Gun Incidents in Great Britain
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South Wales Echo
A man armed with an imitation gun attempted to steal cash from a bookmaker in Whitchurch, Cardiff. He was foiled by an assistant who spotted it was not a real gun.
A cat is recovering after being shot in an airgun attack in the area of its home in Mansfield. Vets removed a pellet from its flank.
This is Cheshire
A man walking in Altrincham was forced into the back of a car and threatened with a black handgun. He was held in the car by two men for nearly 20 minutes before being released. The man has now been charged with wasting police time having admitted that he made up the incident (Manchester Evening News, 9 February 2008).
Northampton Chronicle & Echo
A 16-year-old has been arrested in connection with an attempted armed robbery on a store in Northampton. Two people threatened the shopkeeper with an air rifle which was discharged into the air. Nothing was stolen and no-one was injured.
Kristopher Sami fired a pellet gun in a park in Solihull where children were fishing. He admitted possessing a loaded air weapon in a public place. Sami was jailed for four months but was released immediately as he had already spent the equivalent of a nine-month sentence in custody.
Four men have been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit two murders in Manchester. They are also being held in connection with offences of possessing firearms with intent to endanger life and the supply and possession of drugs. The arrests are part of the inquiry into the murders of two victims who were shot in June 2007 in the centre of Manchester (see Incidents) and in July 2007 in Chorlton-on-Medlock (see Incidents).
A family was left distressed after robbers burst into their home in Blackheath, south east London. One of the three robbers threatened the family's six year old daughter with a gun. They made off with £2,000 in cash.
A masked man armed with a handgun threatened a member of staff at a betting shop in Lowestoft, Suffolk, before fleeing with cash.
The body of Garry Weddell, a Metropolitan Police inspector, has been found in woodland near a shooting club in Markyate, Hertfordshire. A forensic search of the gun club was underway. Weddell was a member of the club until his licence was revoked following his arrest for the murder of his wife last year. The discovery of the body has been linked to the death of his mother-in-law whose body was found in Gustard Wood in Hertfordshire on the same day. Weddell is reported to have killed himself after apparently shooting his mother-in-law (News of the World, 13 January 2008). The local MP wants an inquiry into why Weddell was not in custody whilst awaiting trial for his wife's murder. He had been granted bail with a surety of £200,000 on condition that he hand in his gun licence and stay away from his mother-in-law (BBC, 14 January 2008). A coroner has said that the judge's decision to grant bail was "properly conducted". A coroner has ruled that Weddell unlawfully killed his wife and her mother before taking his own life (see March 2008 Incidents).
Andrew Bullock threatened youths with a .177 calibre air pistol at a shop in Smallthorne, Staffordshire, after a friend told him she had been threatened by a group of yobs. The teens ran out of the shop. Bullock was given a 10-month prison sentence, suspended for 12 months and will undergo 12 months' supervision and complete an enhanced thinking skills programme. He was ordered to forfeit the weapon and ammunition.
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About this information
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.