SEPTEMBER 2012 - New Incidents

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

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

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

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ENGLAND

Deaths

Daily Mail, 20 September 2012

Two female police officers, aged 23 and 32, were killed while working in Hattersley, Greater Manchester. The unarmed officers were allegedly tricked into going to the property by false reports of a burglary where they were met with a grenade and gun attack. A 50k-volt taser was recovered from the scene which the victims may have attempted to discharge to stop the attack. A man who had been wanted for two previous shooting murders of a father and son and 4 attempted murders (see August Incidents), presented himself for arrest at a police station in the city soon after the incident. A 15-year-old boy was later arrested at a school in the area on suspicion of assisting in the attack but has been released on bail (Metro, 22 September 2012). The weapons used are alleged to have come from a cache smuggled from the US in 2011 (ITV News, 20 September 2012).

Southend Standard, 7 September 2012

A mother and son have been found shot dead at the woman's home in Crays Hill, Essex. The son is thought to have been battling a heroin addiction and police are not looking for anyone else in connection with the shooting. An unlicensed gun was recovered from the property.

 


Injuries

Bradford Telegraph and Argus, 27 September 2012

Five men have been arrested after an incident in Great Horton, West Yorkshire in which a gun was fired. A group of about 20 men beat each other with metal bars and sticks and a masked man was reported to have fired a number of shots into three cars parked in the area. Two men were treated in hospital for minor injuries and arrested along with three others, but the gunman is not believed to be among them.

The Star, 22 September 2012

A 42-year old man has been taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries after he was shot at point blank range at his home in Wath-upon-Dearne, West Yorkshire. He was shot in the upper body after he opened his door to the gunman and was given first aid before being taken to hospital.

BBC News, 21 September 2012

A 62-year-old man was shot three times and hit with four baton rounds during a six-hour stand-off with police in Seaford, Sussex. Negotiations with the man, who was allegedly armed with a shotgun, began after his wife reported a domestic incident to police. He was taken to hospital and treated for two gunshot wounds to the torso and one to his leg and was reported to be in 'stable but critical' condition. The Independent Police Complaints Commission has begun an investigation into the incident in which two officers suffered minor injuries but were not shot.

Cambs Times 24, 17 September 2012

Police have appealed for information after three men in their 50s were injured with what is believed to be a shotgun at a travellers' site in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire. Two of the victims are in critical condition having sustained wounds, one to the abdomen and thigh and the other to his back and arm. The other man was also taken to hospital with minor leg injuries to his leg after all three were shot by someone who is believed to have travelled to and from the site in a vehicle. Two men were later charged with causing grievous bodily harm, and wounding with intent and possession of a firearm respectively (BBC News, 26 November 2012).

Blackpool Gazette, 17 September 2012

Three shots were fired at two people in a house in Thornton, Lancashire. Police were called after a man was injured by glass broken by the gunfire. A man who fled the scene in a car has been arrested and charged with possession of a shotgun with intent to cause fear of violence and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

MK News, 16 September 2012

Three men have allegedly been shot in the legs in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire. The Deputy Commander of the police area reported that the "men suffered minor injuries from what we believe to be an air weapon or BB gun" and appealed for information.

Shropshire Star, 15 September 2012

A 55-year old construction worker has been shot in the arm with an airgun while operating a digger in Telford, Shropshire. The weapon was allegedly fired multiple times in the area and police have appealed for information. The man received hospital treatment to remove the pellet.

Surrey Comet, 14 September 2012

A female post office worker was allegedly assaulted during an armed robbery in Surbiton, south west London. Two men, who were believed to have a gun, beat up the victim who was taken to hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

The Bolton News, 13 September 2012

Three men have attacked a teenage couple with a gun in Bury, Greater Manchester. One of the group pointed what appeared to be a handgun at the male victim's head and asked for money before hitting him in the head with the weapon. The men then beat up the 18- and 16-year-old before escaping on foot. Police are investigating whether this incident is connected to an attack on two women by an armed group in the area the following day.

North-West Evening Mail, 11 September 2012

Three men were arrested on suspicion of assault, burglary and supplying drugs in Ulverston, Cumbria. Armed officers arrested the men who had allegedly been to a number of properties in the town armed with gun. Police discovered a man and a woman who had sustained minor injuries and recovered handcuffs and a large amount of cash from a vehicle they stopped in the area. The men have been bailed.

BBC News, 8 September 2012

An 18-year-old male has reported to hospital with gunshot wounds after reports of shots fired in Liverpool. The victim is said to be in 'critical condition' after what police believe was a targeted attack.

The Sentinel, 5 September 2012

Two young girls - aged five and eight - have been shot with a BB gun while playing outside in Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire. One was hit in the chest and the other was shot in the back. They sustained blisters but did not require medical treatment. The shots are believed to have come from the supported housing complex for vulnerable people nearby.

The Sentinel, 5 September 2012

A 19-year-old man has been shot in the eye with an air rifle in an incident a house in Alsager, Staffordshire. A man was arrested on suspicion of assault, and an 18-year-old man and a woman were arrested on suspicion of perverting the course of justice by removing the firearm. All three were later bailed but the victim was reported to still be in 'critical condition'.

ITV News, 2 September 2012

Officers have arrested six people after a man reported using a legally-held shotgun to fire at alleged burglars at his property in Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire. Two men sustained shotgun wounds which were reported not to be life-threatening and four people were arrested on suspicion of aggravated burglary. A couple were also arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm but the Crown Prosecution Service later confirmed neither would not be charged as they had 'acted in reasonable self defence' (Sky News, 6 September 2012).


INCIDENTS CAUSING FEAR

Coventry Telegraph, 27 September 2012

Two armed men have robbed a man and a bookmakers in two attacks in Coventry, West Midlands. The pair allegedly threatened a man with a handgun and escaped with his bag before threatening staff at a bookmakers with the gun and escaping with cash. No one is reported to have been injured.

Bury Times, 27 September 2012

Two robbers armed with a gun threatened a worker at a post office in Bury, Greater Manchester. The victim was ordered to open the safe as one of the men held what was described as a silver handgun to his head. He was able to sound the alarm as the robbers smashed through glass to search behind the counter before fleeing with a small amount of cash.

The Star, 26 September 2012

A group of at least two masked men reportedly robbed a shop in Kilnhurst, South Yorkshire. They used what appeared to be a silver revolver to threaten the shopkeeper who fought them off with a large wooden pole. The robbers discharged the weapon several times before fleeing in a stolen car with a lottery machine containing cash.

BBC News, 26 September 2012

A man has been arrested after allegedly brandishing an air rifle during a domestic incident at his home in Plympton, Devon. Police were called after the man's mother reported that he was ransacking the property and had a "long-barrelled firearm". During negotiations at least four shots were said to have been fired and a TV and microwave thrown at officers, but no was injured.

Oxford Mail, 26 September 2012

Staff on reception at the Town Hall in Oxford were subject to gun threats by a man who opposed Council plans for a new development of flats in the city. No arrests have been made but police were stationed outside the building at a subsequent meeting at which councillors discussed the proposals.

Liverpool Echo, 25 September 2012

An 18-year-old man has been arrested after shots were fired at a property in Norris Green, Liverpool. The house was empty when bullets were shot through three of its windows, and no one was injured. Two men were seen on a scooter in the area and police have begun a search for a second suspect.

Evening Chronicle, 25 September 2012

A shop assistant was threatened by a masked robber with a gun at a convenience store in Stanley, County Durham. He pointed the pistol at her head and demanded cash from the till before escaping with £100. The victim was shaken but unhurt in the incident that was caught on CCTV.

Express & Star, 20 September 2012

Two men were arrested after reports of a firearm being brandished in an argument between neighbours in Dudley, West Midlands. Police recovered a cannabis grinder which they said looked like a gun and 52 cannabis plants from a property, and arrested one man on suspicion of firearms offences and another on suspicion of public order offences.

BBC News, 18 September 2012

A balaclava-clad robber allegedly threatened staff at a petrol station in Fraddon, Cornwall with a handgun. Armed police began a search for the man after he stole scratch cards from workers at the garage who were shaken but unhurt.

Kent Online, 18 September 2012

A man who claimed he had a gun has been taken to hospital after a stand-off with officers at his home in Greatstone, Kent. Ambulance workers who were attending to the distressed man called armed police who were able to gain access to the property after 90 minutes of negotiations.

News & Star, 18 September 2012

A 52-year-old man was arrested by police after they received reports of a man with a gun who had threatened construction workers near his home in Whitehaven, Cumbria. Armed officers found an air rifle at the scene.

Daily Gazette, 16 September 2012

Two shots were fired in an alleged drive by shooting at a bar in the centre of Colchester, Essex. Police found damage to the wall of the bar believed to be caused by three gunshots fired close to a security guard working at the bar. An abandoned vehicle was recovered in the area but no weapon was recovered. Two men have been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and possession of a firearm, and one of the men has also been charged with causing criminal damage while in custody.

The Bolton News, 13 September 2012

Two women were robbed at gunpoint in Bury, Greater Manchester. The victims were attacked from behind by a group who held what was believed to be a handgun to one woman's head and stole her handbag before escaping on foot. Police are investigating whether this incident is connected to an attack on a couple by an armed group in the area the previous day.

Bournemouth Echo, 13 September 2012

Six members of staff at a jeweller's in a busy shopping centre in Broadstone, Dorset were threatened by armed robbers. A group wearing balaclavas and armed with a gun smashed display cabinets with two hammers and fled with jewellery. Police believe that four people conducted the raid but that five people left the scene in a getaway car, which was abandoned when the group transferred to another vehicle. Staff were shaken but unhurt.

This is Lincolnshire, 12 September 2012

An armed man has threatened staff at a bank in Spilsby, Lincolnshire. He used what was believed to be a gun to demand money from staff. He was unsuccessful and fled but was caught on CCTV.

The Sun, 9 September 2012

Police were called by members of the public after gunshots were heard in the village of Abbots Langley, Hertfordshire. Officers found out that the sounds had been produced by movie studios in the area during rehearsals for a new film.

The Journal, 8 September 2012

Three robbers have stolen two legally-held shotguns, ammunition and cash from a cottage in the hamlet of Hexham, Northumberland. The group broke into the cottage armed with baseball and wearing balaclavas while a female resident was home alone. The robbers escaped in a car stolen from the property, which was later abandoned. Northumberland Police Commissioner Phil Butler and local MP Guy Opperman have called for more to be done to address non-metropolitan crime.

Western Gazette, 6 September 2012

An airgun was fired into the garden of a home in Yeovil, Dorset and hit the trampoline on which two young boys were playing. The boys were uninjured and police are investigating.

The Sentinel, 5 September 2012

Three teenagers were threatened by a group of armed robbers in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire. Three men wearing balaclavas and gloves forced the victims to get out of their car and hand over cash and mobile phones using a silver handgun and a knife. The victims were shaken but unhurt.

Other Incidents

Herald Express, 27 September 2012

Police were called after a group of men were reported to be in possession of a firearm while driving in Newton Abbott, Devon. Two imitation plastic toy guns were recovered and the men were cautioned.

Daily Mail, 26 September 2012

A replica cannon with a fully-firing mechanism has been seized by police in the West Midlands. The firearm was discovered during a routine police operation and has been destroyed.

Medway Messenger, 26 September 2012

A man has been arrested after armed police were called to a pub in Chatham, Kent. The man was believed to have been carrying a firearm but no gun has been found.

Enfield Independent, 23 September 2012

Police have discovered three handguns, a loaded shotgun and cartridges and a taser during a crackdown on drug-related offences throughout London. Recent Operation Hawk raids across the city have led to hundreds of arrests; the seizure of more than £2.6 million worth of cannabis, large quantities of heroin and other class A drugs, and cash; and the closure of 37 cannabis factories. It later emerged that a BB gun was also found during the raids (News Shopper, 25 September 2012).

Birmingham Mail, 22 September 2012

A deactivated WWII rifle and grenade have been found by police in Walsall, West Midlands. An inquiry was begun into the alleged contravention of force policy by a sergeant who posted photos and details of the weapons on social networking site Twitter.

ITV News, 20 September 2012

Shots were fired at a property in Fazakerley, Liverpool. Police identified damage to the front window of the house which appeared to have been caused by a firearm and arrested a man on suspicion of possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life. No one was injured.

Yate People, 20 September 2012

A 36-year-old man was arrested and charged with two burglaries at non-domestic premises in Coalpit Heath, South Gloucestershire from which he stole charity boxes, money, tools and an air rifle.

The Docklands & East London Advertiser, 18 September 2012

Police have found a semi-automatic pistol and ammunition hidden in a bag under a brick in a residential area in Hackney, east London. Trident North East Shootings team are investigating and have appealed for information.

The Observer, 16 September 2012

A National Opinion Polls survey commissioned by Animal Aid has found that 84% of people would support a ban on the sale of gun publications to under-18s and 74% favour confining them to display on newsagents' top shelves. The group are campaigning to limit access to magazines which show animals being killed for sport. The British Association for Shooting and Conservation, the biggest shooting group in the UK, has spoken out against moves to restrict the sale of such publications.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus, 14 September 2012

Police have arrested a man in an investigation into guns found in Bradford, West Yorkshire. He is charged with possession of a sawn-off shotgun and a semi-automatic sawn-off gun, and possession with intent to supply of crack, heroin and crack cocaine. The weapons and drugs were discovered in Operation Sabredale police raids in July in which 38 others were arrested (see July incidents).

The Week, 6 September 2012

A 27-year-old man has been arrested after a group of youths reported to police that he had been carrying a spud gun, an air weapon that fires a pellet of potato, on a train in Kent. The wannabe James Bond was accused of possessing an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear.

BBC News, 4 September 2012

Three people aged 20-22 have been arrested after police recovered a gun and ammunition, a large amount of cannabis and a suspected dangerous dog from a property in Walton, Merseyside. The search took place after police stopped a man for smoking cannabis in the street outside the house.

Leighton Buzzard Observer, 4 September 2012

Police were called after a alleged sighting of a man entering a house in Linslade, Bedfordshire armed with a gun.

Western Morning News, 1 September 2012

Police have issued a warning after an officer misplaced a taser cartridge in East Devon. The public have been asked to contact the police if they find the cartridge.


SCOTLAND

STV, 20 September 2012

A 29-year-old man has reportedly been shot in the head with an airgun in Rosemarkie, Ross and Cromarty. He was been treated for his injuries in two different hospitals and reported to be critically ill. A 17-year-old is said to have been reported to the procurator fiscal for prosecution.

STV, 19 September 2012

A masked robber threatened the driver of a Royal Mail van with a firearm in Glasgow. He used what appeared to be a handgun to demand cash from the security officer before escaping on foot. A burnt out vehicle was found nearby which police believe may be connected to the incident.

BBC News, 15 September 2012

Two men have carried out an armed robbery at a bookmakers in the busy town centre of Paisley, Renfrewshire. A man who appeared to be carrying a firearm and another armed with a bladed object threatened staff before escaping with hundreds of pounds cash. No one was injured.

Evening Times, 14 September 2012

A man was shot near the train station in Wishaw, Lanarkshire. He was treated in hospital for his injuries and was reported to be in 'a stable condition'. Two men have been arrested and charged with attempted murder. One of the men was later also accused of attempting to defeat the ends of justice after it emerged that he may have threatened two people to prevent them from disclosing information about the shooting (BBC News, 4 January 2013).

Selkirk Weekend Advertiser, 14 September 2012

An person risked being injured after they walked into the line of fire of shooters during a competition in Selkirk, Scottish Borders. A spokesman from the rifle club who organised the Hogg Cup warned the public that, “The bullets from these rifles do not stop when they hit the paper... They continue into the hillside which you are about to walk on.”

BBC News, 13 September 2012

Vehicles have been damaged in four separate incidents of vandalism in Culloden, Inverness with what police believe to be an air gun.

Daily Record, 10 September 2012

The twin brother of a convicted rapist has been assaulted by armed gunmen in Midlothian. The gang attempted to abduct the victim with what was believed to be a shotgun in the presence of his wife and mother until he was able to show his identification. The victim had previously had his house petrol-bombed, been beaten up, and had to move because of vigilante attacks aimed at his brother.

STV, 7 September 2012

A number of Airsoft imitation firearm rifles, four motorbikes with kit, and some cameras all worth around £30,000 have been stolen from a garage in Philpstoun, West Lothian. Police are appealing for witnesses and information.


WALES

Daily Post, 20 September 2012

Armed police were called when a man shut himself inside a property near Bangor, Gwynedd. Armed officers arrested a man after a five-hour siege in which no one is reported to have been injured.


INCIDENTS INVOLVING ANIMALS

Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News, 27 September 2012

A cat has been shot through the abdomen with an airgun in Runcorn, Cheshire. The four-year-old required an operation to fix tears to his bowel, liver and diaphragm, during which two pellets from previous shootings were discovered lodged in his stomach. Another cat in the family was shot and killed with an airgun three years ago.

Redbridge News, 27 September 2012

A cat was injured with an airgun in Wanstead, east London after residents heard shots being fired in the area. The six-year-old pet survived the incident.

Express & Star, 22 September 2012

A  three-year-old cat was shot in the abdomen with an air rifle in Hednesford, Staffordshire. He was said to be in 'critical condition' after the pellet damaged his intestine and lodged in his knee.

Cambridge News, 13 September 2012

A cat was shot twice with an air rifle in Coveney, Cambridgeshire. The three-year-old pet survived the attack but one of the pellets lodged in her chest and she required surgery.

Herne Bay Times, 13 September 2012

A cat has died after it was shot in the leg and back with an airgun in Herne Bay, Kent. He was also targeted in an incident six months earlier in which another car was killed by being shot with an airgun. As a result of both attacks, he was left with four pellets in his body and a broken leg and had to be put down. A few days later another cat was shot in the area, but survived the incident.

This is Hull and East Riding, 13 September 2012

An 11-year-old cat has been shot dead in the village of Brough, East Yorkshire with a shotgun. The bullet shattered his leg and he had to be put down because the injury was inoperable.

Knutsford Guardian, 12 September 2012

An eight-year-old cat has been shot with an air rifle in Knutsford, Cheshire. His front leg had to be amputated after the pellet shattered the bone.

Surrey Comet, 10 September 2012

A cat who was five-weeks pregnant was shot twice with a high-powered air rifle in Mitcham, south west London. Vets were unable to remove the pellets from the one-year-old due to the risk to her unborn kittens.

Stourbridge News, 6 September 2012

Two cats have been injured in separate airgun shootings in the area of Stourbridge, West Midlands. An 18-month-year-old was shot through her intestine and required emergency surgery. A six-year-old cat was left with a pellet lodged near his heart which was too expensive and dangerous to remove. His owner has begun a petition calling for a system of registration for air weapons: http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/38193.

Staffordshire Newsletter, 2 September 2012

An owl was found with lead poisoning after being shot with either an airgun or a BB gun near Cannock, Staffordshire. The bird required an operation to remove her eye and will have to be hand-fed for the rest of her life.

 

 

 

 

 

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