DECEMBER 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

 

Watford Observer, 31 December 2010 *

An elderly man was shot in the arm during a robbery at a shop in Watford, Hertfordshire.  He remains in hospital in a serious condition but his injuries are not believed to be life threatening.  The suspect is believed to be a teenager.  A man has been arrested in connection with the incident (Watford Observer, 19 January 2011).

The News, 31 December 2010 *

Two men tackled a gunman who demanded they had over takings from the till of their wine shop in Somers Town, Portsmouth.  The man had pointed a pistol at them but was disarmed and ran off.  A blank firing handgun was recovered.  A man has pleaded guilty to charges of attempted robbery and possessing an imitation firearm (see January 2011 Incidents).

Lancashire Evening Post, 31 December 2010

A shopkeeper was threatened by a man who pressed a gun to his head in Ribbleton, Lancashire.  The robber grabbed the till.

Daily Echo, 31 December 2010

A man has been shot in the face with a BB gun in the Northbourne area of Bournemouth, Dorset.  The incident took place in a lane in broad daylight.

Bury Times, 30 December 2010

Police officers were called to wasteland in Bury, Greater Manchester, following reports that a gun had been fired a number of times.  A man and a woman were arrested at a house in Crumpsall on suspicion of possession of a firearm.  A gas powered air pistol was seized.

Echo, 29 December 2010

The landlord of a pub in North Stifford, Essex, and another member of staff were ambushed by robbers armed with a handgun in the car park.  The men took a cash bag containing a four figure sum of money.

BBC, 29 December 2010 *

A youth has been shot dead in Peckham, south east London.  He was found when police were called to an assault on an estate.  Two teenagers were also found with stab wounds and were taken to hospital.  Three men have been arrested.  The gunshot victim was 17 years old and was trying to escape the gunman and banging on a door before he was shot (Press Association, 30 December 2010).  Three teenagers have been charged with murder (BBC, 14 January 2011).

BBC, 29 December 2010

Four men raided a shop in Old Stratford, Northamptonshire.  One of them had a handgun and another was armed with a knife.  Cash, cigarettes, a laptop computer and an iPhone were taken.

BBC, 29 December 2010

Two men armed with a handgun threatened and tied up staff at a supermarket in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, and stole a large quantity of cash.

BBC, 28 December 2010 *

A man has died after he was shot during a siege at a house in Kirkheaton, West Yorkshire.  Shots were fired with a handgun by a man in the property and a police officer was injured when police had gone to arrest a man on suspicion of making threats towards another man at a nearby property.  The house was then surrounded by armed police.  After eight hours a man was brought from the house and taken away in an ambulance but died later in hospital.  The Independent Police Complaints Commission is investigating the incident.  An illegally owned self-loading pistol was recovered from the house (Guardian, 30 December 2010).  During the siege a bullet smashed through a window and passed two feet from the head of a neighbour as he sat watching TV (Daily Mirror, 31 December 2010).  An inquest has been opened and adjourned (Huddersfield Daily Examiner, 31 March 2011).

Sunday Mercury, 26 December 2010

Hanzah Header was carrying a loaded semi-automatic pistol and silencer when he was stopped on a street in Bordesley Green, Birmingham, in June 2010.  He has pleaded guilty to three counts of possessing a prohibited weapon contrary to the Firearms Act 1968.

Guardian, 26 December 2010 *

Two men were injured in a shooting incident at the Bullring shopping centre in Birmingham.  A man who sustained injuries to his face has been arrested.  A teenager was recovering in hospital from a gunshot wound to his leg.  There appeared to have been a confrontation between two groups of youths.  The arrested man has been released on bail pending further inquiries (BBC, 27 December 2010).  A 19-year-old is helping with police inquiries (BBC, 11 January 2011).

BBC, 26 December 2010 *

A man was taken to hospital after being shot in St Ann's, Nottingham.  He underwent emergency surgery and was in a "critical but stable" condition (BBC, 28 December 2010).  Four men arrested in connection with the shooting have been released on bail (BBC, 9 January 2011).

Yorkshire Evening Post, 24 December 2010

Scott Weaver from Whitkirk, Leeds, one of four men jailed after a record seizure of cannabis, admitted possession of a prohibited weapon, a taser gun, as well as drug offences.  He was given a sentence of five years and three months.

Uxbridge Gazette, 24 December 2010 *

A man has been shot and killed in Hayes, West London.  He was found with multiple gunshot wounds to the chest.  Four men have been charged with murder (BBC, 13 January 2011).

The Journal, 24 December 2010

Four men, one armed with a handgun, burst into a shop in Winlaton, Tyneside, and demanded the takings.  The gang fled with a three-figure sum.  It is believed that the weapon has been recovered by the police.

Huddersfield Daily Examiner, 24 December 2010

Simon Young from Highburton, West Yorkshire, imported three stun guns from Thailand.  In May 2010 Border Agency officials intercepted the package after he posted them back to the UK using a false name and describing the contents as a souvenir.  He pleaded guilty to the offences of importing three conducted energy devices and was sentenced to 12 months in prison suspended for two years and ordered to carry out 60 hours of unpaid work and pay 500 prosecution costs.

Gazette & Herald, 24 December 2010

A street sign near Wilcot, Wiltshire, has been peppered with shot which looks like it came from a high powered rifle capable of killing at considerable distance.  A police spokesman said that it appeared "there had been offences against the Firearms Act in that it looks as if a firearm has been discharged from a public highway".

Daily Mail, 24 December 2010

Vladimir Kendella tried to hide a loaded handgun outside the home of former prime minister Tony Blair in Central London in December 2009 (see Incidents).  He was cornered by police after a car chase.  Three rounds of ammunition were uncovered at his home in Wembley, north-west London, the following day.  He has been convicted of possessing the handgun and ammunition.  He had denied possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life and possessing ammunition with intent to endanger life and to possessing ammunition without a firearms certificate.

The Sentinel, 23 December 2010

A police dog has been nominated for the National Police Dog of the Year award for detaining a man firing a gun during an incident in Sneyd Green, Staffordshire, in October 2010.  The man later pleaded guilty to possession of a loaded air weapon and was handed both a supervision and community order and costs.  The dog had taken hold of the man's arm as he reached for his weapon.

Rochdale Online, 23 December 2010 *

In two separate incidents at petrol stations in Middleton, Greater Manchester, two men threatened a cashier with a handgun and ordered him to fill a bin liner with cash and cigarettes and a day later told an employee at another service station they had a handgun and to give them the keys, but they failed to get into the premises.  The police believe the incidents are linked.  A reward is being offered for information about one of the robberies (Manchester Evening News, 13 January 2011).

Review (St Albans & Harpenden, Welwyn & Hatfield), 23 December 2010

Taury Ponting-Mead was found in possession of a samurai sword and had threatened members of the public in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, in June 2010.  He pleaded guilty to causing affray, having an offensive weapon and an imitation firearm.  He was given a suspended 12-month jail sentence with 200 hours unpaid work.  He must also attend an aggression replacement training programme.

Liverpool Echo, 23 December 2010

A woman was robbed at gunpoint in a street in Litherland, Merseyside.  Two men punched her and put a handgun to her head during the robbery.  They stole her bag containing around 60 in cash, her passport and an iPod.

Lincolnshire Echo, 23 December 2010

A 15-year-old boy has admitted breaking into sheds in gardens in Lincoln on three separate occasions.  The offences included the theft of an air rifle.  He pleaded guilty to one charge of burglary.

Enfield Independent, 23 December 2010

Sarah Jones hid a revolver and ammunition in a suitcase in her bedroom at her flat in Hackney, east London.  The flat was raided after information was passed to them.  He has been convicted of possession of a firearm and possession of ammunition and has been jailed for five years.

Yorkshire Evening Post, 22 December 2010

Julio Calcina was caught after a meter reader found a fake gun in his letter box in Leeds in December 2009.  The box also contained a taser and a small amount of cocaine.  Calcina has been jailed for two years after pleading guilty to possession of an imitation firearm, possession of a taser gun and drug offences.

Royston Crow, 22 December 2010

Four men, including a teenager, were arrested on suspicion of possessing a taser in a series of raids in Royston, Hertfordshire, which result in the arrest of four others on suspicion of drug offences.

Liverpool Echo, 22 December 2010 *

A man taken to hospital with a serious head injury later died.  He had been shot in a street in Hale Village, Cheshire.  A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder (Runcorn and Widnes Weekly News, 20 January 2011).

Liverpool Echo, 22 December 2010

A man waved a handgun in the face of a greengrocer and demanded cash from her.  The incident took place in Wallasey, Merseyside.  He took the day's takings of around 120.

Huddersfield Daily Examiner, 22 December 2010

Mohammed Khaliq, 20, has pleaded guilty to possessing heroin and possession of a sawn-off double-barrel shotgun.  The drugs and gun were found when police executed a search warrant at his family home in Thornton Lodge, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, in August 2010.  He had agreed to store them for a 'long-standing friend'.  He was sentenced to five year's detention in a young offenders' institution.

The Herald (Plymouth), 22 December 2010

Laurence Shaw, a former police detective, has been jailed for 13-and-a-half years following an attempted raid on a post office in Lostwithiel, Cornwall, in August 2010 (see Incidents).  He was armed with an imitation sawn-off single-barrelled shotgun.  He pleaded guilty to attempted robbery and possessing an imitation firearm.  He had been released from prison after a 12-year sentence for robberies in the Midlands less than three years ago.

Enfield Independent, 22 December 2010

Three men have been jailed after raids on bookmakers in Tottenham, Edmonton, South Tottenham and Grange Park, north London, in March and April 2010 when they were armed with a handgun.  All three admitted conspiracy to rob and conspiracy to carry a firearm or imitation firearm with criminal intent.  Yousef Koleilat, Patou Mayamba and Jotkar Hussein were jailed for nine years, eight years and six years, respectively.

Eastern Daily Press, 22 December 2010

A man with a gun threatened staff at a betting shop in King's Lynn, Norfolk.  He made off with cash.

Yorkshire Evening Post, 21 December 2010

Darren Bickersteth and Karl McShane terrified betting shop staff in a series of raids in south Leeds.  During the raids in Belle Isle, Hunslet, Outwood, Beeston between May 2010 (see Incidents) and July 2010 they threatened female members of staff with fake guns and weapons.  Both men were found guilty of three charges of having an imitation firearm with intent to commit robbery and were jailed for 12 years.  McShane was found not guilty of a robbery in Rothwell in April 2010, Bickersteth not guilty of a robbery in Belle Isle in June 2010, and both men were found not guilty of conspiracy to commit robbery at a post office in Hunslet in May 2010.

This is Somerset, 21 December 2010

A 17-year-old was shot in the back of his left knee with an airgun in a supermarket car park in Yeovil, Somerset.

BBC, 21 December 2010

An investigation has begun after a man died following a fire at a block of flats in Southsea, Hampshire.  Fire crews found a replica grenade and other replica firearms at the flat.

This is Hull and East Riding, 20 December 2010

Christopher Smith and Paul Raettig were armed with BB guns and catapults during an eight-week rampage around the Victoria Dock in Hull which left elderly residents in fear.  The attacks took place in May and June 2010.  They fired pellets, nuts and bolts with the weapons.  The two men pleaded guilty to four charges of criminal damage.  The men were given suspended 10-week prison sentences, 12-month supervision requirements and 200 hours of unpaid work.

Stourbridge News, 20 December 2010

A man, believed to be in possession of a firearm, walked into a shop in Wall Heath, West Midlands, and threatened the shopkeeper.  The victim was assaulted before the robber escaped with a mobile phone and cigarettes.

The Press, 20 December 2010

Peter Egan threatened to cut off people's arms and legs with a machete and waved an air pistol from the window of his flat in York because he suspected them of setting their dog on to his cat.  He pleaded guilty to affray and possessing an imitation firearm and was given a 12-month prison sentence suspended for two years on condition he is supervised by probation officers for two years and goes on a rehabilitation course.

Fulham & Hammersmith Chronicle, 20 December 2010

John Ryan has pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply cocaine and possession of a firearm, a silencer and ammunition with intent to endanger life.  Police found the weapon at a storage unit in Brentford, west London, after he was arrested in December 2009.  He has been jailed for eight-and-a-half years.

Evening Gazette, 20 December 2010

Marc Easby and Daniel Ovenden robbed a store in Eaglescliffe, Teesside, in January 2010.  Ovenden pointed a realistic BB gun at the shop owner and demanded money.  Both men admitted joint charges of robbery and possessing an imitation firearm.  Each was given a six-year sentence, four years for the robbery plus two for the gun.

Cambridge News, 20 December 2010

John O'Connor is awaiting sentence on possessing a firearm and driving while banned after an incident in Harlow, Essex, in July 2010 (see August 2010 Incidents).  A second man accused of having a sawn-off double-barrelled shotgun and a knife will not face trial and was discharged.

Bucks Free Press, 20 December 2010

Two men threatened cashiers at a cash and carry in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, with a gun and a baseball bat.  They stole cash.  A reward of 10,000 has been offered.

BBC, 19 December 2010

A man has been shot in the leg in Brixton, south London.  He was taken to hospital where his injuries were not thought to be life-threatening.  A woman also suffered a foot injury in the incident.

Pendle Today, 18 December 2010

A man has been cleared of bursting into his ex-partner's home in Barnoldswick, Lancashire, and pointing a gun at her teenage son's head.  He was found not guilty of making a threat to kill and possessing an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.

Express & Star, 18 December 2010

Daniel Thatcher of Wall Heath, West Midlands, and Lee Thatcher stored an arsenal of guns, including pistols, shotguns, a Kalashnikov and Uzi sub-machine gun.  The weapons were found at their houses and in a garage when they were arrested on suspicion of an unrelated burglary.  They admitted charges of possession of firearms and ammunition.  Daniel Thatcher was sentenced to three years and eight months and his brother to 450 days but he is expected to be freed because of the time he had spent in custody.

Wisbech Standard, 17 December 2010 *

Police discovered a gun under a bed in the home of Steven Fraser in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, in October 2010.  He was banned for life from possessing such a weapon as a result of a jail sentence given to him in 1999.  The gun was an air weapon, a pellet gun powered by carbon dioxide capsules and fitted with a sound moderator.  He admitted possessing the weapon and said he did not think his firearms ban included such a weapon.  Other replica handguns had been found during searches off two properties.  He has been sentenced  to 18 months in jail (Wisbech Standard, 14 February 2011).

The Star, 17 December 2010

A man has appeared in court charged with possession of a firearm or imitation firearm with intent to cause harassment, alarm or distress.  He was arrested at his house in Norwood, Sheffield, after a six-hour stand-off with police.

Staffs Live, 17 December 2010

Three men armed with a gun and knives targeted a bookmakers in Blurton, Staffordshire, threatening staff and a member of the public.  They left with cash.  The premises had also been raided two days earlier.  Two men have been arrested.

Local Guardian, 17 December 2010

A man was robbed at gunpoint as he was walking through Battersea, south London.  Two men blocked his path and threatened to shoot him unless he handed over his cash cards and mobile phone and demanded his pin number.

Liverpool Echo, 17 December 2010

A man was shot in the head with an air rifle in Kirkdale, Liverpool, and another man was shot in the hand.  A sniper was taking pot-shots at people in the street from a disused building where an air rifle was found.

Leicester Mercury, 17 December 2010 *

A security guard was injured when he grappled with an armed robber during a raid on a jewellery store in Lutterworth, Leicestershire.  He was threatened at gunpoint and chased the thief and tried to stop his getaway car.  Some items of jewellery had fallen out of the bag in the street during the chase.  Three men have been arrested in connection with the robbery (BBC, 11 January 2011).

Harrow Observer, 17 December 2010

Kristian Palnoni has been banned from the centre of Harrow, north west London, after a two-year ASBO was granted.  Magistrates heard about a string of incidents including one in which he aimed an imitation pistol at the face of a young man sitting opposite him on a bus in Wealdstone.  He had also threatened various people with another imitation gun when he was involved in a fight.  He was later convicted and sentenced to referral orders of four months and eight months for the two crimes.

Evening Post (Bristol), 17 December 2010

Andrea Hopkins has pleaded guilty to possessing an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear or violence.  In March 2010 (see Incidents) she produced silver revolver and threatened two paramedics that she would "fire it" unless they took her friend to hospital.  She was at the friend's house in Bath, Somerset, at the time of the incident.  She has been placed in the care of the mental health service.

Evening News (Norwich), 17 December 2010

Gary Wear placed an air pistol on a hotel counter in Norwich in September 2010 and told the receptionist that he was an armed police officer.  He has pleaded guilty to making a statement suggesting he was a police constable and possessing an air weapon in a public place.  The weapon was unloaded and had been bought for his 12-year-old son as a present.  Magistrates activated a suspended sentence given to Wear after he breached a restraining order on his wife, and handed him an 18-month conditional discharge.

Daily Mail, 17 December 2010

A farmer took a potshot with a shotgun at a fox and hit two burglars on his property in Crays Hill, near Basildon, Essex, in August 2010 (see Incidents).  Police arrived later after two people had been treated at hospital for gunshot wounds to their backs and legs.  Edward Tibbs insisted the incident had been an accident and charges were dropped.  However, police have withdrawn his firearms licence because he was 'unfit to be entrusted with a firearm and may present a danger to public safety and peace'.  The burglars were attempting to take cannabis plants and equipment from an outbuilding which was rented to tenants.  No one else has been charged in connection with the incident.

Croydon Advertiser, 17 December 2010

A man has been tried in his absence and found guilty of sending a menacing message to a headteacher who feared a gun rampage would be carried out at her school.  Viraj Abeyratne of Kingswood, Surrey, was the father of a pupil at the school.  The Crown Prosecution Service is expected to request a restraining order.

This is Lancashire, 16 December 2010

Wayne McDonald has been found guilty of attempting to murder two innocent men outside a nightclub in Astley Bridge, Greater Manchester, in November 2000.  He arrived at the club with an arsenal of weapons in the boot of his car and used one to fire eight shots.  He was convicted of two counts of attempted murder, possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life, possessing a firearm and possessing ammunition.  The case was reopened after McDonald was arrested following an unconnected robbery at a pub in Bamber Bridge, Lancashire, in which he shot and injured a female police officer (see April 2009 Incidents).  His associate Nasar Ahmed was jailed for two years in October 2001.  McDonald was jailed for life with a minimum term of 18 and a half years (This is Lancashire, 17 December 2010).

Enquirer, 16 December 2010

A man holding a gun entered a shop in Canvey, Essex, and demanded money from the till.  He left after a three figure sum was put in a bag.

Coventry Telegraph, 16 December 2010

A sawn-off shotgun and ammunition, machetes and Samurai swords were found along with drugs during a series of raids in Rugby, Warwickshire.

Press Association, 15 December 2010

Juan Rivas pointed a replica gun at a man in the City of London.  The man feared he was going to be shot or mugged for his phone and wallet.  The gun appeared to be a Glock pistol but was a cigarette lighter.  Rivas admitted having an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.  He was given a two-year community order and a 12-month mental health treatment requirement.

News & Star, 15 December 2010

Peter Rome threatened youths with an air rifle when they kept throwing snowballs at his house in Botcherby, Carlisle.  He has admitted using threatening behaviour.  He was given a 12-month conditional discharge and magistrates ordered that the weapon be destroyed.

News and Crier, 15 December 2010

Jack Smith fired a shotgun at a security staff outside a nightclub in St Neots, Cambridgeshire, in December 2009 (see Incidents).  One victim was hit in the head.  Smith has been found guilty of attempted murder and possessing a firearm with intent to commit an offence.  He has been jailed for 15 years.

The News, 15 December 2010

A man produced what appeared to be a handgun in a bookmakers in Havant, Hampshire, and demanded cash.  A staff member handed over an undisclosed amount of money and the gunman fled.

Haringey Independent, 15 December 2010

Three men attacked staff in a massage parlour in Wood Green, north London.  They threatened the receptionist with a Taser stun gun.  Two women were shot and the men stole their possessions.

BBC, 15 December 2010

A man was shot in both legs in Huyton, Merseyside.  Police were called after the victim arrived at hospital.

BBC, 15 December 2010

A gunman threatened post office staff in a shop in Burgess Hill, West Sussex.  He took cash and ran off into fields.

BBC, 15 December 2010

Alan Murray has been jailed for 10 years after admitting robbery, causing grievous bodily harm with intent and possessing an imitation gun.  He was involved in a robbery on a bank in Cromford, Derbyshire, in 1985.

BBC, 15 December 2010

Staff at a convenience store in Wivelsfield, East Sussex, were threatened by a man with a gun.  He pushed one victim to the ground before taking cash.

BBC, 15 December 2010

Workmen in Normanton, Derby, discovered a bag containing a handgun.

The Argus, 15 December 2010

A man with a pistol-shaped gun held up a member of staff at a takeaway restaurant in Peacehaven, East Sussex.  No money was handed over and the man escaped.

Swindon Advertiser, 14 December 2010 *

Martin Littlechilds from Penhill, Wiltshire, had an imitation firearm when he robbed a man of a neck chain and watch in June 2010.  He was also involved in a separate incident in which he kidnapped and robbed another man.  He pleaded guilty to two counts of robbery, possessing an imitation firearm, false imprisonment, assault causing actual bodily harm and causing criminal damage.  He has been jailed for eight years (Swindon Advertiser, 3 February 2011).

Southern Daily Echo, 14 December 2010

Ricky Phillips and Robert Blair have admitted their roles in an armed robbery at a service station in Eastleigh, Hampshire, in December 2009 (see Incidents).  Phillips was armed with a BB gun when he stole 60 and his flatmate Blair concealed the gun with intent to impede the apprehension or prosecution of his co-accused knowing he was guilty of the robbery.

Shropshire Star, 14 December 2010

A man dropped a ball-bearing gun in Whitchurch, Shropshire, when he was disturbed by police.  He got into a car which the police followed for seven miles but they lost him in Whixall.

Rutland & Stamford Mercury, 14 December 2010

A self-loading 12 bore shotgun and ammunition were stolen from a car in Empingham, Leicestershire.

Leicester Mercury, 14 December 2010

An 11-year-old boy from Leicester shot a school bus supervisor in the neck with a pellet gun after she had told him off earlier in the day.  He was arrested the following day.  He has pleaded guilty to assault and causing someone to fear violence while in possession of an imitation firearm.  He will be electronically tagged for the next three months and will have to meet with the youth offending team regularly for the next 18 months.

Birmingham Mail, 14 December 2010

A loaded pistol, illegally converted to fire real bullets, was seized by police officers who swooped on a car in Handsworth, Birmingham.  Four men were arrested on suspicion of possessing a firearm and one was later charged.

Scunthorpe Telegraph, 13 December 2010

Police found a stun gun and drugs after raiding the home of Andrew Vickers in Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire.  He admitted various drug offences and possessing a prohibited weapon.  He was given a six-month suspended prison sentence and a 30-day curfew.

Reading Post, 13 December 2010 *

Gersham Williams pointed a pistol at police officers after a burglary of a garage in East Reading, Berkshire, went wrong in July 2010 (see August 2010 Incidents).  He was convicted for having a firearm with intent to resist arrest and possession of a prohibited weapon.  He had admitted one count of burglary.  He has been sentenced to 12 years in jail (Reading Post, 18 January 2011).

Daily Mail, 13 December 2010

Jevgenij Kizajev held his elderly neighbour at gunpoint for six days to steal his victim's bank details.  The man was left malnourished, dehydrated and suffering from kidney failure in his flat in Hull, Humberside.  Kizajev admitted robbery and false imprisonment and was jailed for ten years.

BBC, 13 December 2010

A man was shot in the throat when a police firearm was discharged during an operation in Eltham, south-east London.  His injuries are not thought to be life threatening.  The police were attending a commercial address as part of a pre-planned armed raid.  Five people, including the injured man, were arrested.

BBC, 13 December 2010

Four men armed with guns and knives assaulted a man in his home in Loughton, Essex.  They stole several thousand pounds from a safe.  The victim received minor injuries.

Nottingham Post, 12 December 2010

Two men tried to steal cash from a takeaway in Radford, Nottingham.  The men were carrying BB guns and left empty handed when challenged by staff.  The fired pellets at the shop door as they left.  Four teenage boys and a 14-year-old girl were arrested.

Liverpool Echo, 11 December 2010

Terrence Donald was found with a sawn-off shotgun and a shotgun cartridge at his house in St Helens, Merseyside, when police raided the property in August 2010.  He claimed he had acquired it in a bid to protect himself after the breakdown of his marriage.  He pleaded guilty to possession of the weapon and was jailed for five years.

Liverpool Echo, 11 December 2010

Forty three members of a drugs and guns gang have been jailed for 268 years.  Andrew McIntyre from Huyton, Merseyside, arranged a string of gun deals from jail, including plotting the handover of two Uzi sub-machine guns.  One of the weapons had been used to spray bullets at two houses on Merseyside.  Other firearms seized by the police during the operation included pre-World War I revolvers.  McIntyre was convicted of conspiracy to supply heroin and crack cocaine, conspiracy to possess prohibited firearms and conspiracy to sell or transfer prohibited firearms (BBC, 10 December 2010).

Evening Telegraph (Northamptonshire), 11 December 2010

Michael Turiccki from Burton Latimer, Northamptonshire, one of two men convicted of drug offences, was sentenced to two-and-a-half years for possession of a stun gun and he received the same sentence for possession of rifle ammunition, the sentences to run concurrently for those he received for being concerned in the supply of class A drugs and converting criminal property.

Derby Telegraph, 11 December 2010 *

A gun was found hidden under a bed in a home in Shelton Lock, Derby, after two teenagers were arrested on suspicion of affray and a man was arrested on suspicion of a drugs offence.  The gun was confirmed to be a BB gun (Derby Telegraph, 14 December 2010).  The police have said that the gun, legally bought from Germany for 200, was so realistic it would not be possible to tell it was fake.  The raid had been sparked when a pensioner called the police after seeing a teenager firing a weapon in a park in Chaddesden (Derby Telegraph, 5 January 2011).

BBC, 11 December 2010

A man attempted to rob a service station in Southwell, Nottinghamshire.  He was been charged with attempted robbery and possessing an imitation firearm with intent to commit an offence.

This is Wiltshire, 10 December 2010 *

Three men and a youth have been charged with robbery after an incident in Trowbridge, Wiltshire, in which a 16-year-old boy allegedly had his phone and wallet taken.  One man has been accused of having a blank-firing revolver when he committed the robbery and has pleaded not guilty to robbery and being in possession of an imitation firearm at the time of committing an arrestable offence (Wiltshire Times, 22 February 2011).

Lynn News, 10 December 2010

A man who shot his wife in the thigh with an air rifle following an argument has been committed for sentence.  Simon Roney shot her in Hunstanton, Norfolk, in July 2010.

Liverpool Echo, 10 December 2010 *

Tricia O'Hara from Toxteth, Liverpool, minded a Glock pistol which was used in the gangland murder of a convicted robber in Crosby in June 2010 (see Incidents).  She jailed for five years for providing a safe house for the weapon.  Police found the weapon and 12 rounds of ammunition during a raid in July (see Incidents).  Her son has since pleaded guilty to having the weapon (see March 2011 Incidents).

Lancashire Telegraph, 10 December 2010

Mark Howarth from Clitheroe, Lancashire, pointed an imitation firearm at someone in his own home during a dispute.  He pleaded guilty to an offence of possessing an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence and has been jailed for eight months.

The Herald (Plymouth), 10 December 2010

A man was shot at close range in Derriford, Plymouth.  He was taken to hospital suffering from non-life-threatening gunshot wounds.  Police have described the shooting as an isolated incident but refused to comment on whether any weapons were found at the scene.  A weapon belonging to the man, a shotgun licence holder, was discovered to be missing (BBC, 10 December 2010).  It is believed the man was shot once from almost point blank range (The Herald (Plymouth), 18 December 2010).  A man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder (BBC, 21 December 2010).

The Gazette, 10 December 2010

A jeweller tried to detain a man who entered his shop brandishing a gun and a knife in Cleveleys, Lancashire.  The victim suffered a minor injury.  It is not known if the gun was a real or imitation weapon.

Elmbridge Guardian, 10 December 2010

Two men armed with a gun and a crowbar stole 500 from a bookmakers in Walton, Surrey.  The man with the gun threatened a member of staff.

Birmingham Mail, 10 December 2010

Police recovered a pistol and arrested two men who were stopped as they drove in the centre of Birmingham.  The men were being held on suspicion of possessing a firearm and possessing an offensive weapon.

BBC, 10 December 2010

Bill Treeby and his sons Billy and George have been found guilty of murdering his brother and the attempted murder of another brother in an incident in Maidstone, Kent, in December 2009 (see Incidents) which stemmed from a family feud.  Charity Treeby, Bill Treeby's wife, was found guilty of grievous bodily harm.  The murdered man died after being hit by a car and the other brother was beaten up and shot in the leg with a 12-bore shotgun.

Bath Chronicle, 10 December 2010

A man threatened staff with a gun and attempted to rob a shop in Bath, Somerset.  He fled empty handed.  A man was arrested and an imitation weapon was recovered nearby.  A man has been accused of possessing an imitation firearm and attempted robbery (Bath Chronicle, 24 December 2010).

Sutton Guardian, 9 December 2010 *

Two teenagers have been charged with a string of drug and firearms offences after they were allegedly caught with a sawn-off shotgun, a handgun and cocaine in Wallington, south London.  They have each been jailed for six years for firearms and drugs offences (see March 2011 Incidents).

Runcorn and Widnes Weekly News, 9 December 2010

Two men threatened two guards at a bank in Widnes, Cheshire, with a handgun and sledgehammer.  The guards were filling a cash machine at the time and the men stole a substantial amount of cash.

Lincolnshire Echo, 9 December 2010

Rhys Tomlinson and Lewis Kelly have been convicted of robbing a young woman at gunpoint at her home in Grantham, Lincolnshire, in April 2010 (see August 2010 Incidents).  Tomlinson held the gun against her head and asked for money, while Kelly held her down on a bed.  They have been jailed for nine years.

Bootle Times, 9 December 2010

A man who tossed a loaded revolver into gardens in Bootle, Merseyside, has been found guilty to both possessing a firearm and possessing ammunition.  Dean Ellison was being chased by a police officer at the time of the incident.  He has been jailed for five years.

BBC, 9 December 2010

A couple were threatened with a shotgun and a machete by raiders who forced their way into their home in Horsham, West Sussex.  Up to six men were involved and they left within minutes with a few hundred pounds.  Police believe the house was not selected randomly and that the couple were specifically targeted (The Argus, 10 December 2010).

This is Wiltshire, 8 December 2010

Aaron Gittins has been found guilty of carrying out a shooting in Pinehurst, Wiltshire in January 2010 (see Incidents).  He was convicted of wounding with intent.  A 16-year-old pleaded guilty to the same charge and Jade Turley, 19, and Karvin Dhillon both pleaded guilty to conspiracy to cause actual bodily harm.  The attack took place in revenge for Gittins' car being vandalised by a group of young men.  Three shots were fired from a 9mm pistol, one of which hit a man in the shoulder.  Gittins has been jailed for 14 years, Turley was given a 13-month sentence and Dhillon got 16 months.  The 16-year-old was given an eight year sentence (This is Wiltshire, 23 December 2010).

Streatham Guardian, 8 December 2010

A Taser lost by a Metropolitan Police firearms officer who drove away after putting it on the roof of his car in Vauxhall, south London, has been recovered.  An internal investigation has been launched.

Review (St Albans & Harpenden, Welwyn & Hatfield), 8 December 2010

Zehwar Rehman, 21, who was detained indefinitely for public protection in January 2007 after admitting unlawful wounding and possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence has launched an appeal challenging his sentence.  Rehman produced an air pistol in a street in St Albans, Hertfordshire, in August 2006, and shot an 18-year-old in the face.

Liverpool Echo, 8 December 2010

Jamie Aytoun was found with drugs and cutting agents as well as a 12-gauge pump action shotgun at his home in Garston, Merseyside.  He has pleaded guilty to possessing a firearm without a licence and a number of drugs offences.  He has been jailed for nine years.

Jarrow & Hebburn Gazette, 8 December 2010

Sean Haynes, 21, pointed a gun at a police officer after reports of youths firing air weapons around a quarry in Marsden, Tyneside.  The air weapon was not loaded and was inside its cover.  Haynes admitted possessing a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence and was sentenced to six months' imprisonment, suspended for 12 months, with 150 hours unpaid work and costs.

Manchester Evening News, 7 December 2010

Mohammed Ali Alrifai from Salford has been jailed for three months after pleading guilty to perverting the course of justice and fraud by false representation.  He had claimed that a man had threatened him with a handgun and together with two accomplices had emptied his shop in December 2009.  He made an insurance claim but the robbery was shown to be a fake.

Lincolnshire Echo, 7 December 2010

Jason Elliott sparked an armed police operation in Orby, Lincolnshire, in September 2010 when he produced a replica musket in front of his former girlfriend.  She feared the gun was real and contacted the police.  Elliott had been drinking heavily at the time.  He admitted common assault by putting her in fear and was placed under 18 months' probation supervision and ordered to carry out 80 hours' community punishment.

Bucks Free Press, 7 December 2010 *

A man wielding a handgun robbed a bookmaker's in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire.  Employees handed over a large amount of cash after he assaulted one of them.  A man has pleaded guilty to this and three other robberies or attempted robberies.  He was armed with an imitation firearm (see March 2011 Incidents).

Birmingham Post, 7 December 2010

Police were investigating after reports of a shot being fired at a house in Walsall, West Midlands.  One man was found with injuries, not from a gun.  A man and a teenage woman have been arrested.

BBC, 7 December 2010

Security guards filling a cash machine at a store in Nottingham were threatened by two men, one of whom was brandishing a firearm.

Southwark News, 6 December 2010

Three men have been charged with possession of firearms after being arrested in Bermondsey, south London.  All three have been remanded in custody.

Express & Echo, 6 December 2010

Raiders armed with a shotgun and a knife broke into a house in Alphington, Devon, and kept the occupants in the kitchen while they searched the house.  They made off with valuable jewellery and a safe.

Evening Chronicle, 6 December 2010

Leanne Polwarth and Scott Kelly have been jailed for threatening a man with an air pistol.  They believed the victim was responsible for a break-in at their Newcastle home and threatened him after he was released without charge.  They both admitted affray and were jailed for 18 months.

Cambridge News, 6 December 2010

Adam Clements was on a community order when he opened fire with a starting pistol during a confrontation with a gang outside his house in Ramsey, Cambridgeshire.  He admitted possessing an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.  He was jailed for 16 months.

BBC, 6 December 2010

Two men, one thought to be carrying a firearm, threatened staff at a store in Otford, Kent, punched one of them in the face and demanded money.  They took cash from the till before fleeing.

BBC, 6 December 2010

A man has been charged with attempted murder and firearms offences following a shooting in the Kirkby area of Merseyside.  A man had been admitted to hospital with a chest wound.

Bath Chronicle, 6 December 2010

Two people were arrested after a three-hour armed siege at a flat in Bath, Somerset.  Two officers attending a domestic incident were threatened with a handgun, which later turned out to be a replica.  A man has been charged with possessing a firearm, an airgun, with intent to cause fear of violence and making threats to kill.  A woman has been charged with assaulting a police officer and with a public order offence (Bath Chronicle, 9 December 2010).

The Argus, 6 December 2010

A man was spotted with a firearm in Hastings, East Sussex.  Two men were later arrested, and one was charged with possession of an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence, attempted robbery and possession of an imitation firearm.

Cambridge News, 5 December 2010

A man from Haverhill, Suffolk, who was accused of biting and punching his own dog to make it let go of a cat and brandishing an air rifle at his neighbours has been cleared.  He was acquitted of having a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.

BBC, 4 December 2010

A man threatened staff at a post office in Hove, East Sussex, with a gun as he stole cash.  Two women who were in the shop were treated for shock but no-one else was hurt.  A gun has been recovered by the police.  The premises have been targeted three times and detectives believe the same man may be responsible (BBC, 6 December 2010).

This is Kent, 3 December 2010

Peter La Roche from Tunbridge Wells, Kent has admitted making threats outside a primary school and possessing an unloaded airgun in a public place.

Oxford Mail, 3 December 2010

Two men found trespassing on land at Upton, Oxfordshire, with poaching equipment have been cautioned.  They were found with rabbit carcasses as well as an air rifle, knives and torches.

Hinckley Times, 3 December 2010

An 11-year-old boy from Hinckley, Leicestershire, almost lost his sight when he was shot in the eye with a ball-bearing gun.  The gun was fired by an eight-year-old.

Harrow Observer, 3 December 2010

Two members of staff at a sandwich bar in Wembley, north west London, were robbed by a man armed with a gun.  He demanded cash and then ran out of the store.

Evening Standard, 3 December 2010

Fabio Nascimento has been jailed for five years after he admitted firearms offences, and along with two other men he admitted going equipped for burglary.  He was arrested in Islington, north London, on his way to a burglary and a pistol and ammunition were discovered in his wardrobe in Chalk Farm.

BBC, 3 December 2010

A cyclist was shot in the leg with an air rifle as he rode on a path in Yeovil, Somerset.  The victim had seen three people in nearby trees, one of whom had appeared to have an air rifle with a telescopic sight.

BBC, 3 December 2010

A student was robbed at gunpoint in his home in Moss Side, Manchester.  He was confronted by a man carrying a handgun who stole three laptops and a wallet.

Worcester News, 2 December 2010

Holes may have been shot through the window of a cemetery in Worcester by vandals armed with an air weapon.  The cost of the damage is estimated at 1000.

Northern Echo, 2 December 2010

A man was arrested after members of the public reported seeing a man waving a gun around in the centre of Middlesbrough.  He was found to be in possession of an imitation firearm.  He was being assessed by medical staff to establish his state of health.

Metro, 2 December 2010

Daniel Clarke from Thetford, Norfolk, has been jailed for 30 months for shooting two young boys with an air rifle as they played in a tree.  He had been shooting pigeons before he targeted the friends with a .177 air rifle.  One of the boys was nearly blinded.  Clarke pleaded guilty to assault causing actual bodily harm and affray (Bury Free Press, 7 December 2010).

Liverpool Echo, 2 December 2010

A man from Formby, Merseyside, has been accused of conspiracy to possess a machine pistol with intent to endanger life and conspiracy to possess a silencer for a machine pistol.

Liverpool Echo, 2 December 2010

A woman was robbed and had her car stolen near the centre of Liverpool after being threatened by a man with what she believed was an imitation firearm.  She was left "very shaken" by the robbery.

Hare and Hound, 2 December 2010

A joint master of the Tynedale hunt who left a loaded .22 rifle in his car has been cleared of breaching his firearms certificate.  The Crown Prosecution had challenged the magistrates' decision but he was cleared at the High Court.

BBC, 2 December 2010

Pupils at a school in Callington, Cornwall, were kept inside following reports that a man had a firearm and was allegedly going to harm himself.  A man was arrested and an air rifle seized.

Yorkshire Evening Post, 1 December 2010

Police officers were confronted by a woman armed with a rifle when they were called to a domestic disturbance at a tower block in Leeds.  The woman was arrested for possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life and breach of an ASBO, and the gun, an air rifle, was safely recovered.

The Herald (Plymouth), 1 December 2010

Carl Hatton drunkenly fired a shot at a neighbour's door in Exmouth, Devon, in July 2010.  He threw the air rifle out of the window of his father's house after police told him to put it down.  He admitted possessing a firearm with intent when prohibited.  He also admitted affray, involving using or threatening unlawful violence towards another.

Click Liverpool, 1 December 2010

A man was left fighting for his life after being shot in the back with a shotgun in Croxteth, Liverpool.  He had multiple pellet wounds to his back and head.  Two men have been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder (BBC, 2 December 2010).


 

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Paisley Daily Express, 31 December 2010

Four men have been remanded in custody after an incident in Paisley in which a man was allegedly assaulted by being struck with a dog chain, frequent punching, slapping and kicking and striking him with a rifle or similar weapon, holding a machete over his head, threatening him and refusing to allow him to leave, all to his injury.  One of the four is alleged to have had unlawful possession of an imitation rifle at the time.

East Lothian Courier, 30 December 2010

A man has been arrested and charged in connection with an attempted armed robbery at a supermarket in Prestonpans, East Lothian.  He had been armed with an imitation handgun.

Evening News, 29 December 2010

A man was being questioned after a five-hour stand-off with armed police in Whitburn, West Lothian.  The police had surrounded a house following reports of a domestic disturbance.  Despite initial reports no gun is believed to have been involved.

stv, 28 December 2010

A passenger in a taxi pointed a gun at the driver during a disturbance in Haghill, Glasgow.  He and another man jumped out of the taxi and fled when police arrived.  The firearm and other weapons that were discarded by the man have been recovered.

BBC, 28 December 2010

A man has been charged with threatening to use a gun in Saltcoats, Ayrshire.  It is alleged he called Strathclyde Police headquarters saying he had a firearm and intended to shoot members of the public and police officers.

Press and Journal, 24 December 2010 *

Lee Ross pointed an air pistol at a 17-year-old because he thought the teenager had vandalised his car.  The incident took place at a car park in Bridge of Don, Aberdeen, in November 2008 (see November 2009 Incidents).  He admitted chasing his victim armed with a gun, eventually grabbing him and keeping the air pistol trained on him at all times.  The boy believed that the gun was real.  Ross had been drinking before the incident took place.  He was fined 1,500 and ordered to do 200 hours of community service (Press and Journal, 26 January 2011).

BBC, 24 December 2010

A man and a woman have been arrested after police discovered a shotgun and heroin after a property and car were searched in Edinburgh.

Paisley Daily Express, 23 December 2010

Two men were being questioned in connection with five gun raids on betting shops in Hillington, Renfrewshire, Paisley and Barrhead within the space of a week.

Evening News, 15 December 2010

Two men caught carrying drugs, a machete and a stun gun on a train arriving at Haymarket, Edinburgh, have been jailed.  Adrian Clark admitted having the stun gun and was given a 32-month sentence.

stv, 13 December 2010 *

John McDermott sparked a ten-hour grenade siege in a street in Partick, Glasgow.  He barricaded himself into his flat with a three-year-old girl in September 2010 (see Incidents).  Grenades were thrown out of the window and a gas-powered ball-bearing gun and magazine were seen on top of a nearby bus stop.  He has pleaded guilty to assaulting his wife and police officers and admitted breaching the peace by throwing items out of the window, shouting and swearing and holding a knife to his throat.  He was jailed for four years (Herald, 28 January 2011).

BBC, 12 December 2010

A man died and another man was seriously wounded in a shooting incident in Old Bridge of Urr, Kirkcudbrightshire.  The dead man is believed to have died as a result of a shotgun wound and to have taken his own life.  The other man was being treated in hospital for upper leg wounds.  His condition is not life-threatening.  The police are not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident.  It is reported that the incident involved a spurned husband who shot his wife's lover before killing himself (Scotsman, 13 December 2010).  The victim has revealed he had 80 shotgun pellets lodged in his body (Galloway News, 30 December 2010).

Evening Express, 9 December 2010

A man from Aberdeen has been cleared of injuring another by repeatedly firing an air rifle at him.  The case was dismissed after the depute fiscal told the jury the Crown did not intent to lead any further evidence.

BBC, 6 December 2010

Police say they are "extremely concerned" after a licensed shotgun was stolen from a property in Cardenen, Fife.

Greenock Telegraph, 3 December 2010

Michael O'Rourke, 17, pleaded guilty to possession of a rifle and was warned that he could be facing a spell behind bars for the offence.  Community warders had alerted police after seeing him carrying the weapon in a street in Greenock, Renfrewshire, and he was spotted by a helicopter after an armed response unit was scrambled.  He had bought the gun for 20 two weeks previously.

BBC, 2 December 2010

A man who was armed with a loaded gun in a club in Glasgow in August 2010 admitted having the revolver and seven live bullets.  Anton Duffy has been jailed for five years.


 

WALES

 

BBC, 30 December 2010

Two men carrying what appeared to be a handgun stole cash in a robbery at a petrol station in Ruthin, Denbighshire.  Two members of staff were unhurt but were left shocked.  It is not know whether the weapon was real or an imitation.  Four people are being questioned in connection with this robbery and another at a petrol station in Denbigh (BBC, 31 December 2010).

South Wales Echo, 18 December 2010

A man carrying a pistol attempted to rob a newsagent in Cardiff but left empty-handed.  A man arrested nearby has since been released without charge.

BBC, 15 December 2010

A man is being questioned by police after being arrested on suspicion of robbery and possession of a firearm.  The arrest was made in connection with an incident in which three raiders burst into a property in Sebastopol, Pontypool, and stole money.  Two more men have been arrested on suspicion of armed robbery (South Wales Argus, 17 December 2010).

Wales Online, 3 December 2010

A man forced his way into a store in Treharris, Mid Glamorgan, and threatened the postmaster with a firearm before tying him up and making off with a large amount of money.  He made his escape in the victim's car.

Telegraph, 3 December 2010

Alan Fletcher booby trapped his own house in Knighton, Powys, with a home-made device similar to a Taser to deter a neighbour he suspected was having an affair with his wife.  He admitted being in possession of a prohibited weapon.


 

INCIDENTS INVOLVING ANIMALS

 

Evening Courier, 31 December 2010

A kitten has been left blind in one eye after being shot with an airgun in Siddal, West Yorkshire.

This is the West Country, 29 December 2010

A cat shot in Bridgwater, Somerset, later died.  It is believed that an air rifle was used.

The Star, 29 December 2010

There are fears that two swans found dead near Beighton, South Yorkshire, may have been shot with an air rifle.  Their partial remains were found on the River Rother.

Press and Journal, 23 December 2010

Vets have carried out a lengthy operation to save a cat which was shot by an airgun pellet in Fisherford, Aberdeenshire.  A bone had been shattered in his shoulder.  It is uncertain whether he will recover fully.

Harrow Times, 22 December 2010

A cat has been shot through the heart by an air rifle.  He was found by his owner's children in the garden of their home in Harrow, north-west London.  He died on the way to the vet's surgery.

BBC, 14 December 2010

A cat was left with severe injuries after being shot with an airgun in Ferndown, Dorset.  The pellets had gone through his spleen and intestine.

Wirral Globe, 11 December 2010

A cat has been shot with an air rifle in Eastham, Merseyside.  Her family thought she had an upset stomach but a vet found pellets inside her.

Avon and Somerset Constabulary, 11 December 2010

Four cats have been attacked in Coleford, Somerset, in recent months.  Three of them were wounded by pellets from airguns.

This is Kent, 3 December 2010

A family cat has been shot in the leg with an air rifle in Sheerness, Kent.  At first it was assumed he had fallen off something but a vet found a pellet in his leg.

Metro, 2 December 2010

Police were scrambled to a location on a river bank in March, Cambridgeshire, where four men were questioned for using a shotgun to kill fish.  One man was detained on suspicion of firing a gun within 50ft of a public highway and was later released on bail.

 

 

 

 

 

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