Gun Incidents in Great Britain


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Observer and Citizen (Leighton Buzzard)

16-02-2010

A sniper has been targeting rescue cats in a street in Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire.  The police believe the culprit may be shooting at the animals with an airgun from a bedroom nearby.  A number of cats have been injured though none seriously.


BBC

16-02-2010

Two Royal Navy service personnel were detained and an air rifle was recovered from a room at Faslane Naval Base, Argyll and Bute, following reports that a weapon had been discharged at the base.


Manchester Evening News

16-02-2010

Two teenage girls who looked after a gun for a man were caught when police raided a house in Flixton, Greater Manchester in May 2009.  The revolver was found in a black leather handbag resting on top of a hedgerow.  Chloe Goodman, 18, and a 17-year-old pleaded guilty to possessing a prohibited weapon and possessing ammunition without a certificate.  The gun belonged to Daniel Brown who admitted possessing a firearm with ammunition.  The two girls have both been jailed, Goodman for three years in an institute for young offenders and the younger girl was given a two year detention and training order.  Brown was jailed for five years (Manchester Evening News, 30 March 2010).


Get Surrey

15-02-2010

Ian Henderson threatened his elderly mother with a BB gun at the home of his parents in Salfords, Surrey, in September 2009.  He was drunk at the time and shouted abuse at her and then flashed the imitation handgun and said he was going to shoot her and bury her in the garden.  He said he carried the gun sometimes with a view to shooting cats.  His mother called the police who found 1,500 ball bearings in his bag which could have been used as ammunition.  He admitted one count of possessing an imitation firearm and was sentenced to imprisonment for 20 months.


Chelmsford Weekly News

15-02-2010

Two cats have been shot near their home in Colchester, Essex.  Their owner discovered them hiding in a shed, one had been shot in the chest and may not survive, the other was shot in the stomach and been allowed to return home.  It is thought that two people with an airgun each may have shot the cats at the same time.


Evening Courier

15-02-2010

An air rifle, a crossbow and suspected cannabis plants were found by police during a raid in Rastrick, West Yorkshire.


Manchester Evening News

14-02-2010

Alan Long from Eccles, Greater Manchester, shot his girlfriend in the neck with a sawn-off shotgun after they argued about his cheating on her.  He escaped an attempted murder charge after the court heard he had not intended to shoot her and a fault made the weapon fire.  After the shooting he fled the scene with a shotgun, a handgun and ammunition in a bag.  He admitted possessing the shotgun and handgun with intent to endanger life, plus charges of possessing ammunition and farming cannabis plants.  He was jailed indeterminately for the public protection.  The shooting took place at a house in Peel Green in August 2009 (BBC, 12 February 2009).


BBC

13-02-2010

A possible shooting at a house in Fulwood, Preston, was being investigated by police.  The house was damaged and officers were investigating whether the damage was caused by a gunshot.  It is reported that a handgun was fired from a car as the householder stood outside the house (Lancashire Evening Post, 15 February 2010).  A man has pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence, but other charges against him and four other people were dropped (see October 2010 Incidents).  He has been jailed for five years (see January 2011 Incidents).


Local Guardian

13-02-2010

Three men who robbed a home in Balham, south London, have been sentenced.  Michael Wright, Angelo Wright and Tomasz Cieplichiewicz all pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated burglary, one count of possessing an imitation firearm, five counts of false imprisonment and one count of aggravated vehicle theft.  They tried to steal a safe which they put in a car belonging to the owner which they also stole.  Michael and Angelo Wright were sentenced to 12 years and Cieplichiewicz to 10 years.


Hartlepool Mail

13-02-2010

A man from Hartlepool, Teesside, has been charged with possessing an airgun with intent to cause fear of violence and common assault.  He has been accused of trying to shoot his sister's partner with an air rifle after the two were involved in a fight outside his home.  A man has been convicted and jailed for a year (see July 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.