Gun Incidents in Great Britain


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Northern Echo

30-11--0001

A teenage rat catcher has had to forfeit two guns after he admitted charges of possession of an unloaded air rifle and an unloaded air pistol.  Stephen Thompson was spotted by police among a crowd in an alleyway in Darlington smelling of alcohol.  He was told by the judge that "People are frightened of guns.  To those of us not skilled in guns, from a distance an air rifle with a telescopic lens is frightening".  Thompson was given a 12 month conditional discharge.


Oxford Times

30-11--0001

A woman was approached by a man in Oxford and threatened her with what was believed to be a gun.  She was forced to hand over her handbag, a mobile phone and sunglasses.  Two teenagers were arrested in connection with this and another robbery involving a knife.  Police said an imitation handgun has been seized.


BirminghamLive

30-11--0001

In a drive-by attack, a shotgun was fired twice from a car towards a house in Birmingham, West Midlands, causing the householder to dive for cover. Two neighbours also rushed inside to avoid the gunfire. Three hooded assailants had smashed the windows of the targeted house with baseball bats shortly before the shooting, with some residents believing this was a ploy to lure the homeowner outside before the gunman attacked. Police later confirmed this and another nearby shooting, adding that no one was injured in either incident.


Daily Post

30-11--0001

Daily Post, 18 December 2009
The stained glass windows of a church in Minera, Clwyd, have been damaged, probably by somebody who shot at it with an air rifle.  A replacement could cost hundreds of pounds.  A Christmas tree was also stolen from the church.


30-11--0001

Three kittens have been shot with an airgun and left for dead in an attack in Llanfigael, Anglesey.  One of them survived despite being shot in the neck and sustaining a broken leg, but another was already dead when they were discovered and a second who was seriously wounded is believed to have crawled away to die.


BBC News

30-11--0001

A dog reportedly shot with an air rifle at a park near High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire is "lucky to be alive" according to his owner. Members of the public helped pull the pet from a river after he was shot, only to see "a very round hole in his side and a lot of blood". An X-ray revealed that the pellet had missed his spine by millimetres and lodged in muscle. Police have appealed for information.


Northern Echo

30-11--0001

James Mosley, 19,  was drunk when he waved an imitation handgun from a car window at a couple walking in a street in Bishop Auckland, County Durham, in August 2009.  Mosley, a former soldier, was arrested shortly afterwards and the firearm was found to be a novelty lighter, an exact replica 9mm Beretta handgun which he had bought in Turkey.  He was sent to an institution for  young offenders for eight months.  The judge ordered the forfeiture and destruction of the imitation handgun.


The Mirror

30-11--0001

A garage worker was shot with a taser in an armed robbery in Gateshead, Northumbria as she walked to the bank with the day’s takings.


WalesOnline

30-11--0001

After the body of the last golden eagle living wild in Wales was found earlier this year in Tregaron, Ceredigion, post-mortem examination revealed it had previously been shot. Although not the cause of death, X-rays revealed the bird had been shot at least twice with a shotgun. The eagle had been living around the Llyn Brianne reservoir for twelve years after escaping captivity at three months old. Cause of death was given as Aspergillosis, a fungal infection; however, there have been questions as to why the findings of the post-mortem were not reported in full at the time.


Get Surrey

30-11--0001

Ryan Farmery has been ordered to pay a £120 fine with a victim surcharge of £20, costs of £50, and a £150 criminal courts charge and has had his gun confiscated after pleading guilty to using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour relating to him having a paintball gun in public in Woking, Surrey. He was seen walking around with the imitation gun on display after allegedly picking it up from a friend's house where it had been found during a clear up.


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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.