Gun Incidents in Great Britain

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Lancashire Evening Post


A man threatened a shop worker with what appeared to be a handgun during an attempted robbery at an off licence in Bamber Bridge, Lancashire.  The owner did not hand over any cash and the man ran away empty-handed.

Harrow Observer


A man was in a serious condition after being shot in the head in Wembley, north west London.  It is believed the incident happened after the victim had been to a New Years Eve party.  A man has been accused of attempted murder and possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life (Harrow Times, 8 January 2010).  He was jailed for 11 years after he admitted grievous bodily harm with intent and possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life (see November 2010 Incidents).

Kent Online


A cat has needed major surgery after being shot in Minster, Kent.  An X-ray revealed an airgun pellet which had entered through his lower abdomen, hit his intestines in four different places, penetrated his liver and caused a rupture in his diaphragm before becoming lodged in his thorax.  His treatment will cost about £1500.

Newham Recorder


A murder inquiry has been launched after a man was found with shotgun wounds in Forest Gate, east London.  The victim was taken to hospital but died of his injuries.  Five men were arrested, four of whom have been released without charge (BBC, 8 January 2010).  An 18-year-old has been bailed pending further inquiries (Newham Recorder, 16 January 2010).  Seven people in total have been arrested as part of the police investigation (Press Association, 16 January 2010).  A reward of up to £10,000 is being offered by police looking for a suspect in connection with the murder (East London Advertiser, 18 May 2010).  A man has now been charged with murder and possession of a firearm with intent to commit an indictable offence (BBC, 29 May 2010).

The Star


Two men who sent two others to threaten an ex-convict with a gun and told him to hand over £25,000 have been jailed for nine years each.  The incident took place in Ilkeston, Derbyshire (This is Derbyshire, 5 January 2010).  Wayne Reece and Michael McKenna were convicted of blackmailing their victim.  McKenna admitted a second charge of possessing a stun gun disguised as a torch which was found at his home in Woodseats, Sheffield, and was given another six months' jail for this offence, to run concurrently.  McKenna has failed to get his sentence cut on appeal (The Star, 17 May 2010).

Ealing Gazette


Cannabis plants and a stun gun were seized in a raid at an address in Southall, west London.  A man and a woman were arrested.

Express & Star


Altaf Ahmad Khan bought a 0.22 calibre silver Belgian revolver and ammunition at a car boot sale in Cannock, Staffordshire, thinking it was a replica.  The gun was found by police when his home in Walsall, West Midlands, was raided in November 2009.  The gun was found to be capable of firing bullets.  Khan admitted possession of a firearm and ammunition for a firearm without a certificate.  He also admitted drugs charges.  He has been sentenced to eighteen months in jail, but the judge has called for an inquiry into the decision to charge him with an offence that meant he could not be jailed for five years (Express & Star, 25 February 2010).

The Argus


A woman has been spoken to by the police after she carried an imitation machine gun through a housing estate in Brighton.  She was not formally arrested.  She claimed she did not know it was a crime to carry the replica SA80 assault rifle in public.  The BB gun will be destroyed.

Clackton Gazette


An airgun was recovered by police after a man was arrested in Walton, Essex, in connection with a domestic assault.



A rescue pony has died and another seriously injured after they were shot.  The attack took place at the Exmoor Pony Centre in Dulverton, Somerset.

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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.