Gun Incidents in Great Britain
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Grant Finnigan shot a postman delivering mail to a street in Barrhead, Renfrewshire, in May 2009 (see Incidents). He has been jailed after pleading guilty to recklessly discharging an air pistol at another person and striking his victim on the head with ball bearings to his injury and also admitted he was in possession of an air pistol and had ball bearing for ammunition. He will serve three years nine months.
A man, the victim of what police have described as a "brutal execution-style murder", is believed to have been shot dead in a lay-by in Clayton West, Huddersfield in West Yorkshire. A post-mortem confirmed he had died from shotgun wounds (BBC, 10 September). Two men, one of whom was the victim's lover, have been found guilty of murder (see May 2010 Incidents).
Gary Oxley shot and killed a man at point blank range with a vintage .455 Webley revolver in a cafe in Mottingham, south London, in March 2009 (see Incidents). He has pleaded guilty to murder and possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life. He has been jailed for a minimum for 21 years (BBC, 12 October 2009).
A second cat has been injured in an airgun shooting in Alford, Lincolnshire. After almost two months of treatment for a suspected infection, an x-ray revealed a pellet which has now been removed from his bladder.
A court has heard that a woman was shot at "point blank" range with a double-barrelled shotgun by her partner at their home in Thorne, South Yorkshire, in March 2009 (see Incidents). The victim was shot after a heated argument over money. The defendant stored a number of legally-owned weapons in a gun cabinet, but an earlier visitor had seen a shotgun propped up next to the hi-fi and witnessed the defendant running out into the garden to shoot a magpie. The witness is quoted as saying "He always sits on the settee with the gun at arm's reach away. The gun was loaded to pounce on a cat that had been coming into the garden". Derek Harriman has been found guilty of murder and been ordered to serve a minimum of 21 years in jail (The Star, 15 September 2009).
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A woman, who was walking her dog in Cheltenham, was hit in the leg by a pellet from what is believed to have been a ball-bearing gun.
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A 19-year-old has been sentenced to two years after she hid a gun for a man whom she has refused to name. A 9mm revolver was found at the home of Jodie Collins in Cricklewood, north west London, in September 2008. She is one of 11 women who have been caught hiding a gun for a man in London since April 2008 (Kilburn Times, 2 October 2009).
A man drunkenly pointed an air rifle at the chest of his partner and threatened to shoot her at their home in Worcester. Eric Steventon admitted making threats to kill. He was sentenced to 16 weeks in custody, suspended for two years and ordered to carry out 60 hours unpaid work. AN order was made for the forfeiture and destruction of the gun.
Police swooped on a farmhouse in Renton, West Dunbartonshire, after reports that a young woman was being held against her will and that the suspect may be in possession of a gun. No firearm was discovered, but a man has been charged with allegedly abducting a woman and assaulting a man.
Ricardo Poli, 18, from Timperley, Cheshire, who has pleaded guilty to charges relating to capturing and assaulting two teenage boys has also admitted possessing a firearm after being stopped in a car with a sawn-off shotgun in May 2008. He was sentenced to three years for the firearms offences and a total of 16 months for the other offences.
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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.