Gun Incidents in Great Britain

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After the ambulance service alerted police to a shooting in West Norwood, South London, officers found a man suffering from a gunshot injury. The victim was treated in hospital, where his condition was described as critical. It is believed that the man was shot at a petrol station; however, he was discovered a short distance away after trying to flee the scene. No arrests have yet been reported.



Man Tasered by police after attacking an officer in Somerton, Somerset. Click on media link to read full report.

Manchester Evening News


A man allegedly threatened a woman with an imitation handgun on a street in Stockport, Greater Manchester before apologising and saying it was only a toy. Police officers responding to an earlier sighting of the man, arrested him on suspicion of possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence and a weapon was recovered. The victim was said to have been terrified by the incident.

East Anglian Daily Times


Man charged with possession of an imitation firearm in a public place in Clacton, Essex. Click on media link to read full report.         

National Crime Agency


Following a joint operation between the National Crime Agency and the Police Service of Northern Ireland, firearms including an AR-15 assault rifle and two handguns were intercepted at a parcel hub in The Midlands, UK. More weapons were found during a subsequent raid at a property in Newtownards in Northern Ireland, where the male householder was arrested before being released under investigation. A police spokesperson said that 24 guns and thousands of rounds of ammunition had been seized, while the NCA commented that there was “no intelligence to suggest any paramilitary links in this investigation”.


Police have appealed for a cyclist to come forward after it was reported that he had been shot with a ball bearing fired from a car in Elmdon, Essex. The car was seen being driven erratically along the country road, scaring horses and their riders, around the time of the shooting. It is not known whether the victim was seriously hurt.



Police officers responding to reports of two boys acting suspiciously in Sutton, Nottinghamshire, reportedly found the suspects with a BB gun. The boys were arrested on suspicion of possession of an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence and later released on conditional bail.



Two men arrested for possession of a firearm and other offences after drugs and stun gun found during raids in Kirkby, Merseyside. Click on media link to read full report.

West Bridgford Wire


A man has been jailed for fifteen years after pleading guilty to charges of child abduction, threats to kill, false imprisonment and possession of an imitation firearm with intent to commit an indictable offence. In August this year, the man tied up a woman at a house in Nottingham, Nottinghamshire and threatened her with an imitation firearm before abducting a child. A female accomplice, jailed for seven years after pleading guilty to the same charges, helped to restrain the victim and put a pillow over her head to stop her screaming; she later told police that she had been threatened by the man with the gun and was too afraid not to help him. After more than eight hours, the victim managed to escape and call the police. The man was arrested at a Spanish airport just before his plane was due to leave for Algeria and the child found safe and well. The names of the offenders were not given to maintain the anonymity of the child concerned in this case.

The Scottish Sun


Armed police officers were deployed following reports of a man brandishing a firearm at the window of a property in Crieff, Perthshire. When officers arrived, the man was too afraid to open the door as he was afraid of being shot. He told officers that there was a child’s toy gun in a kitchen drawer; the weapon was found to be a broken BB gun. The suspect was detained but released without charge pending further inquiries. He said later that he had been cleaning his windows before police arrived, adding, “I’ve never had a machine gun pointed at me before and it’s not something I’d want to happen again".

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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.