MAY 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.

Note: As GCN underwent a personnel transition in April, the May incidents list will include all incidents from 24 April - 30 May.

ENGLAND

Liverpool Echo, 30 May 2011

Police raided seven addresses in Liverpool and recovered a firearm, ammunition, and drugs worth 1.5m. Six men and two women were arrested on suspicion of related charges.

The Argus, 30 May 2011

A 16-year-old girl faced gunpoint in Brighton when a peer apparently threatened her. The event was witnessed by a member of the public, who contacted police at the scene. Police arrested a 17-year-old youth. Meanwhile, police had been called into action in Brighton the day before when a boy was spotted with a gun outside a college.

Evening Chronicle, 26 May 2011

Shabuddin Ramzan, 19, has been jailed for 15 months after robbing two men in Newcastle in January. He claimed to be in possession of a gun and stole property from each on the basis of that threat. The robberies occurred on separate occasions of the same day, and when each victim contacted police, officers arrested Ramzan within 24 hours.

BBC News, 26 May 2011

Police have arrested a man they believe participated in an armed bank robbery 25 years ago in Derbyshire. Fingerprint clues have been matched to a new national database and this is the second recent arrest related to the case, in which three men reportedly stole 7,500. Alan Murray was jailed for 10 years in December 2010.

BBC News, 26 May 2011

A massive police operation in Herefordshire resulted in 18 arrests as a gun, cash and drugs were seized from 25 locations. The operation occurred over a three-week period and one man was charged with a firearms offence.

Huddersfield Daily Examiner, 26 May 2011

Police arrested a man in Huddersfield following an incident in which shots were fired and a car crashed. Four men reportedly fled from a crashed car minutes after the shots were discharged, and police are still searching for the other three perpetrators.

Yorkshire Post, 24 May 2011

Michael Tucker has been found guilty of murder in Norwich. He shot his partner in Norfolk in March, 2010 before hiding her body in the freezer. He was sentenced to 26 years in prison (The Independent, 25 May 2011).

Thorne and District Gazette, 24 May 2011

Santre Sanchez Gayle, 16, has been jailed for a minimum of 20 years after murdering a woman in March 2010 in Hackney, east London. Gayle, aged 15 at the time, used a sawn-off shotgun to kill the woman in exchange for 200. Izak Billy, 22, who had recruited him for the crime, was also found guilty of murder and jailed for a minimum of 22 years.

Worcester News, 21 May 2011

Jamie Cornes has been jailed for 30 months following an incident last month in Malvern, Worcestershire in which he barricaded himself into his ex-girlfriend's house and threatened to use a loaded shotgun. After a six-hour siege, police arrested Cornes, who was inside with his ex-partner and their four-year-old child, but was without a gun or ammunition.

Daily Mirror, 20 May 2011

Hugh Vipond has been jailed three years after pulling a gun on a 15-year-old girl in Croydon, south London, allegedly in response to being teased for resembling Santa Claus. Vipond, who even pulled the trigger of the unloaded weapon to scare the girl, was convicted of possession of a firearm.

Kidderminster Shuttle, 20 May 2011

A man was attacked and shot with a BB gun in Kidderminster, Worcestershire. The victim was reportedly shot several times in the leg by two men and had his wallet stolen. The alleged perpetrators and a woman were all arrested on suspicion of their involvement.

Halifax Evening Courier, 20 May 2011

An animal expert caused panic at a high school in Calderdale, West Yorkshire when he arrived with a rifle in search of a stray deer. Police received reports that it appeared someone was carrying a loaded shotgun near the school, and stated they had advised the man of the fear he had inspired.

This is Local London, 19 May 2011

A nightclub in Streatham, south London has been shut down after a violent incident on 11 March. A bodyguard was reportedly shown on CCTV carrying a pistol into the club after being threatened by two other men, who also had a gun. Meanwhile, a fight between two groups of women resulted in one being stabbed in the eye with a stiletto heel. The men who apparently threatened the bodyguard were arrested and firearms and drugs were recovered.

Chronicle Live, 19 May 2011

A man in Newcastle was shot in the hand and leg, but his injuries are not thought to be life-threatening. Police arrested a man on suspicion of attempted murder and a woman on suspicion of assisting an offender.

BBC News, 19 May 2011

Two men broke into a home in Bedworth, Warwickshire and threatened a woman and her three daughters with a handgun. Police said the mother was held by her hair during the break-in, before the thieves escaped with more than 600.

Rochdale Online, 19 May 2011

Two shotguns were stolen in a burglary in Middleton, Manchester. The perpetrators reportedly forced their way into a home and escaped with two guns, a mountain bike, a laptop and other valuables.

Luton Today, 19 May 2011

A man was robbed at gunpoint in Luton. Police said he was making his way home at night when two men stopped him and threatened him with what appeared to be a handgun.

Swindon Advertiser, 19 May 2011

A pensioner was shot in the face with a BB gun by two teenagers in Swindon. The woman, who is in her 60s, suffered bruising and swelling after the apparently random attack.

Evening Telegraph, 18 May 2011

A man died from a gunshot wound in Sawtry, Cambridgeshire. Police received reports of a wounded man in a cemetery, and the victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

Tottenham Journal, 18 May 2011

Two teenagers were sentenced to two and three years' detention and rehabilitation after they terrorised a high school in Hendon, north London on 8 February. The 14-year-olds entered the school armed with a gas-powered air gun and a knife and proceeded to rob and threaten other youngsters on the school's grounds.

Yorkshire Evening Post, 18 May 2011

Christopher Lupton of Leeds was fined 265 and handed a three-year driving ban after drunkenly arming himself with an air rifle and driving toward town on his tractor. Lupton had apparently intended to use the unloaded gun to persuade local medical staff he needed help with depression. The drink-driving offence was his second in a month.

Herts and Essex Observer, 18 May 2011

Police used a taser gun to subdue a 17-year-old youth in Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire. It was the first time police in that department had deployed the stun gun. The teenager, who had been drinking, was charged with assault on police and criminal damage.

Key103, 18 May 2011

Sean Devalda has been jailed for six years after being convicted of conspiracy to rob and carrying a firearm with intent to commit an offence. Devalda had fled to the Netherlands after a 2007 incident in Manchester. He was discovered in Amsterdam after a police house raid and extradited to the UK.

The Voice, 17 May 2011

An 18-year-old was shot in Newham, East London. He was hospitalised and in a stable condition.

Lancashire Telegraph, 17 May 2011

A man held up a post office in Burnley with what appeared to be a sawn-off shotgun, also carrying what he claimed to be a bomb. The man, a convicted armed robber, is wanted by Lancashire police. He had spent 11 years in prison following a similar incident in 1995.

Essex County Standard, 17 May 2011

A man was found dead by gunshot wound in Colchester. Police said the man was found in the early evening and they believe he shot himself in the stomach.

Manchester Evening News, 17 May 2011

A robber held a store up at gunpoint in Sale, Manchester. The man reportedly paid for a chocolate before brandishing what was believed to be a handgun, stealing cash and escaping.

Leicester Mercury, 17 May 2011

Two teenage boys were shot with an air gun in Ashby, Leicestershire. The victims, aged 13 and 15, were reportedly playing football when they were shot outside a restaurant, sustaining minor injuries.

The Argus, 17 May 2011

Police arrested a man in Worthing, West Sussex and seized a handgun after receiving reports he was threatening people in the town centre.

Liverpool Echo, 16 May 2011

A gunman opened fire in broad daylight on 12 May in Bootle, Liverpool. Police recovered hand gun shell cartridges from four shots, and no one was injured in the shooting.

Bolton News, 16 May 2011

Four young men have been jailed after their involvement in robbing a Bolton post office. Patrick Massay, aged 20, was jailed for eight years for conspiracy to commit robbery and possession of a firearm; Paul Shields, 21 was jailed nine years for the same crimes; Ryan McManus, 21, was jailed six years and six months for conspiracy to commit robbery and escape from lawful custody; and Cherie O'Neill, 21, will be sentenced later for perverting the course of justice.

Bearsden Herald, 16 May 2011

Police received reports that a man entered a supermarket in Birmingham armed with a gun. Police were able to arrest the suspect but said no weapon was found.

The Star, 16 May 2011

A man was shot in both legs in a pub in Sheffield. Police said the attack was targeted and the victim is now in stable condition.

Worthing Herald, 16 May 2011

A man was arrested in Worthing, West Sussex after being seen carrying a suspected firearm. The man was reportedly seen threatening a woman in a car with a weapon. Police recovered a handgun and charged him with attempted robbery.

BBC News, 16 May 2011

A supermarket in Birmingham had to be evacuated after a man reportedly walked in with a gun. Police said no one injured was and they arrested the suspect.

BBC News, 15 May 2011

A man was shot in the leg outside a nightclub in Romford, Essex. He was taken to an east London hospital and was in stable condition.

Liverpool Echo, 14 May 2011

Shots were fired at homes twice in three nights in Liverpool. The windows of a house were reportedly hit with a shotgun Tuesday morning before a handgun was fired at a nearby flat on Thursday night. No one was injured.

BBC News, 13 May 2011

A boy aged 17 was arrested on suspicion of his involvement with an attempted armed robbery in Ramsgate, Kent. Police said two males threatened bookmakers with what is believed to be an imitation gun.

Burnham-On-Sea News, 13 May 2011

Shane Alway has been fined 750 after pleading guilty to possession of a shotgun without a licence in Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset.

The Advertiser, 13 May 2011

Two men pulled a handgun on police community support officers in County Durham. The officers had approached the two men in a field in the afternoon when the perpetrators pulled masks down, produced a firearm and escaped in a car.

Whitby Gazette, 12 May 2011

A house in Whitby, North Yorkshire was damaged after a gun was fired. Police said it was one of several incidents involving an air gun in recent weeks.

Daily Telegraph, 12 May 2011

Christopher Wright has been jailed for 14 months after brandishing an imitation gun in a pub he'd been thrown out of. The incident occurred in Chesterfield, Derbyshire on 30 December, 2010.

This is Local London, 11 May 2011

Three 19-year-olds were arrested in Chingford, north London on suspicion of possessing a firearm. Police received reports the trio were acting suspiciously and a gun was found and seized upon investigation.

BBC News, 11 May 2011

A man was shot during an armed robbery of a convenience store in Norris Green, Liverpool. The victim said he thought the trio of robbers, which threatened the staff with a shotgun and knife, merely possessed a toy gun, but in fact the gun was real and he was taken to hospital with pellet wounds to his neck and chest. The victim survived the attack and three arrests were made.

BBC News, 10 May 2011

Wayne Stockdale died after being shot several times in Tower Hamlets, east London on 6 May. The victim was apparently riding a bicycle when two men opened fire with handguns. Police said they do not believe Stockdale was the intended target of the attack, but the head wounds he suffered caused his death four days later.

Evening Standard, 10 May 2011

A man was murdered in his car in Shepherd's Bush, west London. The victim was reportedly sitting in a parked car with his girlfriend when a gunman approached with a shotgun and fired several times from close range. Two young men aged 17 and 19 have been arrested in connection with the incident.

Yorkshire Post, 10 May 2011

A gang armed with a handgun and other weapons robbed a bank in Leeds. The group reportedly threatened and hit a woman member of staff before taking cash and escaping.

The Argus, 10 May 2011

A boy of 11 years sparked an armed police operation in Burgess Hill, West Sussex. Police said reports of a person with a handgun were initially issued, and upon investigation discovered the boy in possession of a BB gun.

Kent News, 10 May 2011

Mitchell Woods, 17, has been jailed for three years after carrying a semi-automatic pistol that had been used in three prior gang shootings. Woods, from east London, was arrested by Kent Police on a train in Higham, Leicestershire last January.

Bucks Free Press, 10 May 2011

An armed robbery and assault took place in New Denham, Buckinghamshire. Two men reportedly invaded a home and tied up a man and woman after threatening them with a handgun. They assaulted the man to the point of needing hospital treatment and made off with cash.

BBC News, 10 May 2011

Gerald Breslin has been jailed for life after being found guilty of murder. Breslin killed a man in August 2010 in Nottingham with a shotgun, murdering him in a garden in front of the victim's family and friends.

West Sussex County Times, 10 May 2011

A man in Rusper, West Sussex was victim to armed threats in an incident that involved an air weapon being fired. Three arrests were made but it was confirmed no one was injured.

Lancashire Evening Post, 10 May 2011

Police seized an air rifle, knives, money, drugs and suspected stolen property in a large-scale operation in Preston. Four people were arrested, mostly on charges related to possession of drugs and stolen goods.

Coventry Telegraph, 10 May 2011

A 22-year-old man was arrested in Nuneaton, Warwickshire after reportedly brandishing a firearm and making verbal threats at a man in a wheelchair.

BBC News, 9 May 2011

A man was spotted walking down the street carrying a gun in Hull, police said. Six people were subsequently arrested on suspicion of various firearms and drug offences.

Newmarket Journal, 9 May 2011

Nishan Ramjhon has been jailed for two years for staging an armed robbery in September 2010 in Boreham, Essex. He had initially appeared a victim -- threatened with a gun by the thief -- but an investigation revealed that he had arranged for a relative to rob his own workplace.

BBC News, 9 May 2011

A man was reportedly robbed at gunpoint in the Lincoln city centre. Police arrested a 19-year-old man and charged him with robbery and possession of a replica gun in a public place.

Evening Gazette, 9 May 2011

Robert Vallily was jailed for two years and six months after beating a neighbour with the butt of an air rifle in Middlesbrough. Vallily, who had a prior criminal record, attacked the 21-year-old man with the gun, causing cuts and bruises. Vallily was convicted of assault causing bodily harm, possessing a firearm in a public place and possessing a firearm when prohibited.

Liverpool Echo, 9 May 2011

A shotgun was reportedly fired at a home in Toxteth, Liverpool. Shotgun pellets shattered the window to a front room in which an 11-year-old girl and her terminally ill mother were sleeping.

Warf, 9 May 2011

A man was shot in the head and leg in Bromley by Bow, east London. He was last reported in critical condition.

The Herald, 9 May 2011

Two replica guns were stolen from a house in Plympton, Plymouth. The burglary, which police said took place in late April, also resulted in stolen knives, daggers and swords.

BBC News, 8 May 2011

Police seized a semi-automatic handgun and drugs and arrested seven people after stopping a pair of cars in Bristol. One man was charged with firearm possession.

BBC News, 8 May 2011

Police laid siege to a house in Norwich for 32 hours as a man apparently held two others hostage. Two days of negotiations resulted in each person leaving one-by-one. All three were held for questioning, and one man was arrested on suspicion of firearms offences.

Evening Gazette, 7 May 2011

A 17-year-old boy was shot with an air gun  in Redcar, North Yorkshire on 24 April. The boy was reportedly the victim of a drive-by attack by a group of men. An investigation is ongoing.

Liverpool Echo, 7 May 2011

Eighteen-year-old Scott Beveridge has been jailed in a Young Offenders Institute for five years after being convicted for possessing a sawn-off shotgun. Beveridge, who was on bail at the time of his arrest for a separate offence, admitted possessing the weapon, which he had kept under his bed in his grandmother's home in Norris Green, Liverpool. Police had recovered the weapon on 25 January after entering the home with a firearms warrant.

BBC News, 7 May 2011

A pensioner died from a heart attack on 2 May after his West Bromwich home was the target of an armed robbery. A man has been charged with manslaughter and aggravated burglary as well as possession of an imitation firearm.

Daily Mirror, 7 May 2011

Vladmir Kendella has been jailed for five years and told to expect deportation after carrying a loaded pistol near former Prime Minister Tony Blair's home in Westminster, central London. The Albanian man, who had previously been convicted for murder and spent eight years in prisons and mental hospitals in Germany, was found guilty of possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life.

Beverley Guardian, 6 May 2011

A 15-year-old boy was shot in the head with an air rifle in Beverley, East Yorkshire, surviving the assault after an operation. Police noted that the boy was lucky to escape with his life as such attacks from air weapons can be lethal.

Birmingham Mail, 6 May 2011

A gunshot was fired in Ladywood, Birmingham. Police immediately arrested a man on suspicion of possessing a firearm, and they recovered a handgun and a machete upon searching the property where the arrest was made.

Manchester Evening News, 6 May 2011

An armed robbery took place in Sale, Manchester. Police said a man claiming to have a gun stole cash from a supermarket before fleeing on a cycle.

Lynn News, 6 May 2011

Two people died in Norfolk from head injuries caused by a firearm. A coroner said a woman aged 59 and a man aged 41 were both victims of fatal gunshot wounds. No indication was given as to details about the investigation.  

BBC News, 6 May 2011

Three men robbed Surrey bookmakers after threatening a cashier with a handgun and a knife. The cashier was not injured.

Halifax Courier, 6 May 2011

An armed man robbed bookmakers in Halifax, West Yorkshire. Police said they are searching for the perpetrator, who was believed to be armed with a handgun. Police noted the incident took place on a busy street, in a busy area, in the middle of the afternoon.

Birmingham Mail, 6 May 2011

A three-month operation in Solihull, Warwickshire has yielded drug-related arrests of 18 people. A man was also charged with possession of a prohibited weapon after police recovered an electric stun gun. Police also seized three pit bull terriers and have determined at least two will be put down.

Yorkshire Post, 5 May 2011

Thieves in Selby, North Yorkshire stole 600 worth of paintball guns and equipment. Police said the group broke into a parked van in the night and escaped with the items.

BBC News, 5 May 2011

A gun shot shattered a window in Sefton, Liverpool. Police said a bullet was recovered from the scene and no one was injured.

Uxbridge Gazette, 5 May 2011

Two men were arrested in Hillingdon, west London on suspicion of making threats to kill. Police said the two men allegedly possessed a firearm but they have not recovered a weapon.

Your Local Guardian, 5 May 2011

A man was murdered on 17 April in Brixton, south London. He was reportedly beaten, shot three times and pistol whipped. A teenage boy and a 27-year-old man have now been arrested and charged with murder.

Bath Chronicle, 5 May 2011

Shaun Drake has been jailed for four years and seven months in Bath after pleading guilty to possession of a firearm. On 5 December, 2010, Drake had been involved in a domestic incident and had threatened officers with what turned out to be an imitation gun.

BBC News, 4 May 2011

Someone reportedly shot air gun pellets at a bus as it traveled through Telford. Two of the windows shattered but no one was injured.

Reading Chronicle, 4 May 2011

A woman threatened a group of teenagers with an air rifle in Reading following an argument. Police arrested the woman and seized the weapon, which the teenagers reportedly had believed to be a shotgun.

Derbyshire Times, 3 May 2011

A 14-year-old boy was shot in the face with a BB gun pellet in Loscoe, Derbyshire. The incident reportedly happened after a car drove by the boy as he was cycling, pointing a BB gun at him.

Bramley Today, 2 May 2011

A suspected armed robbery took place at a shop in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire. Police are searching for a man who robbed the store around 1 am, armed with what is believed to be a single-barrelled shotgun.

Liverpool Echo, 2 May 2011

The community of Norris Green, Liverpool was terrorized over the weekend by three armed robberies. Police believe four masked men, armed with a shotgun, robbed a pub Friday night, a taxi driver Saturday night and another taxi driver on Sunday.

Nottingham Post, 2 May 2011

A 21-year-old man was treated for gunshot wounds after presenting himself at a hospital near Nottingham University. Police say the wounds, incurred in the nearby area of Radford, were not life-threatening.

Leicester Mercury, 30 April 2011

Police arrested a man in Leicester and charged him with five counts of robbery or attempted robbery. The man allegedly used a ball-bearing gun, a replica of a semi-automatic pistol, to rob three men in Anstey, Leicester, after attempting to rob different victims 48 hours earlier. 

Lynn News, 29 April 2011

A man was found dead in his home in Dersingham, Norwich. Police said the man died of shotgun wounds which appeared self-inflicted. 

Huddersfield Daily Examiner, 29 April 2011

A man armed with a shotgun robbed a corner store in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire. Police said he entered around 1 a.m. and threatened staff with the firearm before escaping. 

Birmingham Mail, 29 April 2011

A bank in Smethwick, Birmingham was robbed by a man claiming to be carrying a firearm. Police said customers remained unaware of the event as the man threatened staff and left with money. 

BBC News, 29 April 2011

Gunshots were fired in Old Bashford, Nottingham around 5 a.m. on 24 April. Police said the incident was the culmination of an argument at a night club. No one was reported injured. 

Manchester Evening News, 28 April 2011

Shots were fired in Moss Side, Manchester, during a fight police say involved up to 50 rival gang members. There were no reports of injuries.

Ellesmere Port Pioneer, 28 April 2011

A man informed police he was assaulted by a group of men and women in Neston, Chester. Police said victim believed the group was armed. The Chester Chronicle reported on 2 May that six arrests had been made following the incident.

Liverpool Echo, 28 April 2011

A man was shot in a drive-by shooting in Bootle, Liverpool on Easter Sunday, 24 April, escaping with minor injuries. Police arrested two 17-year-old boys on suspicion of their involvement.

Liverpool Echo, 28 April 2011

Another shooting took place in Dovecot, Liverpool, in which a gunman opened fire into a home where three young children were sleeping. Police said no one was injured but that an automatic firearm had been used to spray at least eight bullets into the home.

Birmingham Mail, 28 April 2011

Eugenio Puyat was sentenced to five months in jail with two years' supervision after pleading guilty to having an imitation firearm in a public place. In July 2010, Puyat had appeared at the home of another man with a replica of a semi-automatic pistol.

Birmingham Mail, 28 April 2011

Police recovered a pistol during a drug raid in Quinton, Birmingham. Officers arrested two young men, aged 16 and 21, on suspicion of possession of the weapon.

News Shopper, 28 April 2011

Malachi Brown was sentenced to 12 years in prison after being found guilty of possession of a firearm and conspiracy to supply drugs. Brown was arrested with one other man after hiding a sawn-off shotgun and 100,000 worth of drugs in Sydenham, Lewisham, London.

Oxford Mail, 28 April 2011

Robert Kelly was sentenced to five years in prison after admitting robbery and possession of an imitation firearm with intent. On 15 February, Kelly robbed a betting shop in Headington, Oxford. After threatening staff with an imitation revolver, he had them fill a bin bag with coins. But Kelly lost the money he stole on the way out as his bag caught on a phone box and ripped open.

Evening Standard, 28 April 2011

Two men opened fire on a crowd leaving a church service in Brixton on Easter Sunday, 24 April. Up to 10 shots were reportedly fired into the group, but no one was injured. Three men have been arrested following the attack.

Hackney Gazette, 28 April 2011

Police recovered a handgun and live ammunition from a flat in Hackney, London. They arrested two men and one woman at the scene on suspicion of firearms offences.

Kensington & Chelsea Chronicle, 28 April 2011

A pair of men, one armed, robbed a pub in Chelsea, London. The perpetrators allegedly ordered all the customers down on the floor, marched a member of staff upstairs to a safe, and then hit her over the back of the head with the gun. They left with money from the safe and personal items from the customers.

Bearsden Herald, 27 April 2011

An armed robbery took place in Norwich when a man carrying what appeared to be a handgun held up a local store.

Herald Express, 27 April 2011

David Fannon has been jailed for seven and a half years after police discovered a sawn-off shotgun and 58,000 worth of drugs at his Dawlish, Devon home. Fannon had reportedly been using his home to store various drugs for criminals.

Guardian, 27 April 2011

A woman was reportedly carjacked by armed robbers in Battersea, London. Police said two robbers held her at gunpoint and threw her from the moving vehicle, where she lay bleeding until being found by a passerby. She was taken to the hospital for treatment. Police subsequently arrested two young men, aged 17 and 19.

Manchester Evening News, 27 April 2011

Police recovered a handgun whilst investigating a large-scale fight in Moss Side, Manchester. Three men were arrested on suspicion of firearms offences.

Okehampton People, 27 April 2011

A man died in South Molton, Devon after apparently shooting himself inside his vehicle. Police received a report that he was missing and hours later found him in his car, then heard a shot from within the car. Emergency treatment was unsuccessful.

Northampton Chronicle, 27 April 2011

Two female paramedics were threatened with an imitation firearm in Little Houghton, Northamptonshire. Police said they were part of an ambulance crew responding to a call when a man believed to be under heavy drug influence brandished the imitation gun. They arrested him on charges of possession of a firearm since he had used the false weapon to cause fear of violence.

Manchester Evening News, 26 April 2011

Police recovered a revolver and ammunition, plus a taser gun and drugs from a home in Hulme, Manchester. One man was arrested on suspicion of possession of drugs, prohibited firearms and prohibited ammunition.

BBC News, 26 April 2011

A man armed with a handgun robbed a jewellery store in Ipswich. The man escaped but was captured clearly on CCTV footage.

Worcester Standard, 26 April 2011

Aaron Benwell and Aaron White have been jailed for 10 years and 8 years, respectively, after committing armed robbery in Worcester in May 2008. The pair forced their way into a home and threatened a family at gunpoint before leaving with jewellery and money.

BBC News, 26 April 2011

An armed woman robbed an off-licence store in Warrington, Cheshire. Police said they were searching for the perpetrator, who could be seen on CCTV walking into the store with what appeared to be a firearm and holding up the store.

Reading Post, 26 April 2011

Police recovered drugs, cash and an unlicenced shotgun at a farm in Aldermaston, Berkshire. Four men have been arrested on suspicion of their involvement.

BBC News, 25 April 2011

A 13-year-old boy was shot by an airgun in Hove, Sussex. Police said the boy was hit by a rifle pellet after multiple shots were fired, and the boy suffered a deep wound. Police seized the weapon and arrested a 20-year-old man.

Burnley Citizen, 24 April 2011

Two young people held up a supermarket in Burnley, Lancashire with what is believed to have been an imitation gun. Police reported store staff deduced that the incident was a joke, and as such no arrests were made.

BBC News, 24 April 2011

Police are investigating an incident in Old Bashford, Nottingham in which a witness heard a gun being fired around 5 am. There were no initial reports of injury and no firearms were initially found.

Southend Standard, 23 April 2011

Two men, aged 54 and 19, were arrested in Southend, Essex, after allegedly pointing an airgun at two teenage girls. Police, who say the incident was the result of a neighbours' dispute, have charged both men with possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.

Evening Chronicle, 23 April 2011

A man who claimed to be carrying a gun robbed a William Hill betting shop in Byker, Newcastle. Staff were shaken but uninjured by the theft, and detectives are pursuing the perpetrator.

Daily Mail, 12 April 2011

A man was shot and killed in Somerset by another man, who then turned the gun on himself. The initial victim was shot in the chest and bled to death in front of his family. The attacker, a 'disgruntled business associate', was later found dead in a village churchyard after committing suicide.


SCOTLAND

East Lothian Courier, 12 May 2011

David Breslin has been jailed for three years and eight months after holding up a supermarket with an imitation gun in Prestonpans on 21 December, 2010.

BBC News, 10 May 2011

Police arrested seven people in Glasgow after receiving reports of someone wielding a gun outside the training ground for Celtic Football Club. Five women and two men, all between the ages of 17 and 21, were detained.

BBC News, 6 May 2011

Stuart McCutcheon, 23, has been jailed for two years and five months for putting someone in a state of fear, breaching the peace, possessing a firearm and committing motoring offences. McCutcheon reportedly threatened to rape and kill his ex-girlfriend in May 2008 in Hawick following a breakup. Police recovered a shotgun and ammunition at the time of his arrest.

Wishaw Press, 5 May 2011

A man was shot and killed on 28 April in Craigneuk. An arrest has been made on charges of murder and firearms offences.

BBC News, 4 May 2011

Neil Martin admitted trying to murder his brother-in-law in Renfrewshire, and was jailed for ten years and two months. Martin attacked the victim with a shotgun in November 2009, shooting him in the thigh and leaving him. The man's life was spared when an early morning golfer found him several hours later, lying in a ditch and suffering from hypothermia.

Paisley Daily Express, 29 April 2011

A shotgun blast was fired into a flat in Renfrew while four people were asleep inside. Police said they believe the attack was targeted but no one was hurt. BBC News reported on 28 April that the shooting took place around 5:40 a.m. and occurred near Arkleston Primary School.

Daily Record, 29 April 2011

Two men robbed an off licence shop in Easterhouse, Glasgow after threatening staff with a knife and what appeared to be a gun. Police said no shots were fired and no one was injured.

BBC News, 28 April 2011

Kevin Docherty and John McDonald were found guilty of assault and robbery and will face a sentence in June. The pair robbed a shop in Newlands, Glasgow in January, armed with a knife and an umbrella in a plastic bag that staff believed was a gun. 

Evening Times, 26 April 2011

A shooting took place in Drumchapel, Glasgow. Police said a man opened fire on a house before being driven off at a high speed. No one was injured.

Galloway Gazette, 26 April 2011

Someone broke into a home in Fife and stole several shotguns. Police said the break-in occurred with forced entry while the owner of the guns was on holiday.

BBC News, 26 April 2011

Martin O'Reilly has admitted hiding a double-barrelled shotgun in his grandmother's home south of Glasgow. He will be sentenced next month for illegally possessing a firearm.

BBC News, 24 April 2011

Two Ladbrokes bookmakers in Lambhill, Glasgow, were the victims of an armed robbery by a man who claimed he had a firearm and attempted to rob a nearby William Hill as well. Police, who are in pursuit of the suspect, said the threatened staff were shaken but not injured in both incidents.


WALES

Wales Online, 27 May 2011

John Cooper has been jailed for life after being found guilty of four violent murders in Pembrokeshire. The crime took place in 1985, but Cooper had successfully hidden his guilt from investigators until advances in forensic science helped prove him to be the perpetrator.

News Wales, 19 May 2011

Two men were arrested in Salop Road, Welshpool, following an incident. Police said they were both detained on suspicion of possessing a firearm.

Daily Post, 17 May 2011

Kelvin Roberts of Llanfairpwll has been jailed for three years and nine months after threatening to shoot officers in September 2010. He had been in possession of an air rifle at the time.

South Wales Guardian, 30 April 2011

Robert Thomas, a 23-year-old farmer in Brynamman, was convicted of carrying a loaded shotgun into a public place. Thomas, who does not possess a shotgun licence, was arrested after being spotted driving with the gun in his truck. He was granted a 12-month conditional discharge.

South Wales Argus, 28 April 2011

Police responded to multiple calls from the public in Newport after a man was spotted apparently holding a handgun. They seized a pair of airguns and arrested three men on suspicion of possession of firearms.


INCIDENTS INVOLVING ANIMALS

Express and Star, 20 May 2011

A two-year-old cat was killed by a pellet gun in Bloxwich, Walsall. He was shot on 11 May and died a week later in a vet hospital. It was the fourth pellet gun attack that the pet's owners have seen their cats suffer in the past six years.

The Leader, 20 May 2011

A cat in Buckley, Wales, was killed after being shot with an air rifle. An x-ray revealed that a pellet had gone through his lung and lodged in his stomach. 

Evening Post, 19 May 2011

A pair of cats were shot for the fourth time in six months with an air rifle near their home in Bristol. They have each endured numerous operations, and one recently had to have her left lung removed.

Harlow Star, 19 May 2011

A three-year-old cat was shot in the side with an air rifle in Harlow, Essex. She survived the incident after undergoing treatment.

Westmorland Gazette, 18 May 2011

A red kite was found dead in Grizedale, Cumbria after being killed by a bullet from a shot gun. The bird was one of 30 red kites reintroduced to Grizedale Forest in August 2010, but another was shot last September. The penalty for shooting protected birds is up to six months prison and a fine of up to 5,000.

Garstang Courier, 18 May 2011

A seven-year-old cat was shot for the second time by an air rifle in Preston, Lancashire. A pellet entered and exited his leg, leaving the cat limping and bloody but still alive.

The Daily Mail, 17 May 2011

An entire family of swans were shot dead by an air gun in Smallthorne, Staffordshire. Two adults and six two-week old cygnets were all killed. It was later reported that four men had been arrested in conjunction with the incident (BBC News, 20 May 2011).

BBC News, 16 May 2011

Simon Quince, 36, was fined 445 for shooting a swan in North Yorkshire and an additional 100 for using an illegal lead shot on wildfowl. Quince reportedly had mistaken the swans for geese when he shot one in December 2010. The lead shotgun cartridges he used are illegal because lead gets into the food chain of foraging birds on wetlands.

Kent News, 16 May 2011

A one-year-old cat was put to sleep after being shot in the chest with an air rifle in Groombridge, East Sussex. He returned home after being shot but the internal damage made his wound unrecoverable.

Lincolnshire Echo, 10 May 2011

A four-year-old cat was shot and killed in Skellingthorpe, Lincolnshire. A lethal pellet from an air rifle was shown to have entered his shoulder and penetrated an organ.

Surrey Mirror, 6 May 2011

A Surrey cat shot in the head at point-blank range in April by an air rifle has miraculously survived but continues to suffer from lead poisoning. A pellet entered the left ear and was lodged in the right lung of the cat, who is 14 years old.

Weston Mercury, 2 May 2011

People have continued to slaughter swans in Somerset. Ten more swans were found dead this week after eight were found shot by airguns nearby on 24 February. A third killing apparently took place in January with six swans falling victim. BBC News reported that a local man had been charged with possession of a shotgun without a licence in conjunction with police investigation into the most recent attack.

Hull Daily Mail, 28 April 2011

An adult male swan was found shot dead in Beverley, Yorkshire. A retired police officer found the animal, which is presumed to have been shot multiple times with an airgun.

Yorkshire Evening Post, 25 April 2011

A cat was shot with an airgun in Yeadon, Leeds. She survived the attack but will undergo major surgery on her leg. 

Lancashire Telegraph, 24 April 2011

Eight ducks were killed in Chorley, Lancashire, where police suspect three children attacked the animals and destroyed their eggs. Police believe at least one of the ducks may have been shot with a pellet gun.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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