JULY 2010

We prepare a monthly review of gun incidents, focussing on those that raise key issues about the nature of gun crime and the adequacy of gun legislation.  Items that have been amended or added to the list since the Review was written are marked (*).

 

ENGLAND

The Star, 31 July 2010

A parish councillor from Hatfield, South Yorkshire, who has campaigned against abuse of air rifles believes that a gunman targeted his car.  He found both the windscreen and the rear window of the car smashed.  He said he thought holes in both sides of the car were entry and exit points of either a bullet or a high power air rifle pellet.

Press Association, 31 July 2010 *

Adamo Kizey, 18, has pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life, possession of ammunition with intent to endanger life, possession of a silencer and possession of cannabis.  He was caught carrying a gun on college premises in Kingston, south west London, in February 2010 (see Incidents).  He has been jailed for five years (This is Local London, 24 September 2010).

Manchester Evening News, 31 July 2010

A man who claimed that he had acted in self-defence when a friend of his died after being stabbed and shot at his home in Alderley Edge, Cheshire, in February 2010 (see Incidents) has been cleared of murder after the case collapsed.  The two men had fought after the victim became angry and pulled out a 9mm Beretta.  Four shots were fired.  Two bullets went into a protective vest the victim was wearing and another into a bathroom wall.  The fourth went through the victim's brain and killed him.

Telegraph, 30 July 2010 *

Marc Branch has been found guilty of having an imitation firearm in public.  He is a police memorabilia collector who put a blank-firing imitation Glock pistol inside his jacket and arrived at an incident in Streatham, south London, in October 2008 dressed in uniform.  Branch had been expelled from the Metropolitan Police cadet scheme as a teenager.  He was handed a suspended nine-month prison sentence and ordered to do 40 hours of unpaid community work.  The weapon was bought online and cost him 150 (Streatham Guardian, 10 September 2010).

Reading Post, 30 July 2010

A stash of guns has been found at a property in West Reading.  Seven weapons were discovered and another was found buried in land in Whitley.  Two men have been arrested.

Hartlepool Mail, 30 July 2010

Anthony Errington fired at his sister's partner with a lethal .177 air rifle following a family feud.  He narrowly missed him when he fired from a bedroom window in Hartlepool, Teesside, in February 2010 (see Incidents).  The shot hit the driver's side door.  The two men had brawled outside the house minutes before.  He was convicted of possessing a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence and affray and jailed for a year.

Evening Telegraph (Peterborough), 30 July 2010

A jewellers in Peterborough was raided by a gang of men armed with a gun, a hammer and a crowbar.  A 4x4 car crashed into the front of the building and the men leapt out the car and threw a smoke canister into the street.  Two men were arrested in Leicester in connection with the robbery (Leicester Mercury, 31 July 2010).

Coventry Telegraph, 30 July 2010

Gareth Fawkner armed himself with a handgun and burst into a supermarket in Coventry, in April 2010 (see Incidents).  He demanded cash and when the shop assistant failed to open the till drawer he smashed the man over the back of his head with the butt of his gun.  He stole alcohol and cigarettes.  He admitted a charge of robbery and of possessing a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence and was sentenced to five years and four months in jail.  His accomplice has not been identified.

Bury Free Press, 30 July 2010

Farad Shabazz, one of two men found guilty of kidnapping, blackmail and false imprisonment, was also convicted of possession of a firearm.  He was armed with an imitation sawn-off shotgun when their victim was kidnapped in Drinkstone, Suffolk, and taken to Lewisham, south London.  The man later escaped when his guards were asleep.  Shabazz was jailed for a total of eight years.

BBC, 30 July 2010

A 17-year-old boy was threatened with a gun and knife before being stabbed in the leg and stomach.  The attack took place in Stockbridge Village, Merseyside.  A 16-year-old has been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit robbery and released on bail.

BBC, 30 July 2010

Police received a report that gunshots were heard in the vicinity of a car wash in Dudley, West Midland, where trouble flared between two groups of men.  A man was arrested on suspicion of violent disorder and possession of an offensive weapon.

This is Total Essex, 29 July 2010

Two teenage boys threatened a moped rider at gunpoint in Warley, Essex.  The victim was forced to hand over his scooter.  Two suspects have been arrested close to the scene and have been charged with one count of robbery and one count of being in possession of an imitation firearm.

News & Star, 29 July 2010 *

An armed robbery at a petrol station in Maryport, Cumbria, was foiled by an off-duty police inspector.  A man who had pointed a gun at a member of staff was tackled by him and wrestled to the ground.  A man was arrested on suspicion of attempted armed robbery.  An imitation firearm was recovered from the scene.  A man has been charged with attempted robbery and one count of possession of an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence (News & Star, 31 July 2010).  He has admitted armed robbery and been jailed for more than seven years (see March 2011 Incidents).

News & Star, 29 July 2010

Tony Skillen from Cockermouth, Cumbria, was jailed for a year for illegally owning a shotgun.  He had acquired the gun five years ago from a friend who had died and had tried to get a shotgun licence but was refused because he had a history of depression.  He kept the gun.  He is now campaigning from his prison cell for a Cumbria-wide guns amnesty.

News & Observer, 29 July 2010 *

A former American marine now living in England has appeared in a US federal court accused of smuggling 70 firearms to England over the last five months.  Sixteen firearms that had been broken down in various parts were found in his checked luggage as he was trying to fly back to Manchester.  He claimed he had purchased the guns to sell to employees of a maritime security company to protect ships travelling through dangerous seas.

Morpeth Herald, 29 July 2010

A priceless medieval window at a church in Morpeth, Northumberland, has been damaged by an airgun shot which has put a hole through the stained glass.

Keighley News, 29 July 2010

A man is to face trial accused of possessing an air rifle without a firearms certificate at a farm in Oldfield, West Yorkshire, in December 2009.  He is also accused of assault.

Haringey Independent, 29 July 2010 *

A student who hid a Derringer-type handgun and 300 rounds of bullets in her home in Tottenham, north London, has admitted unlawful possession of the firearm and ammunition.  Mary Boateng, 19, was caught following a raid in April 2010 following a tip off in which the gun and ammunition were found in a rucksack.  It is believed she was holding the gun for a north London gang.  She has been jailed for five years.  The sentence was reduced to two years on appeal (The Voice, 14 March 2011).

Get Wokingham, 29 July 2010

Two men have denied raping and sexually assaulting a woman in a pub in Checkendon, Berkshire, in May 2009.  It is alleged that the woman was too afraid to fight because she thought one of the men owned an air rifle which was in the property.

Coventry Telegraph, 29 July 2010 *

Benjamin Phillips has pleaded guilty to manslaughter.  He was at his friend's house in Coventry in April 2010 (see Incidents) where they were "messing about" with the other man's semi-automatic self-loading 9mm pistol.  Phillips picked it up 'in jest' and pointed it at the other man and pulled the trigger.  The victim died shortly after arrival in hospital.  Phillips also admitted a second charge of possessing a prohibited firearm.  He has been sentenced to five years in prison (Liverpool Echo, 26 August 2010).

BBC, 29 July 2010

Two men carrying handguns burst into a post office in Cheadle, Greater Manchester, and threatened security guards who were making a cash delivery.  Police are investigating reports that shots were fired but no one was injured.  A large amount of cash was stolen.

BBC, 29 July 2010 *

A man is being questioned on suspicion of attempted murder after a gun was fired in Basford, Nottingham.  No-one was injured in the incident.  A 19-year-old was also arrested and bailed on suspicion of possessing a firearm.  A man has been jailed for eight years after pleading guilty to possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life (see March 2011 Incidents).

This is Derbyshire, 28 July 2010

A 15-year-old entered six homes in Normanton, Derby, during March 2010 and stole various items including a BB gun.  He has been sentenced to a two-year Youth Rehabilitation Order.

Maidenhead Advertiser, 28 July 2010

Daniel Thurgood, who was arrested in Burnham, Buckinghamshire, after reports of a man carrying daggers and received a suspended jail sentence after admitting possessing an offensive weapon, also received a conditional discharge for 18 months for being in possessing of an airgun.

Harrow Observer, 28 July 2010

A man snatched a cash box from a security guard as he entered a bank in Pinner, north west London.  There were suggestions that the suspect was carrying a gun, but police said they received no reports of him carrying such a weapon.

Haringey Independent, 28 July 2010

A woman was walking through a park in Hornsey, north London, when she was stopped by a young suspect carrying what appeared to be a handgun.  As he tried to wrench her purse from her arms she refused to let go even when he battered her wrists with the butt of the gun.  A passer-by came to her rescue and her attacker ran off empty-handed.  A 16-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of robbery.

Evening Courier, 28 July 2010

An imitation firearm was discovered in a massive haul of suspected stolen goods found by police during a raid on a house in Boothtown, West Yorkshire.

Diss Express, 28 July 2010

A man entered at a post office in Hopton, Suffolk with a handgun and a knife and threatened staff.  He stole cash before escaping in a vehicle with a driver and a woman passenger.  Two men and a 17-year-old girl have been arrested (BBC, 6 August 2010).

BBC, 28 July 2010 *

A man has been charged over six robberies which took place in Sneinton, Sherwood and Radford in Nottinghamshire between November 2009 and June 2010.  He has also been charged with two counts of possessing a handgun to commit robbery and one count of actual bodily harm against a shop worker.  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).

Shropshire Star, 27 July 2010

Julian Danks kept an illegal gun and ammunition in a bedroom drawer at his home in Shifnal, Shropshire.  He admitted possessing a firearm without a certificate and possessing a prohibited firearm and ammunition without a firearm certificate.  His partner told police he owned an illegal handgun when they were called to a domestic incident in September 2009.  A single barrelled shotgun was seized and the handgun was seized a day later after his partner said she had found it.

Islington Gazette, 27 July 2010

Four men are believed to have converted more than 80 Olympic starting pistols into lethal weapons in an operation in Islington, north London.  Guns in the process of being converted were found at the home of Darius Lester in November 2009.  Lester was jailed for three years, John Fletcher for six years, Tyrone Bryan for seven years and Barry Johnson for four years and they were convicted of conspiracy to convert imitation firearms into guns.  A fifth man, Lawrence O'Brien, was jailed for six years for possession of firearms, ammunition and cocaine.  From 4 June 2010 Olympic starting pistols became prohibited weapons (see News Items).

BBC, 27 July 2010

A 16-year-old boy was shot in the leg by a gunman on a motorbike in Norris Green, Liverpool.  The victim was standing with four other youths at the time of the shooting.  He was treated in hospital and his condition is not thought to be serious.  Three teenagers, aged 15, 16 and 18, are being held on suspicion of wound and on suspicion of possessing a firearm (BBC, 28 July 2010).

The Argus, 27 July 2010

Two men attacked a member of staff at a store in Worthing, West Sussex, before stealing 200 in cash.  One of the men had what appeared to be a handgun and the other man produced what he said was a canister of CS spray.  A reward of 500 has been offered for information leading to a conviction (BBC, 10 August 2010).

Get Reading, 26 July 2010

Martin Wynne has been jailed for 12 months for brandishing a gun in a bar in West Reading.  He got involved with another group of customers and went home and collected a ball-bearing handgun that looked like a genuine weapon.  He returned to the bar and confronted the barmaid and threatened to shoot a man he had grabbed earlier.  He admitted one count of having an imitation firearm with intent to threaten.

Sunday Mirror, 25 July 2010

Six puppies were stolen at gunpoint by two intruders at a house in Luton, Bedfordshire.

Telegraph & Argus, 24 July 2010

A quantity of jewellery was snatched from a shop in Girlington, Bradford, by a gang believed to have been carrying a sledgehammer, pickaxe handles and at least firearm, thought to have been a shotgun.  The police are linking the suspects to two other raids in Bradford in the last five months.

Liverpool Echo, 24 July 2010

Louis Wilkie was caught with a sawn-off shotgun when police raided his home in Wavertree, Liverpool, in March 2010.  The gun was found with a cartridge in a wheelie bin in the yard.  He admitted possessing the weapon and ammunition and was jailed for six years.  He had previously been jailed for five years in 2004 after shooting himself in the leg.

The Argus, 24 July 2010

A car was damaged by an airgun shot in Whitehawk, Brighton.  Two teenagers were spotted firing an airgun in the area.

Thurrock Gazette, 23 July 2010

Two men burst into a telephone store in a shopping centre in Thurrock, Essex, and threatened staff with a stun gun.  They forced staff to fill bin bags with phones before fleeing.

This is Sutton Coldfield, 23 July 2010

Two men, one aged 17, have been arrested in Leicester on suspicion of possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life in connection with an incident in Handsworth Wood, Birmingham.  Both men have been released without charge.  Police are investigating reports that shots were fired by people leaning out of a moving vehicle.  A bullet ridden car has been examined by forensics experts (Birmingham Mail, 24 July 2010).

This is Nottingham, 23 July 2010 *

A second member of a South Derbyshire gun club has been jailed for firearms offences.  After his friend Colin Cheetham, who was convicted of murder in June 2010 (see Incidents), was arrested Andrew Brough told police how Cheetham had a shortened smooth bored rifle and that he had worked on the weapon so a silencer could be fitted.  Brough pleaded guilty to four charges of unlawful possession of ammunition without authority.  The ammunition included cartridges loaded with hollow-point bullets.  He also admitted possession of a Muscat Martini 1411 shotgun which he had no firearms certificate for.  He was sentenced to 21 months in prison.  He has also been ordered to forfeit more than 3,000 allegedly earned from illegal firearms work (Matlock Mercury, 6 October 2010).

Northampton Chronicle & Echo, 23 July 2010

A man was threatened with a gun while behind the wheel of a van belonging to the newspaper in Northampton.  Three men, two of whom were brandishing guns, were involved in the incident.  A man has been apprehended.

Manchester Evening News, 23 July 2010

A gang of between eight and ten youths threatened to shoot two 16-year-old boys in a park in Salford.  The victims were with three girls at the time.  One of the gang had a handgun and repeatedly hit one of the boys over the head.  The other victim was attacked when he went to help his friend.

Get Reading, 23 July 2010

Alan Sawyer from Southcote, Berkshire, has admitted possessing pepper spray and a stun gun and has also admitted one charge of possessing cannabis with intent to supply.  He was arrested in June 2009.  He has been served with a two-year community order with 12 months supervision.

Evening Telegraph (Peterborough), 23 July 2010

Police believe that a gun, described as a BB air rifle, may have been used to smash a car window in Stanground, Peterborough.  The vehicle was parked outside the owner's home at the time.  She saw a group of youths after hearing a noise.

Burnley Express, 23 July 2010

Armed response teams went to a house in Brierfield, Lancashire, where a man was threatening to shoot himself.  A man was later arrested and an air weapon was found at the address.

BBC, 23 July 2010

Two men, one carrying a handgun and the other a sawn-off shotgun, raided a bookmakers in Westwood, Peterborough.  The men threatened customers and staff and fled the shop with a large bag of money.

Avon and Somerset Constabulary, 23 July 2010

A man was arrested on suspicion of possession of a firearm after a suspected handgun was found in a van stopped by police in the Brislington area of Bristol.  A second man was arrested on suspicion of supplying a firearm.

The Argus, 23 July 2010

Police seized a stun gun when five people were arrested after a suspected kidnapping.  A man was apparently bundled into a car in St Leonards, East Sussex.  A man later called the police saying he had been beaten up by people who were trying to get into a house in Hastings.

Waltham Forest Guardian, 22 July 2010

A man threatened a shop worker in Leytonstone, north east London, with a gun before making off with a bag of cash.

This is Tamworth, 22 July 2010

Armed police were called out following reports of a man in the street brandishing a handgun in Tamworth, Staffordshire.  A man was arrested but has not been charged.  No firearm was recovered.

This is Lancashire, 22 July 2010 *

A gang of robbers raided several flats at a hostel in Blackburn, Lancashire, threatening residents with a stun gun-type weapon.  They managed to escape with around five mobile phones.  A youth and a man were arrested on suspicion of robbery but they were later released without charge.  A man has been charged with three offences of robbery and one burglary (Lancashire Telegraph, 25 August 2010).

This is Bath, 22 July 2010

Pagan Taylor of Keynsham, Bristol, has been given a community order, curfew and an electronic tag for possession of an air weapon when prohibited from owning one for five years.

Press Association, 22 July 2010

Iain Davis has been convicted for the second time for the murders of two men who died after being shot with the same bullet at a party in Hackney, east London, in January 2002 (see Incidents).  He was originally jailed for life in 2004 and a jury in the retrial had failed to reach a verdict, but he has now been found guilty of the two murders.  He was again given two life sentences.

Peterlee Mail, 22 July 2010

A stun gun and a haul of cannabis were found when police raided a house in Hartlepool, Teesside, in March 2010.  The gun did not work.  Dean Temple admitted producing cannabis and possessing a stun gun.  He has been given a 12-month community order with supervision and order to pay 85 costs.

Northampton Chronicle & Echo, 22 July 2010

Stephen Hart has admitted unlawfully wounding his cousin at his home in Daventry, Northamptonshire.  He had previously denied the charges.  In May 2010 when the two were sharing a spliff he pulled a .22 air rifle from behind the sofa and fired the weapon at a wall.  A second shot was fired which hit the victim in his left foot.  Hart has been sentenced to 30 weeks in prison, suspended for two years.  He was given a 12-month community order, a 10-day employment course and told to do 100 hours of unpaid work.  He will also pay his cousin 600 in compensation.

Guardian, 22 July 2010

Declan Duffy, a former INLA member, has been sentenced to 24 years for the murder of an army recruitment sergeant who was shot dead in a car park in Derby in April 1992.  He pleaded guilty to murder.  Under the terms of the 1998 Good Friday agreement he will also serve two years.  Another man, Joseph Magee was jailed in 2004 after pleading guilty to his murder.

Express & Star, 22 July 2010

Kieran Kelly, 19, was charged with possession of a fighting dog in Stourbridge, West Midlands, and with having an unloaded air pistol in the style of a 9mm silver Walther handgun.  He was sentenced to six months detention suspended for two years for possession of the airgun along with a three-month curfew, a 12-month supervision order and 200 costs.  The gun had been found hidden inside a glove beneath the engine of his car.

Evening Post (Bristol), 22 July 2010

Armed police surrounded a house in Fishponds, Bristol, amid fears that a man would shoot himself.  A man was brought out of the property but it is unclear whether he had a gun.

Derbyshire Times, 22 July 2010

James Fletcher from Shirebrook, Nottinghamshire, was arrested after police received a tip-off that a man was carrying a handgun.  His rucksack was searched and a pistol and a tin of pellets were recovered.  He has admitted possessing an unloaded air weapon and been ordered to do 70 hours unpaid work, with 85 costs.  The pistol must be forfeited.

Derbyshire Times, 22 July 2010

A man has been arrested and charged after police discovered a stun gun and a lock knife in a vehicle in Matlock, Derbyshire.

Bolton News, 22 July 2010

Two boxes containing 18 replica shotguns have been stolen from an industrial unit in Westhoughton, Greater Manchester.  The airsoft guns are realistic-looking weapons, one model was a sawn-off shotgun and a second an AGM M300 shotgun, and the police are concerned that they could be used by criminals.

BBC, 22 July 2010 *

A man went into a post office in St Mary's Bay, Kent, armed with what was believed to be a gun and demanded money.  An elderly man was hurt when he was pushed to the floor but no shots were fired.  The man fled the scene on a motorbike driven by another suspect.  An 18-year-old has been charged with robbery, possession of a shotgun while committing an offence and possessing a shotgun while prohibited to do so.  He has also been charged in relation to a robbery at a bookmaker's in New Romney.  Another man has been charged with robbery (Kent News, 26 July 2010).  It was also reported that the 18-year-old was charged with possessing an imitation firearm (BBC, 25 July 2010).  Two men have been convicted (see March 2011 Incidents).

Yorkshire Evening Post, 21 July 2010 *

Lloyd Randall was jailed for life over the shooting of a man who was injured in the leg with a sawn-off shotgun in Leeds in May 2009.  His brother Leyon had requested the attack and both men were convicted of conspiracy to cause grievous bodily harm with intent in December 2009.  Lloyd Randall has lost an appeal in which he challenged the jury's guilty verdict.  Rajveer Duggal has been jailed for 12 years after being found guilty of conspiracy to cause grievous bodily harm.  He acted as the getaway driver during the incident (Yorkshire Evening Post, 4 September 2010).  Another man, Nathaniel Wilkinson, has been jailed for four years for giving false evidence at the trial that he shot the victim (Yorkshire Evening Post, 9 February 2011).

Northampton Chronicle & Echo, 21 July 2010

John Blythe, an ex-soldier, was armed with a gas-powered air pistol when he tried to steal cans of beer from a shop in Northampton in April 2010 (see Incidents).  The shopkeeper resisted and he left empty-handed.  Blythe has pleaded guilty to attempted robbery and possession of an imitation firearm and was jailed for four years.

News Shopper, 21 July 2010

Two youths and a man are being held by police and questioned about a robbery in Bromley, south London.  Three men burst into a shop brandishing a handgun and ran out of the door with two bags of cash.  The contents of one of the bags spilt on the ground during the getaway.

Liverpool Echo, 21 July 2010

Police search team scoured a street in Dovecot, Liverpool, looking for guns.  They were acting on "community intelligence" and found one gun hidden in a garden.

Daily Mirror, 21 July 2010 *

Christine Stafford had been drinking and was waving two fake handguns around in her garden in Exeter in June 2010 (see Incidents) when armed police arrived.  She was just seconds away from being shot by a police marksman. She admitted possessing a firearm with intent to cause fear or unlawful violence.  Sentencing was adjourned.  The weapons were described a replica baby Browning and a replica Beretta which the public would have believed to be real (Express & Echo, 21 July 2010).  She was sentenced to nine months in jail, suspended for two years, with a two year supervision order, an alcohol treatment requirement and a tagged curfew for six months (Express & Echo, 25 August 2010).

Cornishman, 21 July 2010

In May 2010 Zacharia Howse, 18, was found with a BB self-loading pistol in a recreation ground in St Austell, Cornwall.  A month later he assaulted a police officer and used threatening and abusive language during an incident in the town centre.  He pleaded guilty to the charges relating to the assault and admitted using threatening, abusive, insulting words or behaviour or disorderly behaviour on an earlier occasion.  He also admitted having the imitation firearm.  He has been issued with a six-month detention and training order.

Telegraph & Argus, 20 July 2010 *

Hugh Munro and Mark Reynolds have been found guilty of attempted robbery and having an imitation firearm with intent.  The two men threatened a shop manager and postmaster during a botched armed robbery at a post office in Thornton, West Yorkshire, in October 2009.  They fled empty handed after the panic alarm went off.  Munro has been jailed for 11 years and Reynolds for eight years (Telegraph & Argus, 27 October 2010).

Shropshire Star, 20 July 2010

A fight involving at least eight people broke out in Telford, Shropshire.  There were reports that one of the men involved had been carrying an air pistol.  No arrests have yet been made.

Liverpool Echo, 20 July 2010

A house in Old Swan, Liverpool, was placed under siege by armed police after reports that a man was inside with a firearm.  A man was arrested on suspicion of possessing a firearm.

Evening Telegraph (Peterborough), 20 July 2010

A man shot and wounded his ex-girlfriend before shooting himself dead in Feltwell, Norfolk.  He suffered gunshot wounds to the head.  The woman was with a baby at the time of the incident.  Her condition is not thought to be life threatening.  It is understood that the dead man had appeared in court in January 2009 after attacking another ex-partner and was given a suspended prison sentence.  Police said investigations were underway to establish how the man came to have gun.  They are not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident.  The police have said that the dead man did not have a gun licence but had previously been considered eligible for a firearms licence and had voluntarily surrendered a shotgun licence. His victim was shot with a shotgun and a .22 single-shot pistol was found by his body (East Anglian Daily Times, 21 July 2010).

BBC, 20 July 2010

Ashley Clarke and Alexander Valensky have admitted charges of kidnapping and blackmail, wounding with intent, false imprisonment and attempted blackmail.  They bundled a businessman into a car at gunpoint whilst he was visiting family in Salford in November 2009.  During the incident the victim was punched, threatened and bitten and then driven to an address in Ashton-under-Lyne.  Clarke was jailed for 11 years, Valensky for seven-and-a-half years.

BBC, 20 July 2010

A pistol and a sawn-off shotgun were found buried in the grounds of a country park in Poole, Dorset.  Forensic examination of the weapons is continuing.

BBC, 20 July 2010

A family was threatened at gunpoint by four or five men at their home near Fishburn, Country Durham.  One of the men had a shotgun.  They stole a four-figure sum of cash.

The Argus, 20 July 2010

Three teenagers, one a woman, have been arrested in connection in which a young woman was shot in Brighton.  The victim received a small arm injury after being shot with what it thought to have been an air rifle.  They were suspected of burglary and possession of an imitation firearm.  All three have been released on bail.

Evening Standard, 19 July 2010

Two 17-year-olds admitted armed robbery and a 15-year-old has admitted robbery and possessing an imitation firearm following a gems raid in Hatton Garden, central London.  One of the teenagers, who was dressed as a woman, was allowed into the shop and then let in three accomplices dressed as workmen.  The 15-year-old was armed with a fake Mac-10 machine gun.  A fourth suspect has never been traced.  They will be sentenced later.

Crewe and Northwich Guardian, 19 July 2010

Armed robbers armed with spring loaded bolt guns smashed the window of a jewellers in Nantwich, Cheshire, and escaped with watches worth around 120,000.

Coventry Telegraph, 19 July 2010

A bar in the centre of Coventry may have its licence suspended following a spate of serious assaults and suspected gun crime.  In one incident in June police were called over reports of two rival gangs in the pub with firearms.  No suspects were caught.

Birmingham Mail, 19 July 2010

A Baikal pistol was seized from an 18-year-old man who was stopped in Edgbaston, Birmingham.  In a separate raid on a house in Blakenhall, Wolverhampton, detectives recovered a revolver and arrested a man.

Birmingham Mail, 19 July 2010

A shotgun was fired at a passenger in a car after another car mounted a pavement in Chelmsley Wood, Birmingham.  Nobody was injured and no arrests were made.

BBC, 19 July 2010

A man has been charged with making threats to kill after armed police were called to a street in Louth, Lincolnshire.  A number of firearms were seized from a home in the town.

This is Kent, 18 July 2010

An armed response unit was called to a primary school in Seal, Kent, after a parent was threatened with being shot.  A man has handed himself to the police and been arrested on suspicion of threatening behaviour.  Searches have been carried out but no firearm was found.

Sunday Mercury, 18 July 2010

A 16-year-old girl was one of four victims shot outside a pub in Bordesley Green, Birmingham.  Three men were also injured and all four were taken to hospital.

BBC, 18 July 2010

Three men, two of them teenagers, were arrested shortly after staff at a pizza restaurant in Gloucester were threatened with what was believed to be a handgun.  A "small quantity" of cash was stolen.

North-West Evening Mail, 17 July 2010 *

Michael Crook was seen by bus passengers walking over a bridge in Barrow, Cumbria, with a gun.  Later he took the weapon, an air pistol, into a bar, cocked it and waved it around.  The barman confiscated the gun.  He was too drunk to know remember if it was loaded.   The gun had been a spontaneous purchase bought the same day from a fishing shop where Cook had gone to buy a fishing rod.  He had fired it into his own arm at his flat to test how dangerous it was.  He pleaded guilty to carrying an air weapon in public.  He has been given a 12-month community order with 12 months supervision and a three-month curfew order (North-West Evening Mail, 11 August 2010).

News & Star, 17 July 2010

Roy Tuddenham brandished a starter pistol at four youths who arrived at his home in Irthington, Cumbria.  He lived in a remote location and became frightened when the group arrived.  When the police arrived he resisted attempts to resolve the situation and was abusive towards the officers.  He pleaded guilty to affray and was given a six-month suspended sentence and placed under a 12-week curfew order.

This is Exeter, 16 July 2010

Alex Downes has admitted possessing an imitation firearm, an M4 carbine BB gun, and also possessing mephodrone.  He was arrested after he was spotted crouching in combat gear with the gun in woods near a Royal Marine training base in Lympstone, Devon, in April 2010.  He was sentenced to a year's community order involving 80 hours of unpaid work.

Express & Star, 16 July 2010

Five men wielding a handgun and a knife threatened staff and customers at a newsagents in Amblecote, West Midlands.  They fled empty-handed after an intruder alarm was set off.  Two 17-year-olds were arrested on suspicion of attempted robbery.

Cambs Times, 16 July 2010

An air rifle and pellets have been stolen from an address in Farcet, Cambridgeshire, from where chickens and a cockerel have also been stolen.

Birmingham Mail, 16 July 2010

Amandip Maheri ran out of his house in Wolverhampton and used a gun to threaten bin men because he felt they had failed to take away his rubbish.  The weapon was a BB gun.  Police investigating the incident recovered another airgun in his kitchen.  He admitted possessing an imitation firearm and was made subject to a hospital order.

BBC, 16 July 2010

Justin Jack has been jailed for five years after a loaded sawn-off shotgun was found hidden in his wardrobe in Top Valley, Nottingham, in May 2010 (see June 2010 Incidents).  He had shotgun pellets and gunpowder in his jeans' pockets when he was arrested.

BBC, 16 July 2010

The police were called following the discovery of bullet casings at a site in Elephant and Castle, south London.  They discovered that they were blanks left by actors shooting a film.

BBC, 16 July 2010

Two men arrested after firearms officers were called to a block of flats in Leicester were released without charges after the report that a person had been seen with a gun turned out to be unfounded.

BBC, 16 July 2010

Ciaran McGrath discharged an imitation firearm during an attempted robbery at a bookmakers in Bedford in October 2009 (see November 2009 Incidents).  He had denied attempted robbery and possessing an imitation firearm with intent to commit robbery but was convicted by a jury.  He has been jailed for 11 years.

BBC, 16 July 2010

A .22 air rifle was among items stolen during a burglary at a university rifle range in Swathling, Southampton.  The weapon is described as "sniper-style" which could prove extremely dangerous in the wrong hands.

BBC, 16 July 2010

A handgun, ammunition and cash were seized by police investigating an armed robbery at a casino in Edgbaston, Birmingham.  Six men and a woman have been arrested.

Wembley & Kingsbury Times, 15 July 2010

Three men are on trial accused of conspiracy to murder a man who was gunned down outside a house in Stonebridge Park Estate, north west London, in May 2004.  Gavin Grant and Gareth Downie have been found guilty of murder.  Damien Williams was convicted of conspiring to murder (BBC, 23 July 2010).  All three men were given minimum 25-year terms for their involvement.  Detectives believe the murder led to up to 30 further shootings (Guardian, 26 July 2010).

This is Lancashire, 15 July 2010

A stun gun was among items seized by police during raids in Bolton, Greater Manchester, in which they also recovered a Samurai sword and drugs.

Maghull and Aintree Star, 15 July 2010

A group of youths brandished a BB gun and pointed it at passengers on a train bound for Aintree, Merseyside, in June.  Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward.  A 12-year-old boy has been bailed.

Liverpool Echo, 15 July 2010 *

A 14-year-old boy and a woman have been arrested after police recovered a handgun and ammunition at an address in Toxteth, Liverpool.  The woman has been jailed for five years for minding a pistol (see December 2010 Incidents).

Kent Online, 15 July 2010

Among a shocking catalogue of crimes youngsters have committed on railway tracks in Kent was the firing of a pellet gun at a train at Birchington-on-Sea.  There was also a report than an air rifle had been fired at trains at Hilsea and Winchester in Hampshire (BBC, 16 July 2010).

Hartlepool Mail, 15 July 2010

A roadside search for what was believed to be a firearm in a lay-by on the outskirts of Hartlepool, Teesside, was part of an on-going case according to police.

Harrow Observer, 15 July 2010

Four men attacked another man after he was forced by another vehicle to stop his car in Edgware, north west London.  One man pointed a pistol through the window of the victim's car and held it to his head.  When he got out of the car he was hit with wooden sticks.

North-West Evening Mail, 14 July 2010 *

A man has been charged with attempted armed robbery and possession of a firearm with intent to commit an indictable offence.  The charges follow an incident in which three males are believed to have broken into a house in Burneside, Cumbria, and threatened the occupants with a handgun and knives.  The police believe that nothing was stolen during the incidents.  A man has pleaded guilty to attempted robbery and having an imitation handgun with intent to commit a robbery (see September 2010 Incidents).

Manchester Evening News, 14 July 2010

A man was bundled into a car and assaulted at gunpoint while his girlfriend and young child were kept hostage at home after robbers broke into their house in West Didsbury, Greater Manchester.  The victim suffered facial injuries.

Bedford Today, 14 July 2010

Two youths have been arrested on suspicion of possessing an imitation firearm in a public place after reports that a group were firing BB gun pellets at passers-by in Bedford.

Warrington Guardian, 13 July 2010

A 16-year-old has been charged with possessing an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.  The charge follows an incident in which a gun was allegedly aimed at another teenager through a car window in Stockton Heath, Cheshire.

The Citizen (Burnley), 13 July 2010

A motorcyclist brandishing what was believed to be an imitation firearm demanded money at a petrol station in Colne, Lancashire.  The man fled the scene with an amount of cash.

Click Liverpool, 12 July 2010

A man brandishing a handgun carried out a raid on a bookmakers in Old Swan, Liverpool.  He ordered a member of staff to hand over cash and left with a small amount of money.  A CCTV image has been released.

Sunday Mirror, 11 July 2010

Landlord Christopher Green was spotted by two policemen with a gun sticking out of his back pocket at his pub in Blidworth, Nottinghamshire.  He was arrested and has now been given a 16-week suspended sentence.  He claimed he had it to put off troublemakers.

Given the sentence imposed it must be assumed that the gun, described in the article as a pistol, was an imitation.

BBC, 11 July 2010 *

A cashier at a post office in Denton, Greater Manchester, was threatened with violence and forced to hand over cash by a man armed with what appeared to be a gun.  The man escaped on a bicycle.  It is believed the same man was responsible for a robbery at a bookmakers in Denton five days earlier.  A man has been jailed after pleading guilty to two charges of robbery and two counts of attempted robbery (see November 2010 Incidents).

BBC, 11 July 2010

Several vehicles were damaged in a shooting in Streatham, south London.  Police are looking for a youth in his late teens in connection with the shootings.

Shropshire Star, 10 July 2010

Three men from Telford, Shropshire, Jamie Rowland, 20, Alexander Baker, 20, and Thomas Seymour, 19, shot a number of pedestrians out of the window of a car with an air pistol.  They admitted assault occasioning actual bodily harm.  Rowland and Bakers were sentenced to 34 weeks in a young offenders institution, suspended for two years and ordered to carry out 250 hours unpaid work.  Seymour was sentenced to a 12-month community order with 150 hours unpaid work.  They were all ordered to pay compensation to their victims.

Leicester Mercury, 10 July 2010

Four men who attacked and robbed a shopkeeper in Leicester in June 2009 (see Incidents) have been jailed.  Zaydene Shahadat received a seven year sentence, Jason Wright, who pistol-whipped the shopkeeper, was jailed for five years and look-outs Sanchez Zampaladus and Judah Hunte received four year sentences.  Shahadat and Wright admitted possessing imitation firearms.  The weapons they used were an air pistol and a blank-firing handgun that looked menacing enough to terrify the victim.

Independent, 10 July 2010

A former gamekeeper has been charged with the murder of a retired colonel who was shot dead with a shotgun as he answered his front door in Furneux Pelham, Hertfordshire, in January 2004 (see Incidents).  He has also been charged with having a shotgun with intent to commit an indictable offence (Mercury, 21 July 2010).

BBC, 10 July 2010

The body of a man was found with bullet wounds in Upton Park, east London.  The shooting has been linked to the death of a man in Cricklewood, north west London (see below), and another shooting in Hornsey, north London.  The Hornsey victim has been discharged from hospital.  A man has been charged with two murders, three counts of possession of a firearm with intent, possessing a 9mm handgun and possessing a silencer (BBC, 12 July 2010).

BBC, 10 July 2010

A man has been injured with a shotgun in the Matson area of Gloucester.  A man arrested on suspicion of attempted murder has been released on bail and two others on suspicion of assisting an offender.  The victim remains in hospital awaiting plastic surgery (BBC, 21 July 2010).

BBC, 10 July 2010

Five men have been injured in a multiple shooting in Brixton, south London.  Police officers found four men with bullet wounds in a street and a fifth man attended a hospital later.  Three victims have been treated and discharged but two others remain in hospital in a stable condition.

Shields Gazette, 9 July 2010

A farmer from South Shields, Tyneside, owned two illegal and "dangerous" airguns which were found by police when they called to his home on two separate occasions in January and November 2009.  On the first occasion there had been a disturbance at the house and his girlfriend told the police that he was hiding "dangerous" guns.  Both airguns had muzzle energies exceeding the legal power limit of 12.  Keith McAlpine was spared jail because the judge ruled he would not abuse the guns, which he used shoot rabbits, in an inappropriate manner.  He was given a 12-month community order and a 12-month supervision order.

Local Guardian, 9 July 2010

Three teenagers, one a woman, were arrested when two guns were found during a police raid in Leytonstone, north east London.  The two converted handguns were both loaded with live ammunition.  One of the suspects was also arrested for possession of drugs with intent to supply.

Evening Standard, 9 July 2010

A mounted police officer has described how in September 2009 he chased a burglar in Lewisham, south London, and grabbed a pouch fearing it could be a weapon.  He found a black handgun inside and threw it out of reach.  The gun was an imitation.  The officer has been given a commendation for bravery and the man was later jailed fro three and a half years.

BBC, 9 July 2010

Police have arrested 15 people in connection with a number of recent shootings in Birmingham.  Four people have been charged and nine firearms were seized.

BBC, 9 July 2010 *

Armed response teams were called to a block of flats in Lincoln after reports that shots were fired.  Three men were arrested and two weapons were confiscated.  Two men and a teenager were charged with firing an airgun in public but the case was dismissed on a technicality (see October 2010 Incidents).

BBC, 9 July 2010

Phillip Hopkins has admitted rape and having a firearm with intent to commit an offence.  In September 2009 his victim was driven around Peterborough to the scene of the attack where he threatened her with a gun, put tape across her mouth, tied her up and assaulted her.  The weapon was a ball bearing gun which the victim believed was real (Evening Telegraph (Peterborough), 11 July 2010).  Hopkins, an ex-soldier, has been given an indeterminate prison sentence and will serve at least four years and 78 days.

Worcester News, 8 July 2010

A BB gun was found during a series of raids by police in Worcester aimed at seizing dangerous dogs.

Times Series, 8 July 2010

A man has died after being shot multiple times in Cricklewood, north west London.  The incident happened by the side of a major road which was closed to through traffic after the shooting.

This is Lancashire, 8 July 2010

Jiten Patel from Daubhill, Greater Manchester, has admitted possessing cannabis and an electric stun gun which were found on January 2010.  He was given a 12-month community sentence and ordered to complete 150 hours of unpaid work.

Richmond & Twickenham Times, 8 July 2010

Leon Morris pointed an imitation pistol at a 15-year-old and his friends.  He held the boy captive for five hours and demanded 10,000 ransom.  The incident took place in Brentford, west London, in January 2010.  He was sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison after pleading guilty to possession of an imitation firearm with intent to cause alarm or distress.

Manchester Evening News, 8 July 2010

A bar in Chorlton, Manchester, was raided last month.  The owner was struck with a gun and locked inside by two men.  It was one of a number of bars targeted in the area in recent weeks.

Crosby Herald, 8 July 2010

A man is being questioned following the shooting of a man in Bootle, Merseyside.  The man had been shot in the buttock in a car which had a bullet hole in the windscreen.  His condition is described as stable.

Bootle Times, 8 July 2010

A loaded revolver was thrown into a back garden after police stopped a taxi in Bootle, Merseyside.  Three men were caught and were arrested on suspicion of possessing a firearm.  A man and a 17-year-old have been charged with possession of a firearm and ammunition (Liverpool Echo, 28 July 2010).

BBC, 8 July 2010 *

Paul Smith has been found guilty of shooting a driver in the stomach with a homemade gun during a road rage incident in Alkham, Kent, in October 2009 (see Incidents).  He was convicted of wounding with intent but cleared of attempted murder.  He had admitted possession of a firearm.  His victim suffered life-changing injuries.  The weapon was a flare gun adapted to carry a single .22 round.  He has been jailed for 10 years and given an extended licence of five years (Kent News, 29 September 2010).

BBC, 8 July 2010

A man was held up at gunpoint and his car stolen in Belle Vue, Greater Manchester.  The victim and a friend were getting into the car when a man got out of a van and pointed a black handgun at them.

BBC, 8 July 2010 *

A man has been arrested in connection with an armed robbery at a bank in Cromford, Derbyshire, which took place in 1985.  A security guard was hit in the face with a shotgun.  The man has been charged with robbery, wounding with intent and possession of an imitation firearm.  He has admitted the offences and been jailed for 10 years (see December 2010 Incidents).

Yeovil Express, 7 July 2010

Ben Doxey, 21, was given 120 hours community work for possessing a loaded air rifle in Yeovil Country Park, Somerset.  Gerald Ryder, 20, was also guilty of possession of a loaded air rifle at the same location and given a community order.  In both cases the rifle will be destroyed.

Uxbridge Gazette, 7 July 2010

Two men threatened staff at a travel agents in Hayes, west London, with what is believed to have been a small handgun.  The pair made off with cash.

Times Series, 7 July 2010 *

Two men brandishing what police believe to be an imitation gun raided a post office in East Barnet, north London, and made off with thousands of pounds in cash.  One of the shopkeepers was taken to hospital following the incident.  A man has been jailed after pleading guilty to being involved in the robbery and possessing an imitation firearm (see October 2010 Incidents).

Rochdale Online, 7 July 2010

Two armed robbers, armed with a hammer and a handgun, threatened a member of staff at a convenience store in Middleton, Greater Manchester, and demanded cash from the till.  They fled with cash, drinks and cigarettes.

News & Star, 7 July 2010 *

A man with learning difficulties was shot three times with a BB gun when he visited a neighbour in Workington, Cumbria, to borrow some milk in June 2009.  The neighbour Paul Goddard has pleaded guilty to common assault.  He shot the man in the foot.  Andrew Carney who fired the other two shots admitted grievous bodily harm.  Goddard was given a two-year supervision requirement.  Carney has been sent to prison for two years (News & Star, 4 August 2010).

Manchester Evening News, 7 July 2010 *

Three men have denied charges of possessing a prohibited firearm and possession of a firearm with intent to commit robbery after a 9mm Reck Miami and silencer were recovered from a car used by a gang in a raid at a store in Haslingden, Lancashire, in September 2009 (see Incidents).  They say they did not know an accomplice had brought a gun to the scene of a raid.    William Moore, Richard Walsh and Jonathon Walsh have admitted conspiracy to commit robbery and handling stolen goods.  The fourth man, Gavin Noakes, has also admitted conspiracy to commit robbery as well as firearms offences and dangerous driving.  The Walsh brothers have been found guilty of taking a gun to the raid (Lancashire Telegraph, 15 July 2010).  William Moore was also convicted of possessing a firearm (BBC, 19 July 2010).  Noakes will serve a minimum of eight and a half years, Richard Walsh, who was also convicted of possessing an imitation firearm, was ordered to serve a minimum of ten-and-a-half years, Jonathon Walsh was jailed for 14 years and Moore for seven years and nine months (Key103, 2 September 2010).

Local Guardian, 7 July 2010

Two men have jailed over the shooting of a man in Leyton, north east London, in July 2008.  Jonathan Lawrence and Nathan Fellows will serve at least six and a half years after being convicted of grievous bodily harm and possessing a firearm and ammunition.  Lawrence was shot by police after he resisted arrest.  A loaded gun was found in his car.  Their victim had refused to testify against them.

Liverpool Echo, 7 July 2010

Two 10-year-old boys were held up at gunpoint by bike thieves in a park in Belle Vale, Liverpool.  Police think that the weapon was probably a BB gun.  One bike was stolen but later recovered.  A 15-year-old was arrested on suspicion of possession of an imitation firearm and theft of a pedal cycle.

Burton Mail, 7 July 2010 *

Three men, two aged 18, have been accused of possessing imitation firearms.  The men were detained after officers stopped a car in Barton-under-Needwood, Staffordshire.  Two teenagers and another youth have been given custodial sentences (see October 2010 Incidents).

BBC, 7 July 2010

Three boys have been shot at with a BB gun while playing on a green in Exmouth, Devon.  One boy was hit in the stomach and another on the hip.  It is believed that the perpetrator was standing in the communal area of nearby flats.

This is Hampshire, 6 July 2010

Karl Powell, who was high on drink and drugs, threatened to use a gun he had tucked into the waistband of his trousers at a nightclub in Southampton.  He terrified a doorman and a woman he was trying to chat up.  The gun was a gas-propelled BB gun.  He has admitted two counts of possessing an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence and been jailed for four years.

Shropshire Star, 6 July 2010

Two Shropshire police officers who were threatened by a man they believed to have a real gun are in the running for a national bravery reward.  They were making inquiries about damage to cars in Bridgnorth when a suspect produced a revolver-type weapon.  In April 2009 Barry Preece admitted affray, criminal damage and possession of an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence and was jailed for one year.

Shropshire Star, 6 July 2010

A man brandishing a handgun demanded cash at a petrol station in Donnington Wood, Shropshire.  He fled empty-handed after the cashier withdrew from the glass screen where he was pointing the gun.  CCTV images of the getaway car have been released.

Mail, 6 July 2010

A child who dropped a toy gun in a bank in Maldon, Essex, sparked a mass evacuation.  The gun was spotted by a customer who thought it was real.

Express & Star, 6 July 2010

A man has been shot dead at a house in Chasetown, Staffordshire.  He was pronounced dead at the scene.  He died from a gunshot wound to the chest.  Two men have been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to murder (BBC, 21 July 2010).

Epsom Guardian, 6 July 2010

Two men claiming to have a gun robbed a travel agency in Epsom, Surrey.  No one was injured.  No gun was actually seen or identified (Epsom Guardian, 7 July 2010).

BBC, 6 July 2010

Four shotguns and a rifle have been stolen in a burglary at a farm in Murrow, Cambridgeshire.  A gun cabinet was forced open.  Other items were also taken.

BBC, 6 July 2010

A man with a handgun approached a security guard at a supermarket in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, and demanded cash bags.  He made his getaway in a stolen car.

BBC, 6 July 2010

A man has died after being shot in Walthamstow, north east London.  He was pronounced dead at hospital.  A man has been arrested and is in custody (BBC, 13 July 2010).

The Sentinel, 5 July 2010

Three masked men armed with air rifles demanded money from a man in Rode Heath, Stoke-on-Trent.

Northern Echo, 5 July 2010

Carl White appeared to be pointing a rifle towards people at a community fireworks display in Middlesbrough in November 2009.  He drove off before police officers could catch up with him but was stopped a short while later.  They found an unloaded air rifle, a knife and diazepam pills.  He admitted possessing an air weapon in a public place and other offences and was given a 12-month community order with Probation Service supervision.

Evening Gazette, 5 July 2010

Steven Gregory imported 18 stun guns into the UK from Thailand but claimed that he did not realise that they were illegal.  Some of the guns were intercepted by HM Revenue and Customs and three were found at his address in Eaglescliffe, Teesside.  He confessed to having the weapons imported and the judge accepted that he did not know they were illegal.

BBC, 5 July 2010

Two men have been arrested after people reported hearing gunshots near a block of flats in Anfield, Liverpool.  A window at a car dealership had been shot at and damaged.  No-one was hurt.

Mail, 4 July 2010

Two primary school children were injured in a playground shooting in which two boys were armed with an airgun.  The incident occurred in Little Harrowden, Northamptonshire.  One of the boys had fired the gun after a friend carried it into school.  Both were immediately excluded but police officers were not called to the school.  The two victims had minor injuries.

BBC, 3 July 2010 *

A man died and his partner was in a critical condition in hospital after they were shot in Birtley, Tyneside.  It is believed that the man responsible was the ex-boyfriend of the woman and that he had just been released from prison.  The gunman has been named as Raoul Moat.  A man believed to be Moat also shot a police officer on duty in East Denton (BBC, 4 July 2010).  Police are investigating an armed robbery of a fish and chip shop near Blyth by a man with a similar description to Moat (Guardian, 6 July 2010).  Police searching for Moat sealed off the town of Rothbury, Northumberland (BBC, 7 July 2010).  Moat, who is still on the run, has made threats to the wider public (BBC, 8 July 2010).  Two men believed to be part of Moat's conspiracy to hunt down and kill policemen have been charged with conspiracy to commit murder and possessing a firearm with intent (Mail, 8 July 2010).  It is suggested that they got hold of a sawn-off shotgun before Moat was released from jail and helped him find food and supplies when he went on the run (Daily Mirror, 9 July 2010).  Moat died after shooting himself following a six-hour stand-off in a field Rothbury (BBC, 10 July 2010)  Two Taser guns were fired at him but his wounds were consistent with a weapon he was carrying (BBC, 11 July 2010).  It has since been revealed that neither of the Taser rounds fired at Moat by the police hit him (Telegraph, 5 January 2011).  Another man has been arrested on suspicion of firearms offences (Guardian, 19 July 2010).  Two men have appeared in court charged with conspiracy to commit murder and possessing a firearm with intent (The Journal, 1 November 2010) and both have now been convicted of a number of offences (see March 2011 Incidents).

BBC, 3 July 2010

A 19-year-old shot at armed police with an airgun in Oldham, Greater Manchester.  The officers had been called to the area after receiving reports that a man, armed with a handgun, had threatened people nearby.  A man is in custody on suspicion of possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.

Herts Advertiser, 2 July 2010

Four victims have been shot at with a BB gun in St Albans, Hertfordshire, in the last two weeks.  A 12-year-old boy was walking along a street when he was hit in the neck and five days later three men were shot at, one of whom was hit on the head and another suffered minor swelling and bruising to his face.  Three teenagers have been arrested (St Albans & Harpenden Review, 2 July 2010).

Express & Star, 2 July 2010

Gareth Ranger has been given an eight-and-a-half year sentence for firing a single shot into the door of a nightclub in Bilston, West Midlands, in June 2009.  The nightclub had been the scene of at least three shootings in recent years including a murder.

BBC, 2 July 2010

Two men thought to be armed with a gun robbed a Post Office van in Tunbridge Wells, Kent.  They assaulted the driver and demanded money.  Arrests have been made.

BBC, 2 July 2010

Kieron Lawrence, 19, Kallum Morris, 19 and Paul Stoby, 18, have all been convicted of murdering a man who was shot dead in Hackney, east London, in September 2009 (see Incidents).  It is believed that the murder was a case of mistaken identity.  All three teenagers have been jailed for life with a minimum of 27 years (BBC, 23 July 2010).

BBC, 2 July 2010

British Transport Police are investigating whether a firearm was fired at trains in Steventon, Oxfordshire.  A train windscreen and passenger window were damaged during the incidents.

BBC, 2 July 2010

A man has been shot in the leg in West Derby, Liverpool.  The victim was in a stable condition in hospital.

Staffordshire Newsletter, 1 July 2010

A teenager was rushed to hospital after being shot in the head with an airgun pellet.  The incident occurred between Handsacre and Hill Ridware in Staffordshire.

The Press, 1 July 2010

A woman has been left afraid to walk down the road after being shot in the face with an air rifle in Acomb, York, in March 2010 (see Incidents).  Two 15-year-old boys were playing with the gun when it went off accidentally.  Both pleaded guilty to firing an air rifle in public, assaulting a third boy, and charges of criminal damage by air rifle pellet to a car and a window.  The victim required a local anaesthetic to remove a pellet from her head.  Both boys were given referral orders, one for nine months the other for six months and told to pay 246.25 in compensation to the other victims.  One of the boys was told to pay 350 to the woman.

Derbyshire Times, 1 July 2010

Colin Cheetham has been convicted of murdering a man whose body was found in Cromford, Derbyshire, in September 2009 (see Incidents).  He apparently executed his victim, whom he did not know, for his own pleasure and gratification.  He was given a life sentence and will serve at least thirty years.  Cheetham was a member of Swadlincote Rifle and Pistol Club (Burton Mail, 1 July 2010).  He had admitted he was interested in shooting and owned eight weapons and that he provided the murder weapon (BBC, 24 June 2010).

Clacton and Frinton Gazette, 1 July 2010

A man has been shot in the head with an air pistol pellet in Jaywick, Essex.  It is believed that an individual had been firing pellets at various stages prior to the shooting and that the victim's car also sustained damage.

Citizen, 1 July 2010

The window of a car has been shot through in Gloucester.  It is feared that the gunman may have been aiming at its owner.  Police believe a high velocity air rifle was used.  The incident may be linked to a similar incident the previous week.

Bury Times, 1 July 2010

A man is recovering in hospital after being shot with an air rifle in Radcliffe, Greater Manchester.  He was walking along a canal when he was shot in the back and a pellet became lodged in his lung.  He remains in a stable condition.

BBC, 1 July 2010

Four men have been arrested on suspicion of firearms offences after reports that a man was chased by a man with a gun in Abington, Northampton.


SCOTLAND

Lennox Herald, 30 July 2010

Douglas Harkin who admitted jumping out at police with a dangerous weapon (a set of nunchucks) at his ex-girlfriend's house had previously admitted possession of an imitation gun in Dumbarton in July 2009.  He had already spent 64 days in jail and was sentenced to a further 60 days for all his crimes.

BBC, 30 July 2010

An air weapon has been fired on a street in Portgordon, Banffshire.  No-one was injured.

Shetland News, 23 July 2010

A replica handgun was seized from a teenager in the centre of Lerwick, Shetlands.

Paisley Daily Express, 22 July 2010

An armed response unit attended an incident in Howwood, Renfrewshire, after a report of a gunman.  A woman saw a man stop his car, get out and pick up an air rifle lying at the roadside.  The man was detained and later a house was raided and police confiscated an air weapon. The man faces a breach of the peace charge.

BBC, 19 July 2010

A man was shot in the leg with an airgun pellet while out walking on a cycle path in Dumfries.  He felt a sharp pain in his leg.  He was taken to hospital where the pellet was removed and the wound treated.

Wee County News, 15 July 2010 *

Scott Barclay had a six-hour stand-off with armed police after threatening them with a .22 air rifle in Tullibody, Clackmannanshire, in October 2009.  He has pleaded guilty to possessing a firearm with intent of causing a person to believe violence would be used against them, to committing a breach of the peace by locking himself in a flat for around six hours, pointing an air rifle towards police offices and throwing household items from a window.  He has been jailed for six months.  During a search of the premises an "upgrade kit" for the air rifle was found.  The weapon had been modified with a result that it was turned into "a lethal barrelled weapon" for which a licence was required (stv, 19 August 2010).

Press & Journal, 8 July 2010 *

Neal Todd pointed a toy gun which could fire small ball bearings at people outside a pub in Kinloss, Moray, and threatened to turn the town into Afghanistan.  He has been convicted of possessing an imitation weapon and making others believe he would use it against them.  He was also found guilty of breaking the peace, making threats of violence and shouting during the incident in March 2010.  He has been jailed for two-and-a-half years (BBC, 7 October 2010).

Highland News, 8 July 2010

Alexander Thomson has been jailed for two years for keeping two shotguns in his loft in Inverness.  He claimed to have hidden them after finding them outside his home following a break-in.  Both guns were forfeited.

Paisley Daily Express, 7 July 2010

Armed police surrounded a man as he walked through a housing scheme in Paisley and later raided a nearby house in search of a lethal firearm.  The incident occurred 24 hours after reports that a man was armed and had pulled a gun on another man.  A man has been accused of a breach of the peace.  It is believed no weapon was found but a bag of pellets for an airgun were discovered.

Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser, 7 July 2010

Gordon McGuire sparked an armed siege after local residents saw him in the street with a rifle in Coatbridge, North Lanarkshire, in April 2010.  When the gun was recovered it was discovered to be a .22 calibre air rifle.  McGuire was ordered to carry out 90 hours of community service and the sheriff ordered the air rifle to be forfeited and destroyed.

BBC, 6 July 2010

A 18-year-old is due to appear in court in Aberdeen charged with possession of a shotgun.  He is also accused of a "catalogue of crimes" committed over a 10-month period.

Stirling Observer, 2 July 2010

Kieran McColl was drunk when he lifted a gun over his head as the harbour master on Loch Venachar, Perthshire, went to his rescue in May 2010 (see Incidents).  He had been firing an air rifle from the boat.  McColl pleaded guilty and was fined 750.


WALES

South Wales Echo, 28 July 2010

The rear window of a parked car in Kenfig Hill, Mid Glamorgan, was shattered when an air rifle was shot from a house.

The Leader, 27 July 2010

At least four parked cars have been targeted in two separate drive-by shootings in Gresford, Clwyd.  In the first attack one car was left with a smashed side window, another with a broken windscreen and bodywork pocked with pellet marks and a third vehicle was damaged.  The following evening another car had its rear screen shattered.  It was later suggested that these and other incidents in which property was damaged in the Wrexham area may have been caused by ball bearing fired from a catapult (The Leader, 29 July 2010).

Oxford Mail, 24 July 2010

A pensioner has appeared in court accused of two double murders in Pembrokeshire.  All four victims suffered fatal shotgun wounds.  A brother and sister were killed at a mansion in Milford Haven in December 1985 and the bodies of a married couple were found on a coastal footpath in June 1989.

South Wales Echo, 20 July 2010

A powerful S410 air rifle was stolen from a car in Cyncoed, Cardiff.  Police are concerned as the gas-powered weapon can cause significant injury.

Daily Post, 17 July 2010 *

Three men have been arrested following a raid on a post office in Cefn Mawr, Wrexham.  A gang threatened the postmaster with a blade and a gun.  The victim struggled with the men and tried to stop their getaway.  A man has been charged with robbery and with carrying an imitation handgun with criminal intent (The Leader, 20 July 2010).  Two men have admitted staging the robbery and a third man has been charged with robbery (see September 2010 Incidents).

North Wales Chronicle, 9 July 2010

Villagers in Aberffraw, Anglesey, have accused police and authorities of staggering indifference after taking hours to respond to reports of 500 live shotgun shells being dumped in the River Ffraw.  Between 20 and 25 boxes were discovered at low tide.

Milford & West Wales Mercury, 8 July 2010

A man has appeared in court charged with possession of an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence following an incident in Hakin, Pembrokeshire.

This is South Wales, 5 July 2010

A family have been thrown off a campsite in Port Eynon, Swansea, after police investigating a possible air rifle incident found a camper with weapons.  A resident living close to the site discovered a window had been broken by what they believed to have been a pellet.

South Wales Echo, 3 July 2010

A firefighter was shot in the face with an air rifle as a crew was driving through Abercwmboi, Mid Glamorgan.  The pellet narrowly missed his eye.


INCIDENTS INVOLVING ANIMALS

Express & Star, 30 July 2010

A pet cat has been shot with an airgun in an attack in Ashmore Park, Wolverhampton.  Her owner discovered a small hole in her chest and found a pellet from a .177 airgun in the cat's bed.  The pellet may have been lodged in her chest for up to 10 days before it fell out causing an infection.

Evening Courier, 30 July 2010

A heavily pregnant cat was shot in the leg with what is believed to have been an air rifle in an attack in Sowerby Bridge, West Yorkshire.  Fortunately the mother and her litter survived and five kittens have been born.  The cat is unable to use one of her legs and it may have to be amputated.

BBC, 30 July 2010

Two cats have been shot with an air weapon in Findochty, Banffshire.  Both needed treatment from a vet.

Shields Gazette, 26 July 2010

Several dead rabbits, some of which have been shot, have been found in recent weeks at a local nature reserve in South Shields, Tyneside.  There have also been reports of men with dogs and guns entering the site, usually at night or very early morning.  The local authority does not permit any kind of hunting activity on its land.

Campaign, 26 July 2010

A cat was wounded when he was shot with a pellet gun in Trethomas, Mid Glamorgan.  The pellet went through his body but he survived.  Another of the owner's cats had previously been shot.

BBC, 23 July 2010

A horse was shot at in a field in Newsham, Northumberland, but did not appear to have suffered any injuries.  Two youths, both aged 17, have been charged with possessing an air weapon and one with possession of cannabis.  Two air weapons were seized at the scene.

The Press, 22 July 2010

A seal was put down after being found with multiple gunshot wounds in the River Ouse near York.  It had suffered injuries to its head, neck and upper chest.

BBC, 22 July 2010

A horse has been shot in the head with an air weapon in County Durham.  He was found badly injured in a field between Shincliffe and Bowburn.  It is not yet known if he will survive.

This is Nottingham, 21 July 2010

A family cat has been left paralysed with life threatening injuries after being shot with an air rifle in Cropwell Bishop, Nottingham.  It was initially though he had been hit by a car but a pellet was found in his spine.

Coventry Telegraph, 21 July 2010

A cat has died after being shot with an air rifle in Keresley, Coventry.  It is believed she was shot at close range and left in agony.  She had been shot through the leg and a pellet had become lodged in her spine, paralysing her.  The pellet was impossible to remove.

BBC, 17 July 2010

A cat has died after being shot in the eye with an air rifle or catapult in the latest in a spate of attacks in Surrey.  The animal was found by its owners in Virginia Water.  The injuries were so severe it could not be saved.  Earlier this month a cat was blinded in one eye after being shot with an air rifle in Englefield Green and another cat was found in Addlestone with a pellet wound to its neck.

Shropshire Star, 16 July 2010

A kestrel found in Uffington, Shropshire, with a leg injury that led to its death was illegally shot.  It appeared to have been shot with a .22 airgun.

This is Sussex, 15 July 2010

A family from Felbridge, West Sussex, face as vets bill of 1200 after their pet car was shot with what is thought to be an air rifle pellet.  The cat was found a week after she had gone missing and has had a series of supportive joints inserted to help repair the damage done to her.

Rhyl Journal, 14 July 2010

A pet cat has been shot with a pellet gun in Kinmel Bay, Clwyd.  Vets pulled a pellet out of his scalp.

Crawley Observer, 14 July 2010

A cat from Pound Hill, West Sussex, who was suffering from cancer has been shot.  An airgun pellet lodged in his chest.  Vets and his owner took the decision not to bring him round from a biopsy.

News Shopper, 12 July 2010

A kitten was attacked with an airgun in Kidbrooke, south east London.  He slumped down at the feet of his owner who rushed him to a pet hospital.  He is still limping.

Todmorden News, 10 July 2010

A cat has been shot four times with an airgun in Todmorden, West Yorkshire, and has three pellets lodged in its body.  The shootings have taken place over the last six months.

Morpeth Herald, 9 July 2010

It is feared that song birds in Morpeth, Northumberland, are being picked off with an airgun.  Several dead birds have been found beside the River Wansbeck in recent weeks, along with a box of airgun pellets.

 

 

 

 

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