JULY 2011 - 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.

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ENGLAND

Deaths

Braintree Chronicle, 15 July 2011

A 21-year-old in Braintree, Essex has shot and killed himself. The young man had reportedly been recently accepted into the Essex Police force but a coroner determined that he died from a self-inflicted shotgun wound to the head.

Lynn News, 14 July 2011

A woman in Norfolk has shot and killed herself. She was found by her husband, who said he owns seven guns, including apparently the shotgun that the depressed woman used to commit suicide.

This is Devon, 13 July 2011

A man in South Zeal, Devon has shot and killed himself. He was found beside a shotgun and pronounced dead at the scene.

Telegraph, 7 July 2011

A man in Bristol has shot and killed himself. The victim, who had been out of work for two years, used a homemade shotgun to commit suicide, police said.

BBC News, 4 July 2011

A 23-year-old man was shot and killed in Greenwich, south London. He was found in a car with gun shot wounds to his head and shoulder.

BBC News, 3 July 2011

A 21-year-old man was shot and killed in Bristol. The incident took place near a pub around 4 a.m., and a man and a woman are also in hospital being treated for injuries not thought to be life-threatening. Five people have been arrested on suspicion of their involvement (Bearsden Herald, 8 July 2011).

BBC News, 1 July 2011

A man was shot and killed in a house in Thornton Heath, south London. Police said paramedics arrived and attempted to aid the victim but he died at the scene. There were three people in the house at the time of the attack, and a woman suffered minor injuries. 


Injuries

Birmingham Mail, 30 July 2011

Two men were shot in Smethwick, Birmingham. The men were reportedly at a large party at a garage with hundreds of guests when they sustained gunshot wounds. Although both went to hospital, neither man's injuries appear to be life-threatening.

Daily Express, 29 July 2011

A 72-year-old man suffered a broken jaw when he was pistol-whipped following a an armed robbery in his store in Manchester. The pensioner is then alleged to have stabbed and killed one of his assailants, while the other robber was also stabbed.

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide, 28 July 2011

A man was attacked at gunpoint while walking to a park in Bury with five children aged one to seven. In an incident police said was not a random attack, two men held up the man and clubbed him on the head, causing him to drop his one-year-old son to the ground. They then pistol-whipped him and beat him unconscious as the children looked on. The attackers fled when passers-by shouted at them, and the man was discharged from a local hospital after being treated overnight. A 25-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of assault, making threats to kill and possession of a firearm.

This is Sussex, 27 July 2011

A man was shot in the back of his head by a BB gun in Littlehampton, West Sussex. The man suffered minor injuries and told police a group of youths were responsible, but officers did not locate the suspects.

Harrow Times, 26 July 2011

Three armed men robbed a store in Wembley, north London. One man was reportedly carrying a firearm and the other two men had knives. The robbers attacked one shop assistant, who was hospitalised with a facial injury but has since been discharged. The perpetrators fled with cash and no arrests have been made.

BBC News, 22 July 2011

A security guard was shot in the leg in Nottinghamshire as armed robbers raided a store. The victim's injuries are reportedly not life-threatening, and police said they believe three suspects fled the scene empty-handed, abandoning their getaway car soon after.

The Argus, 22 July 2011

A man was shot in the back of the head by a BB gun in Littlehampton, West Sussex. The victim told police he believed a group of youths were responsible. No arrests were made, and police issued a public warning that BB guns are especially dangerous because of their realistic appearance, and must not be carried or used in public.

Manchester Evening News, 21 July 2011

A man was shot outside a pub in Northenden, Manchester. He was taken to hospital to be treated for gunshot wounds but discharged himself with the bullets still in his back. The victim had recently been released from prison after being jailed in 2005 for possession of a firearm and ammunition. Police suspended the pub's licence for 28 days.

BBC News, 16 July 2011

A police officer was shot in the arm while officers chased three men in Croydon, south London. His injuries are not life-threatening, but two men aged 21 and 22 have been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and an 18-year-old was arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm. The young men reportedly fled when a patrol approached them, then produced a handgun and fired shots. The police officer is the second to be injured in Croydon in two months after another officer, also unarmed, was stabbed in May.

Bolton News, 16 July 2011

Two armed men attacked a woman and her younger brother as they left a jeweller's shop in Bolton. One man pointed a handgun at the woman while the other tried to steal her handbag. When her brother grabbed back the bag, he was clubbed over the head with the gun. The woman was then also pistol-whipped before the perpetrators fled empty-handed.

This is Local London, 14 July 2011

A 20-year-old man was shot outside a pub in Kennington, south London. He was listed in stable condition upon being hospitalised. Seven men were initially arrested on suspicion of their involvement. The drive-by attack comes after people connected to the victim were arrested and charged with the attempted murder of a man and his five-year-old niece, who was paralysed below the waist when she was shot in a supermarket in March, perhaps becoming London's youngest ever victim of gun crime.

Burnham-On-Sea.com, 14 July 2011

Police used a taser gun to take down a 17-year-old man who was acting aggressively in Highbridge, Somerset. Police said they had attended to a report of criminal damage at a property and when the teenager became aggressive they used the electric stun gun to subdue him, then arrested him on suspicion of criminal damage and a breach of the peace. He was released without charge.

Lancashire Telegraph, 13 July 2011

A 22-year-old man was shot in the abdomen with an air pistol in Altham, Lancashire. Police said he sustained minor injuries and was treated in hospital.

TNT Today, 12 July 2011

An 82-year-old man who apparently threatened a man in Ealing, west London was shot with a taser gun by police. The pensioner was hospitalised for six days, and was arrested on suspicion of carrying an offensive weapon and criminal damage to a vehicle.

BBC News, 11 July 2011

A security guard in Lincolnshire was shot with a BB gun. He was hit in the ankle with the pellet, which apparently broke the skin but did not cause major injury.

Maldon and Burnham Standard, 8 July 2011

Police have identified a suspect who they believe assaulted a Gurka soldier in Southminster, Essex with a taser gun, as well as beating him and stealing his wallet. The victim was hospitalised after the incident, which took place in May.

Manchester Evening News, 7 July 2011

A woman was shot in the ear with an air gun as she walked her dogs in a park in Newall Green, Manchester. The victim had the pellet surgically removed.

Ealing Gazette, 7 July 2011

Two armed men invaded a home, beat a man and stole cash and various goods in Ealing, west London. The robbers reportedly were armed with a gun and a knife.

Royal Automobile Club, 7 July 2011

Police in Devon used a taser gun to take out a man they said became aggressive when his car was towed. The man reportedly became visibly angry and threatened police, who shot him with the stun gun before arresting him.

Echo News, 7 July 2011

Police arrested a man at a home in Southend, Essex after an armed stand-off in which the man threatened the officers, who stunned him with a taser gun. He was hospitalised and charged with making threats to kill. Two women in the home were arrested on suspicion of possessing firearms. The Echo reported on 12 July that the man has since appeared in court on charges of possession of an imitation firearm, causing others to fear safety and wasting police time.

Ealing Today, 7 July 2011

Three men were arrested after a fight outside a pub in Southall, west London. A shotgun was fired and caused one man to be injured, but he escaped with superficial head injuries and was discharged from the hospital.

North London Today, 6 July 2011

A fight between eight men in Enfield, north London resulted in one 16-year-old being stabbed and taken to hospital. All eight men, aged 15 to 29, were arrested. The teenager who was stabbed was charged with possession of a firearm.

Northampton Chronicle, 6 July 2011

A man was shot in the leg at his home in Northampton. He was taken to hospital and underwent an operation. The shooter reportedly drove off with at least one other person but the vehicle was found abandoned nearby.

Click Liverpool, 5 July 2011

A man was shot in both legs in Norris Green, Liverpool. He was taken to hospital and his injuries were not thought to be life-threatening.

Daily Mirror, 5 July 2011

A man in Ilkeston, Derbyshire wrestled two armed robbers after they invaded his home and threatened him with guns. All three men were apparently injured in the fray, and police said an imitation gun was left at the scene.

Daily Gazette, 2 July 2011

A 13-year-old boy was shot in the legs with an air rifle in Essex. Police saw two men flee after leaving the weapon at the scene. The boy was taken to hospital.

 


INCIDENTS CAUSING FEAR

Echo News, 30 July 2011

Armed police responded to fears a man had a gun on the high street in Wickford, Essex. Police said he was a registered firearms holder but was eventually escorted by police to hospital for a mental health assessment. No weapon was found, and his licence has now been revoked.

East London and West Essex Guardian, 29 July 2011

A woman was nearly hit by a stray bullet in Leytonstone, east London. Shots were reportedly fired twice in the area in quick succession, but no one was struck. Police said gangs were probably responsible for the shots, though the woman was apparently an innocent bystander.

Harrow Times, 29 July 2011

A string of armed robberies have taken place in north London this month, and police have arrested three men they believe are responsible for a dozen of them. Officers followed the trio into a bookmakers as they held up the shop's staff, and recovered cash and an imitation firearm upon arresting them.

BBC News, 29 July 2011

Two armed robbers tied up staff at a golf driving range in Manston, Kent. The robbers were reportedly armed with a machete and a handgun. They left with cash but no shots were fired.

Redditch Advertiser, 28 July 2011

A group of armed robbers held up a business in Redditch, Worcestershire. A group of men, one armed with what appeared to be a firearm, reportedly threatened staff and escaped with cash.

BBC News, 28 July 2011

Armed robbers held up a post office in Kings Langley, Hertfordshire. Two men allegedly threatened staff with a handgun and escaped with cash.

Liverpool Echo, 28 July 2011

Shots were fired at a house in Woolton, Liverpool. Windows were shattered in the attack, but no one was reported injured.

BBC News, 26 July 2011

Armed police were called in after an argument erupted in Ashford, Kent that police said engaged around 20 people. Officers arrested a man and charged him with possessing a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.

Hull Daily Mail, 22 July 2011

An armed man robbed a store in Pocklington, York, threatening staff with a firearm and leaving with cash. Police released a CCTV image of the man and are pursuing the suspect.

Yorkshire Evening Post, 22 July 2011

Two homes were reportedly shot through by gunmen in Leeds. Police said no one was injured in the shootings, and two men were arrested in the aftermath on suspicion of drugs offences.

Eastbourne Herald, 22 July 2011

Police believe the same person carried out four armed robberies in Eastbourne and Brighton. The suspect reportedly used an imitation handgun to raid four betting shops during July, threatening staff and demanding cash each time.

Times Series News, 21 July 2011

Gun shots were fired in Colindale, north London after a string of conflict in the area over the past week. A man was stabbed to death days earlier at a nearby brothel and a second man was later stabbed but reportedly survived and left the scene in a taxi. The gun shots occurred in between the stabbings, and three independent witnesses contacted police after seeing a group of men with a handgun. No weapon was recovered.

BBC News, 21 July 2011

A man has been charged with attempted murder, possession of a prohibited firearm and possession of ammunition. The charges follow an incident in which shots were fired at a house in Moss Side, Manchester. The shooting was reportedly connected to a row over a woman (Manchester Evening News, 20 July 2011).

BBC News, 21 July 2011

A 73-year-old woman in Kent chased a burglar out of her home with her husband's air rifle. The burglar, Malcolm Haben, was caught by police and sentenced to five years in jail for committing three burglaries. Police said the woman, whose husband owns the gun legally, had been 'brave,' but advised people in such a situation to phone 999.

West Sussex County Times, 21 July 2011

Members of the public summoned police when they saw a man brandish a handgun in the town centre of Horsham, West Sussex. Police arrested a man and a woman and recovered a BB gun. The suspects were then released with no penalty for the woman and a police caution for the man for possessing an imitation firearm in a public place without lawful authority.

The Citizen, 20 July 2011

A man was arrested after shots were fired through the front door of a residence in Gloustershire. He was arrested on suspicion of possession of a firearm or imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of unlawful violence.

964 Eagle News, 20 July 2011

A woman was robbed at gunpoint as she walked home in Farncombe, Surrey, following an incident a week earlier in which a petrol station was held up in nearby Hindhead, Surrey. Police arrested two men aged 20 and 18 with firearm offences and conspiracy to commit robbery, and have arrested a 16-year-old girl on suspicion of her involvement in the robberies.

Liverpool Echo, 20 July 2011

Two men who were on trial were sprang free during a prison transport in Manchester. Three armed men stopped the van and beat the driver, then released the prisoners. The pair were on trial for conspiracy to possess firearms with intent to endanger life and conspiracy to commit criminal damage with intent to endanger life after allegedly dumping a grenade outside the home of Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish (BBC News, 19 July).

The Citizen, 19 July 2011

Gunshots were reportedly fired through the front door of a home in Gloucester. Police believe a shotgun was used in a drive-by shooting to cause the damage.

BBC News, 19 July 2011

Two armed robbers tied up and threatened staff at a golf range in Kent. The men were reportedly armed with a handgun and a knife and escaped with cash. No shots were fired.

BBC News, 19 July 2011

A man was arrested on the M5 near Gloucester after a police chase. Police said they suspect the man of armed robbery on a post office. He reportedly threatened staff with a gun and demanded money, then left empty-handed in what police suspect was a stolen car.

Gazette Live, 18 July 2011

Three young men aged 16, 17 and 21 have been arrested in connection with a house robbery in Stockton. The suspects are believed to have threatened a woman in her home with guns and a knife and were all charged with aggravated burglary. The 21-year-old was also charged with possession of an imitation firearm from a separate incident.

The Argus, 18 July 2011

A man tackled an armed robber at a jewellers in Worthing, West Sussex. Two shopkeepers then restrained the man until police arrived and arrested him. The robber had threatened people in the shop with a gun and the man sprang when the robber pointed the gun at his wife. A 21-year-old was charged with attempted robbery.

Bearsden Herald, 17 July 2011

Two armed men robbed a store in Norfolk. Challenged by a member of the public, the pair fled whilst apparently leaving behind part of a BB gun and the cash they had stolen.

Liverpool Echo, 16 July 2011

Five shootings took place in a single week in Liverpool, with two in Anfield and others in Tuebrook, Walton and Fazakerley. Police said they believed the shootings are organised attacks by rival drug gangs and said no one was injured. Police have arrested eight people and recovered seven loaded guns, including six handguns and a sawn-off shotgun, as well as ammunition.

BBC News, 15 July 2011

Someone shot an air rifle at cars and people in Gainsborough, Lincolnshire, hitting one member of the public in the leg. Police said the victim was not seriously injured. They arrested three men, aged 19, 21 and 22, on suspicion of their involvement.

Lynn News, 15 July 2011

Two armed robberies were carried out in Norfolk. A man is believed to have threatened staff at a garage with a handgun and fled with cash and store items. Police said a magazine from a BB gun was recovered a short time later. Earlier the same day, two armed men robbed a shop in another part of the area. But when challenged by a member of the public they dropped the cash and part of a BB gun. Police were investigating whether the robberies were connected.

Manchester Evening News, 15 July 2011

Three teenagers attempted to rob a store in Chadderton, Manchester with a plastic imitation gun. They threatened a worker with the gun and a knife, but fled empty-handed. Police noted the staff member, terrified, had thought the gun was authentic.

Huddersfield Daily Examiner, 15 July 2011

Bradley Okoro, who had previously been sentenced to 18 years in prison for attempted murder in Huddersfield, was caught and returned to the UK after fleeing to Spain. In April 2006, Okoro had shot through a car window and wounded a man on his forehead. Okoro and two accomplices were charged and due to stand trial but Okoro jumped bail. He was convicted and sentenced in his absence, and has now been given a further eight months for fleeing the country. Okoro was caught by international authorities because he had been jailed in Seville for drug trafficking.

BBC News, 14 July 2011

Three men armed with handguns and a knife robbed a home in Stockton. Police said the homeowner was in the house but was not physically attacked.

BBC News, 14 July 2011

An 18-year-old and a 16-year-old were charged with possession of a firearm following an incident in Bedfordshire. The older of the two was also charged with possession of cannabis.

Blackpool Gazette, 14 July 2011

An armed robber held up a shop in Blackpool. Police said the perpetrator was unsuccessful, however, as he threatened two men with a handgun but fled the store empty-handed.

The Argus, 14 July 2011

Shots were heard in a village near Chichester and upon investigation police discovered intruders had attempted to break into a property. Police said the perpetrators are also believed to have caused criminal damage to a vehicle as they fled.

Luton Today, 13 July 2011

A man held up a jewellers with a hand gun in Luton. He threatened a staff member with the hand gun but a struggle broke out before the offender escaped.

Asylum UK, 13 July 2011

An armed robber disguised as Elvis Presley held up a betting shop in Brighton. He threatened a woman who was working with a pistol and fled with cash.

The Enquirer, 9 July 2011

A man threatened three people with a firearm in Orsett, Grays. After negotiations with police, he was arrested and charged with possessing an imitation firearm and false imprisonment, as well as criminal damage and theft.

BBC News, 7 July 2011

Two men held up a shop in Manchester but when one pointed a gun at a woman working, she set off an alarm and the perpetrators fled. One was hit by a passing car and lost his gun as well as one of his shoes. Police said the gun was an imitation gun and they hope the recovered trainer will help them track down the robbers.

The Argus, 7 July 2011

A man held up bookmakers in Hove, Sussex with what appeared to be a black handgun. However, staff reportedly told him he was too early in the day to clear them out and he left with only a set of keys to the shop.

Herts and Essex Observer, 7 July 2011

An eight-year-old girl discovered a machine gun belt containing 14 bullets at a children's play area in Felsted, Essex. Police said the ammunition was ornamental and not live.

96.4 Eagle News, 6 July 2011

Two armed men held up a petrol station in Hindhead, Surrey. The men reportedly threatened the staff and left with cash and items from the store.

Leicester Mercury, 6 July 2011

Shots were fired in Leicester after witnesses reported seeing up to 50 people in a dispute. Police recovered shotgun shells but didn't immediately make any arrests.

Bristol Evening Post, 6 July 2011

A 16-year-old with previous convictions of possessing an imitation firearm, burglary and shoplifting robbed a store in Henleaze, Bristol. He demanded money from a worker, then produced a hammer and hit the till repeatedly. The teenager was given an 18-month youth rehabilitation order.

Sussex Express, 5 July 2011

An armed man robbed a shop in Brighton. He reportedly threatened security guards with a handgun as they were delivering cash to the ATM. The perpetrator stole the cash and escaped as an accomplice, armed with a crowbar, drove them away on a motorcycle.

BBC News, 5 July 2011

A gunman reportedly fired shots at a group of people in a pub in Salford, Manchester. He then is alleged to have been chased out of the establishment by the group and into an alleyway, where police said he fired the gun and struck another person twice, causing serious injuries.

Kingston Guardian, 4 July 2011

Police were summoned after receiving reports of gun shots in Kingston, Surrey. But upon investigation of a car with a broken window police determined a gun had not been fired at the scene.

Ventnor Blog, 1 July 2011

A man was arrested in Southsea, Portsmouth after being caught in public with an imitation firearm. Police seized a BB gun pistol after responding to calls, and no one was injured in the incident.

Boston Standard, 1 July 2011

A man attempted to rob a business in Boston, Lincolnshire when he handed a cashier a note demanding cash. The note indicated that he had a gun, although police note no weapon was seen. The perpetrator escaped with cash, and police have released a CCTV image as they attempt to trace him.

BBC News, 1 July 2011

A man was spotted with a gun on a train from Edinburgh to York. Once the train had arrived, armed officers boarded and searched it, but cleared the scene without making an arrest.

Liverpool Echo, 1 July 2011

Two men on a motorbike reportedly shot at a house in Huyton, Liverpool before an occupant of the house chased them in a car and crashed into them. One of the men limped into A&E with a gunshot wound shortly after. He was arrested, along with another man that police believe was also involved.


Other Incidents

Bradford Telegraph and Argus, 29 July 2011

Police in Great Horton, Bradford seized a submachine gun and ammunition during a house raid. Two people were arrested as police reportedly found an uzi gun plus 1,400 rounds and a substance initially thought to be illegal drugs.

Shields Gazette, 29 July 2011

A teenager was arrested on suspicion of possession of a firearm without a certificate in South Tyneside. Police searched three homes after a tip-off about a gun and arrested the 18-year-old despite not finding any firearms.

Borehamwood Times, 29 July 2011

Armed police responded to an alert about a gun being used in Borehamwood, only to find that the firearm in question was a toy gun. Three teenagers were using the imitation firearm to make a homemade action film and were simulating a break-in.

Rochdale Online, 29 July 2011

Two people robbed a shop in Rochdale, Manchester, pistol-whipping a woman who was working at the store and then leaving with cash. Police arrested two men within the week on suspicion of armed robbery.

Leicester Mercury, 29 July 2011

Two groups of men broke out in a fight in Leicester, with one group reported to have been armed with air rifles. No arrests were made as the group alleged to have air weapons fled.

Liverpool Echo, 28 July 2011

Stewart Rimmer, who was jailed indefinitely last year after firing a machine pistol at a home in Huyton, Liverpool, made the news when he used Facebook to boast about gun shootings. The 17-year-old, who had shot a pensioner and a paramedic, posted a comment from behind bars referring to shooting a glock handgun. His account was removed by the Ministry of Justice.

Buxton Advertiser, 26 July 2011

A man was arrested in Newark, Nottinghamshire after allegedly attacking a police car with 'various weapons' including an air gun and a bow and arrow. Police said the window of a vehicle was smashed but no officers or members of the public were injured.

Evening Standard, 26 July 2011

Security officials recovered a toy machine gun in the airport in Newcastle. The imitation gun was among several dangerous items seized from the airport this summer, in addition to knives, blades and hand grenade-shaped mugs.

Evening Gazette, 22 July 2011

Police arrested six people during a day-long operation in Middlesborough. They recovered a gun and arrested two men on suspicion of possession of a firearm, conspiracy to pervert the course of justice and witness intimidation. The operation was designed to target drug dealing and organised crime in the area, and police also recovered substantial cash, drugs and drug paraphernalia.

The Telegraph and Argus, 22 July 2011

Police recovered a firearm, ammunition and drugs from a house in Bradford. The house was sealed off as detectives responded to a call from a member of the public, giving the quiet neighbourhood an unusual spell of activity.

The Sentinel, 21 July 2011

Five shotguns were stolen from a home in Cheshire. One of the guns, all of which were legally owned, was recovered. Police said the remaining four shotguns were circulated to other forces as stolen.

Click Liverpool, 21 July 2011

Police arrested 20 people as 150 officers executed 23 search warrants simultaneously across Sefton, Liverpool following a five-month operation. Police recovered cash, a taser gun and drugs in the successful initiative.

Manchester Evening News, 21 July 2011

Police conducted a series of drugs raids in Oldham, Manchester and arrested 15 people. Shotgun ammunition was found at one address.

Bristol Evening Post, 20 July 2011

A 17-year-old young man and a woman have been arrested on suspicion of possessing drugs with intent to supply in Bristol. Police raided a house and recovered a taser gun, drugs and cash. The woman was also charged with money laundering.

BBC News, 16 July 2011

Police in Liverpool recovered about 200 rounds of ammunition that had been buried in a park. The officers had received a tip off that bullets were there and found them with the help of sniffer dogs. A 21-year-old man has been arrested and charged with possession of a firearm in connection with the incident.

South London Today, 8 July 2011

Police in Lewisham, south London have recovered a handgun among other weapons in targeted searches across 14 of the city's boroughs. Police said they also discovered knives and a samurai sword and have already made 107 arrests after searching some 1,000 people.

Lincolnshire Echo, 3 July 2011

Armed police in Lincolnshire have been called to fewer incidents each year since taser gun training began in 2001-02. In that year, armed police were authorised to respond to threats 477 times. By 2009-10, the number was just 73 after a steady decline each year.

 

Sunday Mercury, 3 July 2011

A 21-year-old man who was serving prison time for gun crime hanged himself in Wolverhampton. He had served one year out of a six-year sentence for possessing a firearm with intent and leaves behind a girlfriend and three-year-old daughter.


SCOTLAND

STV News, 26 July 2011

Masked men broke into a gun store near Glasgow and stole shotguns and rifles. Police said they believe three men were involved in the robbery, which reportedly resulted in the theft firearms thousands of pounds.

BBC News, 26 July 2011

Police in Angus received reports that a man in a car was seen with an air gun. The man was spotted near the nature trail and police were pursuing information from witnesses.

Wishaw Press, 20 July 2011

A man was arrested in Cleland, Motherwell after frightening residents by brandishing a gun. He was charged with possessing a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence and carrying an offensive weapon.

Daily Record, 16 July 2011

A woman gave her husband a deactivated Russian rifle as a present in Glasgow last year but he did not have permission to own such a firearm. He was therefore arrested and recently appeared before a judge, who will sentence him in August.

Ayr Advertiser, 16 July 2011

A man was arrested after shining a laser pen at the pilot of a police helicopter. The helicopter was responding to a report of a shotgun being fired near Troon, South Ayrshire.

Herald Scotland, 12 July 2011

A 20-year-old man was shot with an air gun in Glasgow. The man was reportedly walking his dog in a busy park when another man leapt from the bushes and shot him in the arm and leg. The victim was treated in hospital.

Evening Times, 6 July 2011

Two armed men tied up and battered a woman on the head in her home in South Lanarkshire. She apparently had refused to tell the men where her safe was after they invaded her rural home.

Press and Journal, 4 July 2011

Two men armed with a gun and knife robbed a betting shop in Aberdeen. Police released CCTV images of the masked men, who threatened staff with a pistol and demanded cash.


WALES

Shropshire Star, 28 July 2011

Two men working on floodlights for a football club in Dfed-Powys, Wales were allegedly shot at by an air rifle. A 16-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of discharging a firearm.

Wales Online, 28 July 2011

Three supermarkets in Cardiff have been robbed, including the one in the incident listed below, in a  three-week period. Police believe a single gang is responsible for the robberies, all of which apparently involved the threat of a gun. Local shop owners have reportedly vowed to fight back by arming themselves with weapons of their own. In the final incident, the store manager was pistol-whipped on the head and needed more than a dozen stitches (South Wales Echo, 27 July 2011).

News Wales, 26 July 2011

A man from Warrington was arrested in Glasgow on suspicion of possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence. The arrest follows an incident in Prestatyn from the weekend prior in which a suspect was spotted brandishing a shotgun at a nightclub (Daily Post, 26 July 2011).

BBC News, 26 July 2011

A man was arrested in Rhostryfan on suspicion of discharging a BB gun in public. Someone had shot at cars in the Gwynedd village with a ball bearing gun the day before, damaging three vehicles but not injuring anyone.

Wales News, 16 July 2011

Two armed men robbed a shop in Cardiff, threatening a woman with a firearm before escaping. The staff member was alone in the shop when the men entered screaming and pointing the gun at her. 


INCIDENTS INVOLVING ANIMALS

Huntingdon People, 29 July 2011

A swan was found in Cambridgeshire after being shot with an air gun. The swan had seven air gun pellets in it and had to be put to sleep. 

Scotsman News, 29 July 2011

A cat was shot in the stomach with an air gun in Whitburn, Scotland. It was the second such incident suffered by the animal, who was also shot with four air gun pellets in 2008. The cat's owner said their other pet, this cat's brother, has lost an eye and a kidney due to air gun attacks, and she said a neighbour's cat was recently shot and killed by air gun assailants. 

Daily Mail, 28 July 2011

A hedgehog was shot in the head with an air rifle and also reportedly kicked by her assailants in Northwood, Middlesex. The pellet can't be removed from her jaw and she suffered broken legs when kicked, but is expected to recover. 

The Wokingham Times, 28 July 2011

A kitten was shot in the chest by what is believed to be an air rifle in Arborfield, Wakefield. Shot the same week he turned one, the kitten should recover after receiving treatment from vets. 

Morley Observer, 28 July 2011

A cat was shot and killed by an air gun in Morley, Norfolk. His owners found him lifeless, with pellets in his side.

Buck Free Press, 27 July 2011

A swan was shot in the back of the head by an air gun in Windsor. It is currently receiving treatment and reportedly stands a good chance of survival since the attack missed 'vital parts' of the bird's head.

Pontefract and Castleford Express, 25 July 2011

A cat was shot and killed by an air gun in Pontefract, Wakefield. He was hit in the side and was already dead when found by his owner.

St. Helens Star, 21 July 2011

A kitten was shot with an air gun in St. Helens, Merseyside. A pellet was lodged in his leg that vets cannot remove, and while the cat survived the initial incident the pellet could still move naturally and damage a main artery. 

BBC News, 19 July 2011

A dog was shot and killed with an air gun in Hampshire. Police said two neighbours reported hearing a single gunshot but the dog was found dead after being hit near the ribcage. 

Swindon Advertiser, 15 July 2011

A cat was shot in the eye by an air rifle in Swindon. The animal will have to have her eye removed, an operation that will cost her owners 1,200. The attack mirrors one a month earlier in the same community in which a pregnant cat was shot in the face.

West Briton, 14 July 2011

Someone shot a pair of swans with an air rifle in Cornwall. The birds were mating close to their nesting ground and were left wounded and covered in blood by their attacker.

Wakefield Express, 14 July 2011

A cat was killed in Wakefield when someone attacked it with an air gun. Two of the owner's other cats were also found with pellet gun wounds recently and she noted that the shootings occurred where children regularly play.

Cambridge News, 14 July 2011

A cat was shot by an air rifle in Haverhill, Suffolk. He was struck in the leg but survived following surgery.

Filey Mercury, 12 July 2011

A cat was shot and killed by an air rifle in Hunmanby, North Yorkshire. After being found by his owner with a pellet injury he was taken to vets for treatment but later died.

South Wales Argus, 9 July 2011

Animals in the city of Newport, Wales have suffered a series of attacks over the past two weeks. A vet there said three seagulls, two pigeons, one fox and a squirrel have been shot by air guns.

Coventry Telegraph, 7 July 2011

A cat in Coventry was shot by an air gun. She survived after three nights at the vet but lost an eye as a result of the attack.

BBC News, 6 July 2011

An owl was shot by an air rifle in Gloucestershire but was successfully rescued by quarry workers following a three-day search. One of the owl's wing bones had been broken by a pellet but after an operation the bird made a full recovery.

North West Evening Mail, 6 July 2011

A man in Cumbria has been arrested on suspicion of firearms offences as well as intentionally killing a protected wild bird. Police carried out a search warrant at the man's home after investigating alleged poisoning and shooting of Red Kites. Police said they recovered both firearms and illegal poisons from the man's farm.

Northampton Chronicle, 6 July 2011

Twenty-six lambs were slaughtered and stolen by rifle-wielding robbers on a farm in Northamptonshire. The gang shot another 10 sheep and lambs but left them behind. Of these 10, two survived, one was found dead and another seven had to be put to sleep.

Bournemouth Echo, 5 July 2011

A cat was shot with an air gun in Dorset. A pellet was lodged in his spine but he made a full recovery after an operation.

Guardian, 6 July 2011

A kitten was shot with an air rifle in East Ewell, Surrey. She underwent surgery and is expected to make a full recovery.

BBC News, 5 July 2011

Three ducks were shot dead by air guns in Nottinghamshire. Police said they received calls about shots being fired in a park, before finding the victims, two ducklings and one mallard.

BBC News, 4 July 2011

A man in Derbyshire was arrested on suspicion of his involvement in the shooting of two horses and a cow. Police said they recovered a gun during their investigation, which they believe was used to kill all three animals.

 

 

 

 

 

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