JUNE 2012 - New Incidents

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

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

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

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ENGLAND

Deaths

BBC News, 24 June 2012

A man has died in hospital after being shot in Bellingham, south London. Police have arrested a man, who has been charged with murder as well as eight other firearms offences.

Ealing Gazette, 21 June 2012

A man was fatally shot in West Ealing, west London, while his partner was also attacked and treated in hospital for shoulder injuries. Police arrested a man and charged him with murder, possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life and attempted murder.

Nottingham Post, 19 June 2012

A soldier was found dead at a Nottingham barracks in an apparent gun suicide. The man was found in early May and the Ministry of Defence later announced that a senior non-commissioned officer had been found in accommodation at the barracks.

Guardian, 14 June 2012

One man was shot dead and another was critically injured in Liverpool. One victim was found dead at the scene, a residential street, and the other was taken to hospital. The shooting apparently prompted a police crackdown that led to 87 arrests over the next week (Liverpool Echo, 23 July 2012).

Birmingham Mail, 10 June 2012

Two people were found shot dead in Walsall, West Midlands. The victims were partners, and police suspect either a domestic murder-suicide or a double-murder. They arrested the son of one of the victims and his girlfriend but have not issued any murder charges.


Injuries

Liverpool Echo, 28 June 2012

Gunshots were reportedly fired at a property in Dovecot, Liverpool. An 18-year-old man was shot in the leg and injured. Police investigated at the address and arrested four people on suspicion of possessing drugs with intent to supply.

Birmingham Mail, 25 June 2012

A man was shot in a nightclub in Dudley, West Midlands. The victim was reportedly shot in the arm and taken to hospital, where he was expected to recover after receiving treatment.

The Star, 25 June 2012

A man was shot on an estate in Sheffield. He was reportedly rushed to hospital where he received treatment for gunshot wounds.

Liverpool Echo, 23 June 2012

A woman was shot inside a house in Liverpool. Police said she successfully underwent treatment in hospital for a gunshot wound to her stomach. Officers recovered a rifle and arrested a man on suspicion of possession of a firearm, assault and possession of cannabis.

Birmingham Mail, 21 June 2012

A four-year-old boy in Warwickshire was shot in the face with an airgun. He was treated in hospital where a pellet was removed from his chin, and a 17-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of carrying out the shooting.

Leamington Courier, 18 June 2012

An armed robber assaulted a staff member at a newsagent in Leamington, Warwickshire. The man reportedly threatened a victim with what appeared to be a gun before apparently striking her with the firearm. He escaped with cash, while the victim was taken to hospital to be treated for a fractured hand, whiplash and bruising.

The Star, 17 June 2012

A man was shot in the shoulder in Sheffield. The victim reportedly turned up at a hospital where he was treated, and police initially arrested three men on suspicion of possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life and wounding.

Manchester Evening News, 15 June 2012

Two armed men raided a home in Stretford, Manchester. An altercation reportedly ensued when two men tackled one of the robbers, while the other assailant fled. Police found a loaded shotgun outside, and the men who tackled the robber were treated in hospital for minor injuries.

Hartlepool Mail, 13 June 2012

An elderly woman was shot in the face with an airgun in Hartlepool, Co. Durham. Police said the victim was shot with a pellet that struck close to her eye. Officers suspect a group of three youths around 13 years old are responsible after the victim reported seeing them hiding in the bushes with what looked like a firearm.

Daily Echo, 12 June 2012

A woman was attacked in Eastleigh, Hampshire when a man allegedly shot her with a self-adapted flare gun and assaulted her with a baton and a meat cleaver. A suspect was arrested and charged with the attempted murder of the woman as well as her 2-year-old daughter, to whom he allegedly administered drugs.

The Post, 11 June 2012

Police used a stun gun to take down convicted murderer Paul Flint who was on the run in Bristol. Flint allegedly attacked a police officer as officers attempted to arrest him.

Huffington Post, 8 June 2012

A man who stabbed his dog to death and threatened police with the knife was shot with a stun gun by officers in Bishop Auckland, County Durham. He was arrested on suspicion of affray, while no further people were injured.

St Albans Review, 6 June 2012

A man was shot in a neighbourhood in St Albans, Hertfordshire. A resident reportedly heard gunfire and people laughing, then found the victim lying on the floor covered in blood before alerting authorities. He was transported to hospital for treatment.

Nottingham Post, 2 June 2012

Three armed robbers threatened a man with a shotgun at a residence in Trowell Moor, Nottingham. The victim suffered a broken ankle as the men attacked him and escaped with cash.


INCIDENTS CAUSING FEAR

Warrington Guardian, 27 June 2012

A primary school student brandished an airgun at a school in Warrington, Cheshire. The pupil reportedly showed the firearm and an ammunition round to other children before the weapon was taken from him. Police said the gun was not capable of being fired.

Solihull Observer, 26 June 2012

An armed man reportedly held up two banks in Solihull, West Midlands. He threatened staff in each bank by saying he had a gun, escaping with cash in one instance but fleeing after a panic alarm was pressed in the other. Police have released CCTV footage of the robber's face as they pursue the suspect.

Liverpool Echo, 22 June 2012

A group of youths were seen waving what looked like a black handgun in Liverpool. Police responded to find the men brandishing a BB gun, and arrested all three on suspicion of possessing an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.

Heart, 22 June 2012

A pizza delivery man was robbed in Watford, Hertfordshire. The victim was reportedly surrounded by three teenagers thought to be brandishing a gun, who threatened the man and stole cash and food.

Your Local Guardian, 22 June 2012

Two men held up a pawn shop in Battersea, south London. The assailants reportedly threatened customers and staff with a gun and escaped with cash in a car driven by a third person.

Liverpool Echo, 21 June 2012

A woman was held up at gunpoint in a park in Bootle, Merseyside. Two teenagers, one aged 13, were arrested after four people allegedly assaulted the victim, threatened her with a gun and stole her purse.

Hackney Gazette, 20 June 2012

Gunshots were fired in Hackney, east London after an alleged fight broke out between youths. Police said the altercation involved up to 12 young people and that a number of shots were fired, dispersing the group.

The Argus, 20 June 2012

A teenager reportedly threatened another youth with an imitation gun in Crawley, West Sussex. Police said a confrontation between the two resulted in officer involvement, and both young people in question were arrested on suspicion of firearms offences.

Echo News, 20 June 2012

An armed robber held up a corner shop in Westcliff, Southend-on-Sea. The assailant reportedly threatened someone in the shop with a firearm before escaping.

The Star, 19 June 2012

Three armed men stole cash after holding up a bookmakers in Sheffield. The men reportedly threatened a staff member with multiple weapons and escaped in a stolen car.

BBC News, 17 June 2012

A gunman on a motorbike reportedly fired shots at a home in Liverpool. Police arrested a woman and her 17-year-old son after finding a loaded shotgun and handgun ammunition at a home during their investigation.

Harrow Times, 15 June 2012

Two men robbed a bank in Wembley, northwest London. The men allegedly threatened staff with a sawn-off shotgun and a handgun. The cashiers were able to raise the alarm immediately and the suspects fled empty-handed.

Surrey Comet, 15 June 2012

Armed robbers held up a bank in Tooting, southwest London. Three men allegedly raided the bank and threatened those present, but no shots were fired in the incident.

Islington Tribune, 15 June 2012

Shots were reportedly fired at an estate in north London. No one was injured in the incident, which was believed to be linked to drugs dealers that operate on the estate.

BBC News, 13 June 2012

Four armed men raided a home in Burnage, Manchester.   The men threatened a woman and her children with a gun and escaped with jewellery.  An apparently linked incident took place on the same road in which three men threatened a woman and her children using a shovel and stole jewellery.

Mirror, 12 June 2012

Four men held up a bank in Atherstone, Warwickshire.   They threatened staff at gunpoint after smashing the wall with a stolen digger.  The robbers escaped with cash using a stolen car which they abandoned nearby.

The Enquirer, 12 June 2012

Three armed men robbed a shop in Rochford, Essex. The men reportedly threatened staff with what appeared to be a handgun and then assaulted one victim, leaving him with slight cuts to his head, before the trio escaped with cash and cigarettes.

St Albans and Harpenden Review, 12 June 2012

Police apparently foiled an attempted robbery in St Albans, Hertfordshire after receiving a tip off. A man with an imitation gun was reportedly tackled to the ground near a bank security van and detained by officers.

Redhill and Reigate Life, 11 June 2012

An armed man robbed a shop in Horley, Surrey. The raider reportedly threatened a member of staff with a firearm before escaping with cash and cigarettes. Police later arrested a 22-year-old man on suspicion of robbery.

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide, 11 June 2012

A man reportedly fired gunshots at a home in Bury, Manchester. A member of the public reported to police seeing a man with a shotgun at the address and officers confirmed shots were fired at the front of a house.

News and Star, 11 June 2012

Police were contacted after members of the public reported gunfire in Cumbria. Apparently a violent conflict escalated in at least one gunshot and other weapons were reportedly involved in the dispute. An investigation was conducted but no arrests were made.

EADT 24, 11 June 2012

Police were contacted after members of the public reported seeing a shotgun in Haverhill, Cambridgeshire. Officers were told a group had a shotgun and had discharged the weapon at a property. An investigation was conducted but no arrests were made.

Luton Today, 10 June 2012

Two armed robberies were carried out in Luton, Bedfordshire. Two men pointed a gun at staff at a corner shop before stealing cash and cigarettes, and the same men apparently then raided a betting shop but were thwarted by their victim setting off the store alarm.

Get Surrey, 8 June 2012

Someone held up a food store worker in Horley, Surrey with what was believed to be a firearm. The assailant threatened the member of staff before escaping with cash and cigarettes.

Click Manchester, 8 June 2012

Three armed men raided a family's home in Heaton Chapel, Stockport, holding two parents at gunpoint. However, they were scared away after the victims' 11-year-old daughter attacked the gunmen with a curtain pole. The men escaped on foot.

Echo News, 7 June 2012

A teenager was assaulted by a group of three youths with a gun in Westcliff, Essex. The victim was reportedly struck over the head with the gun but did not sustain serious injuries.

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide, 4 June 2012

A ten-year-old girl was shot by a BB gun in Radcliffe, Greater Manchester. She did not suffer severe injuries and police detained two 12-year-old boys they believe were responsible for the attack.


Other Incidents

Gazette & Herald, 26 June 2012

An air rifle was stolen from a home in Scarborough, North Yorkshire. The firearm was taken after burglars entered an unlocked door in a home and took various items.

Daily Gazette, 26 June 2012

Police recovered two BB guns from a car in Colchester. A man driving the car was arrested and charged with possession of an imitation firearm in a public place.

This is Local London, 26 June 2012

Police arrested a pair of 21-year-olds in Crayford, southeast London after they were caught driving a car with a firearm and ammunition. Both men were charged with possession of a firearm and possession of ammunition.

Express and Star, 23 June 2012

Vandals shot pellet guns at a new leisure centre in Bilston, West Midlands in five recent attacks. The pellets reportedly caused thousands of pounds worth of damage.

Your Local Guardian, 22 June 2012

Police recovered a shotgun and cartridges from an uninsured car in Lambeth, south London and subsequently arrested three men in the vehicle. The action was reportedly part of a crackdown on uninsured drivers that has led to many further arrests and vehicle seizures.

Shropshire Star, 21 June 2012

Cartridges for a shotgun were stolen from a gun club in Shipley, Shropshire. More than 1,000 cartridges were reportedly stolen which can be used in any 12-gauge shotgun.

Croydon Guardian, 19 June 2012

An assault rifle was recovered from a property in Croydon, south London. A man carrying out DIY repairs to his floorboards reportedly discovered the firearm and turned it in to police.

Evening Chronicle, 18 June 2012

Someone broke into a home in Washington, Tyne and Wear and stole cash and a gun. The person reportedly took a rifle in addition to money and other small items belonging to the resident.

Lancashire Evening Post, 16 June 2012

Police recovered a sawn-off shotgun and drugs from a shed in Preston. Police arrested a man and charged him with possessing the drugs, though no arrests related to the weapon were initially made.

Birmingham Mail, 12 June 2012

Police recovered a firearm after searching a residence in Birmingham in execution of a warrant. Officers later arrested a 21-year-old man on suspicion of possessing a firearm and breach of suspended sentence.

Cornish Guardian, 8 June 2012

Police arrested a man after a six-hour siege in Bugle, Cornwall. After a reported altercation between two men, police arrested one and pursued the second, who was believed to have made a death threat with a gun. Officers surrounded a house containing the second suspect and his girlfriend, and eventually arrested him without further violence.

Surrey Comet, 7 June 2012

A man was allegedly sighted with a gun in Tooting, southwest London. Police arrested the suspect at a barber shop and did not find a firearm, but did recover drugs and arrested the man for possession.

ITV, 5 June 2012

Police recovered homemade explosives and an improvised firearm from a home in Gateshead, Tyne and Wear. Officers arrested a man and charged him with possession of a firearm, and he could face further charges after police run tests on a substance that was found.

Herald Express, 2 June 2012

Ammunition and an imitation gun were stolen from a museum in Brixham, Devon. Thieves took two shells, an ammunition box, binoculars and a replica gun from a pillbox and museum staff discovered the theft once police found the firearm nearby.


SCOTLAND

BBC News, 21 June 2012

A man was arrested in East Dunbartonshire after police found illegal firearms and ammunition at his property. He was charged with five counts of possessing a firearm with no certificate and five counts of possessing a prohibited weapon, as well as possessing a shotgun, ammunition, expanding ammunition and a controlled drug.

Scotsman, 12 June 2012

Police arrested a man in Livingston and charged him with possessing an air rifle with a telescopic sight and a silencer in public. The suspect was also charged with trespassing, behaving in a threatening and abusive manner and drink driving both in a car and on a motorcycle.

Edinburgh Evening News, 12 June 2012

A man was arrested after holding up a store in East Lothian as his victim was able to track the robber's escape and report it to police. The suspect reportedly threatened two members of staff with what he claimed was a gun, but they refused to hand over cash. The raider eventually fled empty-handed after a struggle with the shopkeeper, who followed him and saw him enter a home where police then arrested him.

ITV, 6 June 2012

Five shotguns and a rifle were stolen from two houses in Dumfries. Police believe the raids could be linked and issued a plea to gun owners to take extra precautions.

STV, 5 June 2012

Two men robbed a shop at gunpoint in Edinburgh. The robbers reportedly brandished a handgun and threatened a shopkeeper before escaping with cash and cigarettes.


WALES

County Times, 25 June 2012

An airgun was stolen from a parked car in Newtown. Police said someone smashed a window of the car and took a multi-shot air rifle with a silencer that had been left on the rear seat.

BBC News, 11 June 2012

Police received reports that a man fired an air rifle from the roof of a property in Wrexham. No one was reported injured as a result of the incident and initial attempts to locate the suspect were unsuccessful.


INCIDENTS INVOLVING ANIMALS

Get Bracknell, 25 June 2012

An Egyptian goose was shot with an airgun in Berkshire. The bird was left with a pellet near her heart that can't be removed, and since she will never fly again she will not be returned to the wild.

Merthyr Express, 21 June 2012

Two cats were shot with airguns in Merthyr Vale, Wales, as one was killed and the other injured. The attacks took place within two days, as the second victim died when pellets ruptured his bladder.

Liverpool Echo, 20 June 2012

A cat was shot with an air rifle in Huyton, Merseyside. The animal suffered a cracked rib and internal injuries, but she survived after an emergency operation to remove part of her liver.

Rugby Observer, 19 June 2012

A cat was shot and killed with a pellet gun in Long Lawford, Warwickshire. The pet was found dead with a single pellet wound on the left side of his body.

Wakefield Express, 17 June 2012

A 30-year-old pet parrot was shot in the wing in Outwood, West Yorkshire. Police said the weapon used was probably a BB gun. He was treated for the injury and expected to recover.

Telegraph, 16 June 2012

A man who killed a neighbour's dog in Cheshire was cleared of any wrongdoing. He used a shotgun to kill the dog after it allegedly killed one of his sheep.

Batley News, 15 June 2012

A cat was shot with an airgun in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire. She was shot in the side and the local vet confirmed she had been shot with an air rifle.

Ashbourne News Telegraph, 12 June 2012

A cat was shot twice with an airgun in Denstone, Staffordshire. He was wounded in the left eye and neck by the attack, and has lost sight in the eye as a result.

Western Telegraph, 11 June 2012

A horse was shot with an airgun in Goodwick Moor, Pembrokeshire. The horse was wounded in the right side of its chest as a pellet was left embedded in the animal.

Spenborough Guardian, 10 June 2012

A cat was shot with an airgun in Cleckheaton, West Yorkshire. The pet, who was left with a pellet lodged in his skull when he was shot on a previous occasion months earlier, recovered from the recent attack after an operation.

Blackpool Gazette, 4 June 2012

A cat was shot with an airgun in Blackpool. The attack comes two months after the animal's owners had another pet cat shot and killed by an air rifle.

This is Local London, 2 June 2012

A pigeon was shot with an airgun in Weybridge, Surrey. The bird was a local favourite at a hair salon, where he was found wounded by an airgun pellet. He received treatment from the Wildlife Aid Foundation in nearby Leatherhead.

Hertfordshire Mercury, 1 June 2012

A pet owner reported a series of gun attacks on pets in Hertfordshire, including two of her cats. An airgun and BB gun were apparently both used in the attacks, which resulted in several bullet wounds to the animals.

 

 

 

 

 

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