Gun Incidents in Great Britain
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Anthony Kirwan, aged 37, has been imprisoned for five years after pleading guilty to possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence. In September 2018, Kirwan and another man fired a gun at a house in Bolton, Greater Manchester. The occupant was awoken by the noise and rushed downstairs to find bullet holes in her living room window and front door. Kirwan was arrested after CCTV of the area revealed a car that he was insured to drive. In addition, his DNA was discovered on one of the cartridges recovered from the scene. The second offender remains unidentified.
Matthew Herring, aged 23, has been jailed for fourteen years after admitting possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life, participating in the activities of an organised crime group, possessing a firearm without a certificate, possessing ammunition for a firearm without a certificate and possessing a firearm of length less than 30/60cm. In May this year, following reports of shots fired in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, Herring was forensically linked to a rifle and a sawn-off shotgun found by police officers searching the area. Herring, described as a “loyal lieutenant” within a drugs gang, was told by the judge: “Those who utilise guns will be punished severely. The streets must not be the venue for gang-led violence.”
Connor McGibbon, 32, and Joshua Wilcock, 25, have been jailed for thirteen years, eleven months and eight-and-a-half years respectively after being found guilty of possessing a firearm and admitting being concerned in the supply of cocaine and possessing criminal property. Police officers targeting McGibbon and Wilcock in a covert operation in June this year, caught the two men carrying £10,500 in cash and mobile phones, with more cash, drugs, drugs paraphernalia and a starter pistol converted to fire live ammunition being found at a property in Leeds, West Yorkshire linked to the men. The investigation established that Mc Gibbon was running a drug dealing operation in the city, with Wilcock delivering the drugs.
Sebastian Ziegler, aged 23, has been jailed for six years and five months after pleading guilty to robbery, attempted robbery, possession of a prohibited firearm, possession of ammunition without a certificate, possession of a bladed article and possession of cannabis. In February this year, Ziegler and another man threatened two teenagers in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire with a small black handgun, pointing it at the head of one victim to force him to hand over property. Police traced the attackers’ stolen getaway car and arrested three males following a high-speed chase. The stolen items, a knife and cannabis were found inside the car but the gun was not recovered; however, two days later a member of the public found a gun in nearby Bletchley. Ziegler’s accomplice, Ben Lee, received a sentence of one year and nine months for dangerous driving, aggravated vehicle taking without consent and possession of cannabis, while the third offender, a teenage boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, received three years after pleading guilty to robbery and attempted robbery, and being found guilty of possession of a prohibited firearm.
Police dog discovered sawn-off shotgun and ammunition while out for a walk in Manchester, Greater Manchester. Click on media link to read full report.
James Shields, aged 41, has been sentenced to fifteen months in prison after admitting having a firearm or imitation firearm with intent to cause a man to believe violence would be used against him. In June this year, Shields pointed an air pistol at the face of a man who answered the door of his flat to him in Hamilton, South Lanarkshire. Shields left after realising the man was not the person he had been looking for and that he had called at the wrong address. The victim alerted police and officers tracked Shields using CCTV. An airgun, for which he did not hold a certificate, and pellets were found in his home. The court heard that Shields and his family had been targeted by troublemakers and that Shields had picked up the air pistol after it had been dropped by someone who had chased him.
Four people have been charged with conspiracy to possess a firearm with intent to danger life after police officers raided properties in Manchester, Greater Manchester and recovered a number of suspected firearms. Click on media link to read full report.
After a fire at a house in Hastings, East Sussex, police officers arrested a man on suspicion of arson, false imprisonment, possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life and assault occasioning actual bodily harm. A second man was arrested the following day on suspicion of arson with intent to endanger life, false imprisonment, possessing a firearm without a certificate, and common assault. Police believe the incident involved people known to each other.
Two antique rifles have been stolen from a home in Bovingdon, Hertfordshire. Police officers issued a description of the weapons, inherited by the owner from his late father and said to be of great sentimental value. Detectives have appealed for information from anyone who witnessed any suspicious activity in the area.
Police officers responding to reports of a shooting in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, found a man with gunshot injuries. The victim was rushed to hospital where he was pronounced dead a short time later. A man has since been arrested on suspicion of murder.
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About this information
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.