Gun Incidents in Great Britain

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During a weekend of action designed to tackle organised crime groups, police officers raided a home in Birmingham, West Midlands and recovered a suspected handgun, cash and drugs. Two men and a woman were arrested on suspicion of possession of a firearm. At a second raid at a property in Northfield, officers discovered a suspected improvised firearm and arrested a man on suspicion of possession of a firearm and possession of a bladed article. A third weapon was found when officers responding to a car key burglary in Great Barr recovered what appeared to be a handgun from a suspect's bag. He was arrested on suspicion of aggravated burglary and possession of a firearm.



Armed police were deployed following a report of three men carrying suspected firearms in Sittingbourne, Kent. After stopping the suspects’ vehicle, the officers seized an imitation firearm, a balaclava and a face mask. Three men were arrested on suspicion of possessing firearms with intent.

Western Telegraph


Kane Stewart, aged 18, has been jailed for 21 weeks for possession of a knife, with concurrent sentences of twelve weeks for possession of an imitation firearm, four weeks for possession of cannabis and four weeks for failing to surrender to bail. In January 2024, Kane was found carrying a BB gun, a knife and 6.71g of cannabis in Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire. He was also ordered to pay £85 in costs and a £154 surcharge, and a forfeiture and destruction order was made for the weapons and drugs.



John Smeadley, aged 56, has been fined £800 and ordered to complete 60 hours of unpaid work after admitting to being in possession of a Texan Air Rifle Lethal Load weapon without authority and using it to kill a deer without permission in Morham, East Lothian in April 2023. After Smeadley tried to claim the shooting deer was considered “acceptable” in the area, the sherfiff told him, “…I can tell you that it's certainly not acceptable to poach these animals.” Smeadley’s firearm and ammunition will be forfeited.

BBC News


David Shoubridge, aged 35, has been jailed for eight years after admitting robbery, attempted robbery, possession of a firearm, possession of an imitation firearm, theft, going equipped for theft and attempted theft. Between November 2022 and July 2023, Shoubridge robbed betting shops and service stations armed with what looked like a handgun. Starting at a bookmaker’s in Potters Bar, Hertfordshire, Shoubridge went on to steal a total of around £100,000 from various premises, sometimes using an angle grinder and crowbar to break into cash payout machines. His DNA was found on the magazine of a BB pistol recovered after one robbery and he was eventually arrested while carrying out another offence. The court heard that one victim, a 20-year-old woman, felt “genuine terror” while Shoubridge stood above her and pointed a gun at her. The robbery “changed her life completely”, causing her to leave her job and defer her university place. Shoubridge’s offending was said to be caused by drug and gambling habits.



A person attended a hospital after being shot in the leg at the property in Gloucester, Gloucestershire. No arrests have yet been made.

The Scottish Sun


Following reports that a 4x4 vehicle containing firearms had been stolen from land in Stranraer, Dumfries and Galloway, police officers arrested three teenage boys. The vehicle and firearms were recovered.

Yorkshire Evening Post


Ben Campbell, aged 40, has been jailed for five years after admitting possession of an illegal firearm. Campbell’s DNA was found on the trigger of a Slovakian-made Grand Power pistol that was seized, along with a magazine of live ammunition, at a property in Leeds, West Yorkshire in October 2023. Campbell initially denied any knowledge of the gun but later said he had been given the gun to store in a vacant property and had later returned it. He refused to say who had given him the weapon.



Following a report that three bullets had been found near the town hall in St Helens, police recovered the ammunition for forensic examination. Click on media link to read full report.

Staffordshire Police


Police officers arrested a man on suspicion of possession of a firearm in a public place after a handgun was spotted in his bag at a supermarket in Tamworth, Staffordshire. No threats were made and no one was injured.

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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.