Gun Incidents in Great Britain


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East Anglian Daily Times

18-01-2019

Dawn Watson, aged 52, has been handed a twelve-month jail term, suspended for a year, and ordered to attend 25 rehabilitation day for possessing a stun gun disguised as a mobile phone. Watson, said to have bought the weapon from an American website because she felt insecure living on her own, used it only once when she accidentally discharged it on herself. In September 2016, a former partner removed the charged stun gun from Watson’s handbag and called police to her address in Lowestoft, Suffolk, where she was arrested. Possessing a disguised shock weapon would normally carry a five-year sentence; however, the judge applied six considerations given by the Court of Appeal in 1998 (including what sort of weapon was involved, what use was made of the firearm, and with what intention the defendant possessed the firearm) and ruled that exceptional circumstances had been demonstrated.


Basildon Canvey Southend Echo

18-01-2019

X-rays revealed that a small cat brought into a vet’s in Canvey, Essex, had a broken shoulder blade and an airgun pellet lodged in its body. A spokesperson from the surgery said that this was the second incident of its kind in six weeks. Police have been informed.    


The Star

18-01-2019

A man has died in hospital after being shot in a pub in Doncaster, South Yorkshire. Police believe that a car found burnt out the following morning was used by the offenders. Detectives have appealed for information, particularly from anyone who may have captured dashcam footage that could assist with enquiries.


CoventryLive

18-01-2019

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BBC News

18-01-2019

Anthony Cullen, 31, and Chris Houghton, 40, have been sentenced to 27 and 20 years in prison respectively for offences including conspiracy to supply drugs and sell firearms. Cullen and Houghton were members of a drugs gang based in Warrington, Cheshire that used firearms to "instil fear in the local community". An 18-month investigation saw the confiscation of £205,000 in cash and the discovery of an AK-47 assault rifle, a shotgun, revolvers, silencers and more than a hundred rounds of ammunition at a house in the town. A police spokesperson said that the gang, believed to have supplied 50kg of cocaine across the wider region and Wales, thought they were “untouchable”, regularly changing phone numbers in an effort to evade detection. Eighteen other male gang members received sentences of up to thirteen years and eight months.  


The Mail

18-01-2019

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BBC News

18-01-2019

Samuel Houlihan has been indefinitely detained in a secure institution under the Mental Health Act after admitting possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence and after a judge concluded he had a severe mental health problem. Although banned from owning a firearm, Houlihan bought a Sig Sauer P226 — an air pistol designed to look like a hand gun — and took it into a working men’s club and a shop. Alerted by members of the public, police stopped a taxi in which Houlihan was travelling in Bishop Auckland, Co. Durham and ordered him to drop the weapon. After Houlihan failed to comply with the order, a police officer shot him in the arm. A police spokesperson said: "It is still unclear what Houlihan's intentions were, but his possession of a firearm in a public place was reckless and frightening to the public and attending police officers."


The Star

17-01-2019

Thieves have reportedly stolen thousands of pounds worth of shotguns and ammunition from a shop  in Sheffield, West Yorkshire. Armed with sledge hammers and metal cutters, the raiders dismantled bricks in an exterior wall only to find they could not access the weapons from the shop. They left the premises but returned shortly afterwards to make another hole that gave access to the gun storage area. The business owner said that the raiders “knew what they were doing” as they overcame the store’s extra layers of bricks and other extra security measures. The raiders remain at large and police have appealed for information.


Worcester News

17-01-2019

Ian Retter, aged 55, has been fined £6,000 and handed a two-year suspended sentence for possessing prohibited weapons and importing a prohibited weapon. After police were alerted by the UK Border Agency that Retter had attempted to import a torch-shaped 'Taser', officers arrested him and recovered knives, a pistol and two tasers from his home in Worcester, Worcestershire. Following sentencing, a police spokesperson said: “I hope that this successful prosecution will discourage others from importing such items.”


Basildon Canvey Southend Echo

17-01-2019

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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.