Gun Incidents in Great Britain

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Exmouth Journal


Michael Densham from Exmouth, Devon, has admitted possessing a 9mm bolt action shotgun without authority.  He pleaded not guilty to a charge of possessing the gun with intent to cause fear of violence to his wife in December 2008.  His wife is refusing to help the police and the charge has been dropped.  Sentencing was deferred.

Express & Star


Armed police went to a street in the centre of Wolverhampton after witnesses reported seeing a man brandishing a gun.  Two men found with two plastic BB guns were arrested.  They have been charged with possession of imitation firearms in a public place.

Liverpool Echo


Brothers Peter Moogan and Michael Moogan have both been jailed for eight years for storing a stash of guns at a property in Haydock, Merseyside.  The weapons were recovered after police acted against underworld armourer Mark Watts, who was jailed for 15 years in March 2008 (see Incidents).  The brothers rented the property from Watts and their fingerprints were found on the guns.  Michael Moogan admitted seven firearms charges including selling and transferring prohibited weapons, Peter Moogan pleaded guilty to possessing a gun and ammunition.  A fourth man Neil Johnstone who was arrested with Watts had pleaded guilty to a number of offences and was jailed for eight years last March.

Romford Recorder


Noel Grant used a green water pistol in a hold up a bank in Brentwood, Essex, in December 2008.  A teller handed over £770 in cash.  Grant handed himself into the police sometime later.  He admitted possession of an imitation firearm with intent and robbery and was given a three and a half year sentence.

Evening Chronicle


An air rifle, blue tablets and £600 cash were among property recovered from a property at Swallwell, Gateshead.

Ealing Gazette


A church in Northfields, west London, was attacked by a vandal armed with an airgun.  Six windows were damaged and a ball bearing was found nearby.

This is Hull and East Riding


A cat has lost its eye after being shot with a pellet in west Hull.  Initially staff at the PDSA hospital thought he had been dealt a heavy kick or blow to his face but an x-ray revealed an airgun pellet was lodged in his face.

This is Wiltshire


A pet cat in Mildenhall, Wiltshire, was shot and injured by an airgun.  His owner found his crying to be let in and in obvious pain.  An x-ray showed he had an airgun pellet embedded in his side.



Staff in a betting shop in Worthing, Sussex, were threatened by a man with a handgun who made off with a large amount of cash.

Daily Echo


Wayne Osborn was drunk when the landlord of a pub in Highcliffe, Dorset, told him his foul language would not be tolerated.  He returned to the pub with a black handgun which he thrust into the face of the landlord threatening that he was about to be killed.  Following the incident in March 2009 (see Incidents) Osborn has admitted possessing an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.  He has been jailed for two and a half years.

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About this information

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.