Gun Incidents in Great Britain

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Five people, including three teenagers, have been arrested after police found a shotgun hidden in the loft of a house in Birkenhead, Merseyside.

This is Bristol


A 10-year-old boy was arrested after he walked into a Thornbury opticians and demanded money at gunpoint. The boy, who brandished a BB gun, has been let off by police with a reprimand.



Grant Wilkinson has been convicted of converting firearms in a shed in Three Mile Cross, Berkshire and supplying firearms and ammunition (for more details see July 2008 Incidents).  The replica Mac-10 submachine guns were converted into live weapons later linked to more than 50 shootings.  The jury found him guilty of seven offences including conspiracy to convert an imitation firearm into a firearm, conspiracy to sell or transfer firearms and ammunition, possession of a firearm with intent to enable another person to endanger life and possessing a prohibited firearm.  Another man was cleared of all offences.  Wilkinson has been sentenced to a minimum term of 11 years (BBC, 28 August 2008).  Following an appeal Wilkinson failed to win a reduction in his sentence (BBC, 6 October 2009).



A man who was shot in the Newtown area of Birmingham died after being taken to hospital.  He is believed to have been a senior member of the Johnson Crew who may have been lured to his death by women linked to another gang (Sunday Mercury, 31 August 2008).  A man has been found guilty of murder and sentenced to a minimum of 25 years (see December 2009 Incidents).

The Gazette (Blackpool)


A gun-toting robber escaped on a push bike after carrying out a raid on a bank in Blackpool.  He wrestled a cash box free from a security guard before escaping with thousands of pounds.  Police have named the wanted man as Russell Grant who is suspected to have carried out several violent robberies and is wanted by a number of police forces (The Citizen (Blackpool), 26 August 2008).  Grant has pleaded to two robberies and possessing an imitation gun and been jailed for 16 years (see August 2010 Incidents).



Armed robbers stole luxury watches valued at thousands of pounds in a raid on a jewellers in Newcastle upon Tyne city centre.  One of the three men was armed with a gun.  CCTV images have been released.  Two men have been jailed for robbery and possession of an imitation firearm (see August 2009 Incidents).

Fenland Citizen


A nine-year-old boy required almost 24-hours of hospital treatment after he was shot in the arm with an air rifle. He had climbed a tree in his back garden in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, after he had heard people laughing and playing. The pellet was a matter of half an inch from going through his arm.



Forty people have been arrested in Knowsley, Merseyside, as part of a crackdown on gun crime, violence and anti-social behaviour.

Parliamentary Answer. UK Firearm deaths 1994 - 2006


Number of Deaths from Firearms Injury in the United Kingdom from 1994 to 2006 (including deaths with a Coroner's verdict of accident, suicide, homicide and undetermined intent) show a downward trend.

Parlaimentary Answer. Court Proceedings 2003 - 2006 Imitations/air weapons


Court Proceedings, 2003 - 2006 - Imitation and Air Weapons. Number of persons proceeded against, found guilty, with sentence breakdowns for the offence of carrying a loaded or unloaded imitation firearm or air weapons in public plae in England and Wales. 2003 - 2006

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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.