Gun Incidents in Great Britain
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Two men wearing Halloween masks, one of whom was thought to have been carrying a handgun robbed a bookmakers in Bradford. Two female workers were left shaken but were uninjured.
A shop worker at a Northampton holiday park was threatened by a robber who put a handgun to his head and said he would "blow his head off". The victim was forced to hand over £150 before the robber ran off.
During drugs raids Merseyside Police officers arrested 11 people at addresses in Anfield, Maghull, Bootle, Kirkby and Norris Green on suspicion of committing a variety of offences including possession of a shotgun.
Salim Razaq, a police officer from Walton-le-Dale, Lancashire, helped his gangster brother by hiding weapons and intimidating witnesses. He pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice, possessing firearms and ammunition and misconduct in a public office. When his home was raided in March 2010 (see Incidents) a Sten machine gun and two Uzi machine guns were found hidden under the stairs. Other items including 228 bullets were seized. In the same case a prisoner, Louis Bamber, admitted possession of a firearm.
Peterborough Evening Telegraph
Armed police were called to a house in Millfield, Peterborough, after a man threatened to shoot officers trying to arrest him. He claimed to have firearms but none were found in the house after the man had been removed.
A 67-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of possessing a firearm without a licence, and a 16-year-old and a 14-year-old were arrested on suspicion of stealing over 150 pheasants in a one-month period from farms in Faversham, Kent. They were arrested after police searched a number of a properties and recovered a rifle, a pistol, two airguns and a crossbow.
Rhys Chant, aged 25, jailed for three years after admitting possessing a prohibited weapon, possessing an offensive weapon in a public place and common assault on an emergency worker (spitting). In August last year, Chant confronted a group of men outside his home in Leicester, Leicestershire while armed with a stun gun, a knuckle duster and a machete. The men said they were looking for a friend of Chant’s, though one of them threatened to stab Chant during the conflict. Police intervened before anyone was injured. Chant claimed the Chinese-made stun gun, disguised as a torch, belonged to someone else, but refused to give a name. On sentencing, the judge said: “…In relation to the Taser, the law indicates a minimum sentence with a starting point of five years… I have to look at whether there are exceptional circumstances here where I don't have to impose the minimum term… There were five men bent on either a confrontation or possible violence and I find that is significant mitigation.”
A robber used a stun gun-type weapon to threaten staff at a shop in Derby. He was handed cash and then ran away. It is thought no-one was injured.
Daily Post, 19 March 2010
John Forester has admitted wounding and having a firearm in a public place. He shot a teenage girl in the leg with a pellet whilst she was staying at a campsite near Harlech, Gwynedd, in May 2009. Forester was camping in the area with friends and had brought the .22 air rifle with telescopic sight with him. His victim will be permanently scarred. He was jailed for 50 weeks, suspended for 18 months. He will undertake 250 hours unpaid work and pay £1500 compensation. The gun was confiscated and Forester was banned from possessing any air-powered weapon for 18 months.
Two suspected armed robbers were arrested after firearms officers shot out the tyres of the car they were travelling in the centre of Birmingham, West Midlands. No one was injured and the pair was arrested before a third man was also later detained.
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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.