Gun Incidents in Great Britain

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Yorkshire Evening Post


Louis Dhers, of no fixed address, has been jailed for seven-and-a-half years after pleading guilty to possession of a prohibited firearm, possession of ammunition without a certificate, possession of cannabis with intent to supply and possession of amphetamines. In February this year, Dhers and two other men left a bag containing a loaded Russian semi-automatic pistol in a taxi in Leeds, West Yorkshire. Police officers subsequently found Dhers hiding in the loft of a house in the city. The court heard that the firearm, modified with a replacement rifle barrel, revealed traces of Dhers’ DNA; however, the ammunition was not capable of being fired and Dhers had not used the weapon.  

Lancashire Telegraph


Tomasz Wehsela has been sentenced to eight months in prison, suspended for 18 months, and 100 hours of unpaid work after pleading guilty to possession of a stun gun. In March this year, police officers attended an address in Nelson, Lancashire following a report of a domestic incident. Officers subsequently found a working stun gun disguised as a torch at the property. On sentencing, the judge said: "… I accept you have not committed any offence with this item. Nor was it produced during the incident with your wife that led to your arrest. But I am entirely satisfied the custody threshold has been crossed."

Leigh Journal


After ringing a doorbell, a masked man allegedly forced his way into a home in Leigh, Greater Manchester and threatened two women with a handgun while demanding money. The suspect left empty-handed, fleeing on foot. No one was injured. Police have appealed for information.

Romford Recorder


Armed police officers were deployed following reports of men carrying a gun in the town centre of Romford, Essex. No firearms were found but officers arrested a man wanted for breach of his licence. He has since been recalled to prison.



After a cat owner in Newcastle, Tyne & Wear saw her pet limping home with serious injuries, she initially thought that he had been hit by a car. Subsequent X-rays revealed, however, that the cat had been shot at least twenty times with an air gun. One eye had to be removed as pellets had gone right through it, while there was evidence of ricocheted shots above the other eye. It is believed that the cat was "trapped and used as target practice". The pet is now recovering at home.



Police officers Tasered a man after four officers were assaulted as they tried to protect a victim of domestic abuse at an address in Hull, East Yorkshire. The officers summoned help by activating “code zero”, a signal that they were under attack.



A man and his 5-year-old nephew, part of a magnet-fishing group in Lincoln, Lincolnshire, have pulled two guns out of the River Brayford. The boy pulled up the first handgun, with his uncle finding a P38 pistol wrapped in a bag less than three hours later. Both guns were passed to Lincolnshire Police for further inspection.



Armed police officers and a police helicopter were deployed following a firearms incident in Dyserth, Denbighshire in the early hours of the morning. A man was subsequently arrested in connection with the incident.

Leigh Journal


Following a report that a man and woman had been threatened by a man with a gun in Wigan, Greater Manchester, specialist officers responded. A male suspect was arrested on suspicion of possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence. There were no reports of injuries.

Wilts & Gloucestershire Standard


Police officers Tasered a man in Tetbury, Gloucestershire earlier this month after he resisted arrest. The man stopped his car abruptly behind a police car before getting out of his vehicle and throwing the car keys over a fence. As he tried to run away, officers used a Taser to subdue him. The man was subsequently sentenced after pleading guilty to driving with excess alcohol, resisting the police, driving without insurance and without a valid licence.

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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.