Gun Incidents in Great Britain
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Telegraph, 8 August 2008 Paul Peccioli, a former Tory councillor, became possessive and overbearing and "reacted badly" when a woman told him she thought they should stop seeing each other. He banged his head against a wall then held up an airgun and told her he would "deck her if she was a man". He slapped her legs and threatened to take an overdose. A few days later he chased after her and two colleagues in his car after she escaped from her home in Ullesthorpe, Leicestershire. Peccioli pleaded guilty to putting a person in fear of violence by harassment and has been given a 12-month suspended prison sentence and a restraining order.
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The Citizen (Blackburn), 8 August 2008 A sniper shot dead a pet cat with an airgun in Clayton-Le-Moors, Lancashire. Residents say a number of cats have gone missing from the area over the past few years, and that owners are worried their pets met a similar fate.
BBC, 8 August 2008 An area around a block of flats in the Milton area of Glasgow was sealed off following reports of two men with firearms. There had, however, been no reports of a gun being fired.
The Northern Scot
The Northern Scot, 8 August 2008 A minibus used by elderly and disabled people has been vandalised in a suspected air rifle attack outside the home of one of the charity's volunteer drivers in New Elgin, Moray. The minibus was rendered unusable and resulted in a three-figure repair bill.
An 18-year-old has been shot dead in a supermarket in Walworth, south-east London. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Police have said that the victim was an innocent bystander who had been caught in the line of fire. The shots were fired at two males who barged past the teenager, his brother and cousin by two men on scooters who then drove off (BBC, 8 August 2008). A 19-year-old male has been charged with murder (BBC, 10 August 2008). A gun recovered by police from an address in Brixton, south London, is believed to be the murder weapon. Eight people were held on suspicion of possessing a firearm and ammunition with intent to endanger life and were later bailed (BBC, 15 August 2008). A man has been found guilty of murder and been jailed for at least 32 years (see September 2009 Incidents). Three others, one of them a teenager, have been charged with murder (BBC, 8 December 2009).
Cambridge News, 7 August 2008 Two robbers who were part of a seven month "reign of terror" in and around Cambridge between January and August 2007 have been convicted. Matthew Miller has been found guilty of a catalogue of robbery, conspiracy and firearms charges. Terry Griffiths was convicted of conspiracy to rob, raiding a post office and gun offences. Sentencing was adjourned. The robberies occurred in Cambridge (four different shops), Impington (post office), Stow-cum-Quy (post office, twice) and Newnham (shop). On more than one occasion they were armed with a sawn-off shotgun. Police officers found a shotgun, a homemade balaclava mask, two pairs of gloves and ammunition in Miller's shed in Teversham (Cambridge News, 8 August 2008).
Cambs Times, 7 August 2008 A 15-year-old boy has been shot at with an airgun in Wisbech. He was walking along a street when a car pulled up next to him and he felt something hit the top of his leg and saw a gun being pulled back into the car.
Get Reading, 7 August 2008 More that 70 ball-bearing shots were fired at a cleaning business's premises in West Reading, Berkshire, causing hundreds of pounds of damage.
Leicester Mercury, 7 August 2008 Three teenagers are on trial following an incident which took place in the afternoon in Leicester in November 2007. A gunman was seen to produce a double-barrelled shotgun from a shoulder bag and take aim at a car full of young men. The car was sprayed with pellets. A 19-year-old denies possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life, claiming the gun went off by accident. Mohammed Warsame has been found guilty of possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life (Leicester Mercury, 9 August 2008). A 17-year-old, Ali Karim, has pleaded guilty to possessing the shotgun with intent to cause fear of violence and is awaiting sentence. Karim's brother Mohammed was convicted of possessing the shotgun after the incident. Warsame faces a minimum five year sentence and the Karim brothers each face minimum terms of three years (Leicester Mercury, 12 August
Rhondda Leader, 7 August 2008 Stephen Davies has been jailed for three months for carrying a "potentially lethal" lethal air pistol in public. The judge told him that his case was alarming because he had drunk four cars of lager before being spotted by police in Ferndale in a car. A police officer noticed a bulge under his right armpit but after being asked several times what it was admitted carrying a Webley Tempest 0.22 calibre air pistol. Davies pleaded guilty to unauthorised possession of a loaded firearm in public.
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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.