Gun Incidents in Great Britain

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The Mail


After Matthew Craig, aged 24, admitted trespassing on land with an air weapon and wasteful employment of police, magistrates imposed a three-year criminal behaviour order and a 7pm-7am eight-week curfew. Armed police officers were deployed after Craig was found with an air rifle on playing fields in Barrow, Cumbria, pointing his green laser sight in the direction of unarmed first responders and shooting the weapon into the ground. Two air rifles and a BB gun were subsequently found at Craig’s home. The court heard that Craig, who has learning difficulties, had also called police on 999 and 101 with false reports 100 times between July 1 2019 and March 28 2020. The order bans Craig from possessing air weapons or firearms, bans him from calling 999 or 101 unless in a genuine emergency, and orders him to hand over any other firearms in his possession.

Nantwich News


Following early morning warrants carried out in Nantwich, Cheshire in connection with serious and organised crime, a man was charged with conspiracy to supply Class A and B drugs, and conspiracy to possess a firearm. Click on media link to read full report.

Harrow Times


Following reports of two men shooting guns at a park in Harrow, North London, police traced the suspects to a bus. Firearms officers stopped the vehicle and detained the alleged offenders. One man was subsequently arrested after being found in possession of a suspected gun.

News & Star with The Cumberland News


Mark Nicholas Day, aged 59 and from Carlisle, Cumbria, fined £140 after admitting two counts of illegally possessing firearms (a Cybergun Sig Sauer 516 carbon dioxide rifle and a Walther CP 88 carbon dioxide pistol) in the five-year period following his release from a jail term. Click on media link to read full report.

Cambs Times


Magnet fisherman found a bundle of three shotguns and two rifles, all believed to be antiques, from a river near Chatteris, Cambridgeshire. Click on media link to read full report.



Woman arrested in New Ferry, Wirral after reportedly using a gas-powered air pistol to make threats online. Click on media link to read full report.



A group of men armed with weapons allegedly assaulted a man in Bristol before stealing his scooter. Police officers subsequently arrested two men in connection with the incident and seized a knife and BB gun. The scooter was found and returned to its owner. Police have appealed for information.

North Devon Gazette


David Collings, aged 23, was jailed for fourteen months after he admitted possession of an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence. His accomplice, 22-year-old Fabian Leat, received a suspended ten-month sentence after admitting possession of an offensive weapon, criminal damage and arson. In September last year, Collings and Leat threatened and assaulted a vulnerable young man in his room at a sheltered accommodation centre in Ilfracombe, Devon because Collings believed he had been spreading rumours about him. The victim, who suffers with severe autism, ADHD, and a range of mental health issues, was forced into a chair before Collings put a fake gun to his head. Leat smashed a large claw hammer into a wall and started a fire in a bin before both men fled. The court heard that Collings, who wore a balaclava and mask during the attack, and Leat, who claimed to have become involved through a “misplaced sense of loyalty to Collings”, also suffer from autism, ADHD and other mental health issues.



Robert Rawson, aged 25, jailed for fourteen months after police found a Class B drug (Mamba) at his home in Chesterfield, Derbyshire and a stun gun in a bin storage area outside the property. Click on media link to read full report.

The Courier


Paul Markie, aged 60, has been ordered to serve five years in prison after pleading guilty to unlawfully possessing ammunition and the component parts of a prohibited weapon. Following a tip off, police officers searched Markie’s home in Dundee, Scotland and found boxes of blank ammunition and parts of a deactivated submachine gun. The court heard that Markie bought the item as a deactivated firearm with the intention of converting it to a blank firer, thereby increasing its value. The seized items will be forfeited and Markie, who was freed early from a previous jail sentence for firearms offences, must serve 175 days of the unexpired part of that sentence before he begins his latest jail term.

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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.