Gun Incidents in Great Britain


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Basildon Canvey Southend Echo

04-09-2019

One cat was found dead and another had to be put down after each was shot with an airgun in Basildon, Essex. The dead cat was found to have a small wound in his chest and an X-ray revealed that an airgun pellet had entered his lung, causing it to collapse. An X-ray of the second cat showed a pellet in his spinal cord. One of the pet owners has set up an Instagram page calling for airguns to be banned.


Manchester Evening News

04-09-2019

Three air rifles discovered during police raids in Stockport, Greater Manchester. Click on media link to read full report.


The Sun

04-09-2019

Police officers responding to reports of a shooting at a takeaway restaurant in Brixton, South West London, found a man and a teenage boy with gunshot wounds. The victims were treated in hospital for injuries not believed to be life-threatening. CCTV footage revealed that a man had charged into the takeaway and shot at a group of people, some of whom huddled on the floor while others tried to escape. The suspect then left the premises, unapprehended. No firearm was recovered.


West Yorkshire Police

04-09-2019

Five or six men, reportedly armed with what appeared to be a sawn-off shotgun and an axe, allegedly threatened security guards delivering cash to an ATM at a supermarket in Leeds, West Yorkshire, before making off with a quantity of cash. Their getaway van was later found burned out in a nearby cemetery. A police spokesperson later appealed for information and said, though uninjured, the guards were very shaken.


StokeonTrentLive

03-09-2019

Worried residents called police after seeing three young people shooting what looked like a “machine-gun-like air weapon” at road signs from the  upstairs window of a property in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire. Police officers subsequently found a group of young people with a BB gun and BB pellets; they were given a warning but no further action was taken.


Manchester Evening News

03-09-2019

Car damaged by gunshot in Salford, Greater Manchester. Click on media link to read full report.


The Telegraph

03-09-2019

Yihe Xiong, aged 25, has been jailed for eight months after admitting possession of an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence. In July this year, Xiong took a realistic imitation Beretta pistol into his university campus in Exeter, Devon. He showed the weapon to his fellow students, joking with them that he had twelve bullets and that he would shoot “randomly” if his presentation didn’t go well. A lecturer alerted the police and armed officers, together with a dog unit, were deployed. The court heard that Xiong apologised to the officers as soon as they arrived and told them the gun was not real. The judge said: "You severely frightened a number of your fellow students…Rumours that there was a gunman on the loose were no doubt spreading like wildfire.” He added that armed officers headed to the campus to confront "a gunman, not knowing if he was going on a killing spree".


BerkshireLive

03-09-2019

Dominik Sikorski, aged 20 and of no fixed address, has been jailed for six years, four months after pleading guilty to attempted robbery, having an imitation firearm with intent and fraud by false representation. In March this year, Sikorski threatened staff at a shop in Windsor, Berkshire with a replica gun before fleeing with cash from the till. Two days later, he attempted armed robbery at two other shops in the town, escaping empty-handed each time. No one was injured during the raids. A police spokesperson said that the investigation leading to Sikorski’s arrest had been “long and complex”.


Manchester Evening News

03-09-2019

Police officers responded to a report that an air rifle had been fired at a bedroom window of a house in Radcliffe, Greater Manchester. A young girl at the property was left terrified after hearing pellets smashing into the glass. The householder said the police had told him that it would not be possible to tell where the bullets had come from and that the investigation was closed; however, a police spokesperson said that enquiries were ongoing.


Yorkshire Evening Post

03-09-2019

Armed police officers were deployed after two masked men threatened staff at a post office in Leeds, West Yorkshire with what appeared to be a handgun. After stealing a quantity of cash, the thieves fled in a car driven by a third man. There were no reports of any injuries, though staff were left very shaken. Police have appealed for information.


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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.