DECEMBER 2010 - REVIEW
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GUN DEATHS IN 2010
basis of the media reports seen by GCN there were 58 gun homicides in
Great Britain in 2010, nearly half of them in London (see below). The
number of deaths was higher than in the previous two years, although this
does include the 12 deaths perpetrated by a lone gunman in Cumbria in
June. The case following another fatal shooting collapsed when
self-defence could not be ruled out.
a worrying increase in the number of fatal shooting victims in London, 27
compared with 17 in 2009. The 12 victims in Cumbria were all killed by
Derrick Bird. Four people were shot dead in Scotland and 4 were killed in
Merseyside, including one of manslaughter, 3 in the West Midlands,
including another manslaughter victim, and there was one fatal shooting in
each of Cheshire, Greater Manchester, Hertfordshire, Norfolk,
Nottinghamshire, Staffordshire, Tyneside and Wales.
the victims were female, three killed in the Cumbria shootings. Two of
the victims were apparently shot by their partner, who also killed
himself, and two more may also have died in domestic incidents. The other
female victim was a teenager who was hit when shots were apparently fired
at a youth in Hackney. One man was killed with his own shotgun by his
wife who then committed suicide by another means.
the fatalities resulted from an armed robbery – the victim died four weeks
after being shot at a house on Merseyside in August.
victims were teenagers. Seven died in London, the other was shot dead
whilst playing with a gun on Merseyside: a friend was convicted of
manslaughter. The majority of the victims were aged between 20 and 40, 19
in their twenties and 16 in their thirties. Of the 11 victims over 50, 9
died in the Cumbria shootings and one was killed in a domestic incident.
was shot and killed by armed police officers in West Yorkshire: an unarmed
officer had been shot and injured before a siege which ended in the fatal
aware of 38 shooting deaths during 2010 that were apparently
self-inflicted. Six of the deaths were of teenagers. In the majority of
incidents a shotgun was used. In six instances, including the deaths of
Derrick Bird and Raoul Moat, the person had also shot at least one other
victim, in four cases fatally.
DECEMBER 2010 INCIDENTS
Deaths and Injuries
were five fatal shooting incidents reported during December. Three
males died in apparent gun homicides:
Cheshire (1) - a man died after being shot in the head in Hale Village
(2) - a man was fatally shot in the chest in Hayes, and a 17-year-old
died when he was shot in Peckham (two males are being held and three
others have been freed)
died of a self-inflicted shotgun wound in an incident in Old Bridge of Urr
(Kirkcudbrightshire) in which another man, his wife's lover, was also shot
A man was
shot dead by armed police after an 8-hour siege at a house in Kirkheaton
(West Yorkshire) - a police officer had earlier been shot and injured (see
another incident involving armed police a man was shot in the throat in
Eltham (south-east London) during a pre-planned raid on a commercial
property (5 people including the injured man were arrested).
other victims were shot, five of them with airguns or a BB gun (see
(1) - a man was shot, apparently with his own shotgun, in an attack in
Derriford (Plymouth) - a man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted
Hertfordshire (1) - a man was shot in the arm during a robbery in
(2) - a man was shot in the leg in Brixton and a woman suffered a foot
injury in the same incident
Merseyside (3) - a man was shot in the back with a shotgun in Croxteth
(two people were arrested on suspicion of attempted murder), another
victim was shot in the chest in the Kirkby area (a man was charged with
attempted murder), and a third man was shot in both legs in Huyton
Nottinghamshire (1) - a man was in a critical condition after being shot
in St Ann's (Nottingham)
Scotland (1) - a man was shot with a shotgun in an incident in Old
Bridge of Urr (Kirkcudbrightshire) in which the perpetrator then
apparently killed himself (see above)
Midlands (1) - a teenager was shot in the leg in an incident in a
shopping centre in Birmingham, apparently during a confrontation between
two groups of youths (a man was arrested and later released on bail).
Yorkshire (1) - a police officer was shot and received minor injuries
during an incident in Kirkheaton in which a man was later shot dead by
armed police (see above)
5 other people were hit by pellets from BB guns or
(1) - a man was shot in the face with a BB gun in Northbourne
Leicestershire (1) - an 11-year-old from Hinckley almost lost his sight
after being shot with a ball-bearing gun fired by an 8-year-old
Merseyside (1) - a man was shot in the head with an air rifle in
Somerset (2) - a cyclist was shot in the leg in Yeovil with an air rifle
pellet and in another incident in Yeovil a teenager was shot in the back
of his knee with an airgun
were shot with a stun gun during a raid on a massage parlour in Wood Green
Hold-Ups and Assaults
were robberies and attempted robberies allegedly involving guns at
Bookmakers (10) in High Wycombe (Buckinghamshire), Walton (Surrey),
Havant (Hampshire), Blurton (Staffordshire), King's Lynn (Norfolk), and
Hillington, Paisley and Barrhead (Renfrewshire) (two men were being
questioned in connection with five raids in Renfrewshire), Food
and a Pub
(4) in Wembley (north-west London), Radford (Nottingham) (BB guns; 5
teenagers arrested), Peacehaven (East Sussex) (pistol-shaped weapon), and
North Stifford (Essex) (handgun), a
Wood Green (north London) (stun gun) (two women were shot), Petrol
Stations (4) in Southwell (imitation firearm; a man has been charged),
Rochdale (handgun; two incidents thought to be linked), and Ruthin
(Denbighshire) (handgun) (four people have been arrested in connection
with this and another robbery),
(East Sussex), Burgess Hill (West Sussex), and Treherbert (Mid Glamorgan)
and other Shops (17) in Otford (Surrey), Bath (Somerset) (imitation
firearm; a man has been arrested), Cleveleys (Lancashire), Wivelsfield
(East Sussex), Canvey (Essex), Lutterworth (Leicestershire) (a security
guard was injured), High Wycombe (Buckinghamshire), Wall Heath (West
Midlands), Wallasey (Merseyside), Winlaton (Tyneside) (handgun), Welwyn
Garden City (Hertfordshire) (handgun), Old Stratford (Northamptonshire)
(handgun), Ribbleton (Lancashire) (handgun), Somers Town (Portsmouth)
(blank-firing handgun), Prestonpans (East Lothian) (imitation handgun; a
man has been arrested), Watford (Hertfordshire) (a man was shot), and
were threatened at gunpoint in incidents in Nottingham and Widnes
involved in five raids on Houses in Moss Side (Manchester)
(handgun), Alphington (Devon) (shotgun), Horsham (West Sussex) (shotgun),
Loughton (Essex), and Sebastopol (Gwent) (three people have been
robberies with guns occurred in Trowbridge (imitation firearm; three men
and a youth charged), Battersea (south London), and Liverpool (handgun).
Driver who had her car stolen in the centre of Liverpool believes the
robber was armed with an imitation firearm.
were fired during two other incidents:
Midlands - there were reports of a shot being fired at a house in
Walsall - one man was injured but not from a gun (a man and a woman were
Wiltshire - a road sign near Wilcot has been peppered with shot which
may have come from a high powered rifle
A man was
charged with possession of a firearm or imitation firearm with intent to
cause harassment, alarm or distress after a 6-hour stand-off in Norwood
driver was threatened with a gun during a disturbance in Haghill
from Formby (Merseyside) has been accused of conspiracy to possess a
machine pistol with intent to endanger life.
Airguns and Imitation Guns
those incidents in which victims were hit (see above) there were many
other incidents involving airguns and imitation weapons. They were
probably used in many of the armed robberies including those in
Liverpool, Bath (Somerset), Trowbridge (Wiltshire), Southwell
(Nottinghamshire), Radford (Nottingham), Somers Town (Portsmouth) and
Prestonpans (East Lothian).
was arrested for possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life
after a domestic disturbance in Leeds where an air rifle was recovered.
people were arrested in Crumpsall (Greater Manchester) and an air pistol
seized after shots were fired on wasteland in Bury.
arrested after being seen waving a gun in Middlesbrough was found to be in
possession of an imitation firearm.
dropped a ball-bearing gun when he was disturbed by police in Whitchurch
(Shropshire) - he was disappeared after a car chase to Whixall.
were further incidents involving imitation weapons which caused alarm:
was arrested and an air rifle seized after an incident in Callington,
Cornwall, following reports of a man with a firearm who was allegedly
going to harm himself
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 and attempted robbery
arrested in Bath (Somerset) after an armed siege at a flat has been
charged with possession of a firearm, an airgun, with intent to cause
fear of violence and making threats to kill
four men charged with abduction and serious assault after an incident in
Paisley during which the victim was struck with a rifle or similar weapon
is alleged to have had unlawful possession of an imitation rifle.
the window of a cemetery in Worcester may have been caused by an air
Recoveries and Thefts
were found during searches in which drugs were recovered in Wallington
(south London) (shotgun; two teenagers have been charged), Shelton Lock
(Derby) (BB gun), Rugby (Warwickshire) (sawn-off shotgun), Royston
(Hertfordshire) (stun gun; four men were arrested) and Edinburgh (shotgun;
a man and a woman were arrested).
have been charged with possession of firearms after being arrested in
Bermondsey (south London). In Birmingham two men were arrested in the
centre of the city on suspicion of possessing a firearm and possessing an
offensive weapon, and four men were arrested in Handsworth on suspicion of
possessing a firearm after an illegally-converted pistol was seized by
firearms and a replica grenade were discovered at a flat in Southsea
(Hampshire where a man had died in a fire.
in Normanton (Derby) discovered a bag containing a handgun.
lost by a Metropolitan Police firearms officer in Vauxhall, London, was
were stolen from properties in Cardenen (Fife) and Empingham
Incidents Involving Animals
- There were fewer shooting incidents reported this month. Nevertheless a
number of animals were still made to suffer as a result of the misuse of
were targeted with airguns in Aberdeenshire, Dorset, Kent, London,
Somerset (three cats attacked in Coleford in recent months and one in
Bridgwater), West Yorkshire and The Wirral.
are fears that two swans found dead near Beighton (South Yorkshire) may
have been victims of an air rifle attack.
A man was
detained after police were called to a location in March (Cambridgeshire)
where a group of men were using a shotgun to kill fish.
- Three men have been found guilty of murder and attempted murder and a
woman has been found guilty of grievous bodily harm after attacks during a
family feud in Maidstone (Kent) - the murdered man was hit by a car, the
other victim was shot with a shotgun.
and a woman have been sentenced in connection with a shooting in Pinehurst
(Wiltshire) in which a man was injured - one man was convicted of wounding
with intent and jailed for 14 years, a teenager who pleaded guilty to the
same offence was jailed for 8 years.
A man who
fired a shotgun outside a nightclub in St Neots (Cambridgeshire), hitting
one victim in the head, was found guilty of attempted murder and
possessing a firearm with intent to commit an offence and jailed for 15
A man who
had already been convicted after the shooting of a female police officer
in Bamber Bridge (Lancashire) was found guilty of attempting to murder two
men who were shot outside a nightclub in Astley Bridge (Greater
Manchester), possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life, possessing
a firearm and possessing ammunition and was jailed for life with a minimum
of 18½ years.
three members of a drugs and guns gang have been jailed for 268 years - a
man who arranged a string of gun deals from jail was convicted of
conspiracy to supply drugs, conspiracy to possess prohibited firearms and
conspiracy to sell or transfer prohibited firearms.
who robbed a young woman at gunpoint at her home in Grantham
(Lincolnshire) have been convicted of robbery and jailed for 9 years.
responsible for a series of raids on bookmakers in north London admitted
conspiracy to rob and conspiracy to carry a firearm or imitation firearm
with criminal intent and were jailed for 9, 8 and 6 years.
from Hull who held his elderly neighbour at gunpoint to steal his bank
details admitted robbery and false imprisonment and was jailed for 10
A man who
pointed a pistol at police in East Reading (Berkshire) has been convicted
for having a firearm with intent to resist arrest and possession of a
following were also convicted for possessing firearms:
London a man arrested on his way to a burglary who admitted firearms
offences after a pistol and ammunition were discovered in his wardrobe
in Chalk Farm was jailed for 5 years. A man who supplied cocaine was
jailed for 8½ years after also pleading guilty to possession of a
firearm, a silencer and ammunition with intent to endanger life after
the weapon was found in Brentford. A woman who hid a revolver and
ammunition in her bedroom in Hackney was convicted of possession of a
firearm and possession of ammunition and jailed for 5 years. A man who
tried to hide a loaded handgun in Central London was convicted of
possessing a firearm and possessing ammunition found at his home in
cases from Merseyside a man found with a shotgun and drugs at his home
in Garston has pleaded guilty to possessing a firearm without a licence
and a number of drugs offences and been jailed for 9 years. A man who
tossed a loaded revolver into gardens in Bootle has been jailed for 5
years after being found guilty of possessing a firearm and ammunition.
A man found with a shotgun and a cartridge at his house in St Helens
pleaded guilty and was jailed for 5 years. A woman from Toxteth who
minded a pistol used in a gangland murder has been jailed for 5 years.
brothers from the West Midlands stored an arsenal of guns including
pistols, shotguns, an assault rifle and a sub-machine gun, at their
houses and in a garage - they were sentenced to 3 years and 8 months and
to 450 days. A man found carrying a loaded semi-automatic pistol and
silencer in Bordesley Green (Birmingham) pleaded guilty to three counts
of possessing a prohibited weapon contrary to the Firearms Act 1968.
awaits sentencing for possessing a firearm after an incident in Harlow
20-year-old who stored a gun for a friend pleaded guilty to possessing
heroin and a sawn-off shotgun at his home in Thornton Lodge (West
Yorkshire) and was sent to a young offenders' institution for 5 years.
teenager pleaded guilty to possession of a rifle - he was spotted
carrying the weapon in a street in Greenock (Renfrewshire). A man who
was armed with a loaded revolver in a club in Glasgow was jailed for 5
- A man who booby-trapped his own house in Knighton (Powys) with a
home-made device similar to a Taser admitted being in possession of a
A man who
imported three stun guns from Thailand has been given a suspended sentence
of 12 months in prison and ordered to carry out 60 hours unpaid work.
of other people were convicted of drug offences and possession of a stun
two men caught carrying drugs on a train at Haymarket (Edinburgh) also
admitted having a stun gun - he was given a 32-month sentence
from Burton Latimer (Northamptonshire) was sentenced to 2½ years for
possession of a stun gun, possession of rifle ammunition and drugs
from Scunthorpe (Lincolnshire) found with a stun gun and drugs admitted
various drug offences and possessing a prohibited weapon and was given a
6-month suspended jail sentence and a 30-day curfew
four men jailed after cannabis was seized in Leeds admitted possession
of a prohibited weapon, a taser, and was jailed for 5 years and 3
Airguns and Imitation Guns (Court Cases)
- A man
from Thetford (Norfolk) was jailed for 30 months for shooting two young
boys with an air rifle as they played in a tree - he pleaded guilty to
assault causing actual bodily harm and affray.
A man who
shot his wife in the thigh with an air rifle in Hunstanton (Norfolk) has
been committed for sentencing.
11-year-old boy from Leicester shot a school supervisor in the neck with a
pellet gun and has pleaded guilty to assault and causing someone to fear
violence while in possession of an imitation firearm - he will be
electronically tagged for 3 months and will have to meet regularly with
the youth offending team.
A man who
sparked a 10-hour siege in Partick (Glasgow) during which grenades and a
ball-bearing gun were thrown from a flat has pleaded guilty to assaulting
his wife and police officers and admitted breaching the peace.
following cases involved the use of airguns or imitation guns to threaten:
who fired a shot at a neighbour's door in Exmouth (Devon) admitted
possessing a firearm with intent when prohibited and affray involving
using or threatening unlawful violence towards another
who was on a community order when he opened fire with a starting pistol
in Ramsey (Cambridgeshire) admitted possessing an imitation firearm with
intent to cause fear of violence and was jailed for 16 months
from Tunbridge Wells (Kent) has admitted making threats outside a
primary school and possessing an unloaded airgun in a public place
and a woman who threatened a man with an air pistol in Newcastle have
both admitted affray and been jailed for 18 months
who pointed an air weapon at a police officer at a quarry in Marsden
(Tyneside) admitted possessing a firearm with intent to cause fear of
violence and was sentenced to a suspended 6-month prison sentence with
150 hours of unpaid work
who pointed an imitation firearm at someone in his home in Clitheroe
(Lancashire) pleaded guilty to possessing an imitation firearm with
intent to cause fear of violence and has been jailed for 8 months
who pointed an air rifle at youths outside his house in Botcherby
(Carlisle) admitted using threatening behaviour and was given a 12-month
who produced a replica musket in front of his former girlfriend in Orby
(Lincolnshire) has admitted common assault by putting her in fear - he
was placed under 18 months' probation supervision and ordered to carry
out 80 hours of community punishment.
involved in a string of incidents in Wealdstone and Harrow (north-west
London) including one when he aimed an imitation pistol at the face of a
young man has been banned from the centre of Harrow
has pleaded guilty to possessing an imitation firearm with intent to
cause fear or violence after she threatened two paramedics in Bath with
a revolver - she was placed in the case of the mental health service.
who pointed a replica gun at a man in the City of London admitted having
an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence and was given
a 2-year community order and a 12-month mental health treatment
who waved an air pistol from the window of his flat in York pleaded
guilty to affray and possessing an imitation firearm and was given a
12-month suspended prison sentence and will be supervised by probation
officers and attend a rehabilitation course.
found in possession of a samurai sword in Welwyn Garden City
(Hertfordshire) 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.
who pointed an air pistol at a teenager in a car park in Bridge of Don
(Aberdeen) has admitted chasing his victim armed with a gun and has been
told he faces jail.
who went on a rampage in Hull with BB guns and catapults pleaded guilty to
four charges of criminal damage and were given suspended 10-week prison
sentences, 12-month supervision requirements and 200 hours of unpaid work.
A man who
pleaded guilty to possession of an imitation firearm, possession of a
taser gun and drug offences after the weapons and cocaine were found in
Leeds has been jailed for 2 years.
A man who
placed an air pistol on a hotel counter in Norwich pleaded guilty to
possessing an air weapon in a public place and making a statement
suggesting he was a police constable.
were a number of convictions for robberies and attempted robberies in
which the offender(s) was armed with an imitation firearm. The incidents
Bank in Cromford (Derbyshire) in 1985 (a man was jailed for 10 years
after admitting robbery, causing grievous bodily harm with intent and
possessing an imitation gun)
Post Office in Lostwithiel (Cornwall) (a man armed with an imitation
sawn-off shotgun pleaded guilty to attempted robbery and possessing an
imitation firearm and was jailed for 13½ year - he had a previous
conviction for robberies)
Service Station in Eastleigh (two men have admitted their roles, one
was armed with a BB gun)
a Shop in Eaglescliffe (Teesside) (one of two men pointed a
BB gun at the shop owner and both men admitted charges of robbery and
possessing an imitation gun and each was jailed for 6 years)
Betting Shops in south Leeds where two men conducted a series of
raids (both were found guilty of various charges including having an
imitation firearm with intent to commit robbery, one and were jailed for
robbery by a man from Penhill (Wiltshire) in which a neck chain was
stolen (he was armed with an imitation firearm and pleaded guilty to two
counts of robbery, possessing an imitation firearm and other charges
relating to another incident)
prohibited from possessing firearms was found with an air weapon under a
bed at his home in Wisbech (Cambridgeshire) - he admitted possessing the
cautioned for trespassing on land at Upton (Oxfordshire) had poaching
equipment including an air rifle.
15-year-old has admitted breaking into sheds in Lincoln and stealing
various items including an air rifle.
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