when he took his young daughters shopping and handed the bag to one of them when he was involved in a minor car accident in Cambridge in December 2010. Police later found the blank-firing Walther P22 capable of firing CS and pepper spray which he claimed to have bought legitimately in Lithuania for self-defence before arriving in the UK. He pleaded guilty to possessing a firearm in a public place and having excess alcohol in his blood and was given a nine-month prison sentence, suspended for two years. He was ordered to carry out 250 hours of unpaid work. The weapon and ammunition were ordered to be forfeited and destroyed.

Birmingham Mail, 27 March 2011

Two men were arrested after a gun was fired in a street in Tividale, West Midlands. One man suffered minor injuries but did not need hospital treatment.

The Sentinel, 26 March 2011

Michael Bibby used an imitation firearm to threaten a shop worker and a taxi driver in December 2010. In the shop in Tunstall, Staffordshire, he demanded the shop assistant hand him a bottle of vodka. A few hours later Bibby threatened the taxi driver in Fegg Hayes and took some cash. He pleaded guilty to attempted robbery and two charges of possessing an imitation firearm and a number of other offences. He has been given an overall sentence of 10 years.

The Star, 26 March 2011

Bernard Currie, 18, barged into a house in Sheffield, in May 2010 brandishing a fake handgun. He robbed three teenagers and pistol-whipped one of the victims. He admitted three counts of robbery, one of attempted robbery and one of possessing an imitation firearm and been jailed for four years. His accomplice Lewis Kolade, 17, admitted one charge of conspiracy to rob and was given a 12-month detention and training order.

Liverpool Echo, 26 March 2011

Joanne Shaw was drunk when she wielded a loaded revolver outside a pub in Wavertree, Liverpool, in October 2010. When police raided her home they discovered a keyring gun. She claimed to have been asked to mind the weapons about two weeks earlier after running up a drug debt. She admitted four firearms charges and has been jailed for five years with an extended licence of one year.

Liverpool Echo, 26 March 2011

Michael Fagbuaro has been found guilty of the manslaughter of a butcher who was shot for his shop takings in Kensington, Liverpool, in August 2010 (see Incidents). The victim was shot through both legs with one bullet and died four weeks later when he was struck down by unexpected complications. Fagbuaro denied murder on the grounds he thought the firearm was a 'blank' and the jury cleared him of murder. Fagbuaro's accomplice Aaron Quarty pleaded guilty to robbery.

Birmingham Mail, 26 March 2011

Norman Grant was one of a number of masked raiders, armed with sawn-off shotguns and a 9mm pistol which targeted a bank in Handsworth, Birmingham, after robbing, kidnapping and tying up three cemetery works in January 2010 (see Incidents). He was found guilty of two charges of robbery, three of kidnapping and six charges of possessing a firearm at the time of committing an offence. Luke Daly admitted a charge of robbery and was acquitted on a second count of robbery along with the kidnapping and firearms counts. Three men were found not guilty. Sentencing was adjourned.

Bromsgrove Standard, 25 March 2011

Anthony Mullen used a fake gun to rob a post office in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, in September 2009. He admitted robbery and possession of an imitation firearm and has been jailed for 10 years.

Bolton News, 25 March 2011

Lee Merrick has admitted his part in a robbery in which two passengers robbed a taxi driver at gunpoint after getting into the cab in Breightmet, Greater Manchester, in October 2010. The driver handed over 35 when he realised the men had a gun. A BB gun was later recovered. A second man has denied charges of robbery and possessing a firearm.

BBC, 25 March 2011

Two men who have been charged over a robbery in Beeston, Nottingham, have also been charged with possession of an offensive weapon and an imitation firearm in connection with a separate incident. One of them was also charged with attempted robbery in Hugglescote, Leicestershire and possession of an imitation firearm.

Waltham Forest Guardian, 24 March 2011

An 18-year-old suffered an injury to his arm when he was shot on an estate in Walthamstow, north east London.

Times Series, 24 March 2011

A shopkeeper was threatened at gunpoint at a fishmongers in Edgware, north west London. Two men who were armed with a handgun demanded money but fled empty handed.

This is Sussex, 24 March 2011

A teenage girl was shot with a BB gun while walking through an estate in East Grinstead, West Sussex. The victim was with her 11-year-old sister and a friend when two boys aimed the weapon at the younger girl but she jumped in front to protect her sister. She was hit in the chest with five yellow pellets. A police spokesman said "BB guns are far from being harmless - they can cause significant injuries".

This is Local London, 24 March 2011

Andre Ricketts has been found guilty of kidnapping and torturing another man while demanding a 25,000 ransom from his family. The victim was kidnapped at gunpoint and pistol-whipped before being driven to a flat in Streatham, south London. He was freed when police raided the property more than 24 hours later. Ricketts' brother Kareem and two other men, Jeremiah Clarke and Daniel Gagliano, have also been found guilty. Tyrone Payne and Lerone Vincent and a 17-year-old had pleaded guilty to several charges relating to the same crime at an earlier stage (Local Guardian, 26 March 2011). Clarke was sentenced to 6 years, Gagliano for five years, Vincent for three years and eight months, Andre Ricketts for eight years, Kareem Ricketts for 20 months, Payne for four-and-a-half years and the 17-year-old for three years. Taylor Harris who had also pleaded guilty to several charges was jailed for three years (News Shopper, 29 March 2011).

Liverpool Echo, 24 March 2011

Two shooting incidents were reported in Merseyside. A door of a house was damaged in Netherton, it is believed with a shotgun. In Walton there were reports of shots being fired but no evidence has been found of a shooting. Two men were arrested over the incident in Netherton on suspicion of causing criminal damage using a firearm (Liverpool Echo, 31 March 2011).

The Herald (Plymouth), 24 March 2011

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

This is Local London, 23 March 2011

Tariq Hussein, 18, and Asif Ahmed, 19, were seen by police holding a loaded sawn-off shotgun and pistol in Roundshaw, south London, in December 2010 (see Incidents). Both have pleaded guilty to seven charges - possession of a firearm without a certificate, possession of a prohibited weapon, four charges relating to possessing of different types of ammunition including dum-dum bullets and possessing cocaine. They have been jailed for six years each.

Manchester Evening News, 23 March 2011

A man was threatened in his own flat in Whalley Range, Manchester, by a robber who was carrying a handgun. The gunman escaped with cash, jewellery and a mobile phone.

Express & Star, 23 March 2011

A man is on trial accused of supplying weapons to Daniel Thatcher and Lee Thatcher who were convicted in December 2010 (see Incidents). He faces 29 charges of possessing and transferring prohibited weapons and denies 27 of the charges. It is alleged he amassed a collection of 10 guns, including a Kalashnikov and an Uzi sub machine-gun, at a firm he ran from a barn in Swindon, near Wolverhampton. He was described as a 'gun fanatic' who had been banned from keeping or being involved with firearms.

BBC, 23 March 2011

A man was apparently shot and wounded in Tulse Hill, south west London. He turned up at hospital with a wound to the arm.

24dash.com, 23 March 2011

Six people were hit by what were believed to be air rifle pellets in Hastings, East Sussex. Two victims, a 14-year-old boy who was shot in the neck and a woman shot in the leg were taken to hospital and are expected to require surgery to remove pellets. The other victims were a teenage girl, two other women and a man. Three men and a woman, all aged between 17 and 20, have been arrested on suspicion of firearms offences and actual bodily harm.

Croydon Guardian, 22 March 2011

Devan Armstrong has pleaded guilty to robbery and has been found guilty of possession of an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear or violence. In May 2010 he approached a woman in Croydon, south London, and pulled out what she thought to be a firearm and he demanded she handed over her bag.

BBC, 22 March 2011

A man has been shot in the leg on Merseyside but has refused to tell police where the incident happened. He told hospital staff that he had been shot while out walking.

Uxbridge Gazette, 21 March 2011

Frank Hawkins fantasised about being an American police detective and sparked an armed police alert in Northwood, west London, when he was spotted with a 'very realistic' imitation firearm. He also admitted having a second replica in his pocket. He was given a community order with 12 months supervision. The court ordered the firearms to be forfeited and destroyed.

News & Star, 21 March 2011

David McCracken has admitted attempting to rob a petrol station in Maryport, Cumbria, in July 2010 (see Incidents) whilst armed with an imitation gun. He was foiled by an off-duty police inspector. He will serve a total of seven years and six months in jail for this and a separate arson offence.

News and Crier, 21 March 2011

Travis Platt pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life, aggravated burglary and unlawful wounding, and Harry Beddoes and Martin Hunt have been found guilty of possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life. The convictions follow an incident in Godmanchester, Cambridgeshire, in June 2010 (see Incidents) in which a housesitter was shot with what was reported to be a sawn-off shotgun.

Liverpool Echo, 21 March 2011

Two men were injured when airgun shots were fired at passers-by from the window of a flat in Wallasey, Merseyside. One victim had to have a pellet removed from his head and the other victim was hit on the upper body. Six teenagers have been arrested on suspicion of wounding (Liverpool Echo, 30 March 2011).

BBC, 21 March 2011

A man suffered non life-threatening injuries to his leg in a possible shooting in Mapperley Park, Nottingham. Three men have been arrested. One man has been charged with possession of a shotgun without a certificate and possession of a shotgun when prohibited for life (BBC, 25 March 2011).

The Star, 20 March 2011

A woman has been convicted seven years after an imitation gun was recovered at the scene of two attempted robberies in October 2004. Alison Lee tried to rob tills at two stores in Barnsley, South Yorkshire, but on each occasion fled empty-handed. She will be sentenced at a later date. She has been jailed for three years after being found guilty of two offences of armed robbery and possessing an imitation firearm (The Star, 28 April 2011).

Manchester Evening News, 20 March 2011

A suspect was arrested after another man was threatened with a sawn-off shotgun as he was walking home in Salford. The victim managed to flee and later raised the alarm. The weapon was recovered.

BBC, 20 March 2011

A 17-year-old has died from gunshot wounds in Wolverhampton. It was unclear where or when the man was shot. Four people have been arrested and all have been released without charge. Officers investigating the death have said that the shot that killed him may have been fired by accident (BBC, 24 March 2011).

Weston, Worle & Somerset Mercury, 19 March 2011

A man from Weston Village, Somerset, has been charged with using another to look after, hide or transport a firearm, possession of a firearm to cause fear of violence, and possessing a shotgun when prohibited for five years. He is accused of threatening a man with a shotgun following a dispute over a motorbike and storing a shotgun at a woman's house.

Daily Echo, 19 March 2011

A man from Bournemouth, Dorset, alleged to have terrorised a succession of women by raping, beating and strangling them into unconsciousness was seen carrying weapons including knives and axes and seen with a gun in his sock on one occasion.

Watford Observer, 18 March 2011

Local residents have called for a car park in Watford, Hertfordshire, to be closed at night after a range of problems including alleged gun shots.

Southport Visiter, 18 March 2011

A worker at a jewellers in Tarleton, Lancashire, was shot with an airgun during a raid on the premises. The offenders fled empty-handed. The victim suffered minor injuries to his chest and ear. The weapon has since been described as a ball-bearing air rifle (Lancashire Evening Post, 21 March 2011).

St Helens Star, 18 March 2011

Gun shots were fired at a house in Sutton, Merseyside. Some damage was caused to the front door. It is believed that attack was targeted and connected to an ongoing feud (St Helens Star, 19 March 2011). It is believed that a shotgun was fired from a vehicle that drove by the house (St Helens Star, 23 March 2011).

News Shopper, 18 March 2011

Roads were sealed off in Catford, south east London, after a man threatened to set his house on fire. There were unconfirmed reports that he may have had a gun.

Local Guardian, 18 March 2011

Two men armed with pistols robbed a post office in Loughton, Essex. The men grabbed the till and fled. In a second attempted robbery at another post office in nearby Debden, two men, one of whom had a black bin bag with what looked like a pistol, demanded money. The men fled when the alarm was pressed.

Croydon Advertiser, 18 March 2011

A man from Carshalton, south London, described as a "gun enthusiast", pointed an airgun at a girl's face after a group of teenagers told him he looked like Father Christmas. Hugh Vipond has been found guilty of possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence. The weapon had the same appearance as a normal pistol and was capable of killing someone if fired at a vulnerable part of the body. He admitted keeping an air rifle in his garden shed to shoot at herons who preyed on fish in his two ponds.

BBC, 18 March 2011

Police officers who searched a house in Kensington, Liverpool, found a firearm, ammunition, drugs and a significant amount of cash. A man was arrested.

BBC, 18 March 2011

Two men threatened staff and customers at a bookmakers in Ewell, Surrey, with a revolver and stole cash. Two men who witnessed the raid chased the offenders and managed to retrieve the gun.

Manchester Evening News, 17 March 2011

Paul Devalda has been jailed for murdering a man who was seized by a masked armed gang, one of whom was armed with a shotgun at a building site in Bacup, Lancashire, in August 2009. The victim's body has never been found. Devalda will serve a minimum of 21 years.

Maidenhead Advertiser, 17 March 2011

Anser Yaqoob has been jailed for six years for being in possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence and other offences after officers searching his address in Slough, Berkshire, found a firearm buried in the garden. Police also found cannabis, cigarettes and cash hidden in nappies.

Liverpool Echo, 17 March 2011

Lee Morgan has pleaded guilty to having a Glock pistol which was used in the fatal shooting of a man in Crosby, Merseyside, in June 2010 (see Incidents). Morgan claimed he found the weapon and twelve rounds of ammunition whilst out walking his dog and then took the gun to his mother's home in Toxteth. She was jailed for five years in December 2010 (see Incidents). Morgan will be sentenced next month.

Buxton Advertiser, 17 March 2011

Anthony Pearson was arrested in November 2009 after police received reports that a group of men in Buxton, Derbyshire, with weapons. He was charged with affray, possession of an imitation firearm, possessing an offensive weapon and drugs possession and after pleading guilty was jailed for a year in January 2011. Magistrates have now confiscated more than 2,000.

The Advertiser, 17 March 2011

A young woman killed herself with a shotgun at her home in Middleham, North Yorkshire, in October 2010 (see Incidents) after she lost her job. The gun was legally held and kept in the house. A verdict of suicide was recorded by the coroner.

Watford Observer, 16 March 2011

A man has been charged with possession of a firearm and handling stolen goods after a series of raids in South Oxhey, Hertfordshire. Five others were arrested on drugs offences.

The Press, 16 March 2011

Two teenagers have been jailed for a raid on a store in Knaresborough, North Yorkshire, in May 2010 (see Incidents). Peter Wass, who was 16 at the time was found guilty of attempted robbery and possessing a firearm with intent to commit an offence. Jackson, now aged 19, pleaded guilty to the same offences. He was jailed for three years and four months and Wass for five years. The pair had been drinking when they raided the shop armed with a sawn-off shotgun.

News & Star, 16 March 2011

Steven Clark was arrested after being seen with a .22 air rifle in a store in Carlisle. He has pleaded guilty to possessing a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence and to possessing a firearm when he was prohibited from doing so by being an ex-prisoner.

The News, 16 March 2011

A man pointed a gun at a worker in an off licence in Portsmouth and demanded money from the till. He got away with between 700 and 800.

East Anglian Daily Times, 16 March 2011

Two men have been found dead with gunshot wounds at a traveller site in Beck Row, Suffolk. Their bodies were found by armed police investigating what were thought to be gun shots. One body was found in a burning car, the other on the ground. The site was the scene of another recent firearms incident following which a number of people were arrested (see February 2011 Incidents). A number of firearms have been recovered by police (East Anglian Daily Times, 21 March 2011). Two men were immediately on police bail after having been arrested in connection with the murders (BBC, 24 March 2011). Police charged a 28-year-old man with a double murder in connection to the incident (BBC, 13 October 2011).

BBC, 16 March 2011

Two men brandishing a gun and a knife assaulted a driver delivering cash to a post office in Laisterdyke, Bradford. They escaped with a box of money. Two women and a teenage boy have been arrested (Telegraph & Argus, 18 March 2011).

The Star, 15 March 2011

A man burst into a wedding reception at a hotel in Meadowhead, Sheffield and started firing indiscriminately. He was eventually disarmed and restrained until police arrived. A total of three men have been arrested. One man has been charged with possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life and possession of a prohibited weapon and another has been charged with possessing a handgun with intent to cause fear of unlawful violence (The Star, 19 March 2011).

Oxford Mail, 15 March 2011

A teenager was attacked by three men, one of whom was believed to be armed with a handgun. The attack took place on a street in Witney, Oxfordshire. The attackers, who also had a crowbar, hit their victim and made off with his keys and a small amount of cash. A man has been charged with kidnap, robbery and possession of an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence (Oxford Times, 24 March 2011).

North-West Evening Mail, 15 March 2011

A 'gunman' dressed as a Mexican sparked a major alert on Walney Island, Cumbria. Children were locked in their schools after he was spotted carrying a gun or a replica gun. The police said that it was not being treated as a firearms incident. A man was arrested on Public Order offences. A plastic gun was confiscated by the police (North-West Evening Mail, 17 March 2011). Jason Hines has made a public apology and been fined 80 (North-West Evening Mail, 25 March 2011).

Liverpool Echo, 15 March 2011

A man was shot in the leg in a street attack in Fazakerley, Liverpool, by a group of men. The victim managed to run to his home nearby. It is understood he is not cooperating with detectives.

Liverpool Echo, 15 March 2011

A gang of between four and seven men forced their way into a house in Prescot, Merseyside and shot a man with a shotgun. The men demanded cash before attacking him with an iron bar and shooting him in the leg. His injuries are not said to be life-threatening.

Lancashire Evening Post, 15 March 2011

A teenager had a gun put to his head during a street robbery in Fulwood, Preston, Lancashire. Whilst walking with a friend he was attacked by two men wielding a handgun and a knife. The men stole 15 and a mobile phone and escaped by cycle.

Get Bracknell, 15 March 2011

The front door of a house in Bullbrook, Bracknell in Berkshire, was damaged with what is thought to be a shotgun. Police are keeping an open mind about the motive.

Ely Standard, 15 March 2011

A 14-year-old boy who took his mother's pellet gun to school in Ely, Cambridgeshire, in February 2011 (see Incidents) as part of a bet has admitted possessing an imitation firearm in a public place. He also admitted stealing money from his family. He was given conditional bail.

BBC, 15 March 2011

Two men stole cash from a newsagent in Aspley, Nottingham. One of them threatened staff with what was believed to be a handgun. A gun was held to the head of a teenage paperboy during the robbery (Nottingham Post, 16 March 2011).

Manchester Evening News, 14 March 2011

Jazz Boscom-Williams, 20, was a member of a gang who terrified staff at a pub in Chorlton, Manchester, in June 2009. The victims were threatened with guns before the gang stole 350. Two men were pistol-whipped during the attack. He was also involved in a robbery at a home in Runcorn, Cheshire. Boscom-Williams pleaded guilty to robbery, possession of an imitation firearm at the time of committing an offence, and assault occasioning actual bodily harm. He was given an indeterminate sentence and must serve at least nine and a half years in prison.

Express & Echo, 14 March 2011

Jake Beaumont, 18, from Uffculme, Devon, has admitted affray after pulling out a toy gun and holding it to the head of a taxi driver. He had been drunk at the time. He also admitted another unrelated offence committed when he was drunk. He was sentenced to a total of 12 months in youth custody, suspended for two years and ordered to carry out 60 hours of unpaid community work.

Evening Telegraph (Peterborough), 14 March 2011

Police have confirmed that they have visited a shop in Peterborough to advise the owners about the sale of BB guns. They are concerned about a recent rise in the number of incidents reported to officers of BB guns and air rifles being seen, particularly in the Ortons area of the city. In one incident two 18-year-olds were caught firing BB guns at one another across a square among shoppers.

Echo, 14 March 2011

David Sanderson fired a gun at bailiffs following a row over unpaid parking tickets. He fired the replica pistol during an incident in Southend, Essex, in October 2010 (see Incidents). He has been jailed for 18 months after pleading guilty to possessing an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.

BBC, 14 March 2011

The front and back doors of a house in Farley Hill, Luton, Bedfordshire, were damaged with what appeared to be gunshots. Two men have been charged with possession of a shotgun with intent to endanger life and two related charges.

BBC, 13 March 2011

A man whose body was found in a car outside a police station in Blacon, Chester, had been shot and stabbed. A man and a teenage woman have been charged with murder (BBC, 14 March 2011).

Yorkshire Evening Post, 12 March 2011

When police searched the home of Martin Fernandez-Costello and his son Joshua Lowe in Bradford they found a semi-automatic pistol and ammunition in a safe hidden in a bedroom. The two men had been caught unloading cannabis from a lorry full of pizzas. Fernandez-Costello, who was jailed for nine years, pleaded guilty to possession of a pistol and possession of ammunition. Both men admitted drugs offences.

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard, 12 March 2011

A man with terminal cancer took his own life by shooting himself with his own rifle in Fairford, Gloucestershire, in July 2010. He wanted to save his wife and family further distress. A verdict of suicide was recorded by the coroner.

Westmorland Gazette, 12 March 2011

A man threatened a member of staff with what is believed to be a handgun at a store in Lancaster. A second man kept watch at the door. Both men ran away empty handed after being approached by a second member of staff.

BBC, 12 March 2011

A man armed with a handgun threatened a postmaster in Basildon, Essex. He fled with a five-figure sum after forcing his victim to open a safe and tying him up.

News Shopper, 11 March 2011

A firearm and ammunition were found during targeted raids in Greenwich, south east London, on criminal networks involved in the supply of drugs which resulted in 51 people being arrested.

Guardian, 11 March 2011

Two men who helped Raoul Moat stay on the run after he shot three people, one fatally, on Tyneside in July 2010 (see Incidents) have been convicted of a number of offences. Karl Ness was convicted of murder and both he and Qhuram Awan were found guilty of conspiracy to murder, attempted murder and robbery of a chip shop. Ness was also convicted of possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life. Ness will serve at least 40 years in jail before he can apply for parole and Awan will serve a minimum of 20 years (Press Association, 15 March 2011).

Evening Chronicle, 11 March 2011

Andrew Tweedy has been jailed for six years for his part in an armed robbery on a post office in Longbenton, Tyneside, in May 2010 (see Incidents). He had allowed the robbers to borrow his imitation handgun. He was in breach of a suspended sentence imposed for another offence. He admitted conspiracy to rob and possession of a firearm with intent.

Coventry Telegraph, 11 March 2011

A cache of weapons was stolen from a house in Nether Whitacre, Warwickshire, during a burglary. Two shotguns were stolen together with other items. In a linked incident which took place in February a deactivated rifle was among items stolen from a home in Tamworth, Staffordshire.

Bolton News, 11 March 2011

A man from Radcliffe, Greater Manchester, who pleaded guilty to possessing a Taser stun gun and police-style batons will go on trial over the basis of his pleas. The man was on trial with another man who has been convicted over a number of drug offences. The pair were alleged to have driven to Bradford where the drugs were found.

BBC, 11 March 2011

Garri Burrell who was caught with cocaine in his car has admitted possession with intent to supply and four charges relating to weapons found in a raid on a property in Easton, Bristol. Police found a stun gun and replica weapons. He also had live ammunition for a firearm without a certificate (Evening Post (Bristol), 12 March 2011).

The Advertiser, 11 March 2011

Police are investigating an incident in which a teacher at a school in Leyburn, North Yorkshire, was shot in the back with an air rifle by a pupil. One witness said that the shot nearly hit a six-year-old girl standing next to the teacher. The witness was concerned that the incident was being "brushed under the carpet".

Weston, Worle & Somerset Mercury, 10 March 2011

Four people have been found guilty for their part in an armed robbery in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, in March 2010 and the kidnap of a man from his home in Benwell in July 2010. During the Weston incident one man was armed with a shotgun. Alex Fillingham, Leon Duncan and Jamie Veira were all found guilty of conspiracy to rob and possession of a firearm with intent. Marissa Campbell was found guilty of false imprisonment. Jack Jones, Wesley White and Ashley Pritchard had already pleaded guilty in relation to the case. See also February 2011 Incidents.

The Shuttle, 10 March 2011

Local residents in Cookley, Worcestershire, have been angered and worried by police training exercises which have involved gun shots being fired during the evening.

St Helens Star, 10 March 2011

Sam Griffiths, 20, was found with a Taser at an address in Haydock, Merseyside, in September 2010. He was given a 12 week prison term.

Northampton Chronicle & Echo, 10 March 2011

In a raid in Kingsthorpe, Northampton, police officers confiscated ammunition for a shotgun.

Lancashire Evening Post, 10 March 2011

An airgun was among items stolen during a raid on a house in Much Hoole, Lancashire.

Huddersfield Daily Examiner, 10 March 2011

A man has been cleared of attempting to rob two teenagers in Paddock, West Yorkshire, in July 2010. A man was alleged to have produced what looked like a handgun from his pocket during the incident. He was also cleared of an allegation of possessing an imitation firearm with intent. He claimed he had only been involved in a bit of a struggle with the men.

Evening Gazette, 10 March 2011

A gun was fired at a home in Grangetown, Teesside. No one was injured in what police described as a "targeted incident".

Daily Echo, 10 March 2011

A man may have been concealing a gun when he robbed an off licence in Bournemouth, Dorset. A man has been arrested and released on bail.

BBC, 10 March 2011

Shots were fired at a house in Aigburth Vale, Liverpool, damaging the door. Nobody was injured. Police believe the gunman may have targeted the wrong house.

BBC, 10 March 2011

Two men showed a small handgun to a cashier in a bank in Devizes, Wiltshire, and asked her to fill a bag with money. Two men have been arrested in connection with this robbery and one in Corsham in February 2011 (see Incidents). An imitation firearm has been recovered (This is Wiltshire, 29 March 2011).

The Argus, 10 March 2011

A police officer was threatened with a gun by one of three men in Hove, Sussex. Teachers and staff at two local schools were advised to keep pupils inside the premises whilst the police conducted a search.

Tamworth Blog, 9 March 2011

A man brandishing a shotgun-type weapon demanded money from the cashier of a bookmakers in Stonydelph in Tamworth, Staffordshire. Two days later two men, one carrying a plastic bag which had two barrels protruding from it and the other a knife, robbed a nearby store of cash and cigarettes.

Oxford Mail, 9 March 2011

Five men at a house in Cutteslowe, Oxford, were threatened by three men wielding a gun and machete who demanded money. The robbers fled after one of the victims drove off.

Harrow Observer, 9 March 2011

A man boarded a Tube train in Harlesden, north west London, and travelled one stop before collapsing on the platform in Willesden with gunshots wounds to the back. The weapon is believed to have been a shotgun. The victim is in a stable condition in hospital (Evening Standard, 10 March 2011).

BBC, 9 March 2011

A 14-year-old boy was shot with a shotgun at a house in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire. He was in a serious condition with injuries to both knees. A man has been arrested in connection with the shooting (Bucks Free Press, 21 March 2011).

This is Lancashire, 8 March 2011

Five men have been arrested following a four-hour stand-off with armed police in Burnley, Lancashire. It is understood that four men had visited the property with what was believed to be a shotgun and there were reports of a man being held hostage.

Norwich Evening News, 8 March 2011

A clutch of 15 guns was seized by armed police during a raid on a home in Walcott, Norfolk. The man whose address was visited said he had held a firearms licence for a number of years and had become a firearms dealer three years ago.

Local Guardian, 8 March 2011

A BB gun was among items stolen from a flat in Loughton, Essex, where a man was stabbed by a gang of five burglars who forced their way in.

Herald Express, 8 March 2011

A Taser-like gadget was used in a raid on a house in Torquay, Devon. Two men assaulted some of the occupants and although the motive appeared to be burglary nothing was taken.

Express & Star, 8 March 2011

A man pointed a handgun at a shopkeeper in Wolverhampton during an attempted robbery. He demanded money but fled after the shopkeeper picked up a baseball bat.

Daily Gazette, 8 March 2011

Terry Peasey was upset over someone parking near his home in Colchester, Essex, and following a row with the driver he went home and took out a .22 air rifle. When the police called he denied having the gun. He has now admitted possessing a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence and was given a four-month prison sentence, suspended for two years. He was given 240-hours unpaid work.

Cambridge News, 8 March 2011

A teenage girl was forced to undress in the street by a cyclist during an attack in Comberton, Cambridgeshire. The man threatened to shoot her and although the victim didn't see a gun the man kept reaching for a weapon in his pocket. He attempted to rob her of her underwear but eventually fled.

South Yorkshire Police, 7 March 2011

A man and a woman have been arrested on suspicion of murder after a man was found dead at his home in Worsbrough, South Yorkshire. He died from a gun shot to the head. A second man has been arrested in connection with the murder (BBC, 8 March 2011). The victim was apparently shot dead in his bed as his 3-year-old son slept beside him (Yorkshire Post, 10 March 2011). One man has been charged with murder, the other two people have been released without charge (The Star, 11 March 2011).

Redditch Advertiser, 7 March 2011

Two youths have been arrested after cannabis, drugs paraphernalia and an imitation firearm were recovered from an address in Redditch, Worcestershire. One of the youths was arrested on suspicion of possession of a prohibited weapon.

Maidenhead Advertiser, 7 March 2011

The trial of a gang accused of going on a revenge mission has concluded with a teenager being found not guilty of conspiracy to commit GBH with intent and conspiracy to possess a firearm to cause fear of violence. Earlier James Stabler admitted both offences and three other men admitted conspiracy to commit GBH with intent. The gang were alleged to have opened fire with a gun on a family home in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, in August 2010 (see Incidents) after one of them had been mugged in Britwell, Berkshire (Maidenhead Advertiser, 23 February 2011).

Express & Star, 7 March 2011

Guravtar Chander has admitted two charges of robbery and two of possession of an imitation firearm while carrying out the raids. He robbed two shops in Whitmore Reans, Wolverhampton, whilst armed with what appeared to be a shotgun on two consecutive days in November 2010 (see Incidents). Sentencing was deferred.

Ealing Today, 7 March 2011

The police have released images of a man wanted in connection with a robbery at a bookmakers in Northolt, west London, which took place in December 2010. Two suspects entered the shop armed with what appeared to be a long barrelled gun in a black bin liner.

BBC, 7 March 2011

A man has been injured in a shooting in Norris Green, Liverpool. The victim was found in a street with gunshot wounds to his back. His injuries are not thought to be life threatening. It is believed he had around 70 pellet wounds in his back. An 18-year-old has been arrested on suspicion of wounding (Liverpool Echo, 8 March 2011).

The Argus, 7 March 2011

A man charged with an attempted robbery at a newsagents in Brighton and possessing an offensive weapon has also been charged with two further counts of possessing a weapon, a stun gun and pepper spray, which were found following a search of his property.

BBC, 6 March 2011

A man has been charged with possessing a shotgun with intent to endanger life after an incident in Folkestone, Kent.

This is Local London, 5 March 2011

A gun was found during a weapons sweep at an estate in Roehampton, south west London, in February 2011. The gun was a blank firer and the ammunition was live blanks. The police were looking for weapons after reports of gunshots.

Nottingham Post, 5 March 2011

A man was admitted to hospital with a wound to his leg after armed response offices were sent to reports of a gun being fired in Nottingham. A man has been charged with grievous bodily harm with intent and possession of a firearm with intent. The victim was released from hospital after treatment (BBC, 22 March 2011).

Norwich Evening News, 5 March 2011

A shotgun was discovered by police during a search of a house in Eaton, Norwich. Two people were questioned before being released on bail.

BBC, 5 March 2011

A man was found with a gunshot wound to his thigh in Blackley, Manchester. Two men have been charged with attempted murder and one of them is also charged with possession of a firearm. Another two men have been charged with attempted murder (BBC, 14 March 2011).

The Argus, 5 March 2011

Two young men from Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex, have been jailed for five years each for a series of gunpoint robberies which they carried out in September 2010 (see Incidents). Jordan Hookway and Thomas Walsh pleaded guilty to one count of attempted robbery, two actual robberies and for possession of an imitation firearm.

Telegraph & Argus, 4 March 2011

Shots were fired at a house in Girlington, Bradford, in what police say was a targeted attack. A man has been arrested.


Stourbridge News, 4 March 2011

Lee Hickman pistol whipped a man in the face when he robbed him in Stourbridge, Worcestershire. He headbutted a second man as he and Oliver Lloyd, 19, demanded the victims' wallets and phones. Hickman and Lloyd admitted two charges of robbery and possessing an imitation firearm, an air pistol that resembled a handgun. Hickman was locked up for five years, and Lloyd was sent to a Young Offenders' Institution for two-and-a-half years.

Nottingham Post, 4 March 2011

Duane Clarke has been jailed for eight years for firing shots at a car in Basford, Nottingham, in July 2010 (see Incidents). He pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life.

Kent Online, 4 March 2011

Billy Williams, 18, raided a betting shop in New Romney, Kent, in June 2010 whilst brandishing a sawn-off shotgun and in July 2010 (see Incidents) he robbed a post office in St Mary's Bay when armed with a pistol. He admitted the robberies and possessing a firearm with intent and possessing a firearm when prohibited. Sean Edgar admitted robbing the post office and asked for 15 other offences to be considered. Williams was sentenced to seven years youth custody, and Edgar was jailed for three-and-a-half years.

Halesowen News, 4 March 2011

Three men have been charged with attempted wounding with intent and possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence following a shooting in Pensnett, West Midlands, in December 2010.

Fulham & Hammersmith Chronicle, 4 March 2011

Police seized suspected class A drugs and what police believe to be pistol bullets were seized during a raid on a house in Fulham, west London.

Click Liverpool, 4 March 2011

Mark Jones has been sentenced to three years and nine months after pleading guilty to possession of a firearm. Police discovered a loaded shotgun with ammunition at his home in Stockbridge Village, Liverpool, in September 2010 (see Incidents).

Bucks Free Press, 4 March 2011

Shailesh Patel has pleaded guilty to three counts of robbery, one count of attempted robbery and four counts of possession of an imitation firearm. He began a spate of robberies to pay off a "drug debt". In High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, he raided two bookmakers in December 2010 (see Incidents) and January 2011 (see Incidents), attempted to rob a woman in a car park and then held up a petrol station. After the first raid police found a plastic toy gun with the first name of Patel's child written on it. Two other plastic guns were later found at his home, another one with his child's name written on it. He was sentenced to six years for each count of robbery and attempted robbery, to be served concurrently and will serve a further two years for the imitation firearm offences.

This is the West Country, 3 March 2011

Michael Cunningham from Minehead, Somerset, has been fined for possession of cocaine and given a community order for possession of a stun gun.

St Helens Star, 3 March 2011

A police firearms officer is believed to have shot himself dead in a car parked on an estate in St Helens, Merseyside. It is understood that he suffered a fatal shotgun wound to his head. The weapon is believed to have been legally owned. The police are not treating the death as suspicious and the matter has been referred to the coroner.

Oxford Mail, 3 March 2011

A man was arrested in Wootton, Oxfordshire, on suspicion of possession of a firearm and possession of class B drugs. The arrest was one of a number after police targeted a suspected drugs ring.

Nottingham Post, 3 March 2011

Barry Wagstaff has been jailed for seven years after admitting a total of drug charges and possession of firearms without a certificate. Officers found drugs and firearms, including shotguns, rifles and CS spray at his home in Skegby, Nottinghamshire, in March 2010.

News Shopper, 3 March 2011

Police searching an address in the East End of London in August 2010 discovered drugs, cash, a handgun, ammunition and a bullet proof vest. Five men have been convicted of drug offences.

Herald Express, 3 March 2011

Joshua Bush, 21, Michael Fallon, 18, and Matthew Webber, 18, took potshots with a .177 air rifle at a teenage girl's house outside Newton Abbot, Devon, in October 2010. Fallon, who had used cannabis that night, had intended taking the gun and pellets to Berry Pomeroy with the intention of frightening the public, but they returned to the girl's home. All three pleaded guilty to possession of an unloaded air rifle and joint criminal damage. Bush and Fallon were both given 60-day jail sentences and Webber an eight-week jail term all suspended for 12 months. All three were sentenced to 150 hours of unpaid work.

Evening Standard, 3 March 2011

Milton Woolf and Jacqueline Swan provided safe deposit box centres where organised crime gangs and murderers could store guns, gold bars and illicit cash. Five handguns were recovered in raids on centres in Park Lane, Hampstead and Edgware in London. The branches were raided by police in June 2008 (see 2009 Incidents). Among the 14 offences to which Woolf pleaded guilty was possession of a firearm. Woolf was sentenced to four and a half years in jail and Swan for one year. Their customer John Derriviere admitted possession of a firearm and ammunition and other offences and was sentenced to eight years (Harrow Observer, 7 March 2011).

Chertsey & Surrey Herald, 3 March 2011

Guns, drugs and cash were seized in raids across Runnymede, Surrey. A man from Chertsey was arrested on suspicion of possession of class A drugs with intent to supply and possession of a firearm. Three other men from Egham were arrested on suspicion of possession of prohibited weapons.

BBC, 3 March 2011

Robert Kenney has pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear and violence. The charge followed an armed siege in Wells, Somerset, in October 2010 (see Incidents). It was previously reported that the weapon was a BB gun.

The Argus, 3 March 2011

An elderly woman was shot in the knee with an airgun pellet while she was out shopping in Hastings, East Sussex. Earlier in the day the window of a vet's practice was shot through by another airgun pellet.  A man was arrested on suspicion of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and criminal damage. An air rifle was seized.

Yorkshire Post, 2 March 2011

Two men have appeared in court in Leeds charged with possession of an imitation firearm, burglary and fraudulent use of a vehicle. The men were arrested after an officer saw them acting suspiciously and stopped them in a car.

Times Series, 2 March 2011

A gang of three men told a couple whose home they raided in Potters Bar, Hertfordshire, that they had a gun. The homeowner was attacked and cash and other items were handed over.

Telegraph & Argus, 2 March 2011

Shots were reported to have been fired in a street in Marshfields, Bradford. Police found a car with damage consistent with a shotgun discharge. A shot was also fired at the front window and door of a house belonging to an elderly woman (Telegraph & Argus, 3 March 2011).

Nottingham Post, 2 March 2011

A former security guard has pleaded not guilty to eight robberies, three charges of possessing an imitation firearm and one of assault causing actual bodily harm. The robberies took place between November 2009 and June 2010 at stores where he used to work in the Nottingham area, in Long Eaton, Lowdham, Sneinton Dale, Carlton, Sherwood, Carrington and Radford (see Incidents in May 2010, June 2010 and July 2010). After he was arrested police found banknotes and a replica handgun. Modou Ndow has been convicted on all charges (Nottingham Post, 11 March 2011). He has been jailed for 21 years (BBC, 11 March 2011).

Leicester Mercury, 2 March 2011

Two students who are alleged to have been among a gang of men who threatened three people in a car with a sawn-off shotgun in Leicester in January 2010 have gone on trial. Both deny possessing a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence. Police found the gun in the boot of a car after the incident. The men walked free after the prosecution decided not to proceed with its case. The identification evidence relating to the gunman involved was "fatally flawed" according to the judge (Leicester Mercury, 4 March 2011).

Harrow Times, 2 March 2011

Two police officers have been praised during the Met police Heroes Week. PC Ben Reidy chased a teenager who aimed a replica handgun at him and pulled the trigger. Another officer PC Jason Tsang was also threatened with the gun. The weapon was so convincing it fooled firearms officers who arrived after the incident which occurred in South Kilburn, north west London, in October 2010. The teenager was jailed for three years for two counts of possessing an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear or violence.

Coventry Telegraph, 2 March 2011

Two men have been charged with an attempted robbery following a failed raid on a bank in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, in November 2010. The charges include possessing a firearm with intent and possessing an imitation firearm with intent.

Coventry Observer, 2 March 2011

The police have released CCTV pictures of a robbery at a store in Earlsdon, Coventry, which took place in October 2010. A man brandishing a pistol forced staff to hand over the takings.

Bucks Herald, 2 March 2011

An air weapon was seized after police received calls about a man in distress in a street in Aston Clinton, Buckinghamshire, who was holding a weapon. A man was arrested on suspicion of firearms offences.

BBC, 2 March 2011

Police officers were called to reports of a robbery at a post office in Weymouth, Dorset. A gunman escaped in a vehicle. Following the raid a police officer was threatened with a gun and a woman's car was stolen. A man has now been arrested. A loaded firearm, believed to be a .22 rifle, was recovered near the scene of the arrest and an air rifle was later recovered from a car (BBC, 5 March 2011). The man has been charged with a number of offences including robbery, possession of a firearm while committing a schedule one offence (two charges) and possession of a firearm with intent to resist arrest (two charges) (BBC, 6 March 2011). Two other people have been arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender.

Hartlepool Mail, 1 March 2011

Jonathan Wilson was banned from keeping guns after a previous conviction but when police raided his home in Hartlepool, Teesside, in July 2010 they found two airguns, one on a bathroom shelf and another behind a bath panel. Pellets were found in the kitchen. Wilson claimed the weapon behind the bath was already there when he moved in but that the other gun had been bought by his girlfriend for "messing around" with paper targets. He admitted two counts of possessing a firearm while prohibited from doing so and one of possessing ammunition. He was given a two-year community order with supervision and 80-hours unpaid work.

Evening Post (Bristol), 1 March 2011

Aaron Pepperall brandished a gun and used pepper spray during an attack on a student in Bristol in October 2009. He had denied assault with intent to rob, possession of a firearm with intent to rob and possessing pepper spray but was found guilty. He has been jailed for five years.

Evening Gazette, 1 March 2011


Six children were hit by
paintballs after they were shot at from a vehicle which was being driven around Marske and Redcar in Teesside. One girl suffered bruising to the side of her face. Police warned that someone could have been seriously hurt.

East Lothian News, 1 March 2011

William Bewley, a convicted murderer, has pleaded guilty to having a prohibited gun. He was found in possession of a blank-firing pistol which had been partially bored and was demonstrated to be capable of firing potentially lethal shots. He had been on the run from prison when he was caught at an address in Deal, Kent, in June 2010 where the weapon was found. He had earlier pleaded guilty to escaping lawful custody. He has been jailed for seven years (BBC, 2 March 2011).

Dudley News, 1 March 2011

The occupant of a house in Dudley, West Midlands, returned home to find damage to the front door and window which had been caused by gunshots. No one was inside the premises at the time of the shooting.

Croydon Guardian, 1 March 2011

A 17-year-old girl has been jailed for three years after being found guilty of possessing a prohibited weapon. Police found a sawn-off shotgun hidden under her bed at her home in South Croydon, south London.

Champion, 1 March 2011

A resident in Banks, Lancashire, reported hearing the sound of a gunshot. The police found a rear window of a house had been shattered. Shots were previously fired at a house in the same area in November 2010.

BBC, 1 March 2011

The inquests have opened into the deaths of the victims of Derrick Bird who killed 12 people during a shooting rampage in Cumbria in June 2010 (see Incidents) when he was armed with a 12-bore sawn-off shotgun and a .22 rifle. The jury has recorded verdicts of unlawful killing on each of the 12 victims and a verdict of suicide for Bird who turned a rifle on himself (Independent, 26 March 2011).


 

SCOTLAND

 

Berwickshire News, 31 March 2011

An air rifle has been taken from a caravan at a holiday park in Eyemouth, Berwickshire. The rifle and accessories were stolen at some time during the last three and a half months.

stv, 30 March 2011

Michael Sutherland has been found guilty of repeatedly firing a rifle at a shooting party who were hunting geese near his farm in Foveran, Aberdeenshire, in October 2009 (see Incidents). He exposed four men to the risk of serious injury or death, and the lives of four others were also endangered. Sutherland also admitted a charge of possessing around 230 more rounds of ammunition than he was licensed for. He has "no intention" of renewing his firearm licence or continuing to shoot on his land. His .243 rifle and ammunition have been seized.

Evening News, 30 March 2011

A court in Livingston has heard that Kristopher Martin went to his partner's former boyfriend's flat with a BB gun and ammunition clip. His girlfriend was there and he warned her that he was planning to shoot the other man in the head. She called the police who found the gun and ammunition. Sentencing was deferred.

BBC, 30 March 2011

Neil Martin has pleaded guilty to the attempted murder of his brother-in-law in Uplawmoor, Renfrewshire, in November 2009 (see Incidents). The shooting followed an argument about the best way to get home from a party. The victim was walking when he was shot in the leg with a shotgun by Martin who was in a car being driven by a former partner. Sentencing was deferred.

Evening Times, 28 March 2011

A man is being treated in hospital after he was shot in Sighthill, Glasgow. He was approached by two men, one of whom shot him.

stv, 26 March 2011

Staff at a bookmakers in Glasgow were threatened at gunpoint by a man who made off with a three-figure sum of money.

stv, 23 March 2011

Craig Vallance, 18, pointed a fake gun at a member of staff at a post office in Edinburgh in January 2011 and demanded that he open a till and take money out. He has admitted assault by presenting an imitation firearm at his victim and robbing him of money. Sentencing was deferred.

Paisley Daily Express, 22 March 2011

A gunman opened fire on a pub in Renfrew. No-one was injured. The weapon involved was a shotgun (Paisley Daily Express, 23 March 2011).

stv, 17 March 2011

Two men are believed to have used a gun during a robbery at a newsagents in Aberdeen. A three figure sum of money and cigarettes and alcohol were stolen. One man has been arrested (BBC, 21 March 2011).

Evening Times, 11 March 2011

A man was shot in a "targeted" attack in his home in Linwood, Renfrewshire. His injuries are not life threatening.

Sunday Mail, 6 March 2011

A taxi driver was forced at gunpoint to be a getaway driver after two men and a woman raided a petrol station in Fernhill, Glasgow. The suspects got out of the taxi less than a mile from the scene of the robbery and ran off.

Evening Express, 5 March 2011

A woman has denied culpably and recklessly discharging an air pistol in a communal garden in Aberdeen in July 2010.

stv, 3 March 2011

A haul of 50 live high-powered rifle bullets was discovered in undergrowth next to a road in the Holm area of Inverness. They were found by a local councillor who was responding to a call of fly-tipping in the area.

Hamilton Advertiser, 3 March 2011

Firefighter crews have been shot at at least six times in the past five weeks when called out to an area in Hamilton, South Lanarkshire. One airgun pellet smashed the side window of a fire engine.

Evening Times, 3 March 2011

A man was in a stable condition after being shot in Carntyne, Glasgow. He made his own way to hospital. Police are treating the incident as attempted murder.

Evening News, 3 March 2011

David Smith was caught with heroin and a shotgun in Edinburgh in December 2010. The shotgun was found not to be in proper working order because of a faulty trigger mechanism. He has admitted being concerned in the supply of heroin and illegally possessing the firearm. He has been jailed for more than eight years (Evening News, 23 March 2011).

Press and Journal, 2 March 2011

A man from Ruisaurie, Inverness-shire, has taken Northern Constabulary to court as part of an attempt to get back his guns. His shotguns and rifles were seized by police in May 2010 after officers received reports that the weapons were not being kept securely. He admitted not signing his firearms certificate and shotgun certificate but was given an absolute discharge. He had been charged with a number of other offences and his not guilty pleas were accepted by the Crown. A policeman has told a court that the man would be a danger to the public if he was allowed to hold a firearms certificate (Press and Journal, 26 March 2011).


 

WALES

 

Wales Online, 25 March 2011

A builder clearing a garden shed in Cathays, Cardiff, found a grenade and rounds of shotgun shells. The man was in the process of demolishing the shed.

BBC, 21 March 2011

A taxi driver was robbed with an imitation firearm in Penarth, Glamorgan. He was helping a teenager who said he was being chased when he was threatened by two men with a baseball bat and the imitation gun.

Western Mail, 18 March 2011

A man shot himself with a sawn-off shotgun after blaming himself for his son's death. He was found by a neighbour at his flat in Pentonville, Newport, in October 2010 with the gun next to him. Tests revealed he had three and a half times the legal drink drive alcohol limit in his blood. The coroner recorded a verdict that he killed himself while depressed.

Penarth Times, 17 March 2011

Armed police were called to the centre of Penarth, Glamorgan, after reports that a man with a gun had been seen in the area. A man was arrested and was later charged with blackmail.

This is South Wales, 11 March 2011

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

South Wales Echo, 7 March 2011

James Lee from Merthyr Tydfil brandished a gun in a street and threatened to kill the driver of a van shortly before he smashed the back windscreen with his fist. He admitted possessing a firearm and criminal damage and has been sentenced to 21 months in a young offenders' institution.

Daily Post, 2 March 2011

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


 

INCIDENTS INVOLVING ANIMALS

 

The Citizen, 28 March 2011

A cat was left fighting for her life after being shot with a pellet gun in Darwen, Lancashire. The pellet entered her abdomen. She is lucky to be alive but could return home following a successful operation.

Berwick Advertiser, 26 March 2011

Post mortems have revealed that two gulls found in Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland, had been shot with an air rifle.

Haverhill Echo, 24 March 2011

A cat in Haverhill, Suffolk, has been shot and injured with a BB gun. She was also wounded on the nose in an airgun shooting six months ago and another of her owner's cats was also shot with an airgun three years ago.

Essex County Standard, 24 March 2011

A family is appealing for help to catch the person who shot their cat with an air rifle in West Mersea, Essex. A pellet had pierced her hip.

News Shopper, 21 March 2011

A cat has been left blind in one eye after he was pinned down and shot at point blank range with a pellet gun in Beckenham, south east London. A pellet had lodged at the back of his jaw.

Braintree & Witham Times, 17 March 2011

A cat thought to have been hit by a car was found to have an air rifle pellet lodged in her side. She was shot in Braintree, Essex.

The Herald (Plymouth), 16 March 2011

A cat has been shot with an air weapon in Whitleigh, Plymouth. She has been left with a pellet in her left flank after treatment at a vets.

BBC, 16 March 2011

Two escaped dogs were tied to a tree and blasted with a shotgun in what the RSPCA described as a "brutal and mindless attack". The attack which took place near Knutsford, Cheshire, left one dog seriously wounded and the other dead.

Evening Post (Bristol), 15 March 2011

There has been a spate of cat shootings in Southmead, Bristol, by someone using an air rifle. Most of the incidents have involved animals whose owners live on one street and several cats are currently missing. One cat returned home with a pellet wound and died in her bed, another owned by the same person was found shot dead in an alleyway and two more have been shot in the shoulder. A neighbour's cat was shot in February 2011.

BBC, 14 March 2011

Thirty cows were shot dead after they escaped in Chirk, Wrexham, and were reported to be on a road and in people's gardens. There were reports that there were concerns about the way the animals were slaughtered and that they had been shot in front of onlookers, including children.

Cambridge News, 12 March 2011

A buzzard was left to die after being shot twice with a shotgun in Cambridge. The bird was discovered stumbling around in a distressed state by a passer-by.

Hinckley Times, 11 March 2011

A pet cat has been shot with an airgun in Hinckley, Leicestershire. His owner found him bleeding from a wound in his leg. X-rays revealed there was a pellet in his back. He is recovering but is now quite nervous and very jumpy.

The Courier, 10 March 2011

A cat originally thought to have been involved in a traffic accident was found to have a shattered airgun pellet lodged in her skull. She had been shot at point-blank range in Crossford, Fife.

Tewkesbury ADMAG, 9 March 2011

A barn owl died after being shot with a shotgun. It was discovered in Tredington, Gloucestershire and had two pellets in its leg. Barn owls are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act.

Motherwell Times, 9 March 2011

Two men with air rifles were seen by a birdwatcher close to an RSPB reserve in Motherwell, South Lanarkshire. The birdwatcher has urged others to be on the lookout for anyone shooting at birds.

Grimsby Telegraph, 9 March 2011

A cat has needed surgery after being shot at with a pellet gun in Immingham, Lincolnshire. A pellet narrowly missed his heart and became lodged under the top of his left leg.

Chorley Guardian, 9 March 2011

Six rabbits were shot dead with a pellet gun and then lined up in a row. They were discovered by a motorist in Astley, Lancashire.

Lincolnshire Echo, 8 March 2011

A peregrine falcon found dead in Lincoln had been killed with a shotgun. A total of ten pellets were found inside the bird. It is thought she may have been dumped in the city after being targeted at a separate location.

This is Gloucestershire, 4 March 2011

A sheep has been shot in the eye with an air rifle at a farm in Deerhurst, Gloucestershire. The animal survived but has possibly lost the sight of the injured eye.

Bracknell Forest Standard, 4 March 2011

A cat has been shot with an air rifle in Warfield, Berkshire, leaving him with injuries so severe he had to be put down. He suffered a shattered spine.

BBC, 2 March 2011

Darrell Duffill from Looe, Cornwall, had been drinking when he shot a donkey belonging to his sister in the temple with an air rifle and then fired another two shots. The donkey died. The incident followed an argument. Duffill has admitted criminal damage. He has been jailed for 56 days and ordered to pay his sister 200 compensation (BBC, 23 March 2011).

 

 

 

 

 

 

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