Gun Incidents in Great Britain

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Manchester Evening News


A van driver was shot in the leg and arm by pellets fired from an air rifle as he made a bread delivery in Atherton, Lancashire.  He was left with minor wounds.  Two men and a teenage woman are being questioned by the police.  Two men have been sent to jail for nine months (see February 2010 Incidents).

Derby Evening Telegraph


A golfer was shot with an air rifle while playing a round of golf in Sinfin, Derby.  He was hit by a pellet on the hip.  In a second incident in Sinfin Moor a 15-year-old boy was shot twice in the leg.

Devon 24


Travellers who set up home in a field in Sidmouth, Devon, have left local residents "frightened" and "traumatised".   The residents have described seeing them, among other things, brandish an air rifle with a telescopic sight.

Evening Leader


A man is due to appear in court charged with possessing an imitation firearm after an incident at a pub in Flint.  He has also been charged with criminal damage.



Cameron Howe, 18, fired an air rifle at a van which was parked outside a house in Earls Colne, Essex.  He admitted he had behaved recklessly but said the incident was an accident.  He had acquired the gun that day, swapping it for a car amplifier.  He had only ever used an air rifle once before.  He was ordered to pay £100 in compensation and £60 in court costs.

Kent Online


Police disarmed a man armed with a BB gun and knife in a confrontation in Tenterden, Kent.  The police had been called after reports of a man acting suspiciously.  A man has admitted possession a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence, having  a bladed article and damaging property (see September 2009 Incidents).

Malvern Gazette


Philip Dudson entered a shop in Malvern Link, Worcestershire, carrying a replica Colt 45.  He was ordered outside by the shop assistant and was arrested two days later when police found the replica gun and a double-barrelled shotgun stolen by Dudson from an office in Alfrick.  Dudson pleaded guilty to attempted robbery and theft of a shotgun and was jailed for three-and-a-half years.



A man threatened staff with a double-barrelled shotgun at a bookmakers in Duddingston Park South, Edinburgh, before escaping with about £4000.  The robber and an accomplice drove away on a motorbike.

Stourbridge News


Dean Pedley has failed in a test case bid to overturn an open-ended sentence given to him in September 2005 after he had admitted robbery and possession of a firearm.  He was one of three men who raided a van delivery cash to a service station in Kingswinford, West Midlands, stealing £12,000.  Pedley was armed with a .38 Magnum revolver which he fired in the air.

Rutland Times


A cat has been shot with an air rifle in Oakham, Rutland.  His owner found him crying in pain and was horrified to see x-rays of a pellet lodged near his spine.  The cat may never walk properly again, despite vet bills of more than £600.  He is the second cat to suffer being shot in the area within the last six weeks.  In the earlier incident a cat was shot in the leg.

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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.