Gun Incidents in Great Britain
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A man was shot in the back as he tried to escape a gunman he had confronted on his doorstep in Speke, Merseyside. The hooded gunman had smashed down the victim's front door believing him to be in his house. The weapon is believed to have been a low-calibre shotgun.
Two men are in hospital after being shot on a housing estate in Preston. Their injuries were not life-threatening. Two men have been charged with attempted murder and a third man has faced charges of unlawfully possessing two shotguns without a certificate (BBC, 7 March 2008). A number of men have received custodial sentences (see March 2009 Incidents).
Evening Telegraph (Peterborough)
Two women were robbed at gunpoint in The Meadows area of Nottingham They were approached by two men who pulled open the doors of their car and grabbed a bag containing cash. Both men were armed with handguns.
Teenager Darren Irish fired a ball-bearing gun at two women pensioners as they visited a site in Sidemoor, Bromsgrove. One of the victims was left with a ball-bearing lodged in her arm because it was too difficult to remove. The other woman was hit in the shoulder. Irish who had been drinking pleaded guilty to two counts of assault causing actual bodily harm. He was sentenced to 18 months detention.
A former head of a police firearms unit is claiming he was unfairly sacked by North Wales Police after he pleaded guilty in January 2007 to having ammunition he was not licensed to keep. Neil Smith, who had held a gun licence since 1974, was given a 12-month conditional discharge after the professional standards unit found 40 rounds of .22-calibre "stinger" ammunition designed to expand on impact at his home in Rhuddlan.
Wigan Evening Post
A man committed suicide by stabbing himself after being terrorised by yobs who repeatedly fired a ball-bearing gun at his home in Pemberton. At the man's inquest a container of yellow ball bearings was produced by his father.
A 19-year-old who fired an air rifle pellet at a bus in the Digmoor area of Skelmersdale has been arrested and given a final warning. He was one of several people targeted during a campaign to clampdown on bus vandalism following a spate of incidents in recent weeks.
Figures obtained by the paper reveal that the number of people injured by guns in Lincolnshire trebled over five years. Sixty people were injured in 2004/05 but 55 of the incidents involved air rifles and BB guns. The majority of the victims (56) were not seriously injured. Half of those wounded were children under 15.
Huddersfield Daily Examiner
A report in the paper, which describes complaints by Jeanette Fill about a lack of police response to an assault on her, reveals that she had threatened to shoot herself outside Huddersfield police station in December 2006. She pleaded guilty to possessing an imitation firearm (a ball bearing gun) in a public place. She had spent 10 weeks in prison on remand and was then given a 51-week prison sentence suspended for two years for this offence and for threatening to destroy or damage property at a garage.
A man has appeared in court on a charge of being in possession of a handgun on the A74(M) motorway in Dumfriesshire.
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About this information
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.