Gun Incidents in Great Britain

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Peter O’Donnell, aged 36, has been jailed for nine years and four months after pleading guilty to possession of a firearm and ammunition, the supply of Class A drugs and money laundering. In June this year, as part of a joint operation carried out by the National Crime Agency and Metropolitan Police Service Organised Crime Partnership, armed officers arrested O’Donnell in a taxi in Kensington, West London after discovering he had given a sawn-off shotgun and shotgun cartridges to an associate. When arrested, O’Donnell was carrying five mobile phones, one of which was an encrypted EncroChat device that provided evidence of his drug dealing. Officers subsequently found drug dealing paraphernalia, traces of cocaine and over £500 in cash at his flat. Following sentencing, a police spokesperson said: “O’Donnell was a serious criminal who posed a significant threat to others through his supply of Class A drugs and possession of a firearm. Not only did this operation put an end to his illicit activity, it removed a dangerous weapon from circulation.”



Police officers found three firearms, ammunition and a quantity of suspected Class A drugs as they searched a car in Birmingham, West Midlands. Click on media link to read full report.

The Courier


Peter Dunbar, aged 29, was fined £200 after he breached the 2015 Air Weapons and Licensing (Scotland) Act 2015. While driving from his home in Manchester to visit his family in Aberdeenshire in August this year, Dunbar stopped off in Montrose, Angus. When police approached his parked car, Dunbar admitted to them that there were three air weapons and ammunition in the boot of the vehicle. The court heard that Dunbar was a target shooter and had no requirement for a licence in England. The Sheriff ordered the forfeiture of the weapons, remarking that not being aware of the law was “not an excuse but an explanation”.

Sutton & Croydon Guardian


After a firearm was seen on a housing estate in Sutton, South London, police officers recovered an air rifle and arrested two men. Click on media link to read full report.

Wiltshire 999S


A man allegedly waved a gun around in Trowbridge, Wiltshire before pointing it at a nearby woman. The victim was said to be unhurt but shaken after her ordeal. Police have issued a description of the suspect and appealed for information.  

Telegraph & Argus


Armed police officers responded following a report that the front door of a house in Bradford, West Yorkshire had been shot at. The damage was consistent with shotgun fire. No one was injured. Police confirmed that they had received a report of gunshots elsewhere in the city on the previous day.

Welwyn Hatfield Times


Man arrested for possession of a Taser and drugs after his car was stopped in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire. Click on media link to read full report.          



Police officers responding to reports of a disturbance in Newcastle, Tyne & Wear found a man had suffered gunshot injuries. A male suspect has since been charged with attempted murder and dangerous driving, while a second man remains under investigation. A separate incident of an air weapon being fired at the window of a home is being investigated in connection with the original shooting.

Grantham Journal


Following a disturbance in Grantham, Lincolnshire, police officers arrested six men and seized weapons including  two machetes, two air weapons, a hammer and a crowbar. Click on media link to read full report.

Eastern Daily Press


Eli Frankham, aged 27, has been jailed for five years and four months after admitting possessing a single barrel shotgun disguised as a walking stick and possession of ammunition when prohibited. When police officers stopped Frankham’s car in Necton, Norfolk in May this year, they discovered a shotgun disguised as a walking stick in the boot of the vehicle. Frankham first told officers it was his granny’s walking stick before going on to claim it was an antique and later saying it had been planted in his vehicle. He told probation officers, however, that he had planned to use it to kill vermin. The court heard that the firearm was a working shotgun.

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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.