Gun Incidents in Great Britain

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The Star


A court has heard that a woman was shot at "point blank" range with a double-barrelled shotgun by her partner at their home in Thorne, South Yorkshire, in March 2009 (see Incidents).  The victim was shot after a heated argument over money.  The defendant stored a number of legally-owned weapons in a gun cabinet, but an earlier visitor had seen a shotgun propped up next to the hi-fi and witnessed the defendant running out into the garden to shoot a magpie.  The witness is quoted as saying "He always sits on the settee with the gun at arms reach away.  The gun was loaded to pounce on a cat that had been coming into the garden".

Norwich Evening News


A woman was shot in the ankle with an airgun on her way to a hotel in Norwich, Norfolk. The impact caused her ankle to bleed, and when it failed to heal an X-ray revealed that the pellet had lodged in her leg. Police have appealed for information.

The Press


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Lancashire Telegraph, 19 August 2010
A woman brandishing an air rifle went into a store in Darwen, Lancashire, and demanded vodka.  She was disarmed by an employee and a customer.  The woman was arrested on suspicion of robbery.  The gun turned out to be unloaded.

Telegraph & Argus


Four men have been jailed for their roles in the torture, abduction and murder of a man from Bradford.  Anthony Davies recruited Decosta Daniel, Errol Witter and Robert Cameron, who were armed with an imitation gun and a wrench when they broke into a house in August 2007 and attacked the victim.  They had been jailed for life in August 2008 for murder and conspiracy to rob.  Davies and his subordinate Darren Martin, Johnny Daniels and Anthony Neale were jailed for a minimum of 35 years, a minimum of 24 years, 13 years and 12 years, respectively.

Penarth Times


The Scottish Sun


Paul Duncan, aged 55, has been handed a five-year prison term after admitting to nine firearm offences. In August last year, police officers stopped Duncan’s car in Glasgow, Scotland and found him in possession of a self-loading pistol and ammunition. A search of his home resulted in the seizure of six more pistols, a revolver and packs of ammunition. The court heard that the guns, originally designed to fire blanks, had been converted.

The Sentinel


Jamie Bowers pointed an imitation pistol at the head of a shopkeeper in Meir Heath, Staffordshire, in July 2007 before stealing £70.  He had been ordered to carry out the robbery to try and repay a debt to Scott Clegg and Spencer Rushton.  Earlier this year Rushton and Clegg were convicted of robbery and possessing an imitation firearm with intent to commit an offence and had been given four year terms.  Rushton received a further three months for possessing a stun gun.  Following an appeal their sentences have been increased to six years and three months for Rushton and five years for Clegg.  Bowers was jailed for 18 months and his sentence was left unchanged.

Cumberland News


A 14-year-old and an older man have appeared in court charged with trespassing on land with a firearm and firing a .22 calibre Norica air rifle beyond the boundaries of the premises.  The man also pleaded not guilty to assaulting two men.  The offences are all alleged to have been committed on farmland in Aspatria, Cumbria.



Two men are being treated in hospital for serious injuries after being shot on a street in Smethwick, West Midlands. Witnesses described hearing shouting before a “volley of gunshots” were fired. Two men have since been arrested on suspicion of violent disorder.

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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.