JUNE 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 (*).

GCN is indebted to two correspondents who provided us with information about incidents during the month.  We know the list may be incomplete and would welcome details of any incidents which may be missing.

 

ENGLAND

This is Kent, 30 June 2010

Police used a Taser to force a man to lay down a gun after he refused to do so.  The incident took place close to a primary school in Wigmore, Kent.  It is believed the weapon was an imitation gun.

Newham Recorder, 30 June 2010

A man was discovered with a gunshot wound to his left foot in Forest Gate, east London.  He was taken to hospital where he remained in a stable condition.

Manchester Evening News, 30 June 2010

A family are fleeing their home in Moorside, Greater Manchester, after an airgun attack.  Shots were fired on their home and car.  It is the latest in a string of incidents for the family who claim they have also received threats on the telephone and via social networking sites.

Fleetwood Weekly News, 30 June 2010

Mark Houlgrave threatened a Chinese takeaway worker in Whitebirk, Lancashire, with an imitation handgun in August 2009 and demanded she put money in a bag.  He fled with a small amount of cash.  He has been jailed for four years after pleading guilty to robbery and possession of an imitation firearm.

Evening Chronicle, 30 June 2010

Karl Walls has been jailed for 21 months after admitting assault.  He pulled an airgun on a man who had just returned to Newcastle and fired five pellets into his arm.  He then poked fun at his victim on Facebook.  It was claimed that the violence was sparked by an unpaid debt.

BBC, 30 June 2010

A businessman from Brampton, Lincolnshire, died of gunshot wounds just minutes after threatening his wife in a row over their future in December 2009.  His body was found nearby with gunshot wounds to the head.  The man had organised partridge and pheasant shoots.  The coroner returned an open verdict.

Wimbledon Guardian, 29 June 2010

A teenager was shot in the neck in Mitcham, south London.  The 17-year-old was treated at the scene and then taken to hospital.  His injuries are not life-threatening.

This is Lincolnshire, 29 June 2010

Matthew Parr and Adam Woolf have admitted kidnap, assault and possessing an illegal stun gun.  They abducted another man from his home in South Lincolnshire after being sent to enforce a debt.  The victim was beaten and shot at point blank range with the stun gun.

Runcorn and Widnes World, 29 June 2010

Two businessmen were threatened by two men as they were putting takings into a night safe at a bank in Widnes, Cheshire.  One of the attackers threatened one of the victims with what appeared to be a handgun but the victim escaped after quickly getting back into a car.

Liverpool Daily Post, 29 June 2010

A decomposed body and a haul of airguns were discovered in a flat in Southport, Merseyside.  It is understood that there were in excess of 15 guns.  The death is not being treated as suspicious at this stage.

Evening Telegraph (Peterborough), 29 June 2010

A man from Farnborough, Hampshire, has pleaded not guilty to possession of weapons, including a high-powered air rifle.  He denied possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence, possession of the air rifle and affray.

Yorkshire Evening Post, 28 June 2010

Gary Lewin was caught by police in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, in June 2009 following a raid which uncovered drugs and a loaded gun.  He has been found guilty of a string of drugs and gun crimes and will serve a 14-year jail sentence.

This is Local London, 28 June 2010

Two men, one aged 17, have appeared in court charged with possessing an imitation firearm with intent to commit an indictable offence.  The older man has also been charged with possessing a firearm without a certificate.  The charges follow the arrest of four people in New Cross, south east London, on suspicion of possessing a firearm after a car was stopped.

Halesowen News, 28 June 2010

Dru Newman who was sleep deprived and had been taking cocaine cut off the power to a block of flats in Halesowen, West Midlands, and threatened a couple with a fake gun after being driven to despair by their noise.  He admitted possessing an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.  He was given a 12 month jail term suspended for two years and ordered to carry out 150 hours unpaid work in the community and obey a four month curfew.

East Anglian Daily Times, 28 June 2010

Two incidents involving guns, thought to be connected, took place in Ipswich.  In the first two men heard "pop" noises before one of the men was hit in the ankle with what is believed to be a BB gun pellet.  The shots may have been fired from a vehicle.  Following this a woman was threatened by a man with a handgun who got out of a car.  The gunman demanded her purse but got back into the car when she did not hand anything over.

BBC, 28 June 2010 *

Two dog walkers were robbed of cash by a man believed to have been armed with a rifle.  The attack took place in woods in Tadworth, Surrey.  The women were unhurt but "shaken" by the experience.  A teenager has been jailed after admitting a firearms offence and robbery.  He had been armed with an air rifle (see September 2010 Incidents).

BBC, 28 June 2010 *

A number of people were taken hostage by a man armed with a gun.  He is believed to have entered a bank in Ashford, Surrey.  It was reported the man was carrying a sawn-off shotgun (Guardian, 28 June 2010).  Later reports indicated that the gunman was 'drunk' and was armed with an imitation weapon.  It has been suggested that he had a grievance against the bank (Daily Mail, 29 June 2010).  A man has appeared in court to face charges of robbery, false imprisonment, possession of an imitation firearm with intent to commit robbery and two counts of making threats to kill.  He is also accused of blackmail, possessing an offensive weapon and making a bomb hoax (Lynn News, 8 July 2010).  He has admitted six charges (see October 2010 Incidents).

The Argus, 28 June 2010

A postman was shot in the back as he got off his bike in a pub car park in Lancing, West Sussex.  He was hit beneath the ribs with a pellet fired from what police believe was an air rifle.  He was left with a bleeding red wound but chose to finish his round.

Sunday Mercury, 27 June 2010

There have been two further shootings in Birmingham.  A man was shot in the stomach in Lozells and the same evening a man was shot in the groin in Handsworth Wood.  Six shots have also been fired in a street in Aston but no-one was injured.

Northern Echo, 26 June 2010

A rooftop protestor who was involved in an armed stand-off with police was a teenager wanted for threatening to shoot an officer less than a week earlier.  At the time of the first incident in March 2010 he had been armed with a .22 air rifle in Grangetown, Teesside.  Jack Millington, 17, later pleaded guilty to making use of a firearm with intent to resist or prevent lawful arrest and he admitted possessing a firearm when prohibited because he had served a prison sentence.

Burton Mail, 26 June 2010

Armed police swooped on an industrial estate in Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire, after receiving reports of a 13-year-old brandishing a gun in the back of a car.  The gun was a toy weapon which was being waved around in the back of his father's car.

BBC, 26 June 2010

Medical staff on a maternity ward in Tameside, Greater Manchester, were threatened by two men who shouted abuse and implied they would produce a gun.  A 17-year-old and a man were arrested on suspicion of affray.

This is Hampshire, 25 June 2010

Four men have been sentenced for their part in attacks on massage parlours in Southampton and two of them for their role in a "gangland dispute".  In the second attack on a massage parlour in July 2008, Matthew Long, Joseph Flaherty and Nathan Jennings, 18, were armed with an imitation firearm.  They stole 300 in cash.  Jennings admitted waving the imitation gun our of a car window at a man who had confronted them.  In a separate incident Jennings and Liam Williams fired a sawn-off shotgun at the front door of a man in Sarisbury Green, against whom they held a grudge.  Police later found the car, which was stolen, with the gun inside.  Jennings pleaded guilty to two burglaries and possession with a firearm with intent to endanger life and was sentenced to a total of five years in a young offenders institution.  Williams was convicted of possessing a sawn-off shotgun and given a five year sentence.  Lang pleaded guilty to four burglaries and received a three year prison term and Flaherty pleaded guilty to attempted burglary and three other burglaries and was given a two year sentence.

Telegraph, 25 June 2010 *

Aman Kassaye, one of two gunmen who robbed a jewellers in Mayfair, central London, in August 2009 (see Incidents), has been found guilty of robbery and of kidnapping a shop assistant to help make his escape.  The jury is still deliberating on six co-defendants who all deny charges relating to the robbery.  Craig Calderwood has admitted being a robber but claims he was forced into it because of threats made to him and his family.  The jury was unable to reach a verdict.  Solomon Beyene and Clinton Mogg were both convicted of conspiracy to rob as was Thomas Thomas.  Four other men were cleared of the same charge (Guardian, 6 July 2010).  Kassaye has been jailed for 24 years, Beyene, Mogg and Thomas were sentenced to 16 years each (Press Association, 6 August 2010).  Craig Calderwood has also been convicted and been jailed for 21 years (Press Association, 4 March 2011).

Reading Post, 25 June 2010

A man has denied owning a Glock 9mm semi-automatic pistol found in his garage in East Reading, Berkshire, despite being seen in a picture holding a similar weapon.  He claims a number of people have access to the garage and could have put it there.

Luton Today, 25 June 2010

A gang of three men robbed a convenience store in Luton, Bedfordshire, at gunpoint.  The owner was grabbed around the neck and held in a headlock.  The gang were also armed with a knife.

Daily Mirror, 25 June 2010

Michael Masters repeatedly fired a stun gun at his victim as the man lay on the ground in agony.  He attacked the man as he walked home from work in York.  An accomplice hit the man with a monkey wrench.  They later attacked another victim.  Masters admitted robbery, possessing a weapon and ABH and was jailed for five years.

BBC, 25 June 2010

A woman was injured in an airgun attack in Earlsdon, Coventry, in which a pellet narrowly missed hitting her baby.  The victim was hit in the right shoulder and was carrying her daughter in the same arm.  A police spokesman said that the shooting could have had "fatal consequences had the pellet struck such a young child" (Coventry Telegraph, 28 June 2010).

BBC, 25 June 2010

Police found a number of weapons, including a BB machine gun, at the home of Michael Heaton from Leigh, Greater Manchester, one of two men who have been jailed for posting racist internet messages.  He was jailed for 30 months.  At the home of the other man, Trevor Harrington, in Hirwaun, South Wales, another personal armoury was found including an air rifle.  He was jailed for two years.

BBC, 25 June 2010

Anthony Tirado and Dion Griffin have been found guilty of the murder of a man who died from a gunshot wound after being found in an alleyway in Nottingham in May 2009 (see Incidents).  They will both serve a minimum of 28 years.  Andrew Pleasance was found guilty of assisting an offender and was given a four-year prison sentence.

Worcester Standard, 24 June 2010

Christopher Villaweaver walked into the police station in Worcester and asked whether there was a warrant out for his arrest.  When he was searched a pistol was discovered in his bag.  The incident followed a report that a pedestrian had been spotted carrying a pistol.  In September 2009 he pleaded guilty to communicating false information and possession of an imitation firearm in a public place.  He was given a two-year community order with supervision but failed to attend a probation service meeting.  He has now been jailed for 21 months.

News Shopper, 24 June 2010

A man who was shot in the head in a street in Catford, south east London, was pronounced dead shortly after arrival at hospital.  He was in the driver's seat of a car when he was found.  The shots are believed to have been fired by a man who jumped into a passing van.

BBC, 24 June 2010

A man has been shot in the leg at a flat in Kensington, Liverpool.  He was in a stable condition in hospital where he was being treated for a single gunshot wound.

BBC, 24 June 2010

A man has been arrested on suspicion of assault after an incident at an address in Hartlepool, Teesside.  Armed police were called after reports of the presence of a firearm.  An air weapon was recovered.

Sutton Guardian, 23 June 2010

A security guard was held up by a man with an automatic pistol in St Helier, south London.  He was moving cash between a post office and a van.

Streatham Guardian, 23 June 2010

Perrie Reese-Mason Ogodo and Israel Ankers have been jailed after being found guilty of possession of a firearm and ammunition with intent to endanger life.  Police officers found a Mac-10 sub-machine gun in their car in Battersea, south London, in September 2009, after the car crashed.  The men fled the scene.  Ankers was caught nearby and Ogodo was caught next day on a plane at Heathrow Airport.  Ogodo was jailed for a minimum of six years while Ankers was sentenced to nine years.  A 16-year-old who passed the gun to the other men was found guilty of possessing a prohibited weapon and possession of ammunition.  He was given a two-year detention and training order.

Observer & Citizen, 23 June 2010

Robert Hughes admitted aggravated burglary in December 2009 and was jailed for seven years.  He had tied up a woman and attacked her partner with a stun gun at their home in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, in March 2007.  He has now had his sentence reduced by a year on appeal.

Knutsford Guardian, 23 June 2010

A security guard was threatened by a gunman before his cashbox was stolen from outside a post office in Knutsford, Cheshire.  The man was armed with a handgun.  The raid may be linked to a similar robbery in Comberbach four days earlier.

Huddersfield Daily Examiner, 23 June 2010

Adam Ashton was found in possession of a loaded 9mm semi-automatic handgun when police stopped a car near Mirfield, West Yorkshire.  The car belonged to John Waters who was jailed for 14 years for drug dealing and firearms offences (Huddersfield Daily Examiner, 11 June 2010).  Ashton admitted possessing the prohibited firearm, having ammunition without a firearms certificate and various drugs supply offences and was jailed for nine years.  He was "a willing lieutenant" to Waters, according to the judge.

Get Reading, 23 June 2010 *

Jamie Dunne from Caversham, Berkshire, has been convicted of attempting to murder his wife in January 2010 (see Incidents).  He shot her in the head with a shotgun.  He previously admitted possessing a shortened shotgun, criminal damage, possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence and unlawful wounding.  He will serve a minimum of 20 years in prison (BBC, 27 September 2010).

BBC, 23 June 2010

Armed robbers threatened staff with a handgun during a raid at a betting shop in Haslemere, Surrey.  They demanded a sum of money from the till.

BBC, 23 June 2010

A teenage girl and two men have been arrested on suspicion of possessing a firearm after police received reports of a man wielding a gun in Huyton, Merseyside.  A weapon was recovered.

BBC, 23 June 2010 *

A husband and wife suffered serious injuries during a dispute between neighbours in Nordelph, Norfolk.  Both received firearms injuries.  A man was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and a shotgun was recovered from the scene.  It is suggested that there had been a long-running dispute over a dog (Telegraph, 24 June 2010).  A man has been convicted of two counts of attempted murder (see January 2011 Incidents).

Barking & Dagenham Post, 23 June 2010

Paul Thompson has admitted arming himself with an air pistol during a family brawl in Dagenham, east London, in December 2008.  He was attacked by his son and his son's stepfather after he pointed the gun at his ex-partner.  The other two men have been found guilty of affray and are facing jail.

Worcester News, 22 June 2010

Michael Willmott, who has mixed person disorder, planned to rob a post office in Worcester.  He has pleaded guilty to possession of an imitation firearm, an airgun.  The judge described his plan as a cry for help.  He ordered Willmott to be detained at a mental health hospital.

This is Sussex, 22 June 2010

A man entered a travel agents in East Grinstead, West Sussex, with what appeared to be a firearm.  He helped himself to a quantity of money before leaving.

This is Gloucestershire, 22 June 2010

A van was shot at and damaged with an air rifle in Gloucester.  The van was parked at the time of the incident.

Kent Online, 22 June 2010 *

Gary McMeekin pleaded guilty to six charges of robbery and possession of an imitation firearm, and two further offences will be taken into consideration.  He admitted robbing various bookmakers in Kent, in Strood, Snodland and Northfleet between November 2009 and April 2010 (see Incidents).  Robert Blackburn pleaded guilty to one charge of robbery in connection to the offence in Northfleet.  McMeekin has been jailed for 15 years, Blackburn for four years (Kent News, 31 August 2010).

Harrow Times, 22 June 2010 *

A man is accused of walking into a bookmakers in Wembley, north west London, with an imitation handgun and holding up a member of staff in October 2009.  Around 440 was taken during the raid.  He is also accused of holding up another bookmakers in Harrow two days later.  He denies two counts of robbery and two of possession of an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear.  Denzil Weir has been sectioned under the Mental Health Act (Harrow Times, 11 October 2010).

Harborough Mail, 22 June 2010

Specialist police officers were scrambled in Market Harborough, Leicestershire, after reports of a young boy wielding a handgun.  The weapon was found to be a toy gun.  Advice was given to the youth and his parents concerning the potential consequences of his action.

Get Hampshire, 22 June 2010

A cache of replica firearms including 20 fake Kalashnikovs have been stolen from a van parked in Aldershot, Hampshire.  The van was broken into by two men.  The weapons are used as part of a military re-enactment business.

Daily Echo, 22 June 2010

A seven-year-old boy has been shot in the leg with an airgun while playing in a children's playground in Poole, Dorset.  The pellet didn't fully penetrate.  A man was arrested and released on police bail after police had attended an address that backs onto the park.

Bristol Evening Post, 22 June 2010

A licensed firearms holder was arrested in connection with an alleged licence infringement with one of his weapons following an incident in Kenn, Somerset, in which a woman became terrified that a man was on the brink of going berserk with firearms.  She told a neighbour that the man had shot chickens and cats and she believed he was going to shoot her.  The police have been criticised for not responding faster to the incident.

BBC, 22 June 2010

Two youths, one believed to be armed with a BB gun, threatened workers at a shop in Chilwell, Nottinghamshire.  They demanded cigarettes but left empty-handed.

BBC, 22 June 2010

A pensioner escaped unharmed after shots were fired at his house in Stretford, Greater Manchester.  Police discovered damage to the front door and a bedroom window.

Kent News, 21 June 2010

A female cyclist received medical attention after she was shot in the arm while cycling in Pembury, Kent.  The shot was believed to have come from an air weapon fired from a small van.  Earlier that day a gardener working on a grass verge in Tonbridge had been hit in the leg by an object thought to have come from a similar vehicle.

Hounslow Chronicle, 21 June 2010

Sebastian Mateza and his brother Pedro Mateza, both aged 19, lured a former girlfriend to their home in Chiswick, west London, in September 2009 where Sebastian shot her in the stomach at point blank range with an airgun.  They left her thinking she was going to die.  The two were both convicted with intent, two counts of having with intent to commit an indictable offence and a fourth of having an imitation firearm in a public place.  Both were given indeterminate jail sentences with a minimum of four years.  A third man, Daniel Kongo, was sentenced to five years in prison after being convicted of wounding with intent and having an imitation firearm in a public place.

BBC, 21 June 2010

A man injured in a shooting incident in the Kinson area of Bournemouth, Dorset, was treated in hospital where his injuries were described as not life-threatening.  A cartridge case was found.  Five people have been arrested.  It is understood that a revolver was used (Daily Echo, 22 June 2010).

BBC, 21 June 2010 *

A man has been charged with two counts of attempted murder after two police officers were shot at in Perivale, west London.  The officers tried to pull over a motorist spotted using a mobile phone while driving.  The man is on trial and denies attempting to cause grievous bodily harm with intent and firearms charges (Evening Standard, 17 February 2011).

BBC, 20 June 2010 *

Two men threatened to shoot the postmaster at the post office in Woodville, Derbyshire, but nothing was stolen.  No firearm was seen.  The incident may be linked to a raid in Hilton where staff were threatened with a knife and several hundred pounds was stolen.  Two cousins have admitted these and other robberies in South Derbyshire.  Despite the threats to shoot it would appear that no firearm was involved (Derby Telegraph, 9 March 2011).

This is Nottingham, 19 June 2010 *

A man has appeared in court accused of armed robberies of two stores in Lowdham, Nottingham, in April 2010 (see May 2010 Incidents) and Long Eaton this month (see below).  He faces two firearms charges for allegedly using an imitation handgun to carry out the robberies.  At his trial he pleaded not guilty to eight robberies, three charges of possessing an imitation firearm and one of assault causing actual bodily harm (see March 2011 Incidents).

Wiltshire Times, 18 June 2010 *

A man from Melksham, Wiltshire, has been charged with possessing an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence following an incident at his home.  It is alleged that following an argument he threatened family members with a BB gun.  The 19-year-old has been charged with possessing an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence (This is Wiltshire, 31 August 2010).

Rutland & Stamford Mercury, 18 June 2010

A man was arrested and charged with possession with intent to supply controlled drugs and possession of an offensive weapon after police searched a vehicle in Stamford, Lincolnshire, and found cannabis, drug paraphernalia and a replica firearm.

Kent Online, 18 June 2010

A man believed to be armed with a sawn-off shotgun has raided a bookmakers in New Romney, Kent.  He left with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Epping Forest, Waltham Forest, Wanstead & Woodford Guardian, 18 June 2010

A teenager suffered chest wounds in a drive-by shooting in Walthamstow, north east London.  Ten days earlier a 16-year-old was shot in the face and arm through the window of his home in the area.

Eastbourne Today, 18 June 2010

Alan Price, 19, from Eastbourne, East Sussex, brandished a gun-shaped cigarette lighter and threatened to shoot two bouncers after they refused to let him into a nightclub in February 2009.  He was convicted of having an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence and was originally sentenced to two years.  That sentence has now been reduced to eight months on appeal.

Bristol Evening Post, 18 June 2010

A shotgun was found when police closed a cannabis factory in Fishponds, Bristol.  A man was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply, abstracting electricity and money laundering.

Manchester Evening News, 17 June 2010

David Gray walked into the A&E department of a hospital in North Manchester carrying an air rifle.  He had been drinking before the incident in December 2009 (see Incidents).  He pleaded guilty to possessing a firearm with intent to cause fear and to possessing a firearm while prohibited and was jailed for two years.

BBC, 17 June 2010

A shop owner in Luton, Bedfordshire, was threatened with a gun during a robbery at a convenience store.  The shop was targeted by three men who stole cash from the till and bottles of alcohol.

BBC, 17 June 2010

A gun was found in bushes in Newbury, Berkshire.  The police declined to comment further.

BBC, 17 June 2010 *

A man who appeared to be holding a gun threatened staff at a store in Long Eaton, Derbyshire.  He fled on foot after taking cash.  He has been charged with this and another seven robberies, three charges of possessing an imitation firearm and one of assault (see March 2011 Incidents).

BBC, 17 June 2010

A group of men are believed to have shot out the windows of a flat in Shildon, County Durham.  They are reported to have tried to force entry into the flat.

BBC, 17 June 2010

A man was seriously ill in hospital after he was shot in the thigh in Salford.  His condition was said to be serious but stable.  Two men were arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.

Welwyn & Hatfield Times, 16 June 2010

A two-year-old boy was shot with a BB gun while playing in his parents' back garden in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire.  It is alleged that the gun was fired by two children.

This is South Devon, 16 June 2010

Three teenagers were threatened by a gunman on a street in Barton in Torquay, Devon.  They were ordered to run by the man as he aimed the gun at them.  A local man was detained by police on suspicion of possession of a weapon with intent to cause fear or violence.  An air pistol was seized.

The News, 16 June 2010

Michael Butterworth, an off duty soldier aged 19, shot at pupils at a secondary school in Sarisbury Green, Southampton, with a BB gun.  He repeatedly drove past the school in February 2010.  In another incident Butterworth and a 15-year-old drove past a man in Locks Heath and shot him in the thigh.  Butterworth pleaded guilty to two counts of having an imitation firearm in public and two counts of assault.  He was given a 12-month community order with an 80-hour unpaid work element.  The youth was given a 12-month youth rehabilitation order with 40 hours unpaid work.

Manchester Evening News, 16 June 2010

Police seized a mobile phone converted to work as a stun gun at a house in Heywood, Greater Manchester.  A man was arrested on suspicion of possessing a firearm without a certificate and possession of a Class A drug (Rochdale Online, 16 June 2010).  Greater Manchester Police have issued a warning about stun guns disguised as mobile phones.  The devices are available over the internet for as little as 9.  The guns are classed as illegal firearms in Britain (Manchester Evening News, 19 June 2010).

Manchester Evening News, 16 June 2010

After Frank Steenfeld threatened workmen with an air rifle and a sword police raided his flat in Blackley, Greater Manchester.  The police found evidence that he sexually abused children.  He pleaded guilty to affray, possession of a prohibited firearm, possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence and 10 counts of making indecent images.  He was jailed for 12 years.

Manchester Evening News, 16 June 2010

Stephen Pattison, who was charged with attempted murder in connection with an incident at a pub in Didsbury, Manchester, in September 2008 when shots were being fired, has been cleared of the charge.  He admitted possessing an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.    He has been jailed for four years (BBC, 1 July 2010).

Lowestoft Journal, 16 June 2010

Four training rifles were stolen from a storage area at a rifle range in Gisleham, Suffolk.  The rifles had their firing pins removed.

The Herald (Plymouth), 16 June 2010

An inquest has heard that Andrew Pawlowski shot his partner as she lay on the floor before he put a Magnum .357 revolver to his temple and killed himself.  The two died at their home in Dousland, Devon, in April 2009 (see Incidents).  The shootings were witnessed by Pawlowski's mother.  Apart from the Magnum revolver several other guns were found at the property.  At the inquest he was described as controlling and a drinker.  The coroner recorded a suicide verdict and a verdict of unlawful killing on his partner.

Haringey Independent, 16 June 2010

A gang of five men entered a supermarket in Tottenham, north London.  A member of staff was threatened with a gun.  No shots were fired but the robbers made off with alcohol and a credit car machine.

Hackney Gazette, 16 June 2010

A shotgun, revolver and self-loading pistol were taken by police who raided a home in Homerton, east London.  Around 30 shotgun cartridges were recovered.  Two people, one aged 16, were arrested.

Daily Echo, 16 June 2010

A search was underway after reports of a fight and gunshots in Eastleigh, Hampshire.  A man was arrested but released later after no weapon was found (Daily Echo, 18 June 2010).

BBC, 16 June 2010

Tyrone Cox and Lewis Monk pleaded guilty to possession and distribution of firearms and ammunition and to conspiracy to convert firearms and ammunition.  They converted starter pistols into lethal weapons on Cox's shed in Enfield, north London.  Cox was sentenced to 30 months in prison, Monk to 25 months.

BBC, 16 June 2010

A man has been arrested after a bag containing suspected firearms and ammunition prompted a security alert in Torquay, Devon.  Two weapons, including a suspected homemade firearm, were in the bag.  One was described as "ready to fire".

The Argus, 16 June 2010

Imitation handguns were seized at an address in Fishersgate, Brighton, after reports that a man had confronted a woman with a gun.  A man was arrested on suspicion of possessing a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.

The Star, 15 June 2010

A man was struck in the arm by an airgun pellet and his wife had to run for cover when a man opened fire in the car park of Hatfield and Stainforth Station in Doncaster, South Yorkshire.  The victim's injury was not serious.

Lancashire Telegraph, 15 June 2010

Darren Laycock converted a disposable camera into a stun gun after seeing a similar device on the internet.  Police found the device at his home in Burnley, Lancashire, in January 2010.  He admitted possessing a prohibited weapon and was given 12 months supervision with 80 hours unpaid work.

Echo, 15 June 2010

A man armed with a black handgun threatened staff at an off-licence in Westcliff, Essex.  He left the shop carrying the till which contained a two-figure sun of cash.  A CCTV still of the suspect has been released (Echo, 5 July 2010).

Press Association, 14 June 2010

A 17-year-old and a 16-year-old have been accused of taking pot shots at people and property with an air rifle in Holloway, north London.  Two men and a woman suffered injuries to their arms and bodies in December 2009 and January 2010.  They are accused of six counts of firing an air weapon out of a building, criminal damage, common assault and possessing a restricted firearm when aged under 18.  The younger boy is accused of having a stun gun.

Chester Chronicle, 14 June 2010 *

A man from Frodsham, Cheshire, died in his home after an incident involving a gun.  There were no other persons involved or present in the incident and there does not appear to be any suspicious circumstances.  A verdict of suicide was recorded at the inquest (see January 2011 Incidents).

BBC, 14 June 2010

A loaded pistol was found in the River Irwell in Salford after a police officer spotted three people trying to empty a bag on the banks of the river.  Three people were arrested on suspicion of possessing a firearm.

BBC, 14 June 2010

Staff at a betting shop in Southsea were threatened with a gun by a man who escaped with cash.

BBC, 14 June 2010

Police recovered a BB gun after a man waved a gun at a group of people in a car park outside a pub in Cosham, Portsmouth.  The man had been wrestled to the ground but broke free and ran away.

BBC, 13 June 2010

Four people were injured in a shooting at a club night in the centre of Birmingham.  Three men and one woman were taken to hospital with gunshot wounds.  The woman was later discharged.  The men are in a stable condition.  A man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder (Sunday Mercury, 8 July 2010).

News Shopper, 12 June 2010

Lucy Adams, 19, has admitted having a stun gun at her flat in Anerley, south London.  She was fined 66 and ordered to pay 100 costs.  The weapon was ordered to be destroyed.

Manchester Evening News, 12 June 2010

A man and a woman have been arrested on suspicion of possessing a firearm, possessing class A drugs with intent to supply and burglary after a shotgun was found at a house in Clayton, Manchester.

BBC, 12 June 2010

A man has been charged with attempted murder following the shooting of an 18-year-old in Belle Vale, Merseyside, in January 2010.  He was charged with six counts of possession of a firearm and ammunition with intent to endanger life.

BBC, 12 June 2010

A man was shot while sitting in his car in Alum Rock, Birmingham.  He was with four other people when they were approached by a gunman.  The victim was recovering in hospital where he was in a stable condition.

BBC, 12 June 2010 *

A 19-year-old man was arrested by armed police at a school in Newton-Le-Willows, Merseyside, after reports he was making threats to kill.  A picture of a gun was posted on a social networking website.  He was released on bail.  Following his arrest police seized a computer and an imitation firearm.  However, the teenager will not face criminal charges (St Helens Star, 21 October 2010).

Weston, Worle & Somerset Mercury, 11 June 2010 *

Cam Mu, a businessman who runs a restaurant in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, has been found guilty of threatening to shoot a bailiff who was trying to clamp his car in November 2009 (see Incidents).  He was found guilty of possessing a firearm, a shotgun, with intent to cause fear of violence but not guilty of an assault charge.  He has been sentenced to one year in prison (Weston, Worle & Somerset Mercury, 5 August 2010).

Wiltshire Times, 11 June 2010

A group of schoolboys found 32 live shotgun cartridges on a riverbank at Lacock, Wiltshire.  Not realising the danger they divided the cartridges between them before going home.  The police were called when parents realised what the boys had found.  The cartridges have been destroyed.

Wigan Today, 11 June 2010

Steven McMyler pointed a pistol at a woman as she drove through Shevington, Lancashire, in February 2010 (see Incidents).  He was in the middle of the road and forced her to stop and ordered her from the car.  He grabbed her handbag before driving off with a 14-year-old accomplice.  McMyler admitted robbery and possessing an imitation firearm and was jailed for four years.  The teenager pleaded guilty to allowing himself to be carried in a stolen vehicle and shoplifting.

Surrey Comet, 11 June 2010

Landlord Ian Morton has pleaded guilty to possessing a 12 bore shotgun without a licence.  He admitted stowing the gun in a bedroom above the pub in Surbiton, south west London.  It was found by police who searched the pub on a drugs warrant in January 2010.  Sentencing was deferred.

The Star, 11 June 2010

Clifford Todd from Woodseats, Sheffield, and a defendant in a drugs trial also pleaded guilty to possessing a sawn-off shotgun and owning an air pistol without a certificate.  He was jailed for five years, minus 390 days in custody.

Manchester Evening News, 11 June 2010

Colin Smith and an accomplice burst into a bank in Pemberton, Greater Manchester, in May 2008, brandishing a knife and a revolver.  They stuffed six plastic sacks with cash.  Smith has pleaded guilty to the robbery and was given an indeterminate sentence with a minimum of six years.  He is already serving an indeterminate sentence imposed after another robbery.

Local Guardian, 11 June 2010 *

One youth was arrested after a newsagent in New Malden, south west London, was confronted by two youths who tried to rob his store.  He grabbed the shotgun they were carrying and chased them down the street.  The gun was a toy, and a 13-year-old has admitted the robbery (see September 2010 Incidents).

The Journal, 11 June 2010 *

A school in Ashington, Northumberland, has been left with a 3000 repair bill after a total of 84 windows were broken by vandals using an airgun.  The grandparents of two pupils have raised more than 520 to help foot the repair bill (The Journal, 24 July 2010).

The Journal, 11 June 2010 *

Police seized more than 50 guns when they raided a flat in North Seaton in Ashington, Northumberland.  A man was arrested and charged with firearms offences.  A neighbour fears she may have unwittingly handled the guns when looking after parcels for him.  The man was charged with converting an imitation firearm into a firearm and possession, purchase or sale of a prohibited weapon.  A man has pleaded guilty to three counts of possessing an offensive weapon (see November 2010 Incidents).

BBC, 11 June 2010

Simeon Johnson, 18, and a 19-year-old man have been convicted of murdering a man during a drug deal in Luton, Bedfordshire, in September 2009 (see Incidents).  The victim was shot through the head.  Johnson will serve a minimum term of 22 years and the other man a minimum of 26 years (BBC, 25 June 2010).

BBC, 11 June 2010

Two men threatened a woman with a shotgun and a stun gun at her home in Hackney, east London.  They pretended to be delivering a television set and demanded money.  They escaped without taking anything.

BBC, 11 June 2010

Ashley Thomas has been convicted over the shooting of a man outside a nightclub in Luton, Bedfordshire, in May 2009 (see Incidents).  He was found guilty of causing grievous bodily harm with intent and possessing a prohibited firearm.  He has been given an indeterminate sentence and must serve at least five years and 166 days (BBC, 15 June 2010).

This is Somerset, 10 June 2010

A 17-year-old who attempted to raid a store in Paulton, Somerset, by pointing a blank-firing revolver at the owner has been sentenced to two years detention and training for attempted robbery and possessing a firearm with intent.  He had left the shop as soon as he was challenged.

BBC, 10 June 2010

A woman from Sampford Courtenay, Devon, who took home a bag containing four guns which had been dumped at a tip admitted firearm offences.  The guns were a .22 rifle and three shotguns.  Sandra O'Rourke was given a nine-month sentence, suspended for two years.

BBC, 10 June 2010

Two men were injured by flying glass when shots were fired after a car crash in central London.  The injuries were relatively minor.  No arrests were made.

BBC, 10 June 2010

A man was arrested after reports a gunman was seen driving through Bournemouth, Dorset.  He was arrested on suspicion of possessing a firearm.

Barking & Dagenham Post, 10 June 2010

There have been two incidents in Dagenham, east London, in which armed police were called out after a gunman was reported and found that the weapon was a replica or ball bearing gun.  The police have warned people not to carry such weapons with them in public and that police will always take the appropriate action to ensure community safety.

Barking & Dagenham Post, 10 June 2010

A pensioner accused of brandishing an air rifle and threatening to kill children who were throwing snowballs at his window in Dagenham, east London, has been cleared.  He denied pointing the gun and threatening a girl aged 17 and an 11-year-old boy.

Reading Post, 9 June 2010

A woman from Southcote, Berkshire, has appeared in court charged with possessing an air rifle and causing a neighbour to believe violence would be used against her.

Birmingham Mail, 9 June 2010

A man was in a serious but stable condition in hospital after he was shot while walking along a street in Hamstead, Birmingham.  He had two gunshot wounds to the stomach.

BBC, 9 June 2010

A man was shot in Reading, Berkshire, and sustained injuries to his arm and both legs.  His condition was improving.  A total of five men have been arrested in connection with the shooting (BBC, 14 June 2010).

This is Nottingham, 8 June 2010

A taxi passenger threatened a cabbie with an airgun before he jumped out of the vehicle and ran off.  The incident took place in West Bridgford, Nottingham.

This is Lancashire, 8 June 2010

An elderly couple dived for cover when a gunman opened fire on their home in Bolton, Greater Manchester.  They were covered in flying glass from shotgun pellets.

Salisbury Journal, 8 June 2010

A 16-year-old boy with an imitation gun was arrested in Harnham, Wiltshire, after reports of an assault on a local man.  He was charged with possession of an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence or assault.

Liverpool Echo, 8 June 2010

Michael Clarkson from Speke, Merseyside, "lost all control" and threatened to set fire to a car while armed with a BB gun.  He wrongly believed his partner was having an affair after finding a text message on her phone.  He admitted possessing an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence, affray and criminal damage and has been jailed for 16 months.

Isle of Wight Gazette, 8 June 2010

Maxwell Davies armed himself with an imitation pistol after a disagreement with a fellow drinker in Sandown, Isle of Wight, in November 2009.  The incident sparked a major armed response.  He was found guilty of two charges of possession of an imitation firearm and threats to cause violence towards another man.  He was given a nine-month jail term suspended for two years.  He was ordered to carry out 120 hours unpaid work.

BBC, 8 June 2010

A man was injured during a gunpoint robbery at a theatre in Chichester, West Sussex.  Two men brandishing handguns threatened staff and a visitor while they took a large amount of cash from the safe.  The visitor was struck in the face and suffered a minor injury.

The Argus, 8 June 2010

A man from Chichester, West Sussex, who pleaded guilty to a number of sex offences also admitted possessing ammunition for a shotgun when banned for five years and possessing an air rifle, again while banned for five years.  David Lacey was jailed for four years.

The Argus, 8 June 2010

A driver brandished a gun near Shaves Wood, West Sussex, following a road rage incident.  Police officers found two guns stashed inside a car.  Police are investigating the circumstances around what happened.

Whitehaven News, 7 June 2010

Road blocks were set up close to the site near Ponsonby, where one of the victims of the Cumbria shootings was killed following reports of a man with a shotgun.  The man was carrying the gun for pest control and had all the necessary certificates with him according to the police.

Warrington Guardian, 7 June 2010

A shot was fired through the window of a home in Orford, Cheshire.  It is believed a shotgun was used.  The police said the incident appeared to be an isolated crime.

Sunderland Echo, 7 June 2010

Two men pleaded guilty to having an unloaded air weapon in a public place, a pub in Sunderland in March 2010.  Kevin Bailey had just bought the gun and the shopkeeper had told him he was all right to carry the weapon "out-and-about" if he kept it unloaded and inside the cover.  He was given a 21-month community order and 21 months supervision.  His friend Colin Douthwaite, who had 20 pages of previous convictions, was given a 12-month community order.  The gun will not be forfeited and destroyed and will be given back to the offender after the police have finished with it.

The Sentinel, 7 June 2010 *

A man was injured during an attack in Normacot, Staffordshire.  He was shot as two men opened his car door.  He needed two emergency operations on his ankle.  It is believed the attack was carried out by professional hitmen.  Four men have been charged with conspiracy to murder and three other men have been charged with perverting the course of justice (BBC, 15 December 2010).

Evening Telegraph (Northamptonshire), 7 June 2010

Armed police officers were called to Burton Latimer, Northamptonshire, after receiving calls about a man with a shotgun in fields outside a factory.  The man was shooting pigeons, was licensed to use the gun and was on the land legally.

Local Guardian, 7 June 2010

A 14-year-old boy was shot in the lower back and buttocks with a pellet gun.  The incident which took place in Leytonstone, north east London, was believed to be gang related.  The victim's injuries are not serious.

Lincolnshire Echo, 7 June 2010 *

A man was reported to be walking the streets in the Boultham Moor area of Lincoln with a firearm.  He was discovered by police with a black holdall bag and they discharged a baton round after he failed to obey instructions.  Police have not confirmed that a firearm was found but the man was arrested.  Richard Hughes has pleaded guilty to phoning the police to say there was a man wielding a gun.  It is reported that he was attempting "suicide by cop" (Lincolnshire Echo, 23 July 2010).  Although he had intimated he had a gun in a bag none was found.  He has been given an 18 week sentence, suspended for 18 months (Lincolnshire Echo, 10 August 2010).

Hackney Gazette, 7 June 2010

A man presented himself to hospital with a gunshot wound to the arm.  He had been injured at London Fields, east London, where another victim was seriously injured in a gun fight last month.

Express & Echo, 7 June 2010 *

A woman was shot with a baton gun by armed officers after she appeared to wave a gun in her garden in Wonford, Devon.  She had earlier threatened to harm herself.  Police say they believe two items seized from the woman are imitation firearms.  A woman has admitted possessing a firearm with intent to cause fear or unlawful violence (see July 2010 Incidents).

BBC, 7 June 2010

Thirty four cars have been damaged during a rampage in Suffolk which lasted 10 hours.  The damage was done by a ball bearing gun or airgun pellet.  The attacks took place in Newmarket and Exning.

Exmouth Herald, 6 June 2010

Police have launched an investigation after internet footage was seen of a man from Exmouth, Devon, showing off his homemade bombs and a gun.  The gun was made from balsa wood and other household items.

BBC, 6 June 2010 *

A man was shot dead while waiting in a van at traffic lights in Waterloo, Merseyside.  He was pronounced dead at the scene.  His girlfriend received minor injuries.  Two men have been arrested (BBC, 14 July 2010).  Another suspect has been arrested (BBC, 30 July 2010).  A man charged with gun and drugs offences has been bailed in relation to the murder inquiry (Liverpool Echo, 18 September 2010).  A woman has been jailed for minding the pistol used in the murder (see December 2010 Incidents) and her son has also pleaded guilty to having the weapon (see March 2011 Incidents).

BBC, 6 June 2010

A man was charged with possessing a firearm and ammunition and doing so while prohibited after another man was allegedly chased by an armed man in Moss Side, Manchester.  The gun and ammunition were later discovered in Longsight.

Leicester Mercury, 5 June 2010

A loaded revolver was discovered just yards from a children's playground in Highfields, Leicester.  Police firearms specialists say it was ready for use.

BBC, 5 June 2010

A man was shot in Walton, Liverpool.  He was found with injuries to his leg.

BBC, 5 June 2010

Armed police surrounded a house in Southampton after reports that burglars armed with a gun had injured someone inside.  A man received medical treatment at the scene for a cut to his head.

Swindon Advertiser, 4 June 2010

Beri Banye Fanso broke into a house in East Wichelstowe, Swindon, with another man in January 2010 (see Incidents).  He was wielding an imitation gun and his accomplice clutched a knife.  They subjected the homeowners to a vicious assault and ran off with 2000.  Fanso pleaded guilty to aggravated burglary, possession of a firearm with intent to commit an indictable offence and possession of cannabis resin.  He was jailed for seven years.

Isle of Wight County Press, 4 June 2010

David Harbour was fined 100 with costs after he admitted trespassing on RSPB-owned land at Bembridge Marshes, Isle of Wight, with a firearm.  He was photographed holding an air rifle by a bird watcher who sent the photograph to the RSPB.

Hounslow & Brentford Times, 4 June 2010 *

Armed robbers riding motorbikes attacked a security van guard outside a bank in Feltham, west London.  The worker was threatened and hit with a gun.  The weapon was reported to be a sawn-off shotgun (Hounslow Chronicle, 4 June 2010).

Evening Telegraph (Peterborough), 4 June 2010

Two men armed with a handgun and a knife threatened staff and customers in a bookmakers in Whittlesey, Cambridgeshire.  They demanded money and staff handed over several hundred pounds before leaving the shop.

BBC, 4 June 2010

Residents in an area of Stoke-on-Trent have spoken of their fear after they were woken by gunshots fired in the early morning to cull geese.   The work was being carried out by a contractor who was licensed to cull the birds.

Cambridge News, 3 June 2010 *

A housesitter was shot with a sawn-off shotgun on the doorstep of a property in Godmanchester, Cambridgeshire.  Two men had knocked at the home.  The home owner had previously been targeted by men with a sword and a stun gun.  Three men have been convicted (see March 2011 Incidents).

Birmingham Mail, 3 June 2010

Two men have been arrested and charged with the murder of a man who was found shot dead in Saltley, Birmingham, in November 1993.

Bristol Evening Post, 3 June 2010

Student Henry Peerless O'Hea bought a BB gun and shot at passers by from the window of a flat in Bristol in May 2010.  He has pleaded guilty to common assault and been given a conditional discharge for one year.  One victim was hit causing redness and soreness.

BBC, 3 June 2010

A man armed with a handgun threatened staff at a shop in Windsor, Berkshire.  A small amount of money was stolen.

This is Nottingham, 2 June 2010 *

A man has been charged with possessing a firearm, acquiring a shortened shotgun and possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.  He was arrested at his home in Top Valley, Nottingham.  A man has been jailed for five years (see July 2010 Incidents).

National Media, 2 June 2010 *

Twelve people were shot dead and eleven others wounded after a gunman drove across Cumbria shooting victims.  The gunman then took his own life in Boot.  The man was armed with a shotgun and a .22 rifle.  The first victim, the man's brother, was shot dead in Lumplugh.  Other incidents followed in Frizington, Whitehaven, Egremont, Wilton, Gosforth, Seascale, Drigg, Eskdale and Boot where the gunman's body was found.  The perpetrator Derrick Bird had been a licensed gun holder for 20 years (National Media, 3 June 2010).  An inquest jury recorded verdicts of suicide for Bird and unlawful killings on each of his 12 victims (see Incidents).

Lancashire Telegraph, 2 June 2010

Hugh McGeough stole a number of items, including a ball bearing gun from an industrial unit in Blackburn, Lancashire.  He pleaded guilty to the burglary which took place in April 2010.  Sentencing was adjourned.

The Gazette, 2 June 2010

A neighbourhood in Fleetwood, Lancashire, was brought to a standstill as police surrounded a flat and confiscated an air rifle.  A man was wrecking his home.  He was not charged and had returned to a mental health unit of a hospital where he had been a resident.

Exmouth Herald, 2 June 2010

A flat in Exmouth, Devon, was targeted in what police believe was an air rifle attack.  A holidaymaker staying at the property believed someone was firing an air rifle through the lounge window.

BBC, 2 June 2010

A man whose body was found in a burnt out car in Peckham, south east London, was shot in the head.  Two or three men had been seen running from the fire.

BBC, 2 June 2010

Retailers have been warned by police not to sell pellet guns to children.  The warning followed the purchase of a gun by a 12-year-old from a gift shop in Torquay, Devon.

BBC, 2 June 2010

A driver was threatened with what he thought was a gun by two men posing as police officers.  The incident occurred in Ormskirk, Lancashire, when the man pulled over after a car began flashing its lights.  The men demanded cash.

Local Guardian, 1 June 2010

Two teenagers have been arrested at an address in Walthamstow, north east London, where a handgun was seized.  A 17-year-old was charged with possession of a firearm and a 14-year-old has been bailed while further enquiries are made.

BBC, 1 June 2010 *

A restaurant manager was threatened with a handgun by two men who entered the upstairs room of the premises in Brentwood, Essex.  She was forced to hand over a four-figure sum of money.  A man arrested in connection with the robbery is being sought by police after skipping bail (This is Total Essex, 24 September 2010).


SCOTLAND

stv, 30 June 2010

A police investigation was launched after residents in a street in Glasgow reported hearing gunshots.

BBC, 30 June 2010

John McPhee has admitted stealing groceries from a shop in Balloch, West Dunbartonshire, in March 2010.  He threatened to shoot a shop worker in the face with a gas-powered BB gun.  He has been jailed for 40 months.

BBC, 28 June 2010

John James has been jailed for 11 years and two months after drugs, a sawn-off shotgun and a crossbow were found at his garage in Wishaw, North Lanarkshire.  Martin Dickson who was arrested with James was sentenced to five years and two months in prison.

Sunday Mail, 27 June 2010

Thirteen children in Scotland aged 16 and under needed hospital treatment after the "accidental discharge" of a gun in 2009-10.

Press & Journal, 25 June 2010

Kevin McHugh, 21, was drunk when he began shooting an airgun into a wall in Muirhead, Angus.  He was at his girlfriend's house where he kept the 800 air rifle under a bed and invited neighbours for a drink before he started becoming abusive towards his partner.  The neighbours became concerned about his increasing aggression and were scared when he fired three pellets from the gun.  He had pleaded guilty of committing a breach of the peace and recklessly discharged a firearm.  He was jailed for four months.

Evening News, 22 June 2010

Iain Turnbull held a fake pistol to the head of his tagging officer who was trying to fix broken house arrest equipment at Turnbull's house in Edinburgh.  Turnbull was given a custodial sentence of six months after conceding the prank was in "poor taste".

Herald Scotland, 19 June 2010

A window at a church in Bridgeton, Glasgow, has been shot with airgun pellets.  The priest believes the attack was an anti-Catholic sectarian act.  Vandals have repeatedly targeted the church.

Paisley Daily Express, 15 June 2010

A sawn-off shotgun and a pistol were found by police in Johnstone during a major blitz on violent criminals and drugs dealers in Renfrewshire.  One man was arrested in connection with the discovery.

Stirling Observer, 11 June 2010

A man has been charged with being in possession of a firearm in a public place near Lochearnhead, Perthshire.  An air rifle was found nearby to a group of people camping.

Northern Scot, 11 June 2010

Police are investigating reports of a gun being fired in a residential area in Elgin, Morayshire. Firearms were allegedly used and left unattended in a garden.

Paisley Daily Express, 10 June 2010

An arsenal of weapons was found at a home in Glenburn, Paisley, after a woman told the police that her husband had pressed a gun against her head during a row.  A rifle and shotgun cartridges were discovered.  The man was arrested.

Dumfries Standard, 9 June 2010

A pensioner facing child sex abuse charges was found dead near his home in Holywood, Dumfries.  A shotgun was lying next to him.

BBC, 9 June 2010 *

A man who was shot outside his home in Shotts, North Lanarkshire, later died.  Police believe he was the intended target.  Two men have been held in police custody in connection with the death but have since been released (BBC, 2 November 2010).

Lennox Herald, 4 June 2010

Jamie Floyd, 19, from Helensburgh, West Dunbartonshire, threatened his ex-girlfriend and her new boyfriend, claiming his dad had a shotgun.  He admitted sending offensive text messages and making threats.  Sentencing was deferred.

stv, 2 June 2010

Several airguns were stolen from a shop in Kirkcaldy, Fife.  It is believed that thieves had forced entry to the fishing tackle shop.


WALES

Wales Online, 29 June 2010

A 14-year-old was arrested after three pupils were shot with a BB gun on the premises of a high school in Cyncoed, Cardiff.  The victims received minor injuries.

The Leader, 28 June 2010

James Bloor has been convicted of assault, rape, intimidation and possessing an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.  It was claimed that he produced the air pistol to scare his victim.  At the time Bloor was living in Coedpoeth, near Wrexham.  He has been told he can expect a long jail sentence.

The Leader, 28 June 2010

Peter Maddocks has admitted a number of drug offences relating to cannabis and possessing a prohibited stun gun.  He claimed he was looking after the gun for someone else.  The gun was found in a safe when police executed a search warrant at his home in Glenfro, Wrexham.  He has been jailed for a total of 30 months.

BBC, 28 June 2010 *

A man has been arrested after allegedly being in possession of a firearm at a house in Abergele, Conwy.  The arrest followed a seven-hour siege.  He has been charged with possessing an imitation firearm.  He had a blank-firing handgun at the house.  A man has received a hospital order after pleaded guilty to possessing a firearm with intent to cause fear (see November 2010 Incidents).

This is South Wales, 23 June 2010

A council worker was shot in the shoulder with an air rifle in Waunarlwydd, Swansea.  He was taken to hospital and his condition was said to be stable.  Damage was also caused to a vehicle.  Police surrounded a terraced house and eye-witnesses said they saw an air rifle dropped from a window.  An 18-year-old woman was arrested in connection with the shooting.  A man was later arrested and charged with a firearms offence, assault and criminal damage (BBC, 24 June 2010).  It is reported that the man thought that owning the air rifle would be "cool" (This is South Wales, 24 June 2010).

South Wales Argus, 20 June 2010

Police were alerted following reports of a man with a gun in Newport, Gwent.  He was not found and enquiries were ongoing.

BBC, 11 June 2010

Thomas Williams has been jailed for life for shooting his sleeping father with a homemade gun at the family home in Rhydyfro, West Glamorgan.  He also stabbed his father 16 times.  The body was discovered in March 2009.  Williams admitted manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

Flintshire Chronicle, 10 June 2010

Jason Hughes, a former soldier, triggered an armed police response when he began shooting cans in his garden in Mostyn, Clywd.  He had drunk 15 pints of lager and other drinks.  He admitted possessing the air rifle in a public place outside his home and was fined 300 with costs.  The gun was confiscated.

Wales Online, 1 June 2010 *

A man is understood to have taken his own life with a shotgun in Pantygog, Mid Glamorgan.  His body was found at allotments near his home.  Police confirmed that the death was not being treated as suspicious.  Police recovered a suicide note and four further shotguns from the man's house.  The inquest heard that he was having trouble dealing with the break up of his marriage.  The coroner has recorded a verdict of suicide (Wales Online, 10 February 2011).


INCIDENTS INVOLVING ANIMALS

Weston, Worle & Somerset Mercury, 30 June 2010

A man has been warned by police after killing a squirrel in a park in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, by shooting an air rifle from his window.  The squirrel was seen to fall from a tree and was found with a pellet embedded.  The shots were being fired just yards from a children's play area.  The police were unable to prosecute because a witness would not give a statement.

This is Local London, 30 June 2010

A cat has died after being shot with a pellet gun three times in the space of a year.  Her owner from Bromley, south east London, is warning other cat owners to be on their guard.

Northern Echo, 29 June 2010

A pet horse has been shot dead with what is thought to be a shotgun at paddocks in Gurney Valley, Bishop Auckland in County Durham.

South Wales Evening Post, 28 June 2010

A cat has been shot with an airgun in Upper Killay, Swansea.  The cat was saved by emergency surgery costing 430.  It is reported that several cats have been shot in Swansea in recent weeks.

Cambridge News, 25 June 2010

A goose has been killed in what is suspected to be a bizarre drive-by shooting in Stow-cum-Quy, Cambridgeshire.  The incident is the latest in a series to have taken place there.  The goose was found floating in a pond with two pellets in its neck.

Cumnock Chronicle, 24 June 2010

Vets have removed an air rifle pellet from the leg of a cat in Cumnock, Ayrshire.  It was at first thought that he had been attacked by another cat.

Camberley People, 23 June 2010

Two cats have been shot with air rifles in Camberley, Surrey.  One died as a result of his injuries and was discovered in his owner's garden.  The other cat survived after being found collapsed on the floor.

BBC, 23 June 2010

A pony kept in stables near Wellington, Shropshire, has been found injured.  He had been shot in the face with a metal pellet.

Yorkshire Post, 22 June 2010

A reward has been offered for information on the person who shot dead a female swan with an air weapon at a country park in Rotherham, South Yorkshire.  She was brooding six eggs at the time.

This is Wiltshire, 22 June 2010

A number of birds have been shot in Old Town, Swindon.  Two dead cygnets have recently been found and a third was missing, presumed dead.  Other birds have been found shot dead in the area, including three sparrowhawks.

Maidenhead Advertiser, 21 June 2010

Animals are being shot with an air rifle by gangs of youths in the Wraysbury, Berkshire.  Last week a cat owner found her pet had a wound on its head containing a lump which was discovered to be an air rifle pellet.

Beaconsfield and Buckinghamshire Advertiser, 21 June 2010

A cat was shot with an airgun and faces possible amputation of a leg.  The cat was found covered with blood on the driveway of their home in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, by the three children who owned the cat.

This is Gloucestershire, 18 June 2010

A pet cat has been shot in the face with an air rifle pellet.  He was the third cat to have been shot in the street in Northleach, Gloucestershire, in three years.  He likely to lose sight after the pellet burrowed in through the bone and sinus.  The family have had to spend 850 for surgery.

St Helens Star, 17 June 2010

A cat has been left with a pellet lodged against her skull after she was shot in the head with an airgun in Haydock, Merseyside.  The pellet has not been removed so far because the risks of surgery.

Evening Chronicle, 17 June 2010

A family cat could lose its sight after it was shot with an air rifle pellet in Edmundbyres, County Durham.  The damaged eye may have to be removed.

Wales Online, 16 June 2010

Dyfed James, a farmer and former magistrate, has been fined for trapping and shooting a badger which dug up his garden on the Stackpole Estate, Pembrokeshire.  He shot the animal at close range with a shotgun.  He was given fines and costs totalling almost 3,000.

Telegraph & Argus, 16 June 2010

A cat owner is calling for more restrictions on air rifles after his pet was seriously injured.  The cat is recovering from a serious wound to a back leg after being shot on playing fields in Queensbury, West Yorkshire.  A bone was shattered by a pellet.

East Anglian Daily Times, 16 June 2010

A cat owner in Aldeburgh, Suffolk, is warning other pet owners to be on their guard after her car was shot with what is believed to have been an air rifle.  She discovered a pellet lodged in the shoulder of her pet.

BBC, 16 June 2010

Six seals, some carrying pups, have been found washed up dead on Bridge of Walls, Shetland, after apparently being shot.  The Scottish SPCA described it as a serious wildlife crime.

The Advertiser, 14 June 2010

Among a number of cats, currently at the cattery at the RSPCA centre in Norwich, for whom homes are being sought is a kitten who was shot with an airgun.  He had a pellet lodged in his lower jaw which has now been removed.

Express, 12 June 2010

It is reported that gulls in Peacehaven, East Sussex, are taking revenge for a series of attacks by youths armed with air rifles.  The birds have become abnormally aggressive after being provoked.

Sevenoaks Chronicle, 10 June 2010

A cat was injured in a "random" drive-by shooting near Well Hill, Kent.  A pellet had stuck in her neck.  The pet was shot on the driveway by passers-by with an air rifle.

Express & Echo, 9 June 2010

A cat was severely injured in an air rifle shooting in Polsloe, Exeter.  He was found bleeding and limping.  Days earlier a pellet was fired at a neighbour's door.

Kirkintilloch Herald, 8 June 2010

A cat is recovering after being hit by an airgun pellet in Kirkintilloch, East Dunbartonshire.  It will cost at least 500 to fix his leg.

Whitby Gazette, 4 June 2010

Police are warning people not to take the problem into their own hands by shooting seagulls in Whitby, North Yorkshire.  A dead gull was found after gunshots were heard fired from what is believed to be an air rifle.

Scarborough Evening News, 4 June 2010

A cat undergoing treatment after being shot in the leg by a pellet gun in Scarborough, North Yorkshire, has gone missing and needs to be found as soon as possible to make sure he fully recovers.

The Leader, 4 June 2010

The police are probing a spate of vicious attacks on pet cats in the Llay area of Wrexham.  Three animals have been shot and poisoned since February.  In the latest attack a cat came home soaked in blood and X-rays later showed he had been hit three times with bullets rather than airgun pellets.

The Sentinel, 3 June 2010

A cat was shot at point-blank range with an airgun in Fegg Hayes, Stoke-on-Trent.  He needed emergency surgery to remove a pellet from his neck.

Kent Online, 3 June 2010

A cat has survived being shot twice with an air rifle in Northfleet, Kent.  She was shot in the spine and then a day or two later in the head.  A reward is being offered for any information that leads to conviction.

Yorkshire Evening Post, 1 June 2010

Pet owners have been warned to be on their guard after a spate of air rifle attacks on cats in Leeds.  A vet from Pudsey says she has treated four cats in recent weeks.

 

 

 

 

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