APRIL 2012 - New Incidents

GCN compiles an on-going list of incidents involving guns.  Click on the link to view the original article.

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

Please see our explanation of why we highlight incidents involving air weapons.

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ENGLAND

Deaths

Journal Live, 30 April 2012

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

The Sun, 28 April 2012

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

BBC News, 25 April 2012

A 19-year-old was shot and killed outside a pub in Sherwood, Nottingham. Police arrested two teenagers in connection with the murder.

BBC News, 8 April 2012

A man was found dead after being shot in Southport, Merseyside. The 24-year-old victim was reportedly killed by a single gunshot wound to the head. Two men were initially arrested on suspicion of their involvement in the death.


Injuries

Click Liverpool, 29 April 2012

A 15-year-old was shot in the leg in a drive by shooting in Chinatown, Liverpool. Two young boys riding a scrambler bike produced a gun and fired into the crowd.

Liverpool Echo, 29 April 2012

A 21-year-old man was shot in the arm in a house in Stockbridge, Liverpool. He was treated in hospital for shotgun injuries.

Scarborough Evening News, 28 April 2012

A 36-year-old man was shot in the leg in Scarborough, North Yorkshire. A man was arrested and charged with attempted murder as well as possessing a shotgun with intent to endanger life. A woman was also arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to murder (Scarborough Evening News, 24 April 2012).

Worthing Herald, 27 April 2012

A man was shot in an incident at a shooting club in Findon, West Sussex. The man reportedly injured his arm when a cartridge exploded in the breech of the gun. He was taken to hospital with serious injuries.

Get Wokingham, 26 April 2012

A couple were attacked by armed robbers at their pub in Ruscombe, Wokingham. The victims fought back after being assaulted with a stun gun and what is believed to have been an imitation firearm, and the perpetrators fled. Both victims were left with injuries to their face and head.

BBC News, 24 April 2012

A 47-year-old man was shot with an air gun in Virginia Water, Surrey. The victim reportedly sustained minor injuries after being shot in the head and the back. Police arrested two 17-year-old boys on suspicion of carrying out the shooting.

Hartlepool Mail, 24 April 2012

A 28-year-old man was shot in the leg with an air rifle in Hartlepool, County Durham. The man reported hearing several shots fired prior to being hit, and he required hospital treatment after a pellet was lodged in his leg.

Liverpool Echo, 24 April 2012

A 34-year-old man was reportedly shot at in Toxteth, Liverpool and taken to hospital for a foot injury. Police arrested a 21-year-old man on suspicion of attempted murder. One day earlier, a 20-year-old man was shot in the shoulder in nearby Everton, and three men were injured in a neighbourhood shootingi in Fazakerley (Liverpool Echo, 23 April 2012). All victims were treated in hospital.

Your Local Guardian, 23 April 2012

A 49-year-old woman was shot with an air rifle in Wallington, south London. She was reportedly standing at a junction with her husband when she was shot from someone in a passing vehicle. The victim was treated in hospital and released.

Birmingham Mail, 20 April 2012

A 49-year-old man was shot in the leg in a house in Alum Rock, Birmingham. He was treated in hospital where his injuries were said to be not life threatening.

Click Manchester, 20 April 2012

A 23-year-old man was shot in a pub in Salford, Manchester. He was taken to hospital and treated for shotgun injuries to the left leg.

Wirral News, 19 April 2012

A man was shot in the back in Birkenhead, Merseyside. Police believe the attack was targeted and said the victim survived the shooting after receiving treatment in hospital.

Telegraph and Argus, 18 April 2012

A 27-year-old man was shot in West Bowling, West Yorkshire. He was reportedly taken to hospital and described in a 'serious but stable condition' after being shot with what police believe was a shotgun. Police arrested a man on suspicion of attempted murder (Telegraph and Argus, 19 April 2012).

Huddersfield Daily Examiner, 18 April 2012

A police officer was shot with an air rifle in Elland, West Yorkshire. The officer suffered non-severe injuries, and police charged a man with possessing an air weapon with intent to cause fear of violence, resisting arrest and possessing controlled drugs.

Journal Live, 18 April 2012

A 24-year-old man was shot with what is thought to be a handgun in Walker, Newcastle. Police said they arrested two suspects following the shooting, and the victim survived following treatment.

Nottingham Post, 17 April 2012

A 17-year-old boy and a 36-year-old woman were shot outside a hotel in Nottingham before being treated in hospital. Police said they could not confirm the weapon used, but received reports from hotel staff that the victims were shot with an airgun.

ITV News, 16 April 2012

Two men were shot in Gillingham, Kent. Police said a shotgun was used in the attack, which left the victims seriously hurt but able to be released from hospital after treatment. Officers arrested four people but identified two further suspects and did not recover the firearm used in the shooting.

Wirral News, 14 April 2012

A man was shot with an airgun in the leg and back as well as being clubbed with the weapon in Prenton, Merseyside. Police said they arrested a man on suspicion of assault following the incident. The victim was treated in hospital for his injuries and released.

Nottingham Post, 13 April 2012

A man was shot in the face with an air pistol on the grounds of a church in Misterton, Nottinghamshire. The victim will have to undergo surgery to remove a pellet that is lodged behind his eye. Police recovered the weapon and arrested a suspect and charged him with possession of a firearm with intent to commit an indictable offence and wounding.

Click Liverpool, 13 April 2012

A 22-year-old man was shot in the leg in Everton, Merseyside. He was taken to hospital and expected to recover following treatment.

BBC News, 5 April 2012

A man was shot in the face with a paintball gun in Swindon. The gunman fired from a passing car and struck the victim in the eyes.

Chorley Guardian, 4 April 2012

Two victims were shot by air rifles in apparently unconnected attacks in Chorley, Lancashire. An 8-year-old girl was shot in the chest by her 10-year-old brother, while a man was also shot in the chest while mowing his lawn. Both victims had pellets lodged in their chests and were taken to hospital for treatment.

Telegraph and Argus, 4 April 2012

A man was shot in the legs in Bradford near a children's play area in what police say was a targeted attack. The victim was hit by a shotgun blast and treated for his injuries, which were not thought to be life-threatening. The incident occurred on the same day the Telegraph and Argus reported that police responded to more than 100 firearms incidents in Bradford last year.

Shields Gazette, 2 April 2012

Five teenagers were arrested after allegedly carrying out two airgun attacks in South Shields, Tyne and Wear. A 15-year-old boy was shot with a pellet and treated in hospital for a suspected broken finger. An hour after that attack, a group of young people were threatened with an air rifle in an attempted robbery. They reportedly fled and were shot, incurring minor injuries. In addition to arresting the five teenagers on suspicion of robbery, police recovered an air weapon.

The Star, 2 April 2012

Two men armed with a knife and a gun attempted to rob a bank in Doncaster. They were unable to gain access to the safe, but stabbed the bank manager twice in the leg and stole his car. The victim was taken to hospital but is expected to recover from the attack.


INCIDENTS CAUSING FEAR

Bolton News, 28 April 2012

Four men raided a shop in Farnworth, Bolton, threatening staff with a gun. The group escaped with cash and cigarettes.

Waltham Forest News, 28 April 2012

Gun shots were fired at a home in Chingford, east London. Three shots were fired and two caused damage to the house. Two men aged 18 and 19 were arrested on suspicion of carrying firearms with intent.

Kidderminster Shuttle, 27 April 2012

Police arrested a man in Kidderminster, Worcestershire after an incident at a home. The man was charged with possessing an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence, affray and assaulting a woman.

Huddersfield Daily Examiner, 27 April 2012

Two men attempted to rob three students in Newsome, West Yorkshire. The men threatened the students with a gun and CS gas, but after an altercation the attackers fled empty-handed.

Hinckley Times, 26 April 2012

An air rifle pellet was shot into the passenger window of a train traveling through Hinckley, Leicestershire. The window shattered but no one was hit by the damage.

Gazette Live, 26 April 2012

A man was arrested after reportedly carrying a gun and making threats in North Ormesby, Middlesborough. The suspect was arrested on suspicion of threats to kill and harassment.

Northern Echo, 25 April 2012

A suspected gunman who made domestic threats was hunted by police in Middlesborough. The suspect reportedly made violent threats to individuals he knew, prompting an armed police search.

Telegraph and Argus, 25 April 2012

A motorist was threatened with a shotgun in Heckmondwike, West Yorkshire. The perpetrator apparently rammed the victim's car and then threatened him with the gun before driving away.

Wirral News, 25 April 2012

A gunman allegedly burst into another man's home and threatened him with a handgun in Birkenhead, Merseyside. A 23-year-old was arrested and charged with possession of an imitation firearm and assault.

Sunderland Echo, 24 April 2012

A masked robber held up a shop in Fulwell, Sunderland. The man threatened staff with a firearm and escaped with cash.

Salisbury Journal, 23 April 2012

Police seized an air rifle after an attempted robbery reportedly took place in Salisbury, Wiltshire. Two men were arrested, one on suspicion of attempted robbery and the other for perverting the course of justice.

Bourne Local, 22 April 2012

Three armed  robbers reportedly held up a post office in Nottinghamshire. Police arrested  three men and charged one with possession of an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence, and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

BBC News, 20 April 2012

Four robbers reportedly held up a G4S driver in Caterham, Surrey. They threatened the driver with what was believed to be a firearm and escaped with a cash box.  Police later arrested four men.

Leigh Reporter, 19 April 2012

Two armed men robbed a shop and struck a customer over the head with a gun in Atherton, Manchester. The attackers threatened staff with the firearm and stole cash and cigarettes.

ITV News, 19 April 2012

Three men threatened staff with a firearm at a shop in Bury, Manchester. The men stole cash and escaped.

The Sentinel, 19 April 2012

Armed robbers threatened a garage worker with a gun in Longton, Stoke-on-Trent. The men held what appeared to be a handgun to the victim's head at the petrol station and stole cash.

Maidenhead Advertiser, 18 April 2012

Armed robbers reportedly held up a group of 10 people in a home in Maidenhead, Berkshire. The assailants were armed with what appeared to be a gun and a crowbar, and apparently fled empty-handed after a search of the property.

Click Manchester, 17 April 2012

Two men robbed a shop in Manchester, threatening a customer and cashier with a gun and pistol-whipping the customer. The men escaped with cash.

Coventry Telegraph, 17 April 2012

An armed man attempted to rob a post office in Mancetter, Warwickshire. After he reportedly threatened a member of staff with a gun, the worker escaped to a back office. The gunman failed to gain entry to the secure part of the post office and fled empty-handed.

Slough and South Bucks Observer, 13 April 2012

Two men and a woman reportedly robbed a pair of teenagers in Slough, Berkshire. The victims were threatened with what they believed to be a gun, as the attackers stole a mobile phone and bicycle.

Crawley Observer, 11 April 2012

An armed man held up staff at a pharmacy in Horley, Surrey. Police said members of staff were threatened with what they believed to be a firearm before the man stole medication and escaped.

The Star, 11 April 2012

An armed robber raided a shop in Treeton, South Yorkshire. The man reportedly threatened a staff member with a firearm and stole cash and cigarettes. Police later arrested a suspect in connection to the case.

This is Nottingham, 10 April 2012

Two armed robbers held up a betting shop in Hyson Green, Nottingham. The men threatened staff with a knife and a suspected firearm, stealing cash and escaping.

Derbyshire Times, 10 April 2012

An armed robber raided a store in Chesterfield, Derbyshire.  The man threatened staff with what appeared to be a gun before stealing cash and cigarettes.

The Argus, 10 April 2012

A family in Brighton were assaulted in their home when a group of armed robbers forced their way in.  The assailants reportedly threatened a man with a gun in front of young children, hitting a victim on the head and demanding cash and drugs.   Police arrested three men and charged them with aggravated burglary, but no firearm was recovered.

ITV News, 7 April 2012

An armed robber held up a shop in Leicester. Staff at the shop fended off the attacker, who threatened them with a handgun and fired three times with what turned out to be blank cartridges from an imitation firearm.  The perpetrator eventually fled empty-handed.

Nottingham Post, 6 April 2012

A man reportedly robbed a post office at gunpoint in Sneinton, Nottingham.   The assailant threatened staff with a firearm before escaping with cash.

BBC News, 6 April 2012

A man held up a shop in Leicester, threatening staff with a gun.  After an altercation the assailant reportedly fled empty-handed.

Ellesmere Port Pioneer, 5 April 2012

An armed robbery reportedly took place in Chester.  Police have identified and are pursuing a 24-year-old suspect.

East London and West Essex Guardian, 5 April 2012

A man was seen brandishing a gun in Walthamstow, east London. Police reportedly investigated a flat he was seen entering but were unable to locate the weapon.

Express and Star, 4 April 2012

Two men armed with a shotgun held up a jewellery shop in Dudley, West Midlands.  The robbers threatened staff with the firearm and escaped with a supply of jewellery valued at 10k.

Salisbury Journal, 4 April 2012

Police used a stun gun to detain a woman brandishing a knife in Three Legged Cross, Dorset. Officers said she did not threaten anyone and they did not bring criminal charges against her, but deployed the taser gun to bring her down and take her 'to a place of safety'.

Dunstable Today, 3 April 2012

A 14-year-old was robbed at gunpoint in Houghton Regis, Bedfordshire. Two men reportedly threatened him with what appeared to be a handgun and stole his phone.

Buckingham Today, 2 April 2012

Police responded to a suicide threat in Evenley, Northamptonshire. A man with a firearms licence reportedly threatened to harm himself with a shotgun, prompting an armed response from officers. Police said no shots were fired in the incident.

Isle of Man, 2 April 2012

A man was arrested after a firearms incident took place on a residential street on the Isle of Man. The suspect was charged with possessing an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.

Times Series, 2 April 2012

A man reportedly robbed a woman in Potters Bar, Hertfordshire before holding up another person with what appeared to be a handgun. Police arrested a 19-year-old and charged him with robbery and possession of a firearm.

BBC News, 1 April 2012

A gun was fired at a house in Poole, Dorset, leading to an arrest. Police reportedly charged a suspected perpetrator with possessing a shotgun with intent to endanger life, possession of a shotgun when prohibited and possession of a sawn-off shotgun.


Other Incidents

Leicester Mercury, 28 April 2012

Police seized an imitation gun along with ammunition, CS gas, a knife, drugs and cash in Leicester. Officers arrested five men after they executed warrants and recovered the items.

Liverpool Echo, 28 April 2012

Eight men and a woman were arrested in a police operation in Kirkby, Merseyside. The charges include conspiracy to possess firearms with intent to endanger life and possession of drugs with intent to supply.

Chronicle Live, 27 April 2012

Police recovered a shotgun and ammunition from a house in Newbiggin Hall, Newcastle. Officers arrested a 22-year-old woman on suspicion of keeping the weapon illegally.

Hartlepool Mail, 27 April 2012

A vehicle was hit by gunfire in Hartlepool, County Durham. Police believe a pellet from an air gun struck the vehicle, and a woman was arrested on suspicion of criminal damage and firing an air weapon in public.

Leicester Mercury, 25 April 2012

Two guns were stolen from a home in Narborough, Leicestershire. The firearms, a rifle and a shotgun, reportedly belonged to a professional shooter whose home was burgled.

Heart Northamptonshire, 24 April 2012

Police recovered a firearm as part of a series of drugs raids in Northamptonshire. In addition to the gun, police seized three vehicles and a supply of drugs, arresting 10 people.

This is Local London, 23 April 2012

A man was remanded in custody after reportedly being found with a sawn-off shotgun in Horton Kirkby, Kent. The man was charged with affray, possession of a shotgun without a certificate and possession of a shortened shotgun.

North Devon Journal, 19 April 2012

Residents in a neighbourhood in Braunton, Devon were targeted on two occasions by shooters with BB guns. The perpetrators fired on the victims' homes, damaging windows in both incidents.

Daily Echo, 19 April 2012

Police said a window was broken due to an air rifle being fired in Alresford, Essex. Six youths were reportedly seen with the weapon but escaped police pursuit.

Chelmsford Weekly News, 12 April 2012

Police in Colchester, Essex responded to reports of someone with a firearm in a local park. Officers searched but were unable to locate the suspect or the gun.

Wandsworth Guardian, 2 April 2012

Police arrested seven men after recovering a loaded sawn-off shotgun, ammunition and drugs in Brixton, south London. The stash was found buried after a three-day search in an area of wasteland near the railway line.

Your Local Guardian, 2 April 2012

Police recovered a loaded gun from a vehicle in Earlsfield, southwest London. Officers arrested a man and a woman in connection with the weapon recovery.

BBC News, 1 April 2012

Police responded to a call at a property in Newcastle and arrested a man on suspicion of a firearms offence. The suspect was charged with possession of a firearm and having a firearm in a public place.


SCOTLAND

Daily Record, 25 April 2012

A 20-year-old man was shot by someone with an air gun in Banknock, near Falkirk. The victim reportedly recovered following hospital treatment.

Evening Times, 16 April 2012

Police recovered several guns in East Dunbartonshire. Among the weapons retrieved were two AK-47 rifles, reportedly part of a larger arsenal of guns and ammunition located by officers.

Evening Times, 9 April 2012

An armed robber held up a shop in Glasgow. The man reportedly threatened a shopkeeper with a firearm and escaped with cash.

Stirling Observer, 6 April 2012

An air gun was found in Lochearnhead on the bank of Loch Earn. A member of the public reportedly discovered the air rifle while fishing and handed it into police.

Press and Journal, 6 April 2012

A 15-year-old boy was arrested after reportedly brandishing an imitation firearm on the street in Inverness. Police were contacted after the boy was seen carrying a BB gun in a residential area.

STV, 5 April 2012

Two men were reportedly threatened by a third man with a firearm in Glasgow. Police arrested a suspect after carrying out an investigation and detained him for questioning.


WALES

Caerphilly Observer, 28 April 2012

Two men armed with a firearm and a hammer held up a restaurant in Pentwynmawr. After threatening staff, the pair escaped with cash. Police arrested three men on suspicion of their involvement.

South Wales Evening Post, 19 April 2012

Passengers on a bus in Briton Ferry, Neath Port Talbot witnessed an airgun attack. The shooting resulted in the bus driver being injured and a window being shattered. The driver survived with a minor injury after being shot in the arm, and took the bus to safety.

South Wales Argus, 11 April 2012

Police responded to a suspected firearms incident in Bassaleg, Newport. Officers located a 19-year-old suspect and recovered the weapon in question, an air rifle. Police arrested the man on suspicion of possessing a firearm.

BBC News, 8 April 2012

Police were called to a house in Flintshire after a man was reportedly refusing to leave and in possession of an airgun. Officers said the man was taken into question over allegations of assault an possession of a firearm with intent to commit violence.


INCIDENTS INVOLVING ANIMALS

Peterborough Today, 27 April 2012

A cat was shot with an airgun in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire. The animal was left with a pellet in his leg. The owner of the suffering cat, who does not have pet insurance, must choose between an expensive operation, amputation, or to put the cat down.

Ilkeston Advertiser, 26 April 2012

A cat was shot in the leg with an pellet gun in Cossall, Nottinghamshire. The pet had to have emergency surgery to amputate his leg. 

Watford Observer, 26 April 2012

A protected Canadian Goose was shot and killed in Croxley Green Marina, Hertfordshire. The bird had made a nest with its mate and the pair were preparing to lay eggs when the gander was found dead in the water due to a gunshot wound.

The Leader, 24 April 2012

A dog was shot and killed with an air gun in Mostyn, Wales. The pet, a small Jack Russell belonging to a 74-year-old woman, had to be put down due to injuries sustained in the shooting.

Hereford Times, 23 April 2012

A horse was shot in the face with an air rifle in Madley, Herefordshire. He underwent an operation to remove the pellet, which was lodged near his right eye.

Paisley Daily Express, 23 April 2012

A cat was shot and killed with an air gun in Edinburgh. The cat was hit in the chest with a pellet and he died the next day.

Buxton Advertiser, 21 April 2012

A cat was shot with an air rifle in New Mills, Derbyshire. She survived the shooting after undergoing surgery to remove the pellet.

Western Gazette, 19 April 2012

A cat was shot with an air rifle in Over Stratton, Somerset. The pet had to have one of her front legs amputated following the shooting.

Louth Leader, 18 April 2012

A cat was shot with an air rifle in Louth, Lincolnshire. She survived the shooting but lost her eye as a result of the attack.

Tewkesbury Admag, 11 April 2012

A dangerous dog was shot and killed in Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire. After the animal apparently bit a 12-year-old girl and a man, officers used a stun gun to try to slow it down. After that failed, they killed it with a shotgun and arrested the owner on suspicion of having a dog dangerously out of control.

Times Series, 10 April 2012

Police said they were summoned for two separate reports of people shooting birds in Barnet, north London. In one occasion it is believed the shooters used a shotgun; hours later, another incident took place involving an air rifle. No arrests were made.

Sleaford Standard, 8 April 2012

A cat was shot with an air rifle in Ruskington, Lincolnshire. The cat was shot in the stomach and was injured, but survived the attack.

Bognor Regis Observer, 7 April 2012

A bird was reportedly shot in Bognor Regis, West Sussex. The animal in question was found to have 'multiple gun shot wounds on its wing and was put to sleep', while wildlife authorities fear more birds and people may be in danger of further gun attacks.

Paisley Daily Express, 4 April 2012

A farmer shot and killed a dog that attacked his sheep in Paisley, Renfrewshire. The dog's owner was reportedly arrested on suspicion of failing to control his pet, while the farmer acted lawfully in shooting the animal.

 

 

 

 

 

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