Gun Incidents in Great Britain
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Armed police were deployed following a report of a BB gun being fired in Folkestone, Kent. Shortly afterwards, firearms officers stopped a car in nearby Hythe and arrested a teenager on suspicion of possessing a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence. There were no reports of any injuries.
Harri John Lasslett, aged 18, has been sentenced to three years in a young offenders' unit after pleading guilty to possession of an imitation firearm. In October this year, Lasslett caused fear in the community as he rode an illegal off-road bike around Newport, Wales while brandishing an imitation air pistol. Following a response by a firearms unit and the national police air service, Lasslett was detained outside his home address. The firearm was discovered hidden in a tree.
Following an incident in Wycombe, Buckinghamshire earlier this month, a man has been charged with possession of a firearm while committing a robbery, driving while disqualified and using a motor vehicle without third party insurance.
A man has been shot dead by an unknown assailant outside his home in Battersea, South West London. The man was attacked in front of his family, with neighbours reporting that between eight and ten gunshots were fired. A police spokesperson said that a motive has yet to be established.
Robert Green, aged 22, has been handed a custodial sentence of six years after admitting possessing a prohibited weapon, a rifle component, four cans of pepper spray and ammunition. The court heard that Green, an ex-soldier who was fascinated with armoury, had his home in Hinckley, Leicestershire searched after a pepper spray was discovered in his vehicle. A semi-automatic rifle was retrieved from a safe in his bedroom, while three other pepper sprays and 155 rounds of ammunition were found around the room. Green claimed to have built the rifle “because he was interested in the engineering behind it” but had not considered it safe enough to fire; however, a police firearms expert subsequently test fired it successfully. Green said that parts for the rifle were obtained via the Internet while one part had come from an unnamed source. Some of the ammunition, Green claimed, had been given to him by a friend, while he kept the rest after an organised shoot. The pepper sprays were brought to the UK after an army exercise in Germany, with Green professing to be unaware they were illegal in this country. On sentencing, the judge said: "You well knew the law and shouldn't have had the items and you accept you knew that. There was a determined and calculated effort by you to have available a lethal assault rifle." He added that he did not believe Green’s story about the ammunition, saying: "You deliberately stole it (ammunition) from the army."
Price Dafiaghor, aged 33 and of no fixed abode, has been jailed for fifteen years, with an extended licence of eighteen years, after being found guilty of three counts of robbery, one count of attempted robbery, four counts of possession of an imitation firearm and one count of possession of a prohibited weapon. In December 2018, Dafiaghor was involved in disturbance at a takeaway restaurant, after which he took a firearm from his trousers and placed it in a wheelie bin outside. Following his detention and the recovery of the weapon, Dafiaghor was linked to four armed robberies at shops in and around Croydon, South London in the preceding three months. During some of the robberies, he took staff members out of the stores at gun point to aid his escape.
Michael Iannucci, aged 20, has been sentenced to five years and four months at a young offenders’ unit after admitting to possession of a disguised firearm, criminal damage and drugs offences. The court heard that Ianucci had been selling MDMA (ecstasy) pills from his home in Barry, Wales, offering children "three for £10" deals. He was also found in possession of a stun gun disguised as a torch, which he said he carried for protection. He later changed his story, saying he had found it a supermarket and picked it up believing it to be a torch.
At the beginning of this month, police officers stopped a driver who had been “driving at speed” in Sheffield, South Yorkshire. After he resisted arrest, officers Tasered him four times. The man, who pleaded guilty to using a vehicle without insurance and without a licence, failing to stop for police and using a fraudulent registration mark, claimed he was Tasered “for no reason” as he had his hands in the air.
It has emerged that, in October this year, police officers involved in a dedicated campaign to tackle weapons offences in Lincoln, Lincolnshire, arrested a man in in possession of a firearm. The suspect was subsequently charged with possession of a shortened shotgun and possession of a shotgun without a certificate.
Darren Wood, aged 25, has been handed a 23-month prison sentence, suspended for two years, after pleading guilty to affray and possession of an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear. In August 2017, Wood locked himself into his flat in Wem, Shropshire and brandished a knife and long-barrelled BB gun at attending police officers. Wood eventually gave himself up after negotiation. The court heard that Wood had been on bail awaiting trial for sex offences at the time of the offence and had been “struggling to cope” with the allegations made against him on social media. He had also been drinking before he carried out what was described by his Defence as a “cry for help”. Wood was ordered to carry out 100 hours unpaid work, complete a rehabilitation programme and pay £750 court costs.
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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.