Gun Incidents in Great Britain


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CoventryLive

27-06-2019

After being cleared of murder, Jordan Bassett has been jailed for eighteen years for manslaughter and possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life. In December last year, in Willenhall, West Midlands, Bassett pulled the trigger of a gun he was playing around with and shot his friend in the head at point-blank range. In a victim statement, the deceased man’s mother said: “His killer may have well killed me that night as well… Seeing my son in the mortuary and then in a coffin at the age of just 27 will stay with me. It’s something no mother should have to see.” The judge said that the sentence was intended to “send a clear message that if young men who supply drugs carry a gun around in the community, then they will go to prison for a long time indeed.”


NorthWalesLive

27-06-2019

Ben Andrew Wilson, aged 29,  has been sent to prison for seven years after being found guilty of manslaughter by gross negligence and possession of a loaded firearm in a public place; Benjamin George Fitzsimons, aged 24, was jailed for two years after being found guilty of the latter charge. The court heard that an 18-year-old man was fatally shot in Wilson’s car in Llanbedrog, Gwynedd, after all three men had been out for a drink together. On returning to the vehicle, the victim sat in the back seat while Fitzsimons tested Wilson’s loaded shotgun, which had been left in the footwell with the barrel pointing to the rear. Fitzsimons removed one cartridge and tested the semi-automatic mechanism twice more, believing the weapon to be safe when no further cartridges were ejected. The firearm then discharged, fatally wounding the victim. Fitzsimons said in court that, although the shotgun did not belong to him and was not his responsibility, he must have set off the gun; however, he had no recollection of how that happened. The judge ordered that the shotgun be forfeited and a police spokesperson said:  "Those issued with gun licences for their work or for their leisure activities have a great responsibility to adhere to the strict licence conditions at all times for their own safety and the safety of others."


The Scarborough News

27-06-2019

Cat shot with air rifle in East Ayton, North Yorkshire. Click on media link to read full report.


Shropshire Star

26-06-2019

Cat shot with airgun in Telford, Shropshire. Click on media link to read full report.


PlymouthLive

26-06-2019

Aaron Essery, aged 33, was handed a two-year suspended prison sentence with mental health treatment and probation supervision after he pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence. In October last year, Essery walked up to a man on a street in Plymouth, Devon and pointed a loaded imitation Glock BB gun at his head. The victim, said to have suffered lasting psychological harm, believed the gun to be real until Essery told him it was fake. However, the court heard that the firearm had “lethal capacity”. Essery also showed the weapon to shocked members of the public before he was arrested by armed police. The judge said that he could suspend Essery’s prison sentence because of his mental health difficulties, but that he must stick to a three-month curfew between 8pm and 8am. The weapon will be destroyed.


ChronicleLive

26-06-2019

After questioning a man in Houghton-le-Spring, Tyne & Wear about his possession of a fake Metropolitan Police warrant card holder, police decided to review his firearms licence. The man, who claimed to have bought the warrant card holder online for his police memorabilia collection. volunteered his two shotguns and his firearms licence to his local Firearms Licensing department.


PlymouthLive

26-06-2019

Andrew Worthington, aged 45, has been convicted of possession of Class B drugs with intent to supply, possession of a shotgun without a certificate and possession of a stun gun. Worthington was arrested after police, including armed officers, executed a search warrant at a property in Saltash, Cornwall and seized a shotgun, ammunition, a stun gun and cannabis worth approximately £30,500.


Andover Advertiser

26-06-2019

Cat shot in Andover, Hampshire. Click on media link to read full report.


BirminghamLive

26-06-2019

Firearms officers and police dogs were deployed following reports of a teenager seen with a gun at a park in Birmingham, West Midlands. A BB gun was recovered at the scene and a teenage male was arrested on suspicion of possession of an imitation firearm.


UNILAD

26-06-2019

After a member of the public reported seeing a seagull with an arrow shot right through its body, in Poole, Dorset, an RSPCA animal welfare officer rescued the bird. Vets managed to save the gull but said that it had also been shot with an airgun in an earlier incident, X-rays revealing a pellet lodged in its body. The sentence for this offence, under the Animal Welfare Act 2006, is up to six months in prison and an unlimited fine.


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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.