Gun Incidents in Great Britain

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Two men and a teenage boy have been jailed for life after being convicted of murder: Hamza Ul-Haq, aged 21, must serve at least twenty-eight years, Loic Nengese, aged 19, was handed a minimum sentence of twenty-one years and the teenager must serve at least eighteen years. In March 2018, the three offenders approached a van in  Walthamstow, East London, mistakenly believing it to be occupied by a rival gang member. One of them shot the man in the vehicle, hitting him in the chest and legs; he died an hour later. Although the victim was known to the gang members, they mistook him for someone else on the night of the murder. The perpetrators were identified on CCTV and the teenager dropped his phone at the scene. The killing is believed to be part of an ongoing feud that saw the defendants involved in other violent offences. In 2017,  the criminals, along with three other men, armed themselves with weapons including belts, batons and a long knife as they chased a man in Leyton. One of their number, Wayne Russell, fired two shots from a gun before they all fled. Russell, along with Ul-Haq, also tried to break into a rival’s home in Southall while armed with a machete and a gun. Russell subsequently admitted possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life and burglary; he was sentenced to sixteen years for the first offence and six years, three months for the second. As police investigated the three incidents, a handgun was found in the teenager’s home, while a member of the public found a bag containing the murder weapon, a knife and a mask.

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Dean Jones, aged 39, has been sentenced to  eleven years and four months in prison after admitting taking part in a violent robbery. Jones and two other men armed themselves with hammers, a machete and a firearm and raided a shop at the Gleneagles Hotel in Auchterarder, Scotland. The trio brandished the weapons at staff and guests before smashing glass cabinets and making off with thousands of pounds worth of watches and jewellery. Jones’ DNA was found in the offenders’ getaway car and on a hammer left in the vehicle. Jones fled the country but was traced to Brazil and extradited to the UK. His fellow perpetrators, Liam Richardson and Richard Fleming, were jailed last year.



A man allegedly pointed a gun at staff in a shop in Leicester, Leicestershire, demanding money from the till. The offender left empty-handed before police officers arrived. Members of the public were also in the shop during the raid, but no one was injured.



After a body was found at a house in Keynsham, Somerset, police officers discovered what appeared to be vintage “ornamental weapons and ammunition” at the property. Bomb disposal experts were called in as a precaution to remove the weaponry, which may date back to WWII. The fatality is being treated as a sudden death and will be referred to the coroner.

Derbyshire Times


Police officers found a live illegal firearm as they searched a pub in Chesterfield, Derbyshire. Click on media link to read full report.

The Northern Echo


A man reportedly fired a gun at a car in Newcastle, Tyne & Wear after he and another person had been seen arguing inside the vehicle. The bullet missed the car and hit the window of a property nearby. Seven people were arrested following the shooting, one of whom was charged with possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life, possessing a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence, possessing a firearm when prohibited, common assault, theft and two counts of criminal damage.

Swindon Advertiser


Man from Swindon, Wiltshire accused of possession of a knife and a Taser disguised as a torch. Click on media link to read full report.

Manchester Evening News


A shotgun was fired through a downstairs window of a house in Manchester, Greater Manchester. Click on media link to read full report.



Two teenage boys allegedly pointed a gun at a woman on a street in Dover, Kent. The woman later posted a warning on a social media site, saying, "It was probably a fake gun but still looked real enough to scare the life out of me." Police are investigating reports of boys playing with a BB gun in the area.



Armed police responding to reports of a man with a gun in Newcastle, Tyne & Wear failed to locate a suspect. Click on media link to read full report.

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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.