APRIL 2010 - REVIEW

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  • Gun Deaths and Injuries - There were seven fatal shooting incidents in April, three involving teenagers.  Five of the shootings were apparent homicides which occurred in:

    • London (3) - one man died after being shot in the chest in Leyton, a 16-year-old girl was shot in the neck as she queued at a takeaway in Hackney and died later (two men have been charged with murder), and a 17-year-old male was shot in the face in Greenwich (the circumstances are unclear, although a murder inquiry is underway and a number of people have been arrested)

    • Merseyside (1) - a man was found with fatal gunshot wounds in a street in West Derby (one man was arrested on suspicion of murder and released on bail)

    • West Midlands (1) - a man found dead at his home in Whitley (Coventry) had been shot (a man has been charged with manslaughter and with possessing a firearm)

  • There were two apparent suicides:

    • A man was shot dead with a shotgun in Lochwinnoch (Renfrewshire)

    • An 18-year-old shot himself at his home in Llantrisant (Mid Glamorgan) with a pistol he took from his gun club

  • A woman whose body was found in a pub freezer in Snettisham (Norfolk) in March 2010 died as a result of a gunshot wound to the head (her partner has been charged with her murder).

  • Twenty two other victims were injured in shooting attacks, 8 of whom were hit by pellets from BB guns or airguns.

    • Bristol (1) - a man was shot in the face with a shotgun in St Paul's

    • London (5) - a man was shot in the arm and a teenager was injured in separate incidents in Brockley, and 3 people were shot at a warehouse rave in Colindale

    • Merseyside (3) - a bouncer was shot in the leg and another man hit in the chest at a nightclub and a taxi driver was shot in the back in two separate incidents in Croxteth

    • Nottinghamshire (1) - a man was shot in the shoulder after he had set up camp in a hunting area in Stanford-on-Soar

    • Scotland (2) - two men were shot with a shotgun in Pollok (Glasgow)

    • West Yorkshire (2) - a man was shot with a shotgun in Whinmoor (Leeds) (a 17-year-old has been arrested), and another male victim was shot in the leg in Huddersfield

  • Airgun and BB gun shootings (the majority of the victims were children):

    • Derbyshire (1) - a pupil was shot with what is believed to have been a BB gun during playtime at a primary school in Newhall

    • Devon (2) - a 4-year-old required surgery after being shot with an airgun in Plymouth (it was finally admitted that the incident occurred when the child was playing in a courtyard where a teenager was shooting and dropped a loaded air rifle), and a 3-year-old was hit in the face with a BB gun in Torrington (a 13-year-old and an 11-year-old were given Youth Restorative Justice Disposals and another 13-year-old was given a final warning)

    • Hampshire (1) - a woman needed surgery after being shot in the arm with an air rifle at Portsdown Hill (Portsmouth)

    • Lancashire (1) - a 16-year-old was shot in the buttocks with an airgun in Euxton in what appears to have been a drunken prank

    • Leicestershire (1) - a man suffered an injured back when he was shot with an airgun in Barlestone - the shooting was accidental according to the police

    • Scotland (1) - a 5-year-old was shot with a BB gun in Fraserburgh (Aberdeenshire) (a 13-year-old has been charged)

    • Somerset (1) - a boy was shot with a BB gun while playing in Portishead.

  • An actor was injured by a prop firearm during rehearsals at a theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon (Warwickshire).

  • Armed Hold-Ups and Assaults - There were robberies and attempted robberies allegedly involving guns at Banks and Post Offices (5) in St Albans (Hertfordshire), Teddington (south west London), Dobcross (Greater Manchester), Northfleet (Kent) (air weapon; two men were arrested in connection with this and other robberies at banks and bookmakers in the area), and Capel St Mary (Suffolk) (handgun), Bookmakers (8) in Royton (the robbery occurred in late March), Burnage and Little Lever (Greater Manchester), Worthing (West Sussex) (handgun), Widnes (Cheshire) (handgun), Wortley (Leeds) (handgun), Maghull (Merseyside) (two premises), and Corstorphine (Edinburgh) (handgun), Petrol Stations (2) in Eastleigh (Hampshire) and Warwick (possibly an imitation firearm), Pubs and Clubs (3) in Kirkdale (Merseyside),  Holme Wood (Bradford) (shotgun), and Elsenham (Essex), Shops (11) in Luton (Bedfordshire) (handgun), Winson Green (shotgun), Park Village, Dudley (where a shot was fired), Longford (handgun) and Walsgrave (handgun) (all West Midlands), Hoddesden (Hertfordshire) (handgun), Canvey (Essex) (pistol), Billinge (Lancashire), Northampton, and Drighlington (West Yorkshire) (handgun), and Travel Agents (4) in Great Missenden (Buckinghamshire), Uxbridge (west London) (handgun), Longton (Lancashire) (handgun; a man has been arrested), and Beckenham (south east London) (handgun).

  • Money was stolen from a Sikh Temple in Pollokshields (Glasgow) by a gang armed with a handgun.

  • Three men armed with a gun, believed to be a handgun, and a knife robbed a Scrapyard in Castleford (West Yorkshire).

  • A 17-year-old was charged after four men were robbed of their mobile phones at gunpoint in Rochdale (Greater Manchester).

  • There were armed robberies in which guns were probably involved at seven Homes in Bradford, Roddymoor (County Durham) (100,000 was stolen), Garside (Merseyside) (the victim, a farmer, was threatened twice on consecutive mornings), Horley (Surrey) (long-barrelled gun used), Corby (Northamptonshire), Middleton-by-Youlgrave (Derbyshire) (shotgun), and Renfrew.

  • A man with a gun threatened a motorist in Sudbury Hill (north west London) and stole his Car.  In incidents involving Taxis a student was later accused of robbing a driver and possessing an imitation firearm in South Shore (Lancashire) and a vehicle was stolen at gunpoint in Beeston (Nottinghamshire).

  • Other Incidents - A man was stabbed to death in Maryhill (Glasgow) by a gang armed with knives and a shotgun.

  • Shots were fired during a number of other incidents:

    • Devon - a shotgun was fired in a dispute involving a father and son in Bishops Tawton - one man was arrested

    • Merseyside - a street in Wavertree was cordoned off after reports of gunfire (two men, one a teenager, have been arrested), and shots were fired at a house in Croxteth

    • Oxfordshire - a house door was damaged in a shooting in Blackbird Leys

    • South Yorkshire - a van specially adapted for a man left paralysed in an airgun shooting was fired at with a shotgun in Rossington

    • West Midlands - a shot was fired during a robbery at a jewellers in Dudley (see above)

  • A man was threatened with guns during an attempted abduction in Crookston (Glasgow).  Two men were arrested in connection with an armed threat in Hove (Sussex) involving a shotgun.  A gun was allegedly brandished during a disturbance in Aston (Birmingham) (three men and a woman were later arrested). 

  • A man was arrested after a stand-off with police in Dunbeath (Caithness) after reports of a man with a gun and a disturbance between a man and a woman.  Another man was arrested at a house in Yeadon (West Yorkshire) after a 10-hour siege - a shotgun and an air rifle were removed from the property.  A man was sectioned under the Mental Health Act after being seen in a "distressed" state with a loaded shotgun in Rainham (east London).

  • A man was arrested and a rifle and ammunition recovered after a man was seen with a gun in Chandler's Ford (Hampshire).  A man from Camberwell (south London) has been remanded in custody for allegedly being in possession of a shotgun.

  • Police raided a home in Wimblington (Cambridgeshire) and removed an air rifle after carers wrongly claimed the owners had a shotgun.

  • In the following incidents there were reports that a firearm was involved but this was not confirmed:

    • A man who claimed to have a firearm and threatened to kill himself was not found when police raided his flat in Blackpool (Lancashire).

    • The driver of a van involved in a road rage incident in Highfields (Leicester) may have had a gun.

    • Two men were charged with wasting police time after a member of the public reported seeing a man with a gun in Southport (Merseyside).

    • A man was arrested in Herne Bay (Kent) after reports of a man carrying a gun.

    • There was a 9-hour siege after an armed response unit was called to a flat in Menzieshill (Dundee) in connection with an alleged assault on a woman.

  • Airguns and Imitation Guns - Besides those incidents which resulted in injury (see above) there were many other incidents involving airguns and imitation weapons.

  • A man was charged with possession of an imitation gun and false imprisonment after a woman was allegedly threatened with a gun in Leyland (Lancashire).  Two men were arrested in Callington (Cornwall) after a threat had apparently been made to use firearms - a number of airguns were found.

  • A man was charged with various offences including having an imitation firearm with intent after a stand-off with police in Winslow (Buckinghamshire).  Another man has been charged with possessing an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence and other offences after a police raid on a house in Deptford (south east London).

  • A man was arrested in Newmarket on suspicion of assault and possession of a firearm, understood to be a broken air weapon, with intent to cause fear, after an altercation with his girlfriend but was released without charge.

  • Several replica weapons were recovered after a man was seen carrying a gun in Scissett (West Yorkshire).  A man was arrested and a BB gun recovered after members of the public reported seeing a man in Romsey (Hampshire) with what was thought to be a rifle.  A man spotted firing a long-barrelled ball bearing gun in Chester was given verbal advice about his actions and the gun was confiscated.

  • Two youths were arrested on suspicion of public order offences and offences related to possessing an airgun after being seen on a roof in Worcester.  Two teenagers were arrested in Canterbury (Kent) on suspicion of carrying high powered air rifles in a public place.

  • A man who was shooting pigeons with an air rifle in Lawford (Essex) caused an alert when police received reports that someone was walking around the village with a shotgun.

  • The following acts of vandalism were probably carried out with airguns:

    • A window was damaged in Thorne (South Yorkshire).

    • Two cars were fired at, probably with an air rifle, in Southend (Essex).

    • Windows, garden ornaments and greenhouses possibly damaged with an air rifle in Barrow (Cumbria).

  • Paintball guns have been fired at premises in Sudbury and Tutbury (Staffordshire) - the attacks are classed as firearms incidents by police

  • Gun Finds - Guns were found during searches in which drugs were recovered in Bristol (hunting rifle; five people were arrested), Wallsend (Tyneside) (stun gun; a man was charged), Dagnall (Bedfordshire) (shotgun and other firearms; one man was arrested), Worksop (Nottinghamshire) (shotgun; a man has been charged), Northumberland and Newcastle (several firearms including a shotgun), Bootle (Merseyside) (shotgun and rifle; a 19-year-old has been charged), south west Hertfordshire (shotgun), and Widnes (Cheshire) (air weapon; a woman was given a caution)

  • In other raids guns were recovered in Dewsbury Moor (West Yorkshire) (shotgun; two people were arrested), South Tottenham (north London) (handgun; a 19-year-old woman was arrested), Levenshulme (Greater Manchester), and Gateshead and Durham (handgun; a number of men were arrested on suspicion of various offences).

  • A suspected gun conversion factory was discovered in Haringey, north London, during a series of raids in London and Leeds during an operation aimed at tackling gangs, gun possession and violent crime (several people have been arrested).

  • A sawn-off shotgun was found by three teenagers in an alleyway in Allenton (Derby), and another shotgun was found behind bushes in Lambeth (south London).  Police discovered a revolver in woodland in Stockbridge Village (Merseyside) after information was received from the local community.

  • Gun Thefts - Guns were stolen from:

    • a gun shop in Christchurch (Dorset) - a quantity of guns was found in the boot of a car and a man was arrested

    • a gun dealer in Barnt Green (Worcestershire) - 20 shotguns and small calibre rifles were stolen

    • a wetland centre in Washington (County Durham) - an imitation firearm

    • a garage in New Addington (south London) - an air rifle

    • outside an address in Calverton (Nottingham) - air rifles

  • Incidents Involving Animals - There were more airgun incidents which resulted in injuries to cats.  In April these occurred in Cambridgeshire, Cornwall, Cumbria, Essex, Gwent (weapon described as a pellet gun), Gwynedd, Shropshire, Suffolk, West Midlands and West Yorkshire.

  • There were also reports of attacks on livestock, pigs on farms in Cumbria and a lamb in North Yorkshire.

  • There were a number of airgun attacks on birds, a sparrow and starling shot in a garden in Cumbria, a pigeon which landed on a house in Hampshire, gulls shot in a residential area of Nairn, and swans shot in both Cambridgeshire and Staffordshire.


  • Court Cases - A woman who shot and killed her boyfriend with a converted blank-firing pistol, which he had kept at their home in Edinburgh, has been convicted of murder - the murder was the only gun homicide in Scotland in 2009.

  • One of two men found guilty of killing a man who was stabbed to death in Shooters Hill (south east London) was also convicted of possessing a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence - both men were jailed for a minimum of 30 years.

  • A man was found guilty of the attempted murder of two men who were shot in separate incidents in Kensington (Liverpool) - he will serve a minimum of 15 years.  A 17-year-old from Islington (north London) was jailed for 10 years after being convicted on two charges of attempted murder and having a loaded revolver.

  • A man who shot a woman in Wembley (north west London) in 2000 has finally been convicted of grievous bodily harm with intent and been given a 12 year jail sentence.

  • Two men involved in an incident in which a man was shot in a pub in Moss Side (Manchester) were jailed for 9 and 11 months - the gunman is still being hunted.

  • A number of men were convicted for their part in robberies on security men in Blackburn and Thornton Cleveleys (Lancashire) - one guard was shot in Blackburn.

  • A man who pointed a prohibited gun at his wife and then himself and fired it into a wall of their home in Ongar (Essex) has been jailed for 5 years.

  • A man who tried to fire a converted blank-firing revolver outside a nightclub in Southend (Essex) has been jailed for at least 5 years.

  • A 16-year-old who fired a shotgun in Slough (Berkshire) has pleaded guilty to possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life and one count of making threats to kill.

  • A man was jailed for 6 years for robbing a supermarket in Exmouth (Devon) whilst armed with a gun.

  • A woman has pleaded guilty to possessing a firearm with intent to cause fear after threatening a hot air balloon passenger with a shotgun in Potterspury (Northamptonshire).

  • The following cases involved the possession of guns:

    • A man admitted having a shotgun and a cannabis farm at his house in Walker (Tyneside) and also admitted other offences and has been warned he will be locked up for at least 5 years.

    • A man found with a revolver and ammunition during a raid in South Norwood (south London) has been sentenced to 5 years and 3 months after pleading guilty to firearms and drug offences.

    • Two brothers, one of whom found a shotgun outside his home in Penshaw (County Durham) and the other who then tried to sell it, have both been given 26-week suspended sentences after pleading guilty to possession of a shotgun and offences related to selling or transferring a shotgun.

    • A man from Netherton (West Midlands) who constructed a gun from an air rifle in order to kill a friend's ill cat admitted possessing a prohibited gun and ammunition without a firearms certificate was jailed for 4 years.

    • A former soldier found with a component part of a pistol pleaded guilty to possessing ammunition and firearms and was given a 2-year suspended sentence.

    • A woman from Dundee who had a pistol her father had kept as a "war trophy" has admitted having the gun without a firearms certificate and possessing the prohibited weapon without the authority of the Secretary of State or Scottish minister.

  • The following offenders claimed to have been looking after weapons for others:

    • A man who admitted possessing of a firearm he was keeping for a friend at his home in Luton (Bedfordshire) has been jailed for 3 years.

    • A man who hid a converted handgun and three bullets in a computer at his home in Muswell Hill (north London) has been jailed for five years.

    • A 16-year-old boy found with a shotgun in his bedroom in Hackney Downs (east London) has admitted the offence.

  • A man from Denbigh (Clwyd) has been jailed for one year after nearly 400 bullets were found hidden at his home.

  • A pub landlord has lost his licence to run the pub in Daventry (Northamptonshire) after he allegedly attacked someone with a stun gun.

  • Inquests - A coroner has ruled that a man intended to take his own life when he shot himself with one of his own shotguns at his home in Fareham (Hampshire), and another inquest heard that a farmer from Seend (Wiltshire) who was found dead with his shotgun next to him had also taken his own life.

  • Airguns and Imitation Guns (Court Cases) - Five members of a family were found guilty over the death of a man whose dismembered body was found in a lake in Arlesey (Bedfordshire) - the man had been abused in a number of ways, including being shot with an airgun, and one of the three who were convicted of his murder had a previous conviction for an airgun shooting.

  • A man who shot another in the face with a BB gun in Crystal Palace (south London) has been jailed for 8 years after pleading guilty to GBH with intent to wound and possession of a firearm with intent to commit an indictable offence.

  • A man who took shots with an air rifle from the window of a flat in Greenock (Renfrewshire) admitted repeatedly firing the gun to the reckless danger of others and was given a 6-month deferred sentence.

  • The following people were convicted of possession of an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence:

    • A man who pointed an imitation gun at a man's head in Gedling (Nottingham) has been sentenced to 18 months imprisonment.

    • A man who held an imitation firearm to the head of a police officer in Market Rasen (Lincolnshire) who had called to deal with a domestic incident has been jailed for 5 years.

    • Another man who held an imitation gun to the head of his wife when she was driving through Walsall (West Midlands) has admitted possession of an imitation firearm and assault and been jailed for 16 months

    • A teenager who fired a ball bearing gun at another motorist after being involved in a minor accident in Peterlee (County Durham) was given a 12-month supervision order.

    • Another teenager who pointed an air pistol at a motorist during a chase along a road outside Grimsby (Lincolnshire) was given an 8-month suspended prison sentence, a 12-month supervision order and 100 hours' unpaid work.

  • A man found hiding outside his estranged wife's home with a loaded air weapon was given a 3-year community order under supervision.

  • A man who pulled out an imitation gun in a post office in Nottingham pleaded guilty to possession of an imitation firearm in a public place and was jailed for 9 months.  A man has pleaded guilty to having an imitation firearm, a BB gun, in a public place in Lawrence Weston (Bristol).

  • An imitation gun was found in a car boot when two men were arrested for blackmailing gay men at a beauty spot near Birdlip (Gloucestershire) - both men admitted conspiracy to blackmail and were jailed for 3 years and 4 years and 4 months.

  • There were a number of convictions for robberies and attempted robberies in which the offender(s) was armed with an imitation firearm.  The incidents took place:

    • on Cash Vans in Swanley (Kent) (two men who used an imitation firearm have pleaded guilty to conspiracy to rob), and in south east London (three men were found guilty of conspiracy to rob and possessing an imitation firearm with intent - they robbed 14 cash vans and bookmakers in a number of locations)

    • at a Petrol Station in Addiscombe (south London) (two men were sentenced to 6 years and 8 months and to 4 years and 8 months in jail)

    • at a Home in Bournemouth (Dorset) (three men were convicted of aggravated burglary and possession of an imitation firearm with intent and jailed for 10 or 8 years)

    • at a School in Costessey (Norfolk) (two men have admitted aggravated burglary and both received 21 month custodial sentences)

    • during a Car theft in Stone (Kent) (a man who was armed with an air pistol was jailed for 4 years)

    • when a gang used an internet site to lure people to Birmingham and robbed them whilst armed with a number of weapons, including an imitation firearm - the leader was sent to a young offenders' institution for 5 years for conspiracy to rob and possessing an imitation firearm

  • A man who was banned for life from owning a firearm but kept a display of weapons, including an air rifle, at his home in Exeter has been sentenced to a year's supervision.

 

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