Gun Incidents in Great Britain

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Steven Spires and Denis Kolencukov have been jailed for twenty-six years and nineteen years, two months respectively for conspiracy to import firearms. Michael Nicholls, convicted for his role in the conspiracy, will be sentenced at a later date. The court heard that the trio had carried out seven gun importations between January and July 2017, with Kolencukov buying revolvers legally in his native Czech Republic and transporting them using an unsuspecting courier. The firearms were delivered to an industrial estate in Slough, Berkshire where Spires organised their sale. Border Force officers brought an end to the operation when they stopped a van in France just before it entered the Channel Tunnel and retrieved 79 handguns and more than 4,000 of rounds of ammunition hidden in engine blocks in the attached trailer. These weapons alone were worth an estimated £100,000 to £150,000; however, it is thought that a total of up to 700 guns had been imported with a profit of up to £1.2 million. 95 firearms in total were seized as part of the investigation, nine of which were retrieved when Spires and Nicholls were arrested in a pub car park.



A vet surgery in Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire has treated three local cats, all shot during the last few weeks. X-rays revealed pellets inside each of the animals. Staff posted a warning online asking owners to be vigilant. Speaking last year, the RSPCA Chief Inspectorate Officer, said: “We believe air gun misuse is happening on a large scale and what we see at the RSPCA could be the tip of the iceberg. We believe that stricter controls are long overdue. Mandatory licensing would be an effective start, but we also need improved enforcement of airgun legislation as well as better, more targeted education and explanation of the law for those buying one.”

Tamworth Informed


A man from Tamworth, Staffordshire, arrested by National Crime Agency (NCA) officers in January last year, has been charged with drugs and firearms offences. The suspect allegedly conspired with others to import drugs and firearms over a period of more than two years from June 2015. He has also been charged with money laundering. Charges in connection with the same conspiracy have already been brought against two other suspects.

The Argus


Armed police officers arrested a man seen standing near a cashpoint in Seaford, East Sussex with an air rifle. Click on media link to read full report.

the free press


David Ian Welch, aged 36, has been jailed for five years after admitting possession of a sawn-off shotgun with a barrel less than 30 cm and possessing ammunition; he received a consecutive two-year sentence for possessing 1.1 kg of cannabis with intent to supply. When police officers raided his property in  Ruthin, Denbighshire, they retrieved a sawn-off shotgun from under his bed and 34 cartridges nearby. In addition, officers found a baseball bat, a Samurai sword, a filleting knife, a machete and a throwing knife, as well as almost £36,000 in a safe and  around £8,600 worth of cannabis and drugs paraphernalia. The court heard that Welch had moved to the town from Liverpool to run a drugs supply business and that he had been providing “a safe haven” for the shotgun and ammunition for “serious criminals”. While accepting the shotgun was not linked to the cannabis business, the judge said that the “inevitable inference” was that “Welch had moved to Ruthin to deal in cannabis on some scale while maintaining contact with criminals in Merseyside who no doubt had provided him with the shot gun”. No penalty was added for possessing cash as criminal property.



Police investigating County Lines drug gangs have searched 38 homes across Kent, London, Surrey and Sussex and arrested 42 people. One man was arrested after a handgun, live ammunition and large quantities of heroin and amphetamine were found at a flat in Abbey Wood, South East London, and a woman was detained after two imitation firearms were found in a car linked to an address in Orpington. In total, over 3kg of heroin and £50,000 were recovered. Following the operation,  a police spokesperson said: “County lines criminality brings some of the most violent crime to this county.”

Manchester Evening News


Man arrested after police found a handgun and bullets during a raid at a home in Bolton, Greater Manchester. Click on media link to read full report.



After they received reports that a firearm and machete had been seen, police officers arrested four teenagers in Gainsborough, Lincolnshire. The suspects, pursued by a helicopter, armed officers and a dog unit, were also questioned in connection with a racially-aggravated assault and other clashes in the town. One person was treated in hospital for a facial injury following the incidents.



A teenage male was treated in hospital for leg injuries believed to have been sustained when a firearm was discharged into the front door of a property in Middlesbrough, North Yorkshire. Police, who found an abandoned vehicle near the scene of the shooting, have asked local motorists to check their dashcam footage for relevant information. A teenage male and a man have since been arrested in connection with the incident.  



Police arrested a teenager and two adults after finding Class A and B drugs, cash, a number of mobile phones, a BB gun with pellets and a large knife during a raid at a property in Carmarthen, Carmarthenshire. Click on media link to read full report.

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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.