Gun Incidents in Great Britain


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Telegraph

23-06-2008

Telegraph, 23 June 2008 An American visitor, Bruce Lee, who fired a handgun in Manchester in December 2007 (see Incidents) has persuaded a court that he was carrying the weapon because "the city was more dangerous than his native New York". He claimed he found the gun in a bush and fired it towards a police officer who was chasing him through the Ardwick housing estate. He had been jailed for five years but the Attorney General had criticised the sentence as unduly lenient. However, the application was refused after Lee's barrister pointed out the dangers in Manchester.


BBC

23-06-2008

BBC, 23 June 2008 A rare red kite has died after being shot out of the sky in Berwickshire. The bird was found injured but died three days later of massive internal injuries.


Evening Herlad (Plymouth)

23-06-2008

Evening Herald (Plymouth), 23 June 2008 A seagull was shot dead in Torpoint, Cornwall. Police say that the bird was probably shot with an air rifle.


BBC

21-06-2008

BBC, 21 June 2008 Armed police officers surrounded a flat in Sefton Park, Liverpool, during a 90-minute siege after a man brandished what was thought to be a handgun at police. He was later detained under the Mental Health Act. The gun was found to be a blank-firing starter pistol.


BBC

21-06-2008

BBC, 21 June 2008 A man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after another man and a woman were taken to hospital with shotgun wounds. Police had been called to an address in South Ormsby, Lincolnshire. The male victim has serious facial injuries and was undergoing surgery, the woman's injuries were non-life threatening. A weapon was found on farmland in the Brinkhill area where the suspect was arrested. The man has been charged with attempted murder (BBC, 22 June 2008).


BBC

21-06-2008

BBC, 21 June 2008 A man who was injured when a gun was fired randomly on a street in Luton, Bedfordshire, in November 2006, has been jailed after admitting affray. David O'Sadebay is already serving a sentence for possessing a firearm. He was one of 11 men who had travelled from London and became involved in trouble at a party. Two other men, Brenton Dias and George Booth, were convicted over the shooting and sentenced to minimum sentences of seven-and-a-quarter years and six-and-a-half-years, respectively. The gunman who fired the semi-automatic weapon into a crowd has not been traced. Nobody suffered life-threatening injuries.


Express & Star

21-06-2008

Express & Star, 21 June 2008 A man was shot in a residential street in Smethwick, West Midlands. The victim was shot in the leg and taken to hospital, but his injuries were not thought to be life-threatening.


Burnham & Highbridge Weekly

21-06-2008

Burnham & Highbridge Weekly, 21 June 2008 A fawn has been saved by a man out walking through fields in Axbridge, Somerset. He heard a shot and went to investigate and saw a deer had been killed. The gunman was about to shoot the faun but he put himself in front of the fawn and shouted at the person not to shoot. The faun is not being cared for at a wildlife rescue centre in West Huntspill.


South Wales Evening Post

21-06-2008

South Wales Evening Post, 21 June 2008 A teenager has appeared in court charged with a firearm offence in Gowerton. He is alleged to have brandished an air rifle with the intention of causing other people to fear unlawful violence would be used. He has been remanded in custody and proceedings have been adjourned until September.


Evening News

21-06-2008

Evening News, 21 June 2008 The investigation by police of a man who had ordered a stun gun from the US over the internet led to the finding of child pornography images on his computer. Ryan O'Donnell from Loanhead, Midlothian, was given a two-year probation order after admitting downloading the images.


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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.