Gun Incidents in Great Britain
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Police officers responded following reports of youths pretending to shoot each other and scaring passengers at a bus station in Wolverhampton, West Midlands. The officers recovered a BB gun and a lock knife, and arrested one pre-teen boy on suspicion of possession of an imitation firearm and a teenage male on suspicion of possessing a bladed article.
Police officers carrying out an open land search in Huyton, Merseyside discovered a loaded handgun. The firearm will be forensically examined to establish whether it has been used in any shootings.
A woman allegedly verbally abused police officers and threatened them with an imitation firearm in a multi-storey car park in King's Lynn, Norfolk. The weapon was subsequently found to be shaped from polystyrene and cardboard, and wrapped in electrical tape. The woman has since been charged with possessing an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence and using threatening/abusive/insulting words and behaviour with intent to cause fear of violence.
A family of four was left shocked and frightened after a shot was fired through the front window of their house in Manchester, Greater Manchester as they were having their Christmas dinner. Later the same day, the house was targeted again, with a teenage girl escaping unharmed as a second shot entered the living room where she was trying on new headphones. Appealing for information, a police spokesperson said the attacks were “not believed to be random”.
Three men have been jailed for their involvement in a drive-by shooting in Bootle, Merseyside. In September 2019, Darren Russell shot a teenage gang rival in the leg from the passenger seat of a delivery van driven by Simeon Pike. Russell fired a Slovakian Grand Power pistol twice, with one bullet hitting the victim while the other round smashed through a front window of a nearby house and hit a TV being watched by an elderly man. After Russell was caught by police, rival gang members twice shot at his dad in a revenge attack. Following this, Russell phoned his girlfriend from prison to organise a retaliative attack by a gunman “known for maiming victims”. The following month, police officers raiding an address in Kensington found a loaded gun. The weapon was found to be the same one used in the drive-by shooting and Russell’s DNA was recovered from it. DNA from a second man, Thomas Jennings was also found on the firearm and he was jailed for seven-and-a-half years last December after admitting possessing a firearm and ammunition. After further admitting transferring a prohibited weapon and being described as Russell and Pike's “armourer”, he received an additional sentence of seven years, eight months. Russell, 23 and of no fixed address, was sentenced to twenty years in prison plus an extended licence of four years on licence for possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life and encouraging or assisting offences believing one or more will be committed. Simeon Pike, 25, received twelve years in prison for possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life.
Michael Davis, aged 54, has been jailed for six-and-a-half years after pleading guilty to conspiracy to possess prohibited firearms and ammunition. In September last year, police officers raided a flat in Manchester, Greater Manchester and recovered seven firearms, (including a Czech Model 58P 7.62mm assault rifle, a Turkish Atak Arms Zoraki model 914 9mm self-loading pistol, a Smith and Wesson Model 64-2 .38” revolver and a Ruger Model SP01 .357” Magnum revolver), 145 rounds of ammunition and Class A drugs worth more than £38,000. The court heard that the firearms were all in working order and could be linked to a number of shootings in Greater Manchester.
As part of an operation designed to tackle County Lines drug dealing and child criminal exploitation, police officers in Liverpool, Merseyside recovered drugs, cash and weapons. At Lime Street station, three teenage boys were arrested on suspicion of possession of a section 5 firearm after a CS gas canister was seized. After weapons including an air rifle were found during the subsequent search of two addresses in nearby Huyton, one of the teenagers was further arrested on suspicion of transferring prohibited weapons. Other suspects were arrested on suspicion of drugs offences.
Dovydas Malinauskas and Craig Wilkinson, both aged 23, have been jailed for seven-and-a-half years and three years respectively for drugs and firearms offences. The two men were arrested and bailed in October last year after police found a firearm and over £1,000 worth of the drug known as spice in a car in Hull, East Yorkshire. The following April, police officers searched Malinauskas’ home after he was seen dealing drugs. Officers recovered three knives, various drugs worth over £25,000, electronic scales and £3,000 in cash. The court heard that Wilkinson got involved with Malinauskas’ operation after becoming addicted and getting into drug debt.
A wanted man remains at large after allegedly brandishing a firearm to threaten a person during a robbery in Corby, Northamptonshire. Crimestoppers have offered a £1,000 reward for anyone who helps police make an arrest. Detectives have named the suspect and warned members of the public not to approach him.
Timothy Dempsey, 68, has been jailed for five years after admitting having an air weapon with intent and causing another to believe that unlawful violence would be used against them. In November last year, Dempsey pointed a high-powered prohibited Crossman .22 calibre air pistol at a support worker’s head after becoming upset about a mould problem in his flat in Norwich, Norfolk. He told the council worker that he wanted to kill people “that had done him wrong”. The court heard that Dempsey, who has a history of mental health problems, was arrested after the worker calmed him down and called police.
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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.