Gun Incidents in Great Britain
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A man arrested in the centre of Falmouth, Cornwall, was carrying an 'extremely realistic' BB gun. The man was hit in the arm with a rubber bullet fired by police before he dropped the gun. He has been charged with possessing an imitation firearm (BBC, 31 March 2009). He was eventually sentenced to nine months in prison. Three police officers have been honoured for their bravery in dealing with the incident (The Packet, 18 March 2010).
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An 8-year-old boy was shot in the head with an air rifle while riding his mini-motorbike in a field behind a house in Crewe, Cheshire, belonging to his father. The boy was taken to hospital where he received stitches to his forehead. A pellet had lodged in his helmet, which, his father believes, saved his life.
Bristol Evening Post
A report on a spate of incidents in which cats have been poisoned or shot describes how a kitten in Withywood, Bristol, had to have its leg amputated after it was believed to have been shot, shortly before two other cats in the area disappeared. PDSA vets x-rayed the cat and found an airgun pellet lodged in her elbow joint.
A paintball rifle, an imitation of a Second World War assault rifle, was among items stolen from a car in Hereford.
A man is in a serious condition in hospital after being shot in the stomach in an incident in Fazakerley, Liverpool. The shooting followed an altercation between the victim and another man. His condition is not believed to be life-threatening.
Christopher Slowey, 18, pointed a ball bearing pistol at a shopkeeper in Baillieston, Glasgow, and pulled the trigger. He was chased empty-handed from the shop. Slowey admitted attempted robbery and being on bail at the time of the raid in November 2008. He was given a four year sentence.
Sean McGovern has pleaded guilty to blasting a shotgun at a pub in Broomhouse, Edinburgh. Two shots were fired as a warning to a rival drug dealer who was drinking there. The shooting occurred in September 2008 (see Incidents). Terry Scott who drove McGovern to the pub admitted a charge of repeatedly discharging a loaded shotgun to the danger of the public on the basis he was acting in concert. McGovern also admitted drugs charges. McGovern has been jailed for 10 years for drug dealing and a further six years and nine months for the shooting. Scott was jailed for five years and seven months (Evening News, 27 April 2009).
A police officer fired shots at the getaway car of a gang who robbed a building society and a bank in Droylsden, Greater Manchester. One of the gang had pointed a shotgun at the police officer. The car was later found abandoned. A large amount of cash had been stolen.
A shop assistant was threatened by two masked men with an unseen weapon that was possibly a gun during a robbery at an off licence in Coleshill, Warwickshire. The men stole cigarettes and money.
Sheriff Oki of Walthamstow, east London, one of gang of men who have pleaded guilty to counterfeiting offences, had recently been sentenced to eight years in prison for possession of a gun and ammunition.
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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.