Gun Incidents in Great Britain
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Telegraph & Argus
Two teenage boys who robbed a group of friends of their mobile phones in Queensbury, Bradford, in December 2007 have been sentenced to two-and-a-half years and two years in custody. During the robbery the 14-year-old pulled out a knife and the 17-year-old produced a handgun, later suggested to be a ball-bearing gun. The younger boy also admitted another robbery in which a sword or large knife was used.
A 14-year-old who was shot with an air rifle between the eyebrows by another teenager was very lucky not to be blinded. The pellet had to be removed in hospital. Jacob Sinclair, 18, from Chesterton, Staffordshire, had aimed the rifle at the boy as he was walking down a footpath. Sinclair had pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm. He will be sentenced at a later date.
Richmond & Twickenham Times
Bingo hall staff were held at gunpoint during an attempted robbery in Feltham, west London. Three men armed with a pistol demanded money before carrying out a search behind the till but left empty-handed.
Huddersfield Daily Examiner
Two members of a gang of five drug dealers were give custodial sentences for robbery and attempted robbery following two armed raids at shops in the Newsome area of Huddersfield. Marcus Osbourne, 19, and an unnamed 17-year-old took part in the robbery when armed with an imitation gun in July 2007. Osbourne, who pleaded guilty to a number of drug offences admitted robbery, attempted robbery and possessing an imitation firearm. He was given three years in a young offenders' institute for the drug offences and four years for the other offences. The other teenager received four years detention and a further two years for drug offences.
A teenager who was found in Brixton, south London, with gunshot wounds has died in hospital. The 19-year-old was found in a street after police and ambulance were called. Police have arrested two males, aged 16 and 17, in connection with the murder (Press Association, 21 March 2008).
A man died after being shot in a pub in Whitmore Reans, Wolverhampton. The victim was taken to hospital where he was later pronounced dead. The murder followed an argument at another pub about an hour earlier (Birmingham Mail, 17 March 2008).
South Wales Echo
A kitten died after being shot "just for the thrill of it" according to his owners. The kitten suffered an air rifle wound when he was shot in fields near their home in St Brides Wentlodge, Gwent.
Express & Star
A pet cat has been shot at point blank range with an air rifle in an attack in Bilbrook, Wolverhampton. A metal pellet lodged just an inch away from her spine.
Willesden & Brent Times
Two men have been arrested after police seized drugs, four replica guns, one ball-bearing gun, an air rifle and a number of other weapons during a dawn raid on a travellers' site in Neasden, north west London.
An air rifle sniper shot two people, one a nine-year-old boy the other a woman, outside a leisure centre in Newton Abbot, Devon. The woman, a care support worker was shot as she helped students with learning difficulties into a waiting car. The boy was waiting to cross the road when he suffered what he described to police as a 'really bad sting' to his left upper arm. A third person later revealed that she too had fallen victim to a similar attack when she was hit in the back outside the leisure centre in December 2007 (Herald Express, 18 March 2008).
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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.