Gun Incidents in Great Britain
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The windows of buses have been shot out in Stanway, Essex, showering passengers with glass two nights in a row. One driver felt that impact marks left on the window suggested that it was not just an airgun, but something "more serious"
A cat will have to have its right leg amputated after it was hit with an airgun pellet in Hinton, Herefordshire.
Reading Evening Post
A 13-year-old boy has been convicted of repeatedly shooting at two dogs and a cat with a ball-bearing gun during a dispute with a neighbour in Whitley, Reading. He laughed as he took pot shots at the pets from his bedroom window. The cat was hit on one occasion. The boy was ordered to return to court later this month for sentencing.
Ex-soldier Anthony Connelly fired an air rifle at a neighbour in Castlehill, Dumbarton, and then shot at police during a four-hour siege. He had been drinking a day after leaving the army. He admitted recklessly discharging an air weapon and was given a 40 months prison sentence.
Telegraph & Argus
A third man has been jailed after an innocent family were caught up in a gun ordeal outside a pub in Elland, West Yorkshire, in September 2008 (see Incidents). A sawn-off double-barrelled shotgun was pointed at the family car. Paul Murphy has been jailed for six years and nine months after he admitted possessing a prohibited weapon and possessing a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence. In January Shaun Harper and John Kerry were jailed for seven years each.
The bodies of a man and a woman have been discovered in a garden at a property in Dousland, Devon. They had both been shot dead. The deaths are being treated as suspicious, but no-one else is being sought in connection with the incident. Police have recovered four guns from the property, a Smith and Wesson Magnum pistol, two other pistols and a rifle (BBC, 3 April 2009). An inquest has recorded verdicts of suicide and unlawful killing (see June 2010 Incidents).
A police officer in County Durham has been arrested during an inquiry into the sale of firearms that were handed into the force to be destroyed. The investigation began after a gun was stolen during a burglary at a farm in Derwentshire. It is believed that more than 100 weapons are involved, mainly shotguns but also rifles (Sunday Sun, 3 April 2009). A second police who has worked in firearms licensing has been suspended and will be questioned on suspicion of the theft of shotguns (BBC, 22 April 2009). Both men have pleaded guilty to misconduct in public office, and one of them faces further firearm charges (see January 2010 Incidents).
Armed police were dispatched after a passer-by reported seeing a small black handgun being carried by a group gathered in a street in Stoke-on-Trent. A number of men were searched but no weapon was found.
Two cousins who forced an elderly pensioner to the floor during a robbery at a bank in Bebington have both been jailed for seven years four months. Andrew Colley admitted buying a ball bearing gun for the robbery and throwing it in the River Mersey. He and Samuel Horner both pleaded guilty to robbery and possessing an imitation firearm.
Yorkshire Evening Post
Nicholas Webb who was shot on his street in Chapeltown, Leeds, in September 2008 fired back with a sawn-off shotgun. Four shots from a handgun had been fired at his car and one bullet hit him. He was wearing a bullet proof vest at the time. He hid the shotgun in his back garden. Webb admitted possession of a prohibited firearm and has been jailed for five 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.