Gun Incidents in Great Britain

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Firearms officers were deployed following a report that a man had been shot in a street in Liverpool, Merseyside. The offender was reportedly seen fleeing the scene by bike. The victim was treated at the scene for critical injuries to the head and torso but was pronounced dead in hospital shortly afterwards. Anyone with information has been asked to contact police.

itv News


A 28-year-old man has died after being shot in a street in Northampton, Northamptonshire. Police officers arrested one man on suspicion of murder; a second man and a woman were arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender. Detectives have appealed for information.

The Argus


British Transport Police arrested two men on suspicion of possession of an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence following a fight that began at the railway station in Seaford, East Sussex and continued on a train to Brighton. One man was shot during the altercation, though no serious injuries have been reported.



David Mair, aged 32, has been jailed for 22 months after pleading guilty to possessing a firearm with intent to cause fear and possessing a firearm while a prohibited person. Mair aimed his .22 Winchester rifle at his ‘on-off girlfriend’ on a street in Blyth, Northumberland before pointing the firearm at a six-year-old boy sitting in a nearby car with his grandmother. Mair then caught up with his ex-partner in a different part of town and again aimed the rifle at her, this time just inches from her face. In court, evidence was heard that Mair had argued with his ex-girlfriend because he wanted more child contact. A victim statement by the grandmother said that her grandson had become “more clingy and emotional” since the incident.

Manchester Evening News


Christopher Dempster, aged 27, an army cadet leader and trainee special police officer, has been handed a six-month prison sentence, suspended for two years, after pleading guilty to possessing indecent images of children of class B and C, possessing extreme pornography and possessing a disguised firearm. He was also ordered to complete 30 days of rehabilitation activity and to attend a programme for sex offenders. Dempster came to the attention of police after he sent inappropriate messages to three boys in his cadet group. During a search of his home in Oldham, Greater Manchester, officers retrieved a stun gun disguised as a torch as well as pornographic images. Dempster claimed that he had brought the weapon back from Turkey and had not known it was illegal. The judge told Dempster that, due to exceptional circumstances, he would not impose the minimum mandatory five-year jail term for the firearms offence. 



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Armed police officers responding to reports of a firearms incident in a street in Southend, Essex, found that a man had been shot with an airgun; he was treated for minor injuries. A second man was arrested on suspicion of firearms offences and GBH with intent.

Kent Online


A man who pulled up an antique pistol from the River Medway at Aylesford, Kent while he was magnet fishing said that it was the fourth gun he had found since January this year; previous finds include a sub-machine gun, a handgun and another antique firearm. The pistol was handed in to police.

Croydon Advertiser


Aaron Prince, aged 29, has been jailed for five years after pleading guilty to possession of a firearm, a prohibited weapon and ammunition. During a raid of his home in Croydon, South London, police recovered a pistol, 50 rounds of ammunition, a stun gun and a quantity of drugs.

Basildon Canvey Southend Echo


Four men have been jailed for a total of 58 years after taking part in a burglary at a house in Thurrock, Essex in December last year. The home was occupied by four people, including two children, when five men entered shouting, ”armed police”. They pointed a gun at a man’s head before tying his hands together and looting the house looking for money. On seeing flashing lights outside and believing police had arrived, three of the men ran outside to a waiting van while the fourth, armed with an axe and an imitation gun, became involved in a struggle with the male occupant and later died from his injuries. After admitting aggravated burglary, Joseph Pearl and Harrison Fryer were each jailed for twelve years, while Jerome Johnson was sentenced to eleven years. All three men received a consecutive three-year sentence after pleading guilty to possessing an imitation firearm. Christopher Salvador was jailed for fourteen years after being convicted of aggravated burglary.

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This information is provided by the Infer Trust. It is compiled from media reports of incidents in England, Scotland and Wales. Northern Ireland has different gun legislation. We know the information is incomplete, though we believe nearly all of the most serious crimes are included.