Gun Incidents in Great Britain

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Darren O'Shea, aged 45, has been jailed for twelve years after pleading guilty to robbery and attempted robbery. In July last year, O’Shea threatened a member of staff at a shop in Barnes, South West London with a gun before stealing around £300 from the till. Five days later, O’Shea entered a sweet shop in Charlton, again armed with a gun; this time, he fled empty-handed after the  assistant manager pushed a panic button. O'Shea was recognised on CCTV footage of the first robbery and this was quickly linked to the second incident. He was arrested at a nearby apartment, where officers found an imitation gas-powered handgun and clothing worn during both offences. O’Shea told police that the crimes had been carried out to fund his drug addiction.

Oxford Mail


Footage posted on social media showed police officers Tasering a man in Thame, Oxfordshire. Click on media link to read full report.

The Scottish Sun


A man found dead in the garden of his home in Bearsden, East Dunbartonshire is believed to have shot himself. The deceased, a gun expert who ran his own clay pigeon shooting firm, was said to have been suffering “serious health problems”. A police spokesperson said that the death is being treated as non-suspicious.



Armed police officers and a force helicopter were deployed following a report that someone had shot the window of a car and a bus shelter in Gomersal, West Yorkshire. A teenage male was subsequently arrested. It is believed that the firearm used was a BB gun. There were no reports of any injuries.

The Sun


Police officers Tasered a man at a flat in St Helens, Merseyside after neighbours heard him assaulting his ex-partner. As they arrived, the man reportedly shouted: “I’m all strapped up. I have a gun and will shoot you. You’re getting blasted.” Officers stormed the bedroom where the woman was being held and used a Taser to subdue the suspect. The man, reportedly high on cocaine, was found to be unarmed.

Daily Record


In June last year, armed police officers responded to a report that a man, who had tried to force his way into a property in Blantyre, Lanarkshire, was in possession of weapons. The man later barricaded himself in a bedroom at his own home, telling  police he had a gun and threatening to fire a crossbow at them. He also brandished a piece of metal, threw glass and other objects at officers, threatened to self-harm and cut his wrist with a fragment of glass. In addition, he tried to stab one officer with a piece of glass. Following a stand-off, police officers Tasered the suspect; he was subsequently treated in hospital for effects of the stun gun. The man was later handed a drug treatment and testing order.

The Star


A man armed with a handgun allegedly attempted to rob a pawnbroker’s in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, leaving empty-handed. He later entered a hair salon in the city and stole a small amount of cash. No one was injured. Police have appealed for information.  

BBC News


Amareece Singh Taak, aged 25, has been jailed for five years after admitting possession of a shotgun with intent to cause fear of violence and possession of a firearm less than 30cm in length. Following reports of gunshots in an underpass in Southampton, Hampshire last October, police recovered a pair of trainers, a phone and a shotgun at the scene. They found Taak shortly afterwards with no shoes on.



A woman and her husband were left very shaken after the passenger seat window of their car suddenly shattered as they were driving in Farnham, Surrey. The woman was showered with glass but neither party was injured. A group of walkers said they saw “a few youths running with an air rifle” in the park near to where the incident occurred. Police are investigating.

Daily Record


Police officers who stopped a van in Edinburgh, Scotland, discovered a Taser-like device and over £21,000 worth of heroin and cocaine in the vehicle. During a subsequent search of a property in East Lothian, officers retrieved three more weapons and heroin worth around £28,000. A man and a teenage boy have since been charged with road traffic and drug offences.

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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.