Gun Incidents in Great Britain
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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.
Great Yarmouth Mercury
A woman from north Yarmouth was taken to hospital after sustaining an injury to her nose in what police established was an accident involving an airgun.
Ian Upson, 20, has been jailed for seven years after five raids on banks in south London. He pleaded guilty to conspiring to committing robberies on banks in Dulwich Village, Herne Hill, Penge and Sydenham between April and July 2007. He was caught after a fifth robbery in West Wickham in July 2007. Police found a ball-bearing gun in a rucksack in his home. A second man, Herbert Kulsomu was given an indeterminate sentence after pleading guilty to armed robbery and possessing an imitation firearm. He had been recruited for the West Wickham robbery.
A 14-year-old girl was hit in the arm when an airgun sniper shot at her near Coves Reservoir in Gourock. Two teenage boys who were with her were also targeted but were unhurt.
A man was being treated for gunshot wounds after he was shot following a disturbance in Blantyre, Lanarkshire. His condition is described as stable. The attack is being treated as attempted murder. A woman has been arrested in connection with the incident (BBC, 7 January 2008).
Lancashire Evening Post
A man and a woman are on trial following a shooting in Ribbleton in May 2007. The victim was hit from close range with a shot from what was believed to have been a self-loading pistol though the bullet went across his chest without going through his ribs. The man denies attempted murder and his 19-year-old girlfriend pleads not guilty to intending to pervert the course of justice by providing a false alibi.
A shot was fired at a house in Allenton, Derbyshire, by someone on foot who then got into a car and drove off. A man in the house suffered minor injuries from broken glass. Police don't believe it was a random shot and are investigating whether there are any gang links. The incidents follows three others in Derby, one earlier this month in Allenton, and the police say that a 12-strong police unit has been investigating five incidents. Eight addresses have been raided in the past month (Derby Evening Telegraph, 23 January 2008). Initial tests show that a bullet was fired through the window (BBC, 24 January 2008).
A "high-spirited" man who was believed to be brandishing a pistol and threatened to shoot armed police was paralysed with a stun gun during a showdown in a housing scheme in Ferguslie Park, Paisley. A man is due to appear in court in connection with the incident. The firearm appears to have been a blank-firing pistol (ic Renfrewshire, 25 January 2008).
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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.