APRIL 2010

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 (*).

 

ENGLAND

Wiltshire Times, 30 April 2010

A farmer from Seend, Wiltshire, killed himself after telling his wife he had feelings for another woman.  He was found dead with his shotgun next to him in October 2009.  A post mortem examination report found the cause of death consistent with a gunshot wound.  An inquest heard that all the evidence indicated that he had taken his own life.

Southwark News, 30 April 2010

A man from Camberwell, south London, has been remanded in custody for allegedly being in possession of a shotgun to enable another person by means thereof to endanger life.

Runcorn & Widnes World, 30 April 2010

An air weapon was discovered when a cannabis factory was found at a property in Widnes, Cheshire.  A woman was given a caution for possession of cannabis.

Northampton Chronicle & Echo, 30 April 2010

Dennis Caygill has lost his licence to run a pub in Daventry, Northamptonshire, after he allegedly attacked someone with a stun gun in an incident in March 2010.

Mid Devon Star, 30 April 2010

A man was arrested after an incident in which a shotgun was fired in Bishops Tawton, Devon, during a dispute involving a father and son.

Islington Tribune, 30 April 2010

A 17-year-old from Islington, north London, has been jailed for 10 years after being convicted on two charges of attempted murder, and having a loaded firearm, a snub nose .38 revolver.  He pulled out the gun and fired at two men who accused him of being involved in theft and tried to detain him.  One of the men suffered a graze to the chest.

Daily Gazette, 30 April 2010

Staff at a post office in Capel St Mary, Suffolk, were threatened by a man with a handgun.  Nothing was stolen.

Cambridge News, 30 April 2010

A man brandishing a handgun raided a bowls club in Elsenham, Essex.  A pensioner working behind the bar was forced to hand over around 100 in cash.

BBC, 30 April 2010

Around 20 shotguns and small calibre rifles have been stolen from the workshop of a registered gun dealer in Barnt Green, Worcestershire.

BBC, 30 April 2010

Police were called to a house in Chandler's Ford, Hampshire, after a man was seen with a gun on the balcony.  A man was arrested and a rifle and ammunition recovered.

BBC, 30 April 2010

A shot was fired during a robbery at a jewellers in Dudley, West Midlands.  No one was injured but the owners were threatened and left shaken.

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard, 29 April 2010

Two gay men were 'arrested' and blackmailed by a gang of bogus police officers at a beauty spot near Birdlip, Gloucestershire, in October 2009.  One of them was told by his abductors that they had a gun.  An imitation gun was found in a car boot by police.  Jack Severn, 19, and Tommy Hopton have admitted conspiracy to blackmail and been jailed for 3 years and 4 year and four months, respectively.

Slough & Langley Observer, 29 April 2010 *

A 16-year-old has pleaded guilty to possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life and one count of threats to kill after an incident involving a shotgun in Slough, Berkshire, in February 2010 (see Incidents).  Dan Danila was sentenced to four years for the possession of a firearm and two years for making threats to kill, the sentences to run concurrently (Slough & Langley Observer, 28 May 2010; BBC, 18 June 2010).

Northampton Chronicle & Echo, 29 April 2010

James Rose, a former soldier with an interest in military memorabilia, was arrested when police raided his home in Spencer, Northampton, in November 2010.  He had a small collection of firearms and replicas, none of which could fire, as well as a top slide component part of a pistol.  Possession of the pistol part carried a minimum prison sentence of five years, unless he could prove exceptional circumstances.  Rose pleaded guilty to possessing ammunition and firearms and was given a two years suspended prison sentence.

Evening Standard, 29 April 2010

Three men from a gang which robbed 14 bookmakers and cash vans in south London have been found guilty of conspiracy to rob and possessing an imitation firearm with intent.  They took thousands of pounds from premises in Brockley, Deptford, Peckham and New Cross.  Mohamed Mohamed, Abdi Sharif-Aliand and Ibrahim Ndugwa will be sentenced in May.  Said Mohamed was deemed unfit for trial but was also found to have been involved.

Chester Chronicle, 29 April 2010

A man was spotted firing a long-barrelled gun in Chester.  Armed response officers spoke to a male who was in possession of what turned out to be a ball bearing gun.  He was given verbal advice about his actions and the gun was confiscated.  Police said that the man appeared to have been testing the gun and had not been aiming at anyone.

BBC, 29 April 2010 *

A man was found with fatal gunshot wounds in a street in West Derby, Liverpool.  The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.  His death has been linked to an incident in which shots were fired near a children's football match in Vauxhall in March 2010 (Guardian, 29 April 2010).  A total of eight men have now been arrested during the investigation (BBC, 19 May 2010).

Uxbridge Gazette, 28 April 2010

A shotgun was recovered during Operation Conold targeting drug dealing in the Three Rivers, Watford and Dacorum districts of Hertfordshire.

This is Local London, 28 April 2010

Staff at a travel agents in Beckenham, south London, were threatened with a handgun.  Two men escaped with foreign currency.

Rochdale Observer, 28 April 2010

Mark Sindrey was jailed for 15 years and four months after admitting a number of drug offences and possessing an automatic pistol and ammunition which were found at his home in Kirkholt, Rochdale in August 2008 (see Incidents).  He has failed to have his jail sentence cut.

Liverpool Echo, 28 April 2010

Two masked gunmen on a motorbike fired at house in Huyton, Merseyside.  A downstairs window was blasted with what is thought to have been a shotgun.

Kent Online, 28 April 2010 *

Neil Corrigan and Ricky Johnson have pleaded guilty to conspiracy to rob a security van at a bank in Swanley, Kent, in August 2009.  They used an imitation firearm and escaped with 25,000.  A third man has denied the charge.  Corrigan was on day release from prison at the time of the robbery.  He and Johnson have been jailed for 11 years (Kent Online, 8 June 2010).

Kent Online, 28 April 2010

Armed police swooped on a flat in Herne Bay, Kent, after reports of a man carrying a gun.  A man was later arrested in Whitstable.  It was not know if a gun had been recovered.

Coventry Telegraph, 28 April 2010

A robber who attempted to steal cash from a petrol station in Warwick pulled out what is believed to be a gun, possibly an imitation firearm.  The cashier hit an alarm and the man fled the scene empty-handed.

BBC, 28 April 2010

A taxi driver was threatened at gunpoint in Beeston, Nottinghamshire.  His taxi was stolen and was later found dumped.

BBC, 28 April 2010 *

A man was arrested in connection with a burglary at a gun shop in Christchurch, Dorset.  Shortly afterwards a car was stopped in Bournemouth and a quantity of guns was found in the boot.  A man has admitted burglary and been jailed for six years (see August 2010 Incidents).

BBC, 28 April 2010

A taxi driver was shot in the back in Croxteth, Liverpool, and was in a critical condition in hospital.  The gunman ran away from the scene shouting "I'm sorry".

This is Local London, 27 April 2010

A man has been charged with possessing an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence and possessing ammunition and drugs offences after police raided a house in Deptford, south east London.  A gun, four shotgun cartridges and rounds of ammunition were found.

Sunderland Echo, 27 April 2010

A man found a .410 shotgun wrapped in newspaper and tape outside home in Penshaw, County Durham, in October 2009 and passed it to his brother who hid it under his bed and tried to sell it to a work colleague.  Michael Tindle pleaded guilty to possession of a shotgun and selling or transferring the shotgun to another and Robert Tindle pleaded guilty to possession of a shotgun and attempting to sell the shotgun to another.  Both men were given a 26-week suspended prison sentence.

Romford Recorder, 27 April 2010

A man has been detained after a stand-off with armed police in a cul-de-sac in Rainham, east London.  There had been reports that a man had become "distressed" and had a loaded shotgun.  A shotgun and a small amount of ammunition were recovered from the house.  The man has been sectioned under the Mental Health Act (Romford Recorder, 30 April 2010).

The News, 27 April 2010

A woman needed surgery to remove an air rifle pellet from her arm after being shot as she queued for a burger at Portsdown Hill, Portsmouth.

Lancashire Telegraph, 27 April 2010

A teenager has been shot in the buttocks with an airgun in Euxton, Lancashire.  Two 16-year-olds were present in a house at the time of the incident and the police have described it as "high jinks which got out of hand".   One of the boys had apparently paid his friend 20 to shoot him during a drunken prank (Chorley Guardian, 27 April 2010).

Lancashire Evening Post, 27 April 2010 *

A man brandishing a small handgun walked into a travel agents in Longton, Lancashire, and threatened the staff.  He fled with foreign currency.  A man and a woman have been charged with robbery and having an imitation firearm with intent to commit an indictable offence (BBC, 6 May 2010).

Burton Mail, 27 April 2010

A pupil at a primary school in Newhall, Derbyshire, has been shot with what is believed to have been a BB gun.  The incident occurred during playtime.  The shots may have been fired by children at a traveller encampment in a neighbouring field.

BBC, 27 April 2010 *

A man was found dead at his home in Whitley, Coventry, is believed to have been shot.  A gun was recovered at the scene and a man has been charged with manslaughter and possessing a firearm.  The victim's friend has pleaded guilty to manslaughter.  The weapon was a prohibited semi-automatic pistol which belonged to the dead man (see July 2010 Incidents).

BBC, 27 April 2010

A man was threatened with what appeared to be a shotgun when an armed gang broke into his home in Middleton-by-Youlgrave, Derbyshire.  His belongings were ransacked and his safe emptied.

Oxford Mail, 26 April 2010

The front door of a house in Blackbird Leys, Oxford, was damaged in a shooting.  The police could not confirm what type of gun was used.

North-West Evening Mail, 26 April 2010

Damage inflicted on homes and gardens in a street in Barrow, Cumbria, could have been caused by air rifle pellets.  Windows, garden ornaments and greenhouses have been damaged.

Northampton Chronicle & Echo, 26 April 2010 *

Marie Dring threatened a hot air balloon passenger with a loaded shotgun, which she pointed at his chest, and told him to "get off my land".  The balloon had landed on her land in Potterspury, Northamptonshire, in September 2009 (see January 2010 Incidents).  She pleaded guilty to possessing a firearm with intent to cause fear.  The court heard how she had poked him twice with the gun, loading it with two cartridges in between.  She has been sentenced to eighteen months in jail (Northampton Chronicle & Echo, 19 May 2010).  The sentence has been reduced to nine months (BBC, 3 August 2010).

BBC, 26 April 2010

A CCTV image has been released of a man police want to speak to in connection with a robbery at a betting shop in Royton, Greater Manchester, in March 2010.  He walked into the shop holding a gun and demanded money.  He emptied the tills and ran off with an accomplice.

Evening Telegraph (Northamptonshire), 24 April 2010

A couple were held at gunpoint in their home in Corby, Northamptonshire, by two attackers who robbed them of cash and tobacco.

Liverpool Echo, 24 April 2010 *

A 19-year-old from Bootle, Merseyside, has been accused of possessing a semi-automatic shotgun, a .357 rifle and 75 rounds of .357 ammunition after police discovered guns and drugs in a house.  He was also charged with drug offences.  Liam Brannan admitted the offences and has been sentenced to six years in a young offenders institution, the sentence having been reduced on appeal (Liverpool Echo, 9 March 2011).

West Yorkshire Police, 23 April 2010

An attempt was made to rob a store in Drighlington, West Yorkshire, by a man carrying a black handgun.  He threatened a member of staff but left the premises without taking any cash.

This is Croydon Today, 23 April 2010

Mark Thompson was found with a revolver and ammunition in a police raid on his home in South Norwood, south London, in November 2009.  He pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm, possession of ammunition without a certificate and possession of cannabis and has been sentenced to five years and three months in prison.

Harrow Observer, 23 April 2010

After Dennis Black shot a woman in Wembley, north west London, in June 2000, hitting her in the head and hand, he went on the run for nine years.  He has now been convicted of grievous bodily harm with intent and has been sentenced to 12 years in jail.

Birmingham Mail, 23 April 2010

A gang of teenagers robbed people of thousands of pounds after luring them to Birmingham through a website advertising cheap goods.  The youths beat up their victims using knuckledusters, sticks and CS spray and an imitation firearm was brandished on several occasions.  The leader Haider Zaman, 19, admitted conspiracy to rob and possessing an imitation firearm and was sent to a Young Offenders' Institution for five years.  He was also ordered to pay compensation.  Other members of the gang were given two or three year custodial sentences.

BBC, 23 April 2010

Armed police who called at a property in Callington, Cornwall, in response to reports of disorder and anti-social behaviour arrested two men.  A threat had apparently made to use firearms.  A number of airguns were found.

BBC, 23 April 2010

Five members of a family have been found guilty over the death of a man whose decapitated body was found in a lake in Arlesey, Bedfordshire (see February 2010 Incidents).  The victim had been kept prisoner at a house in Luton as a slave and for his benefit money.  He was hit with bats, shot with an airgun and stabbed.  James Watt, Natasha Oldfield and Nichola Roberts were all convicted of murder and Robert Watt, Jennifer Smith-Dennis were found guilty of familial homicide.  Richard Watt had admitted familial homicide.  All were found guilty of perverting the course of justice.  James Watt had 14 previous convictions for 22 different offences, including affray and an airgun shooting.  James Watt will serve a minimum of 36 years in jail, Oldfield a minimum of 18 and Roberts a minimum of 15 years.  Richard Watt was jailed for eight years and Smith-Dennis for 10 years (Independent, 26 April 2010).

BBC, 23 April 2010

Two teenagers were arrested on suspicion of carrying high powered air rifles in a public place.  A police officer spotted them in a street in Canterbury, Kent.  The air rifles were seized.

BBC, 23 April 2010

A teenager has been found dead at a house in Greenwich, south east London, after police officers were called following reports of gunshots being fired.  He had been shot in the face.  Five people were arrested and subsequently bailed.  The police have said it was possible that the victim had been shot accidentally as someone else handled a gun (BBC, 24 April 2010) but they are treating it as a murder inquiry (BBC, 25 April 2010).

This is Nottingham, 22 April 2010

Air rifles were stolen from outside an address in Calverton, Nottingham.  The victim chased one offender who ran off with two other suspects.

This is North Devon, 22 April 2010

A three-year-old boy was hit in the face with a BB gun in Torrington, Devon.  The pellet missed his eye by two centimetres.  The boy was walking in a park with his teenage sister when three boys started firing at them.  One 13-year-old and an 11-year-old were given Youth Restorative Justice Disposals which mean they will have to apologise to their victim and explain their actions.  Another 13-year-old has been given a final warning.  The gun had been bought by a family member.

Kent News, 22 April 2010

Peter Mahoney threatened six people with an air pistol in Stone, Kent, before stealing their car in November 2008.  He was linked to the crime by DNA evidence left behind by his dog.  He pleaded guilty to racially-aggravated wounding, possession of a firearm, and robbery and possession of an imitation firearm and was jailed for four years.

Evening Telegraph (Peterborough), 22 April 2010

A quantity of drugs and several firearms, including a shotgun, have been seized during police raids in Northumberland and Newcastle.

Uxbridge Gazette, 21 April 2010

Two men have each been charged with one count of robbery and one count of possession of a firearm after a travel agents was robbed in Uxbridge, west London.  One man produced a handgun during the robbery.

Streatham Guardian, 21 April 2010

Yayhe Ismail shot a man in the face with a BB gun following a fight as they left a nightclub in Crystal Palace, south London, in August 2009 (see September 2009 Incidents).  His victim was left with a metal pellet embedded in his mouth.  He has been jailed for eight years after pleading guilty to GBH with intent to wound and possession of a firearm with intent to commit an indictable offence.

Southport Visiter, 21 April 2010

A man was arrested on suspicion of possession of a firearm after an armed police siege in Southport, Merseyside.  A member of the public had reported seeing a man with a gun.  Two men have now been charged with wasting police time.  Police confirmed that no firearm was traced (Southport Visiter, 23 April 2010).

The Herald (Plymouth), 21 April 2010

A 4-year-old boy required surgery after he was shot with an airgun as he and his mother were walking in a park in Stoke, Plymouth.  His mother heard a crack the moment before he fell to the ground screaming.  An X-ray showed a pellet lodged in his leg.  It has since been reported that the boy was not actually shot in the park but that his injury occurred when a loaded air rifle went off when it was dropped on the ground by a teenager, who was shooting at targets, in a courtyard where the 4-year-old was playing with a toy gun.  A decision is still being made in relation to police action regarding wasting police time (The Herald (Plymouth), 26 April 2010).

Grimsby Telegraph, 21 April 2010

William Munro, 19, pointed an air pistol at another motorist during a chase along a dual carriageway outside Grimsby, Lincolnshire, in December 2009 after the other man had forced him to brake suddenly.  The weapon was unloaded and he claimed his only intention was to "scare" the other driver.  He admitted possessing an air pistol with intent to cause fear of violence and was given an eight-month suspended prison sentence, a one-year supervision order, 100 hours' unpaid work and must pay prosecution costs.

The Gazette, 21 April 2010

A student has been accused of robbing at taxi driver at gunpoint in South Shore, Lancashire.  He is also accused of possessing an imitation firearm in the form of a silver handgun.

Enfield Independent, 21 April 2010

Six people have been charged with various offences, including supplying drugs, conspiracy to sell a firearm and ammunition, and possession of a handgun following raids at addresses in Enfield, Haringey and Redbridge in north and north east London and in Leeds.  The raids were a culmination of Operation Peyzac aimed at tackling gangs, gun possession and violent crime.  At one address in Haringey a suspected gun conversion factory was discovered (Yorkshire Evening Post, 22 April 2010).  A total of sixteen men, including a 16-year-old have now been charged (Enfield Independent, 22 April 2010).  Nine men were arrested in further raids across Haringey, Enfield and Waltham Forest (Haringey Independent, 29 April 2010).

Daily Mail, 21 April 2010

A man was confronted by armed police after the collapsible walking stick he was carrying was mistaken for a shotgun by a member of the public in Kesgrave, Suffolk.  He had been carrying the stick horizontally at the time.

BBC, 21 April 2010

The driver of a van involved in a road rage incident in Highfields, Leicester, was possibly armed with a gun.  The police are investigating.

Liverpool Echo, 20 April 2010

A revolver, a machete and a bank cash machine have been found by police scouring woodland in Stockbridge Village, Merseyside, which is known as a hiding place for guns.  The search, which followed a shooting in Croxteth (see below), also uncovered shotgun cartridges and 9mm bullets.  The search resulted from information provided by members of the local community.

Get Surrey, 20 April 2010

A woman was robbed at gunpoint at a flat in Horley, Surrey.  One of two suspects, both believed to be teenagers, was armed with a long-barrelled gun.  A small amount of cash and mobile phones were stolen.

Dudley News, 20 April 2010

A man described as "fanatical" about firearms made a gun to kill a friend's gravely ill cat who had decided not to use the PDSA.  Police officers found the improvised handgun, which had been made by cutting down an air rifle, at the home of Ian Hodson in Netherton, West Midlands, after receiving information that he had acquired a document on the making of an air machine gun.  He admitted possessing the prohibited gun and also possessing a quantity of ammunition without a firearms certificate and was jailed for four years.

Croydon Guardian, 20 April 2010

An air rifle was among items stolen during garage burglaries in New Addington, south London, March 2010.  A number of youths, all under 18, have been arrested at three addresses in the area.

Bolton News, 20 April 2010

A man burst into a bookmakers in Little Lever, Greater Manchester, and pointed a gun at staff before demanding that they hand over money.  He escaped with about 1000 in cash.

BBC, 20 April 2010

An imitation firearm was stolen during a burglary at wetland centre in Washington, County Durham, in which two geese were also stolen.  One of the birds was later found dead.

Liverpool Echo, 19 April 2010

Shots were fired at a house in Croxteth, Liverpool, as people slept inside.  The same home had also been targeted in a shooting in March 2010.

Liverpool Echo, 19 April 2010

A bouncer was shot twice in the leg with a handgun as he stood outside a wine bar in Croxteth, Liverpool.  A man inside the bar was hit in the chest.  The injuries of neither victim are thought to be life-threatening.

BBC, 19 April 2010

An actor with the Royal Shakespeare Company was "seriously" injured by a prop firearm during technical rehearsals at its theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire.

Advertiser, 19 April 2010

A man has been charged with harassment, making a hoax bomb threat, having an imitation firearm with intent and criminal damage to property after an eight-hour standoff with police in Winslow, Buckinghamshire.

Racing Post, 18 April 2010

A jockey has been arrested on suspicion of assault and possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear.  The arrest followed an altercation with his girlfriend in Newmarket, Suffolk.  The firearm is understood to have been a broken air rifle.  He was released with no charge and commented that "this is a private matter which is now resolved".

Western Morning News, 17 April 2010

David Clarke, described as a "weapons enthusiast", was banned for life from owning a firearm because of a previous sentence but was found in illegal possession of a gun. When police went to his home in Exeter in January 2010 they found a display of weapons including a .22 calibre air rifle.  Clarke claimed first that he was unaware the gun was classified as a firearm for the purposes of the ban and later that he had understood he had been only banned for three years.  The judge imposed no penalty for the firearms charge but sentenced him to a year's supervision.

Telegraph & Argus, 17 April 2010

Police were called to a house in Yeadon, West Yorkshire, after a man was seen carrying what was believed to be a shotgun.  A man was arrested after a siege which lasted for nearly ten hours.  Police were later seen taking out a shotgun and an air rifle (Yorkshire Evening Post, 19 April 2010).

The News, 17 April 2010

A clay pigeon shooting enthusiast killed himself with one of his own shotguns at his home in Fareham, Hampshire, in August 2009.  The death followed an argument with his wife.  The cause of death was a single shotgun wound to the head.  The coroner concluded that he intended to take his own life.

Huddersfield Daily Examiner, 17 April 2010

A man was shot in the leg in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire.  Police were alerted when he got to hospital.

Hartlepool Mail, 17 April 2010 *

During searches in Gateshead and Durham following an attack by several armed men at a pub in Haswell, County Durham, which left four men with injuries, the police recovered two machetes and a handgun.  A number of men have been arrested on suspicion of various offences including attempted murder.  A man is due in court charged with possession of a prohibited weapon and possession of ammunition (BBC, 21 December 2010).

BBC, 17 April 2010

Acting on information from the local community, the police found a .38 revolver and a 9mm semi-automatic handgun in Levenshulme, Greater Manchester.  No arrests have yet been made.

This is Nottingham, 16 April 2010 *

A man was arrested after a raid at a house in Worksop, Nottinghamshire, and charged with drug and weapons offences including possession of a shortened shotgun, possession of a shotgun with intent to cause fear or violence and possession of a firearm with intent to commit robbery.  A teenager who was arrested was released on bail.  A man has been jailed after admitting possession of the gun (see August 2010 Incidents).

This is Croydon Today, 16 April 2010

Anthony Palmer and Jimmy Giles used an imitation firearm in a raid on a petrol station in Addiscombe, south London, in August 2009.  Palmer who had previous convictions was sentenced to six years and eight months in jail, Giles received a four year and eight months sentence.

Southern Daily Echo, 16 April 2010

A man was arrested after members of the public reported seeing a man wandering around Romsey, Hampshire, with what they thought was a rifle.  He had pointed the weapon at someone but then left the scene.  A BB gun was recovered.  He was arrested on suspicion of being in possession of an imitation firearm with intent to put someone in fear of violence.

Southend Standard, 16 April 2010

Two cars have been fired at with what is thought to have been an air rifle in Southend, Essex.  During one incident in which four teenagers were seen a back passenger window was smashed.

Peterlee Mail, 16 April 2010

Adam Bone, 18, was told that he deserved to go to prison after he admitted possessing an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.  He fired a ball bearing gun at another motorist after he was involved in a minor accident in Peterlee, County Durham, in May 2009.  The judge sentenced Bone to a 12 month supervision order with a requirement that he attends a clinic for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder treatment.  The judge believed it was in the interests of justice and the better protection of the public in the longer term for his condition to be treated.

Lancashire Evening Post, 16 April 2010 *

A man has been charged in connection with possession of an imitation gun and false imprisonment after an incident in which a woman was allegedly threatened with a gun at her flat in Leyland, Lancashire.  Three other people, two women and a man were also arrested and bailed.  Two men have pleaded guilty to possession of an imitation firearm to cause fear of violence and false imprisonment (see January 2011 Incidents).

Express & Star, 16 April 2010

Paul Swain held an imitation gun to the head of his wife when their marriage collapsed.  He threatened that "This is for you" as she was driving through Walsall, West Midlands.  His wife did not immediately report the incident to the police but did so when Swain attacked her at the house they shared after a drinking spree.  Swain admitted possession of an imitation firearm and assault and was jailed for 16 months.

Worcester News, 15 April 2010

Following concerns from a member of the public when two youths were seen on the roof of a building in Worcester, the two were arrested on suspicion of public order offences and offences related to possessing an airgun.

This is Somerset, 15 April 2010

Sean Teddy has pleaded guilty to having an imitation firearm in a public place.  He had a BB gun in Lawrence Weston, Bristol.  Sentencing was adjourned.

Swindon Advertiser, 15 April 2010

A man who started a fight in a nightclub in Swindon, Wiltshire, in January 2010 was in possession of a stun gun.  He fled the scene but the weapon was later found on the floor.

The Star, 15 April 2010

A van specially adapted for the needs of a man paralysed for life in an illegal airgun shooting in 2005 has been shot at.  A shotgun cartridge was fired at the windscreen which was shattered.  The vehicle was parked outside his family home in Rossington, South Yorkshire, at the time of the attack. 

St Helens Star, 15 April 2010

A farmer was threatened at gunpoint during consecutive morning raids on his home in Garswood, Merseyside.  He was forced to hand over cash but did not report the first raid.  The same man is believed to have returned the next day with an accomplice when they fled with more money.

Liverpool Echo, 15 April 2010

A man has appeared in court charged with attempted murder of two men in Kensington, Liverpool, in 2008 (see Incidents).  One of the men was shot with a revolver in a flat in June, the other was shot by a man in camouflage in his living room in July.  The defendant is charged with two offences of attempted murder, two of wounding with intent and two of possession of a firearm with intent to endanger.  James Gilmore has been convicted and will serve a minimum of 15 years before being considered for release (Liverpool Echo, 27 April 2010).

Evening Telegraph (Peterborough), 15 April 2010

A 17-year-old boy has been charged after he allegedly held four men at gunpoint and stole their mobile phones in Rochdale, Greater Manchester.

Daily Mail, 15 April 2010 *

A 16-year-old girl is fighting for her life after being shot in the neck as she queued in a takeaway in Hackney, east London.  She was hit when a male teenager fired two shots at another youth and missed.  She died less than 48 hours after the shooting.  Police have launched a murder inquiry and are looking for two teenagers who fled on mountain bikes (Evening Standard, 16 April 2010).  Two men are on trial and deny murder and possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life.  A 17-year-old boy denies firearms charges and assisting an offender by moving the firearm involved in the murder and a 16-year-old denies possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life, a 9mm sub-machine gun (a converted Mac 10), four counts of possession of a prohibited firearm relating to the machine gun, a revolver and a 9mm pistol and possession of a shotgun without a certificate (Evening Standard, 9 March 2011).

Bexley Times, 15 April 2010

A court has heard how a gang of youths, aged between 15 and 18, broke into a birthday party in Bellingham, south London, and slit a man's throat.  It is claimed that one of the gang was carrying what appeared to be a gun.  Nine alleged gang members are standing trial for wounding with intent and violent disorder.

Yorkshire Evening Post, 14 April 2010

Staff at a scrapyard in Castleford, West Yorkshire, were confronted with raiders brandishing a gun, believed to be a handgun, and a knife.  The three men forced the staff to open a safe and escaped with 12,000.

This is Lancashire, 14 April 2010 *

A number of men have been convicted for their part in cash-in-transit robberies, including one in Blackburn, Lancashire, in December 2008 (see Incidents) in which a guard was shot.  David Evans and Dean Farrell were found guilty of conspiracy to commit robbery and possessing the firearm and Farrell was also found guilty of wounding with intent.  Colin McCash and Simon Ginn both pleaded guilty of conspiracy to robbery ahead of the trial.  James Mulholland was found guilty of a raid in Thornton Cleveleys.  Billy Anker pleaded guilty to possession of ammunition.  Farrell was given an indeterminate sentence with a minimum of 11 years and three months, Evans was jailed for 10 years, Ginn was sentenced to 12 years, McCash to 10 years and Mulholland to seven-and-a-half years (The Citizen (Blackburn), 14 May 2010).  Evans has had his sentence increased to 15 years (Lancashire Telegraph, 21 October 2010).  Farrell and Evans have had appeals against their sentence and conviction, respectively, dismissed (The Citizen (Blackburn), 27 March 2011).

Sunday Mercury, 14 April 2010

A gun was allegedly brandished during a disturbance in Aston, Birmingham.  Four suspects were identified and traced to an address in Nechells where three men and a woman were arrested and a handgun recovered.

Northampton Chronicle & Echo, 14 April 2010 *

An assistant is thought to have been threatened with a handgun during a robbery at a shop in Northampton.  The cashier was assaulted.  A man has admitted robbery and possession of an imitation firearm (see July 2010 Incidents).

News Shopper, 14 April 2010

An 18-year-old was injured in a second shooting in Brockley, south London, in four days.  He was taken to hospital but was later discharged and was then arrested on suspicion of possessing a weapon.

Metropolitan Police Service, 14 April 2010

A shotgun was found hidden within a bag behind bushes in Lambeth, south London during a partnership programme to improve a neighbourhood.  It is being subjected to further investigation. 

Liverpool Echo, 14 April 2010

A street in Wavertree, Liverpool, was cordoned off after reports of gunfire.  No evidence of damage to property or shots fired was found.  Two men have been arrested, one on suspicion of shooting a gun and the other, aged 18, of possession of a section 1 firearm (Liverpool Echo, 16 April 2010).

Hackney Gazette, 14 April 2010

A 16-year-old boy who was persuaded to mind a sawn-off shotgun by a gang has admitted the offence.  He was arrested after the gun was found in his bedroom in Hackney Downs, east London.

Express & Star, 14 April 2010

A man from Shirley, West Midlands, was given a three-year community order under supervision after he admitted possession of a bladed article and loaded air weapon.  He was found with the weapons when hiding outside the home of his wife after their marriage had broken down.  His wife was regarded as being at "high risk" and a restraining order had been issued.

Echo, 14 April 2010

Ashley Mansaram tried to fire a converted blank-firing revolver into a crowd of people outside a nightclub in Southend, Essex, in September 2009.  He had been thrown out of the club after a fight.  He pointed the gun and pulled the trigger four times but the gun did not go off.  He pleaded guilty to counts of possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear or violence, possession of a firearm without a certificate, possession of ammunition without a certificate and possession of a prohibited weapon.  He was jailed for more than five years.

BBC, 14 April 2010

A man has been arrested on suspicion of possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear in connection with an alleged offence in Lawford, Essex.  A man was reported walking around the village with a shotgun.  It was later reported that the man had been shooting pigeons with an air rifle and that there was no evidence that he was doing anything unlawful (Clacton Gazette, 15 April 2010).

Wigan Evening Post, 13 April 2010

A man threatened to kill a female worker in a shop in Billinge, Lancashire, pointing as if he had something in his pocket, although he didn't actually say he had a gun.  He demanded money and ran off with about 500.

Haringey Independent, 13 April 2010

Daniel Stanigar hid a converted BBM 92 handgun and three bullets inside a computer at his family home in Muswell Hill, north London (see January 2010 Incidents).  He had been leant on by others to store the gun.  He has been jailed for five years after admitting the offences.

Bolton News, 13 April 2010 *

A man apparently died after shooting himself outside his house in Horwich, Greater Manchester, with a legally registered shotgun in February 2010.  The man was described as a gun enthusiast.  An inquest heard that he shot himself in the head because he feared he would be sacked over an "upsetting joke" he made to a colleague.  The coroner concluded he took his own life (Bolton News, 18 May 2010).

BBC, 13 April 2010

Three teenagers have found a sawn-off shotgun in an alleyway in Allenton, Derby.  The weapon has been sent for forensic and ballistic tests.

Liverpool Echo, 12 April 2010

A gunman robbed two bookmakers in the same road in Maghull, Merseyside, within 24 hours.  In the first raid he had a handgun wrapped in a plastic bag.  In the second staff believed he was carrying a small handgun.  Cash was stolen in both incidents.

Lincolnshire Echo, 12 April 2010 *

Paul Charrington held an imitation firearm to the head of an unarmed police officer called out to deal with a domestic incident in Market Rasen, Lincolnshire, in January 2010.  The officer believed he was about to be murdered.  Charrington admitted possession of an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence and has been jailed for five years.  The weapon was an unloaded ball bearing gun.  He has had his sentence reduced to four years on appeal (Lincolnshire Echo, 6 October 2010).

Harrow Times, 12 April 2010

Three people were shot at a warehouse rave in Colindale, north west London.  A DJ was hit in the chest, a woman was hit in the back and arm and a man was hit in the ankle.  None of the injuries were life threatening.  Three men were arrested following a crash shortly after the shooting and have since been released on bail.

Guardian, 12 April 2010

Two men forced their way into the home of a racehorse trainer in Roddymoor, County Durham.  One of the men, who was armed with a knife, dragged his wife out of bed and the other held a handgun to his head.  He was forced to open a safe and the men took 100,000 in cash.  Armed police were on the scene within minutes after the alarm was raised even though the raiders had threatened to shoot the couple if the police were contacted within three hours.

Coventry Telegraph, 12 April 2010 *

A shop assistant was pistol-whipped by two men who snatched cigarettes and alcohol from a store in Walsgrave, Coventry.  One men was armed with a black handgun.  A man has admitted robbery and possessing a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence and received a jail sentence (see July 2010 Incidents).

BBC, 12 April 2010

Two men armed with a silver handgun and a baseball bat entered a store in Longford, Coventry, and demanded the contents of the till.  The owner pressed the panic button and was struck over the head with the weapons.  The men fled empty handed.

Waltham Forest Guardian, 11 April 2010 *

A man suffering gunshot wounds was pronounced dead at the scene in Leyton, north east London.  Police are keeping an "open mind" as to the motive.  A post mortem examination has confirmed that the victim died from a single gunshot wound to the chest (Waltham Forest Guardian, 13 April 2010).  CCTV footage of a man has been released by detectives (This is Local London, 18 May 2010).

BBC, 11 April 2010

A man brandishing a black pistol-type gun with a silencer threatened a worker at a convenience store in Canvey, Essex, and stole a three figure sum of cash from the till.

BBC, 11 April 2010

Three men, two of them carrying handguns, stole an undisclosed sum of money from a bookmakers in Wortley, Leeds.

Weston, Worle & Somerset Mercury, 10 April 2010

A boy was shot with a BB gun while playing in Portishead, Somerset.  He sustained bruising to his left eye.  A youngster has been reprimanded over the incident which happened last month.

Evening News, 10 April 2010

Andrew Bowles and James Atkins dressed up in camouflage clothing and armed themselves with hunting knives and imitation guns and repeatedly broke into a school in Costessey, Norfolk, and stole laptops and other items.  They were apparently acting out bizarre military games.  Atkins was caught during a police surveillance operation.  Both men admitted aggravated burglary and asked for other burglary offences to be taken into consideration.  Both received 21 month custodial sentences.

The Argus, 10 April 2010

Two businessmen have been arrested in connection with an armed threat.  A man, believed to be a former business associate, was followed from his home in Hove, Sussex, and threatened by two men in a vehicle with a shotgun.

Tottenham, Wood Green & Edmonton Journal, 9 April 2010

A Derringer handgun and more than 300 rounds of ammunition were seized by police following a raid on a home in South Tottenham, north London.  A 19-year-old woman was arrested.

Kent News, 9 April 2010 *

A man brandishing a black handgun robbed a bank in Northfleet, Kent.  Cash was found dumped nearby.  A handgun, believed to be an air weapon, was also recovered.  A man is due to appear in court charged with eight armed robberies at bookmakers and banks over the past six months.  A second man was charged with armed robberies and is alleged to have taken part in two raids, including the one in Northfleet (Peterborough Evening Telegraph, 12 April 2010).  Two men have pleaded guilty (see June 2010 Incidents).

Leighton Buzzard Observer & Citizen, 9 April 2010 *

Police found cannabis plants and numerous firearms, including a shotgun, during a raid on a property in Dagnall, Bedfordshire.  A man has been arrested on suspicion of possession of a firearm.  Three men will answer drugs and firearms charges (Leighton Buzzard Observer & Citizen, 5 September 2010).

Harrow Observer, 9 April 2010

An armed robber who threatened a motorist with a gun in a secluded car park in Sudbury Hill, north west London, is being sought.  He lured his victim using an advert posted on Gumtree asking for buyers of his car but after a short test drive the gunman stole the victim's car.

BBC, 9 April 2010 *

A man was shot in the arm at Brockley Cross, south London.  Two people have been arrested in connection with the shooting.  A man is on trial charged with attempted murder and with possession of a firearm with attempt to endanger life (News Shopper, 25 November 2010).

Yorkshire Evening Post, 8 April 2010 *

A man has been shot in the stomach with a shotgun on the doorstep of his home in Whinmoor, Leeds.  His condition was described as "serious but stable".  He may have been the victim of mistaken identity.  Two men are on trial and have denied conspiracy to murder and an alternative charge of conspiracy to commit grievous bodily harm.  One of them also denies attempting to murder the victim's father or the alternative of causing him grievous bodily harm with intent, possessing a shotgun with intent to endanger life and possessing a prohibited firearm (a pistol) and four further charges relating to ammunition (Yorkshire Post, 5 October 2010).  A man has been convicted and given a 17-year sentence (see October 2010 Incidents).

Oldham Advertiser, 8 April 2010

Four men threatened post officer workers with a handgun in Dobcross, Oldham in Greater Manchester.  They fled into a waiting car after stealing money.

Manchester Evening News, 8 April 2010

A man was beaten up and shot in the leg with a handgun in a pub in Moss Side, Manchester, in November 2009 in retaliation for a rape accusation.  Two men deny causing grievous bodily harm to the victim who was cleared of the rape.  Both men confessed to a lesser charge of unlawful wounding.  Richard Lee was given a nine month sentence and Kamar Anderson was jailed for 11 months.  The gunman is still being hunted by the police (Manchester Evening News, 14 April 2010).

Hounslow Chronicle, 8 April 2010 *

A man carrying a gun-shaped item terrified cashiers at a bank in Teddington, south west London.  He demanded cash and escaped with around 2,200.  In a second identical robbery at the same branch was carried out a few weeks later, apparently by the same man (Richmond & Twickenham Times, 27 May 2010).

Cambs Times, 8 April 2010

Armed police raided the home of an elderly couple in Wimblington, Cambridgeshire, after carers wrongly claimed they owned a double barrelled shotgun.  The weapon was an air rifle which was removed.

BBC, 8 April 2010

A gunman threatened staff at a bookmakers in Burnage, Greater Manchester.  He was armed with a revolver and stole cash.

This is Total Essex, 7 April 2010

Barry Wayne pointed a gun at his wife and then fired into the wall of their home in Ongar, Essex, in December 2009.  He later pointed the gun at himself.  The police arrived after his wife managed to text her sister.  It was claimed that drink was behind the fight.  Wayne pleaded guilty to possession of a prohibited weapon and ammunition without a certificate and, despite a plea from his wife, the judge jailed him for five years.

Telegraph & Argus, 7 April 2010

Three men armed with a sawn-off shotgun escaped with the weekend takings from a pub in Holme Wood, Bradford.  They had burst into the pub and demanded money.

Nottingham Evening Post, 7 April 2010

Mark Henry pulled out an imitation gun in a post office in Nottingham in January 2010 (see Incidents).  He assured one member of staff "not to worry" and "I'm not going to rob you".  A police officer who attended said that from a distance he would not have known if the firearm was real.  The court was told the incident was "a cry for help".  He pleaded guilty to possession of an imitation firearm in a public place and was jailed for nine months.

Nottingham Evening Post, 7 April 2010

A camper has been shot in Stanford-on-Soar, Nottinghamshire.  He apparently set up camp in a known hunting area.  He was taken to hospital in a critical but stable condition after suffering shoulder injuries.

Leicester Mercury, 7 April 2010

A man had to be flown to hospital after being shot with an airgun in Barlestone, Leicestershire.  He suffered an injured back muscle.  The police said the man had been injured accidentally.

Herald (East Herts), 7 April 2010

A man threatened staff at a shop in Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire, and looted the safe.  He appeared to be armed with a handgun.

Evening Chronicle, 7 April 2010

Terence Davidson has pleaded guilty to having a sawn-off double barrelled shotgun and a cannabis farm at his house in Walker, Tyneside.  He went on the run after the police had raided his home but was tracked down in Byker in January 2010 (see Incidents).  He also admitted handling stolen goods (the gun), possessing a firearm when prohibited because of his previous custodial sentence and other drugs charges.  He has been warned he will be locked up for at least five years.

Essex County Standard, 7 April 2010

Matthew Clark threatened to blow a cashier's head off at a bank in Dovercourt, Essex, if she did not hand over money.  He claimed "We've got guns".  He stole cash most of which the police found at his home.  He had also threatened staff at two shops but they refused to hand over cash.  Clark, who had served a jail sentence for raiding a building society in Bognor Regis, West Sussex, with a toy gun, admitted robbery and was jailed for three-and-a-half years.

BBC, 7 April 2010

Three masked men carried out an armed robbery at a pub in Kirkdale, Merseyside.  One of them was thought to be carrying a gun.  The owner sustained a head injury during the raid.

Uttoxeter Advertiser, 6 April 2010

A paintball gun was fired at the window of a service station in Sudbury, Staffordshire.  A car was seen with an object pointing out of its window before the attack occurred.  There had been two earlier incidents in which a paintball gun had been fired in Tutbury.  Police confirmed that the attacks are classed as firearms incidents.

St Albans & Harpenden Review, 6 April 2010

A man holding a gun walked into a post office in St Albans, Hertfordshire, and forced the manager and staff into a stock room.  He demanded cash from the safe and made off with a large amount of money.

Nottingham Evening Post, 6 April 2010

Ashley Smith pointed an imitation gun at a man's head after they argued in the street in Gedling, Nottingham, in April 2009.  He was found guilty of possession of an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.  He pleaded guilty to possession of cannabis at the time of his arrest.  He was sentenced to 18 months imprisonment.

Express & Star, 6 April 2010

Three men armed with a gun, a machete and a bat stole 400 from a shop in Park Village, Wolverhampton.  They warned two workers they would be killed if they did not hand over cash.

Bristol Evening Post, 6 April 2010

A man was shot in the face at close range at his own front door in St Paul's, Bristol.  A shotgun was fired through a glass pane.  The victim was taken to hospital but his injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.

BBC, 6 April 2010

A man from Luton, Bedfordshire, discovered that friends to whom he gave a home when they were released from prison were keeping a firearm and ammunition but failed to ask them to remove them or leave.  He has admitted possession of a firearm and four charges relating to ammunition and jailed for three years.  The police had become involved when a car registered to him was discovered with bullet holes.

BBC, 6 April 2010

A man and a woman have been charged following raids on a house in Wallsend, Tyneside, where police recovered heroin, cash, three firearms and ammunition.  The man has been charged with possession of heroin and possession of a stun gun.

Huddersfield Daily Examiner, 5 April 2010 *

A man was arrested after it was reported that he was carrying a gun on a housing estate in Scissett, West Yorkshire.  Several replica weapons were recovered.  A man has pleaded guilty to possessing an imitation firearm in a public place (see August 2010 Incidents).

The Gazette, 4 April 2010

Police are trying to trace a man recently evicted from a flat in Blackpool, Lancashire, who contacted them claiming to have a firearm and threatening to kill himself.  Police raided the flat but did not find him.

Birmingham Mail, 4 April 2010

Four men brandishing pistols and a shotgun raided a shop in Winson Green, Birmingham.  The men beat a cashier around the ribs and arms with an iron bar before fleeing with just 200.

Telegraph & Argus, 3 April 2010

A robber put a gun to the head of a man whilst he was home alone in Bradford.  Three men had forced their way in and demanded his phone, wallet and jewellery.

Bristol Evening Post, 3 April 2010

A hunting rifle was seized during a drugs raid in Bristol.  Five people were arrested.

Dewsbury Reporter, 2 April 2010

A sawn-off double barrel shotgun and ammunition were found in the loft of a home in Dewsbury Moor, West Yorkshire, during a police raid.  A man and a woman were arrested for firearms offences.

Daily Echo, 2 April 2010

Edgaras Plosenko, Aleksey Iskritskiy and Robertas Beniulis have all received jail sentences for aggravated burglary and possession of an imitation firearm with intent, Plosenko for 10 years and the other men for 8 years.  Two women police officers took on the men who were brandishing pistols at a home in Northbourne, Bournemouth, in December 2009.  The gang had bound a man and pointed a gun at him.  The judge recommended a public commendation for the officers.

Streatham Guardian, 1 April 2010

Mark Brown, one of two men found guilty of killing a man who suffered multiple stab wounds in Shooters Hill, south east London, in March 2009 was also found guilty of possessing a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.  Both men were also convicted of robbery.  The defendants had gone to the victim's flat to negotiate a drug deal.  Both were jailed for a minimum of 30 years (News Shopper, 30 April 2010).

Southern Daily Echo, 1 April 2010

A man threatened to shoot a cashier at a petrol station in Eastleigh, Hampshire.  The cashier refused to hand over cash from the till and the gunman ran off.

Runcorn and Widnes Weekly News, 1 April 2010

A man pointed a handgun at staff in a bookmakers in Widnes, Cheshire, before making of with cash.

Luton Today, 1 April 2010

Staff at an off-licence in Luton, Bedfordshire, were forced to hand over cash after a gang of four men held them at gunpoint with what appeared to be a handgun.

Doncaster Free Press, 1 April 2010

A mother was preparing a bottle for her one-year-old son when a pellet from an airgun shattered her kitchen window in Thorne, South Yorkshire.

BBC, 1 April 2010 *

A woman whose body was found in a freezer at a pub in Snettisham, Norfolk, last month died from a gunshot wound to the head.  Her boyfriend who ran the pub with her has pleaded not guilty to a murder charge (BBC, 2 August 2010).

See March 2010 Review

BBC, 1 April 2010

Two men on bicycles and armed with guns held up a travel agents in Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire.  They forced members of staff into a back office before stealing money from a till.

BBC, 1 April 2010

Scott Brown has been jailed for six years after admitting a robbery at a supermarket in Exmouth, Devon, in January 2010 (see Incidents).  He pointed a firearm at a cashier.  The gun has not been recovered.

The Argus, 1 April 2010

A man left empty-handed after demanding cash from betting shop staff in Worthing, West Sussex.  He had what looked like a handgun but staff refused to give him any money.


SCOTLAND

Telegraph, 30 April 2010 *

Caroline Igoe has been convicted of the murder of her boyfriend in Edinburgh in January 2009 (see Incidents).  Her brother Paul Igoe was cleared of murder but both were convicted of possessing the murder weapon and attempting to cover their tracks.  The victim was shot in the head outside their home after they had rowed in the hours leading up to his death.  The murder weapon was a converted blank-firing pistol.  The gun belonged to the victim (Daily Record, 1 May 2010) who had shown Igoe how to use it (Times, 1 May 2010).  She has been jailed for life and will serve a minimum of 20 years (Daily Record, 28 May 2010).

stv, 26 April 2010

An armed gang have stolen thousands of pounds from a Sikh temple in Pollokshields, Glasgow.  A worshipper was threatened with a handgun before the money was handed over.

BBC, 26 April 2010 *

For 28 years following his death Gail Cochrane held on to a pistol her father had kept as a "trophy of war".  The police found the gun, which was in working order, hidden under a mattress at her home in Dundee when they were searching the premises for her son.  She admitted having the gun without a firearms certificate and possessing the prohibited weapon without the authority of the Secretary of State or Scottish ministers.  She has been jailed for five years (BBC, 16 June 2010).  She has appealed against the sentence, but the two judges at the Court of Criminal Appeal have not reached agreement and the case will now be heard by three judges (BBC, 3 September 2010).  She has now had her sentence quashed and instead ordered to perform 240 hours of community service (Press & Journal, 19 November 2010).

Sunday Mail, 18 April 2010

A man was knifed to death in a park in Maryhill, Glasgow, by a gang armed with knives and a shotgun.  Two other men were also stabbed.

Scotland on Sunday, 18 April 2010

A man walked into a bookmakers in Corstorphine, Edinburgh, and threatened the cashier with what appeared to be a handgun.  The cashier was forced to hand over money.

BBC, 18 April 2010 *

Armed police were involved in a stand-off with a householder in Dunbeath, Caithness.  The incident followed reports of a man with a gun and an earlier disturbance between a man and a woman.  A man was arrested.  He had abducted his former partner at knife-point and was jailed for two years and four months after pleading guilty (BBC, 9 July 2010).

Paisley Daily Express, 13 April 2010

A man was found shot dead on the road to the cemetery outside Lochwinnoch, Renfrewshire.  A single shot from a shotgun was heard.  The investigation is ongoing and a report concerning the death has been sent to the Procurator Fiscal.

BBC, 13 April 2010

Three men attempted to abduct a man from his home in Crookston, Glasgow.  The victim was threatened with firearms as they attempted to pull him into a car.  He escaped with minor injuries.

Greenock Telegraph, 12 April 2010

Andrew Reilly took twelve .22 air rifle shots from the window of a flat into a street in Greenock, Renfrewshire, in February 2010.  He admitted repeatedly firing the gun to the reckless danger of others and was given a six-month deferred sentence.

Sunday Mail, 11 April 2010

Two men have been shot in the leg with a shotgun at the front door of a house in Pollok, Glasgow.  It is understood that an attempt had been made earlier to run over one of the victims.

Press & Journal, 10 April 2010

A police armed response unit was called to a flat in the Menzieshill district of Dundee and following a nine hour stand-off a man was detained in connection with an alleged assault of a woman.  A witness said there was a lot of talk that a gun was involved, but the police would not confirm if a firearm had been recovered.

Evening Express, 9 April 2010

A 5-year-old boy has become the latest victim of a BB gun shooting.  The boy was shot in the head whilst he was in a play park in Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire.  It is understood that two boys thought to be in their early teens were at the scene.  A 13-year-old has been charged (Evening Express, 28 April 2010).

Evening News, 2 April 2010

It is alleged that a suspected drug dealer was found with a gun in the boot of his car when police swooped on the vehicle in Edinburgh after they had followed him on a 500-mile round trip to Merseyside.  He denies all charges against him.

Paisley Daily Express, 1 April 2010

Two elderly men were attacked with a gun and baseball bat during a robbery at one of the men's home in Renfrew.  Two men ransacked a number of rooms and took more than 10,000 worth of possessions.


WALES

Daily Mirror, 15 April 2010

An 18-year-old boy has apparently shot and killed himself with a gun from the gun club to which he belonged.  The gun is reported to have been a pistol.  The incident happened at his home in Llantrisant, Mid Glamorgan.

BBC, 8 April 2010

A man who was found to have 397 bullets hidden in a dog kennel at his home in Denbigh, Clwyd, has been jailed for a year.  Police found the .22 ammunition following a drugs search in January 2010.  Robert Reeves admitted possessing the bullets.


INCIDENTS INVOLVING ANIMALS

Cambridge News, 30 April 2010

In another airgun attack a cat has had his leg fractured.  He was hobbling when he returned to the family home in Fulbourn, Cambridgeshire.  A pellet was retrieved from him and given to police.

Daily Post, 28 April 2010

A cat has been shot in the chest with an airgun in Caernarfon, Gwynedd.  The cat survived after being treated by a vet.

Press & Journal, 27 April 2010

Gulls have died a cruel and lingering death after being shot and wounded in a spate of airgun attacks in a residential area of Nairn.  X-rays have revealed pellets embedded in their bodies.

Express & Star, 27 April 2010

An airgun pellet was removed from the shoulder of a young cat shot in Streetly, West Midlands.  She is believed to have been in a back garden when she was shot.

East Anglian Daily Times, 27 April 2010

A cat has been seriously injured when she was shot with an air weapon in Rendlesham, Suffolk.  She had a puncture wound on one side of the body and a lump on the other side which the vet thought was the pellet.

Border Counties Advertizer, 27 April 2010 *

A cat was blinded in one eye by an airgun sniper in Weston Rhyn, Shropshire.  His owner pointed to a further 47 pellets embedded in a wall near her home as a result of shootings which had been going on for "quite some considerable time".  A local businessman has offered 100 reward for evidence leading to the conviction of the person responsible (Border Counties Advertizer, 4 May 2010).

South Wales Argus, 20 April 2010

A family cat is recovering after being shot twice with a pellet gun in Newport, Gwent.  He was found behind the garden shed covered in blood.  One of the pellets was close to his heart and lungs.

Express & Star, 19 April 2010

A swan has been shot dead with an air rifle at a beauty spot in Great Wyrley, Staffordshire.  The swan is believed to have been nesting on eggs, meaning its chicks will also die.

Northern Echo, 16 April 2010

A lamb has been shot and killed with a high-powered air rifle at a farm in Dalton, North Yorkshire.  The farmed found the lamb in a remote field.  It had been shot twice.  There had been a similar incident in the same field last year when two lambs were shot and left for dead.

Westmorland Gazette, 15 April 2010

A sniper with an airgun has been taking pot shots at pigs on farms in South Lakeland.  Fifteen animals at a farm in Allithwaite, Cumbria, were found peppered with pellets and police believe the incidents may be more widespread.  Pellets were found in meat supplied to a butcher's shop at Grange-over-Sands.

This is Cornwall, 15 April 2010

A cat has been shot and killed in Helston, Cornwall.  Her owners thought she had been involved in a cat fight but her condition deteriorated and she died.  An x-ray revealed two airgun pellets, at least one of which had penetrated her chest and ended up in her neck.  The shooting was described as appalling by the local vet.

Cambridge News, 14 April 2010

A swan was shot twice in the neck and left to die.  The gunman was disturbed by two walkers in Stow-cum-Quy, Cambridgeshire, and was carrying the wounded bird under his arm.  When he was spotted he dumped the swan and his air rifle and ran off.

News & Star, 12 April 2010

A kitten has been left with a pellet in his skull after being shot in the head with an airgun.  The attack took place near his home in Croasdale, Cumbria.  A 400 reward has been offered for information about the shooting (News & Star, 19 April 2010).  Click for more details.

Basingstoke Gazette, 11 April 2010

Police are appealing for witnesses after a pigeon was shot with an air rifle in Little Basing, Hampshire, and landed on a house.  A police officer commented that "discharging a missile, such as a pellet in this instance, beyond your boundary is illegal and could cause damage to property or injury to a person.

Dewsbury Reporter, 9 April 2010

A cat has been left with an air rifle pellet lodged in her back after she was shot with an air rifle near the family home in Earlsheaton, West Yorkshire.  Similar potentially fatal injuries are a common sight at the Veterinary Group's surgeries.  One of partners said it was hard to know the true picture as many owners were unaware their pets had been shot.

Express & Star, 8 April 2010

A man has admitted causing unnecessary suffering to an animal.  Paul Rafferty kept his elderly cat tethered to a tree in a neighbour's garden in Ettingshall, Wolverhampton, after it returned home unable to use its right rear leg because it had been shot in the spine with a pellet gun.  It had been missing for three months and Rafferty claimed he didn't want the noise of his decorating the house to scare it.  The cat was found by the RSPCA but had to be put to sleep.  Rafferty must not own or participate in the keeping of the animal for the rest of his life (Express & Star, 15 April 2010).

Echo, 8 April 2010

A cat has been shot with an air rifle in Shoebury, Essex.  An X-ray showed a pellet lodged between his throat and spine which the vet was unable to remove.  The cat is lucky to be alive but if the pellet moves it could kill him.  In an incident which might be connected the bedroom window of a house in Shoebury was shot with an air rifle (Southend Standard, 16 April 2010).

Whitehaven News, 7 April 2010

Police are trying to trace a teenager in Egremont, Cumbria, after two wild birds, a sparrow and a starling, were found shot dead.  A teenage boy was seen in the area firing air rifle pellets into a nearby garden.

 

 

 

 

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