Gun Incidents in Great Britain
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A gang of eight men involved in the supply of cocaine across North West Leicestershire and South Derbyshire have been jailed for a total of nearly fifty years. The men sold the Class A drugs by the kilo, making a profit of £960,000 over six months. Seven of the men admitted drugs and other offences, while Artjonil Sokolaj, of Ravenstone, Leicestershire, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply Class A drugs, possession of a stun gun and two counts of possession of a disguised firearm; he was jailed for seven years for the conspiracy and five years for the firearms offences.
Andrew Shenton, aged 46, was handed a ten-month suspended prison sentence after he admitted possession of an offensive weapon. When police officers on patrol in Stoke, Staffordshire searched Shenton’s car in April last year, they discovered a fully-charged high-voltage stun gun, disguised as a torch. The court heard that Shenton bought the weapon after being robbed by an armed assailant and after receiving threats when he came into some money. On sentencing, the judge said: “You told probation it was for protection, but I don’t accept you wouldn’t have used it.” Shenton must also complete 160 hours of unpaid work with 20 days of a rehabilitation activity and pay £1,200 court fees and a victim surcharge.
Armed police officers were deployed following a report of a man “possibly in possession of a gun” at a pub in Swanage, Dorset. It was alleged that the man had a gun tucked into the waistband of his trousers and that he had shown it to a member of the public. The suspect was found with a toy pistol and a shotgun was seized from his car. He was arrested on suspicion of possessing a firearm without a certificate.
An elderly man suffered a minor injury on being shot in the head with a BB gun as he loaded shopping into his car outside a supermarket in Stockton, Co.Durham. Police believe an elderly woman, who was seen falling to the ground at the same time, may also have been injured but they have been unable to confirm this. A member of the public, who chased the two teenage boys believed responsible for the attack, has been asked to contact police.
An inquest into the death of a man, fatally shot by police officers in Portbury Hundred, Somerset in September 2017, has found that he was lawfully killed, cause of death being gunshot wounds to the head and chest. After receiving reports of a man firing what appeared to be a gun out of his car window, firearms officers stopped and surrounded the suspect’s car. When the man then fired an air pistol at one of them, four of the five armed officers opened fire, discharging fifteen rounds. The man was declared dead at the scene. The inquest heard that the deceased had warning markers for violence, mental health and suicide on his police record.
After an imitation gun was thrown from a car that failed to stop for police in Stockton, Co.Durham, officers arrested a man on suspicion of possessing an imitation firearm in a public place and aggravated vehicle taking. Click on media link to read full report.
Following a two-year investigation by police in Northumberland, six members of a drugs supply ring have been found guilty of drugs offences. The gang, consisting of a couple, three of their adult grandchildren and a girlfriend to one of the grandchildren, dealt cocaine, heroin, MDMA and oxycodone, often mixing the cocaine with worming powder, laxatives, laundry detergent and carcinogenic substances in order to increase profits. In February 2018, police officers raided the home of Diane Wright, 60, and Philip Stephenson, 66, in Newbiggin, Northumberland and found £22,000 in cash, a quantity of bulking agents, an ingredients list, a crossbow, an air weapon and bullets. Drugs and cash were also found at an address occupied by grandson, Aaron Stephenson. Other members of the gang were named as Wesley Stephenson, Mckenzie Stephenson and Centaine Armstrong. Following the verdicts, a police spokesperson said: “The weapons we seized showed they were prepared to use violence to keep themselves in business and our streets are a safer place with them behind bars.”
Craig Taberer, aged 33, has been jailed for twelve years after pleading guilty to two counts of possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life and one count of possessing ammunition with intent to endanger life. In October last year, police were alerted after a member of the public found a rucksack in Salford, Greater Manchester that contained a pistol, silencer, seven live bullets and a balaclava. The firearm was found to be Zoraki pistol, designed to fire blanks but converted to fire live 9mm ammunition; the weapon had been painted to resemble a Glock firearm. Taberer’s fingerprint was found on the gun and his DNA on the balaclava. His claim of being given the gun by some men the night before it was found was dismissed by the judge as a “desperate lie”; however, there was no evidence that Taberer had fired the weapon or that it had been used in crime. On sentencing, the judge said: “It is clear that these items and the rucksack were the property of serious organised criminals, and that they were intended for use in serious organised crime. The finding of the silencer with this firearm and ammunition lead me to conclude that murder, or at the very least maiming, of
After shots were fired on a street in Manchester, Greater Manchester, police officers charged a man with a Section 16A firearms offence. Click on media link to read full report.
Marek Jozwiak, aged 45, was sent to prison for six years after he pleaded guilty to aggravated burglary and having a firearm. After breaking into a flat above a post office in Kempston, Bedfordshire in September last year, Jozwiak pointed an imitation gun at two men who came to view the property while he was there. After brandishing the firearm at the startled men, one of whom was the postmaster, Jozwiak fled; he was arrested the following day at his home, where police officers discovered the imitation firearm under a sofa bed and recovered cable ties and a notebook containing messages that read: “If you do as I say you will be all right,” and “Where is the safe?” It is believed that Jozwiak, who had pulled up floorboards in the flat, had planned to lower himself into the post office to tie up staff and rob the safe. In a statement read to the court, the postmaster said, “It still scares me. Had I not gone to the flat I dread to think of the consequences to my wife and the female staff. The experience left us shaken and suspicious of people.”
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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.