Gun Incidents in Great Britain
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A man was taken to hospital after a gunman shot him in the back outside his home in Consett, County Durham. The shooting apparently followed an altercation. Five people charged in connection with the shotgun attack walked free after a judge ruled that the conduct of police officers had "seriously undermined the rule of law" (Northern Echo, 4 October 2010).
Lancashire Evening Post
A man was found shot dead in the back garden of a home in Fleetwood, Lancashire. A shotgun was recovered. The death was not being treated as suspicious.
A 20-year-old man has been shot dead on a busy street in Wavertree, Liverpool. He was walking back to the house of a friend when the shooting occurred. Three men who are on trial have all deny murder (Liverpool Echo, 28 April 2009).
An 18-year-old, who was shot at close range as he left a 21st birthday party at a club in Paisley, died in hospital shortly after the shooting. Another victim has been left fighting for his life. Three shots were heard and residents saw a saloon car speed away from the scene. Three men are on trial and have denied murder (BBC, 14 July 2009). One of the men has been cleared but has pleaded guilty to firearms charges. Another of the men has been found guilty of murder and attempted murder.
A woman has been shot and killed by armed police in Sevenoaks, Kent. They were called after a woman with a gun was seen in the centre of the town. The woman was given first aid at the scene but pronounced dead. A firearm was recovered. The Independent Police Complaints Commission said that an investigation would be carried out. An inquest jury has ruled that Ann Sanderson, who had a GT-10 Repeater .177 airgun, was lawfully killed (BBC, 29 July 2010).
A civilian police support worker has been shot during a Thames Valley Police "firearms awareness training session" at Kidlington, Oxfordshire. The man was in a serious but stable condition in hospital. The incident will be investigated by the Independent Police Complaints Commission. The IPCC will examine how a Glock 9 mm pistol came to have a live round, why the safety catch was not on, and whether the officer checked the status of the gun before the lesson (Times, 1 June 2007). The Crown Prosecution Service has said that it will not be bringing any charges, but the IPCC has written to Thames Valley Police to ask for their proposals, if any, on disciplinary action and the Health and Safety Executive is continuing a separate inquiry (BBC, 3 January 2008). A Thames Valley Police officer will face a misconduct hearing (BBC, 20 August 2008) and the victim is to sue the force over the incident (BBC, 11 December 2008). Thames Valley Police has pleaded guilty to breaching health and safety rules (see July 2009 Incidents) and a police officer has pleaded guilty to offences under the 1974 Health and Safety Act (see September 2009 Incidents).
A rail commuter was in a serious condition after being shot by robbers as he went to the aid of a security guard at Rayleigh station in Essex. The victim was shot in the chest with a handgun after intervening. The guard, one of two, was attacked as she loaded a cash machine. The victim has regained consciousness in hospital (BBC, 26 May 2007). A man was being questioned by police in connection with the shooting (Independent, 29 May 2007). Four other arrests have been made in a series of dawn raids (BBC, 15 May 2008). Three men, one of whom wrote a book on Armed Robbery, are alleged to have plotted this and six other robberies in Essex and are on trial charged with conspiring to rob and conspiring to possess firearms with intent to rob. One of them also denies attempted murder and possession of a firearm with intent to rob (Telegraph, 24 February 2009). One man has been found guilty of various charges but the two others accused face a retrial (see May 2009 Incidents).
A man has died after being shot by police in Ealing, west London. Scotland Yard said the man died in an "intelligence led" operation conducted by officers from Operation Trident. No police officers were injured in the incident which is being referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission. Scotland Yard has said that police were investigating alleged illegal firearm transactions and that a loaded weapon was found with the man (BBC, 16 May 2007). A inquest has heard how Terry Nicholas pulled a gun and fired at undercover police who shot him dead in the street (Ealing Gazette, 11 September 2009). The jury has decided that he was lawfully killed (BBC, 2 October 2009).
Western Daily Press
A man has appeared in court and denied robbery at a post office in Liskeard, Cornwall, in August 2006 and possessing an imitation firearm. Matthew Whiles was later sentenced to 10 years in prison (see This is Cornwall, 23 July 2009).
A teenage assistant manager of a store in Jarrow has told how he still suffers flashbacks after being robbed at gunpoint at the shop. The robber was brandishing what is thought to be a double-barrelled shotgun and leapt over the counter, demanding cash from the victim. Two members of the public came to his aid and the robber made his escape with less than £100. The store owners are offering a £2000 reward for any information which leads to arrest and conviction. One man has been arrested and bailed pending further inquiries. A man has been jailed for five years for this and another robbery. The weapon was an imitation firearm (see March 2010 Incidents).
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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.