NOVEMBER 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.

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

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ENGLAND

Deaths

Daily Mail, 18 November 2011

A woman in Somerset killed herself after she wrongly thought she had HIV. A hypochondriac, the woman apparently shot herself with a shotgun after believing she had inflicted her husband with the virus and that they both were on track to get AIDS. 

This is Lincolnshire, 10 November 2011

A man was shot and killed in Nottinghamshire. He had gone missing on October 12 and his body was found in the river three days later. An examination confirmed that he died from a gunshot wound to the head. Police noted that a search around the river did not yield a gun. 

Guardian, 4 November 2011

A 21-year-old man was killed in a shooting that took place at a funeral in Camberwell, south London. A 17-year-old was also shot in the ankle as gunfire disrupted the funeral of another 17-year-old who had died in a car crash. Police initially arrested two 20-year-old men and two 17-year-old girls. After the funeral shooting, two men were shot in Wandsworth, south London and a fifth man was shot an hour later. Police are investigating whether these incidents are related (LBC, 4 November 2011). 


Injuries

Bedfordshire News, 26 November 2011

A 16-year-old was charged with attempted murder after shooting a man in a restaurant in Bedford. The teen reportedly struck a man with rifle pellets, wounding the victim. A second man, aged 24, was later also arrested and charged with attempted murder (BBC News, 10 December 2011). A second teenager, aged 17, was also charged (Bedfordshire News, 25 December 2011).

Croydon Guardian, 25 November 2011

Police brought down a man by shooting him several times with a stun gun after seeing him with a toy gun in Norwood Junction, south London. The victim had reportedly bought the toy weapon for 99p for his son, and officers shot him upon spotting it, causing injuries to the man's arms and legs.

Bury Times, 24 November 2011

A man was shot in the leg outside a house in Bury. The victim was hit by a gunshot as two masked men fired on him while he was in his car. He was treated in hospital for his injuries and discharged.

LBC, 23 November 2011

A violent armed robbery took place at a petrol station in Wealdstone, northwest London. A man believed to be armed with a sawn-off shotgun threatened employees and struck a member of staff on the head with the weapon before escaping with cash.

Peterborough Today, 21 November 2011

A man in Guyhirn, Cambridgeshire was seriously injured after his car crashed as he was apparently shot at by someone in another vehicle. Near where a car had flipped into a ditch following a collision, police said residents reported hearing gunfire. Officers arrested a man on suspicion of attempted murder.

This is Local London, 19 November 2011

A man was left fighting for his life at a hospital in Woodford Green, northeast London. He was reportedly shot in an ice cream parlour that he co-owns while cleaning up damage from a previous shooting at his store's window. Police arrested a 21-year-old man and charged him with attempted murder, possession of a shotgun with intent to endanger life and an additional charge of possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life. As of 30 Nov, he was still in critical condition (Redbridge News, 30 November 2011).

Croydon Advertiser, 18 November 2011

Police brought down a man using a taser gun in South Norwood, south London. The man was reportedly armed with an imitation firearm, and he was arrested on suspicion of assaulting police and possessing an imitation firearm.

East London and West Essex Guardian, 16 November 2011

A man was shot in Woodford Green, east London. The man, who was shot in an ice cream parlour, was left in critical condition from the gunshot wounds but is expected to survive. Police said they have not made any arrests in connection with the incident.

BBC News, 12 November 2011

A customer at a post office was shot in the leg during an armed robbery in Lancashire. Three men raided the establishment and threatened a staff member with a knife before shooting a 61-year-old man as he tried to leave. The victim was taken to hospital with non life-threatening injuries. The robbers escaped with cash.

Maidenhead Advertiser, 11 November 2011

A man was shot in the chest and abdomen in Langley, Slough, and taken to hospital. Police charged another man with possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life and two counts of attempted murder. Two men have been charged with two counts of attempted murder and possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life (BBC News, 16 November 2011).

Birmingham Mail, 10 November 2011

An armed man attacked and robbed a woman in Handsworth, Birmingham. He reportedly threatened her with what appeared to be a gun, pointing it at her head and demanding cash. Then he punched and kicked her, knocking her down. The attacker picked up her handbag and escaped on foot.

Gloucestershire Echo, 9 November 2011

A woman was shot in the leg with an air rifle while walking her dog in Cheltenham. She was taken to hospital to have the pellet removed. Police said children aged 13 to 14 were spotted in the area around the time of the attack.

BBC News, 9 November 2011

Two men attacked a staff member at a hotel in Devon. Police said the attackers appeared to be armed with a shotgun and a pistol, and they threatened a woman in addition to assaulting the night porter. He was taken to hospital with minor injuries.

Manchester Evening News, 9 November 2011

A man was shot with a taser gun by police in Manchester. Officers were called after staff at a health centre reported that he had threatened a woman as she left the centre. Police brought down the man with the stun gun and took him into custody.

Blackpool Gazette, 5 November 2011

A man was robbed and pistol-whipped while walking his dogs in Blackpool. The victim reportedly attempted to fight the robber, who struck the man repeatedly with the gun and also bit his thumb. The suspect was also alleged to have been armed with a knife.

The Star, 2 November 2011

A man was charged with assault and possession of an imitation firearm and a woman was also arrested on suspicion of assault. The pair were allegedly involved in an attack on a 17-year-old in Sheffield in which the victim was stabbed and hospitalised.

Droitwich Standard, 1 November 2011

A man was stabbed following an altercation in Droitwich, Worcestershire, sustaining injuries not thought to be life-threatening. Two young men aged 17 and 18 were arrested on suspicion of wounding with intent and possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.

Western Morning News, 1 November 2011

A man was shot with a taser gun by police in Cornwall. The man allegedly refused to leave his property when officers approached, and after detaining him they recovered 'a number' of firearms and other weapons.


INCIDENTS CAUSING FEAR

Dewsbury Reporter, 29 November 2011

Bomb squad officers were called to a home in Cleckheaton, Kirklees. Police said they recovered a firearm, an offensive weapon and cannabis plants and had to evacuate the area when they also found a suspicious device. A man was arrested on suspicion of his involvement and the area was reopened after an investigation.

BBC News, 29 November 2011

An armed robber held up a shop in Skelmersdale, Lancashire. Police said he threatened two customers and a staff member with a gun and escaped with cash.

This is Wiltshire, 28 November 2011

Gunfire was reported in Trowbridge, Wiltshire. Police investigated the area and arrested six teenagers in connection with the incident, which apparently involved an BB gun. No one was reported injured.

Peterborough Today, 26 November 2011

An armed robber brandished a handgun at  a bookmakers in Peterborough. The staff refused to give him money, though, and hid in a back room. The gunman then left the store empty-handed.

Croydon Advertiser, 25 November 2011

An armed man attempted to rob a supermarket in Croydon, south London. He reportedly threatened staff and customers with a gun but fled empty-handed.

Sussex Courier, 25 November 2011

An 18-year-old man carried a handgun into a pub in Hawkhurst, Kent. Police said they recovered the revolver, which had been deactivated, and would destroy it. The teenager was charged with possessing a firearm without a certificate.

BBC News, 24 November 2011

An armed man held up a courier who was delivering cash to a bank in Hampshire. He fled in a car after threatening the courier and stealing the money.

Telegraph and Argus, 24 November 2011

Police recovered shotgun cartridges after a drive-by shooting took place in Bradford. The cartridges were reportedly found on the road after a weapon was fired into the air by a group of young men, sparking fear in several residents of the neighbourhood.

Oxford Student, 24 November 2011

An armed robber held up a betting shop in Oxford. The man threatened a staff member with a gun and raided the shop's safe, escaping with cash.

Northern Echo, 23 November 2011

A group of men raided a couple's home in Carlton, North Yorkshire, tying the victims up and stealing an imitation gun as well as jewellery. Police said as many as five men were involved in the robbery but that it wasn't linked to the fact that the couple own a gun dealership. An officer noted that the firearm taken was 'an ornamental gun and would only be used for decorative purposes.'

Manchester Evening News, 23 November 2011

Three armed men invaded a couple's home in Old Trafford, Manchester. The robbers reportedly threw a brick through their kitchen window and threatened them with a gun and a knife. The couple escaped as the men stole computer equipment and jewellery.

Manchester Evening News, 23 November 2011

Armed robbers stole a large supply of mobile phones from a phone store in West Didsbury, Manchester. The men threatened customers and staff with a firearm as they stole cash and 20k worth of phones.

Liverpool Echo, 23 November 2011

Shots were fired on a street in Stockbridge Village, Liverpool. No one was hit by the gunfire after the shots were apparently aimed at a man standing outside a house. The gunman then escaped on foot, as residents reported the gunshots to police.

Portsmouth Echo, 22 November 2011

Someone reportedly shot an air gun pellet through an office window in Gosport, Hampshire. A staff member at the office was alarmed and hit by glass shards as a result of the pellet's impact.

BBC News, 21 November 2011

Police said a gun was fired at a house window in Hull. Officers said they arrested one man in connection with the incident. No one was reported injured.

Halifax Courier, 19 November 2011

After days of hunting, police captured a wanted man in Halifax. He has been arrested on suspicion of possessing a firearm with intent to cause fear.

Leicester Mercury, 17 November 2011

Armed robbers threatened a shop manager with a gun and knife. The men entered a bookmakers shop in Coalville, Leicestershire and attacked the victim, pushing him to the ground before vandalising his car and escaping with cash. 

Falmouth People, 17 November 2011

A man was arrested in Falmouth, Cornwall after police received reports of someone possessing a gun in the town. Officers located their suspect, who is charged with breaching bail conditions, but they did not recover a firearm.

Sunday Sun, 16 November 2011

Police were called in Northumberland when members of the public reported a man brandishing a gun in a home. Officers arrested the suspect on suspicion of possessing a firearm with intent to cause fear or violence, and they recovered an air weapon from the home. 

Thames Valley Police, 15 November 2011

An armed robbery was carried out at a pub in Milton-Keynes. Four men entered via a fire door and threatened a member of staff with a gun before the group escaped with cash.

Lynn News, 12 November 2011

Four teenage boys in Lynn were arrested after they reportedly stole a machete and air rifles from an allotment shed and threatened people with the weapons. One boy is alleged to have frightened cyclists by pulling the trigger on an unloaded air rifle as he pointed at them. The boys, aged 14 to 17, were all arrested and received various charges related to the burglary and possession of the weapons. 

Bedforshire News, 8 November 2011

Two men armed with a handgun held up a store in Bedfordshire. After threatening staff with the gun, the robbers took cash and escaped on foot.

BBC News, 8 November 2011

Two shotguns and a rifle were stolen from a home in County Durham. The firearms, which were legally owned, were taken by thieves along with cash.

The Enquirer, 8 November 2011

An armed man robbed a shop in South Ockendon, Essex. The man reportedly threatened staff by showing them a handgun, but after an alarm was set off he fled empty-handed.

The Sentinel, 8 November 2011

Sacha Markovic, who was sentenced to 10 years in jail for robbing a post office with a shotgun, has escaped from prison in Suffolk. Markovic had been granted temporary leave and went on the run, launching a 'nationwide man hunt' by police.

This is Lancashire, 7 November 2011

Two armed men attempted to rob a shop in Chorley, Lancashire. One allegedly pointed a gun at the shop owner and hit him in the throat, demanding money. However, the pair fled empty-handed as the frightened shop owner did not give away any cash.

Sunderland Echo, 4 November 2011

A man who killed one partner and was jailed for abusing another partner is apparently on the run. Shaun Gibbons disappeared in Wearside and witnesses reported seeing a man carrying a gun. Police recovered a replica handgun at the scene. Gibbons choked his girlfriend to death in 1991 and was handed a reduced murder charge of 'manslaughter on the grounds of provocation'. He served two years before being released and he eventually married another woman, then was jailed for stalking and bullying her during a two-month campaign of terror.

BBC News, 4 November 2011

Two men attempted to rob a petrol station in Nottingham. The men threatened staff with a firearm and a knife, but when the victims refused to hand over money the robbers fled empty-handed.

This is Leicestershire, 4 November 2011

A shotgun was fired at a house in Donisthorpe, Leicestershire. The shot was reportedly fired at a downstairs window, and the occupants of the house were not hit. It was not reported whether the weapon is legally owned.

Huddersfield Daily Examiner, 3 November 2011

Four teenagers held up a takeaway restaurant in Huddersfield. One of the youths allegedly threatened a staff member with a gun and the group escaped with cash.

This is Local London, 3 November 2011

A gunshot was fired in Gipsy Hill, south London. The shot was reportedly fired at a house during the night, and it did not strike anyone.

BBC News, 2 November 2011

An armed man carrying what appeared to be a handgun attempted to rob a post office in Surrey. The man threatened staff but fled empty-handed when an employee activated an alarm.

Liverpool Echo, 1 November 2011

Daniel Challinor, 18, is wanted by Liverpool police after breaching the terms of his conditional release. He was originally jailed after being convicted of possession of a firearm, possession of ammunition and burglary.


Other Incidents

Manchester Evening News, 30 November 2011

Police recovered a handgun in Manchester city centre after receiving a report that a man had discarded a package at the scene. Officers reportedly secured a handgun and, with the help of CCTV footage, located the suspect nearby. He was arrested on suspicion of possessing a firearm and drugs. 

Evening Gazette, 29 November 2011

A teenager was arrested for possessing an imitation gun in Cleveland. Police initially arrested a 17-year-old and a 19-year-old on suspicion of carrying the imitation firearm. However, the younger boy was released without charge, while the 19-year-old was charged with the firearm violation as well as possession of drugs.

Shropshire Star, 28 November 2011

A police officer in Shrewsbury accidentally fired his handgun in a police station garage. The officer was reportedly cleaning his semi-automatic pistol when the gun fired. No one was reported injured, and the former firearms officer has been disciplined and given a new role. 

Croydon Today, 25 November 2011

Police recovered shotgun ammunition in during a series of house raids in Croydon, south London. Officers arrested large quantities of drugs and drug paraphernalia and arrested five people as a result of the searches. 

BBC News, 23 November 2011

Three women have been arrested in connection with a machine gun that was recovered from a home in Manchester. Police also recovered a loaded air pistol, and charged each of the three women with two counts of possession of prohibited weapons. 

Knutsford Guardian, 23 November 2011

Police in Knutsford, Cheshire reportedly recovered a stun gun in a pub where they were expecting to find drugs. A group of around 30 police officers raided the establishment, and they arrested one man in connection with the incident.

Bourne Local, 23 November 2011

A man was arrested in Huyton, Liverpool on suspicion of money laundering, possession of a prohibited firearm and being concerned in the production of cannabis. He was captured as part of a large sting by Merseyside police involving eight arrests. 

Yorkshire Evening Post, 16 November 2011

Police arrested a man in Leeds who is suspected to be involved with a shooting at a pub in September. A shotgun was used in that incident as the victim was shot in the back, leaving him with serious injuries.

Liverpool Echo, 12 November 2011

Police recovered a pistol when they raided a woman's home in Liverpool. The 23-year-old is alleged to have plotted with two men and she has been charged with conspiracy to possess firearms with intent to endanger life.

Express and Star, 11 November 2011

Police recovered a BB gun, a taser gun, a machete, a knife, drugs and cash from three homes owned by the same family in Coseley, Dudley. Three people were arrested in connection with the raids.

Berwick Advertiser, 11 November 2011

A man was arrested in Belford, Northumberland and charged with possession of a firearm without holding a firearms certificate. He allegedly was sent an air weapon by his mother, who lives in the U.S., but customs intercepted it.

Liverpool Echo, 10 November 2011

Police recovered four guns and drugs hidden in the woods in Croxteth, Liverpool. Officers found a shotgun and three handguns after tip-offs from members of the public about the storage location.

Yorkshire Evening Post, 10 November 2011

Police recovered an imitation firearm during a swoop in Leeds, arresting and charging two people with possession. The replica gun, which is made to look just like a lethal weapon and can be converted to fire live rounds, is illegal under UK law.

Yorkshire Evening Post, 4 November 2011

Police executed a firearms arrest warrant to raid a home in West Yorkshire, where they seized an illegally owned handgun and arrested five occupants of the house on suspicion of possession of a firearm and ammunition. One day before, the same squad raided two other homes and recovered a loaded handgun and a taser gun, arresting one occupant in each case.

Watford Observer, 4 November 2011

Police recovered 67 weapons in Watford and Three Rivers, Hertfordshire, in the past year. The haul includes a loaded air gun, a sawn-off shotgun, three imitation firearms and an additional gun.


SCOTLAND

STV, 21 November 2011

Three men attempted to rob a bank in Glasgow with a stun gun. They threatened a guard with the weapon but after a struggle ensued, the men drove off empty-handed.

STV, 18 November 2011

Two men attacked a shop assistant during an armed raid at a wine store in Newton Means, near Glasgow. The men threatened her with a knife and a weapon believed to have been a firearm, and they inflicted minor hand and facial injuries before escaping with cash.

Dumfries and Galloway Standard, 18 November 2011

Six guns were stolen from a farmer's home in Dumfries. The haul included five shotguns and a rifle, all legally owned prior to their theft. Now police have said they are searching for the missing guns in hopes they don't 'fall into the wrong hands'. In addition to stealing the firearms, the burglars took cash and other items.

Daily Record, 11 November 2011

An armed man held up a store in Larkhall, Lanarkshire, but the shopkeeper fought him off. The attacker escaped on foot empty-handed, but still in possession of the gun.

Herald Scotland, 3 November 2011

Two masked men robbed a post office in Glasgow. The men allegedly threatened a staff member with a gun and then fired a gunshot at the ceiling, before escaping with cash.

Airdrie and Coatbridge Advertiser, 2 November 2011

Three men were arrested and charged with conspiring to commit a theft as well as possession of a firearm and ammunition in Coatbridge, North Lanarkshire. Police swooped on the men because they believed the suspects were about to attempt an armed robbery nearby.


WALES

South Wales Argus, 7 November 2011

Two men carried out an armed robbery in Fernhill. The men reportedly invaded a flat and threatened the occupants with the weapon. They attacked a man by pistol-whipping him, as he sustained face and head injuries and was hospitalised.


INCIDENTS INVOLVING ANIMALS

Shoreham Herald, 28 November 2011

Someone shot a foal with an air gun in Soutwick, Wiltshire. The 18-month-old horse was left with an air pellet lodged in her hind leg. The 'flabbergasted' owners said they were concerned about the risk of infection and it wasn't immediately known whether the pellet would cause long-term damage.

Daily Mail, 23 November 2011

A cat was shot with an air gun in Bracknell. He survived the incident as the pellet, which vets chose to leave inside him, missed his spine.

Bracknell News, 23 November 2011

A cat was shot with an air gun in Bracknell. He survived the incident as the pellet, which vets chose to leave inside him, missed his spine.

About My Area, 23 November 2011

A cat was shot in the side with an air rifle in Loughborough. The pet's owner noticed a pellet in its side and was able to get it to the vet for treatment.

Spenborough Guardian, 20 November 2011

A cat was shot in the head with an pellet gun in Cleckheaton, West Yorkshire. The pellet narrowly missed his brain but went into his right eye, causing bleeding from the eye. He will survive the incident but may lose sight in the eye.

Leicester Mercury, 16 November 2011

A cat died after being shot with an air gun in Whitwick, Leicestershire. The owner took her to the vet after noticing she was in pain, and the vet discovered an air gun pellet lodged in her side. Despite the owner's hopes that she would make a full recovery, the cat died in his arms the following day.

Hucknall Dispatch, 12 November 2011

A cat lost an eye after being shot with an air gun in Hucknall, Nottingham. Vets were apparently able to save his life because they operated immediately, but had to remove his left eye due to the pellet wound.

The Visitor, 5 November 2011

A cat was shot with an air gun in Overton, Lancashire. A vet said the cat had a pellet lodged near his spine and near his liver.

Burton Mail, 4 November 2011

A person who shot and killed six wild birds in Burton is wanted as the animals are protected by law. The perpetrator used an air gun to shoot three geese, two pigeons and a Mallard duck near a 40-acre lake, leaving them each to suffer a 'lingering death' after hitting them with pellets.

Medway Messenger, 4 November 2011

A cat was shot in the chest with an air gun in Kent. He is expected to recover after undergoing a successful operation.

Peterlee Mail, 2 November 2011

A cat had its leg amputated after being shot with an air rifle in Hartlepool. An air gun pellet shattered his back right leg, and the animal is now learning to live without it.

 

 

 

 

 

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