Gun Incidents in Great Britain

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Police officers responding to reports of a man in a house in possession of a firearm and acting in a threatening manner, were captured on CCTV leaping away after knocking on the front door of the property in Grimsby, Lincolnshire. Officers then ‘stormed’ the house and arrested the suspect on suspicion of common assault, threats to kill and possession of a firearm. Armed officers, as well as a police dog team, also assisted in the arrest. Although a Taser was discharged during the incident, no one was hurt.

The Press


It has emerged that a 17-year-old boy was found dead with shotgun wounds inside a car near Blakey Ridge, North Yorkshire in June this year. A pre-inquest hearing heard that the teenager had been released under investigation by North Yorkshire Police the day before; the nature of the investigation was not revealed. The boy is believed to have taken the shotgun from a “secure position” in his home. A provisional date for the inquest has been set for March 2019.  


*Incident came to our attention in November 2018.  


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A snow leopard, that escaped from its enclosure at Dudley Zoo, West Midlands after it was left open by a keeper, has been shot dead. A zoo spokesperson said that efforts to persuade the snow leopard to return to his enclosure failed and that the vet did not believe a tranquilliser dart was a safe option. A disciplinary investigation has been concluded and the local councillor responsible for public health said: “The zoo notified us immediately of the actions they had to take to ensure public safety and we are satisfied, as the licensing authority, that they fully complied with the zoo licensing act which puts public safety uppermost.” Snow leopards are classed as a vulnerable species by the World Wildlife Fund.

BBC News


A red kite was found shot dead near Wath, North Yorkshire while a buzzard was found with gunshot injuries in Riccall in the same county; both birds are of protected species. The buzzard was put down after its collarbone, shoulder and humerus were found to be shattered by shots.

The Scottish Sun


Armed police officers seized a gun and an explosive device during a pre-planned operation that saw several premises in Greenock, Scotland raided. Drugs and cash were also retrieved by the task force, said to be targeting ‘serious and organised crime’ in the area. There were no reports of any arrests.



David Hilton, aged 52, has been handed a two-year jail term, suspended for two years, after pleading guilty to possessing firearms, intending to cause fear and possessing ammunition. While under the influence of drink and drugs, Hilton made an emergency phone call to the police, asking if they dealt with people with mental health issues and admitting he had “two or three” rifles. He also threatened to shoot anyone who came to his property. As two police officers approached his home in Canterbury, Kent, Hilton pointed a rifle at them. The officers fled when they heard a click, not knowing whether the firearm was real or imitation, but arrested Hilton shortly afterwards when he put the rifle on the ground and his hands into the air. After hearing that Hilton had stopped taking medication for mental health issues, the judge ordered him to receive treatment and pay £360 prosecution costs.



A man was treated in hospital for injuries not believed to be life-threatening after a home in Alvaston, Derbyshire was reportedly damaged by a firearm discharge. A police spokesperson later appealed for information, saying the attack was believed to be an isolated incident.



An 18-year-old man is in a critical condition after being shot in the torso and neck while sitting in his car in Birmingham, West Midlands. Armed police attended and a spokesperson later said that they believe the attack was targeted. A resident said that local people are “feeling desperate and vulnerable”.



After a court heard that a 17-year-old offender was “ready to change” and had worked hard to mend his ways, he was handed an eighteen-month intensive supervision surveillance order with a rehabilitation requirement, including a 7pm-7am curfew for six months and activity requirement for 91 days. The teenager had been convicted of possessing an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence, attempted robbery, assault by beating, and using threatening words to cause fear of violence. The youth, accompanied by another person, approached a boy who was out walking with a friend in Runcorn, Cheshire and demanded he “empty his pockets” before pointing what looked like a pistol at his face and threatening to “put a hole in it”. When the victim, who suspected the gun was fake, tried to walk off he was punched and pistol whipped. The suspect was on bail at the time of the incident after being involved in a knife-point robbery. He was ordered to pay £500 in compensation, costs and a surcharge at a rate of £40 per month.

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Michael Kenney, aged 27, has been jailed for five years after he admitted possessing a disguised firearm without proper authority. Police officers executing a warrant at Kenney’s home in Carlisle, Cumbria, found the stun gun in a safe in Kenney’s bedroom. Kenney, said to owe £20,000 to "dangerous criminals", initially claimed to have bought the item as a torch, not being aware that it was a prohibited weapon. However, he later admitted obtaining the disguised weapon for self-defence.

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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.