Gun Incidents in Great Britain

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Anthony Corish has been handed a ten-year prison sentence after admitting two counts of possessing a firearm, possessing ammunition and possessing cocaine with intent to supply. When police officers raided Corish’s home in Seaforth, Merseyside in February, they found an American .380 ACP calibre self-loading pistol with a silencer, a magazine of eleven bullets, 26 rounds of ammunition, three blocks of cocaine, drugs paraphernalia and cash. On sentencing, the judge told Corish that his offences “bore the hallmarks of professional crime”. He added: “Guns kill, guns maim, guns frighten and they are a curse within our midst and within our society. Precisely why you had that gun, silencer and cartridges, you have not placed before this court any account, but you were not minding these, and thus in the court's judgement these are extremely serious offences.”

St Helens Star


A woman, a man and a teenage girl were arrested after police officers seized a large quantity of cannabis and an air pistol from a property in St Helens, Merseyside. Click on media link to read full report.

BBC News


It has emerged that a buzzard suffered a fractured wing after it was shot near Shipton, North Yorkshire in March this year. The news came as the RSBP reported being "overrun" by reports of birds of prey being illegally killed since the Covid lockdown began. Species targeted have included hen harriers, peregrine falcons, red kites, goshawks, buzzards and barn owls. A spokesperson from the charity described the attacks as “orchestrated”, adding that the “vast majority” had connections with shooting estates, or land managed for shooting, with people wanting to kill birds of prey being "emboldened" by the absence of walkers and hikers. The head of the RSBP’s Investigations Unit, Mark Thomas, told the BBC that at this time of year there would normally be three or four reports of the killing of protected bird species each week; now there are three or four such reports each day from across the country.



Cat put to sleep after being shot with an air rifle in Darton, South Yorkshire. Click on media link to read full report.

The Docklands & East London Advertiser


Police officers carrying out a drugs’ warrant at an address in Mile End, East London, seized a loaded 9mm gun, around £27,000 cash and several bricks of suspected heroin and crack cocaine, as well as approximately 1,000 wraps of each drug. A teenage girl and six males, believed to be in their teens to 20s, were arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply Class A drugs, manufacture of Class A drugs and firearms offences.



Two men were arrested after police officers seized firearms, ammunition, weapons, suspected counterfeit currency, cannabis plants, dried cannabis and a large amount of cash from a property in Watford, Hertfordshire. Click on media link to read full report.

The Star


Louis Ingram has been jailed for nine years after pleading guilty to possession of a firearm and ammunition, possession of an offensive weapon in a public place, kidnap, assault occasioning actual bodily harm, possession of cocaine, cannabis and ketamine with intent to supply, and possession of MDMA. In December last year, Ingram picked up a former schoolfriend in his car in Rotherham, South Yorkshire, later pulling over and asking someone on the phone whether he should stab or shoot his passenger. He then threatened the man, saying would kill him and his family unless he repaid a drug debt of £300, before pushing a loaded Walther PPK 7.65 pistol into his side. He also punched the man in the face several times before allowing him to leave the car. Ingram was arrested a few days later at his home, where police officers seized the firearm used together with four live rounds, as well as £3,500 cash, cocaine and cannabis, valued at around £34,000, 45 ecstasy tablets and six grams of ketamine. In an impact statement, the victim said: “I genuinely thought I was going to die in the car. What if the gun had gone off by mistake?”



Matthew Thomas, aged 44, has been handed a custodial sentence of three years, two months after admitting possession of an imitation firearm and a bladed article in a public place in breach of two suspended sentences. In February, Thomas complained about his wife to a member of staff at a café in Cardiff, Wales before lifting his jumper to show her a gun in his waistband and saying: “I’m going to prison for a long time. I’m going to shoot someone.” He went on to show the woman that he had an axe in his bag, adding: “This is what happens if someone is not nice to me.” As the woman called her boss, Thomas left the café, but armed police officers later arrested him at his home, where they found a broken toy plastic gun and a wooden-handled hatchet. The court heard that, despite Thomas repeatedly breaching a restraining order given after he stalked his ex-wife, a pre-sentence report said a community order could normally have been considered; however, as Covid-19 was preventing “robust” community orders, the judge imposed a jail sentence. 

Daily Echo


BB gun fired through window of a property in Poole, Dorset. Click on media link to read full report.

Ipswich Star


Mateusz Nowakowski, aged 28, has been jailed for five years, two months after admitting possession with intent to supply MDMA, amphetamine and cannabis, possession of cocaine, possession of a stun gun and concealing criminal property. Police officers who saw photos of Nowakowski posing with large amounts of cash and discovered he had deposited £147,760 into two personal bank accounts, searched his home in Ipswich, Suffolk and seized a stun gun, baseball bat, axe, machete and knuckleduster, as well as ecstasy tablets, amphetamine, cannabis, cash and drugs paraphernalia. In a second raid, officers recovered wraps of cocaine. The judge described Nowakowski as a prolific trader of Class A drugs and said: “You were motivated solely by financial gain and were prepared to protect your profits by having to hand non-lethal weapons.”

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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.