Gun Incidents in Great Britain

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Spalding Guardian


A cat died shortly after being found by her owner lying injured in his shed in Holbeach, Lincolnshire.  She had been shot in the stomach with an air rifle and died because of severe internal bleeding.

Sheffield Telegraph


Samuel Sorsby, 20, turned up outside the High Green home of a 14-year-old girl he had dated for just a week or two armed with an air rifle and a sword.  He was drunk and threatened to slit her throat and burn her house down.  He was tackled by neighbours.  He pleaded guilty to one count of possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.  He was given a 12-month sentence in a young offenders' institute.

West Sussex County Times


A man was arrested and an imitation firearm recovered after police officers boarded and searched a train at East Grinstead railway station.  A member of the public had raised the alarm after a passenger was spotted with a handgun.  The suspect is a 15-year-old boy (BBC, 27 March 2008).



A fireman was hit in the back with a pellet from an airgun fired in an estate in Hartlepool.

Liverpool Echo


Andrew Tyrer of Childwall, Liverpool, has pleaded guilty to two counts of possessing a prohibited firearm and a further charge of having ammunition without a licence.  He also admitted drugs charges.  He was arrested in November 2007 following a targeted gun crime day when officers found two self-loading pistols.

Bolton News


Police discovered a fully loaded short barrel 9mm semi-automatic Glock handgun when they went to a pub in the centre of Manchester.  Four men, one aged 18, were arrested on suspicion of possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.

Birmingham Mail


A teenager has been shot in the leg with an air rifle.  The attack took place near a brook in Wombourne, Staffordshire.  The victim suffered minor injuries to his calf.



Two men hijacked and robbed a post office van driver just after he had made a delivery in Scotter, Lincolnshire.  One of the men was possibly holding a gun.  The driver managed to escape as the robbers tried to open cash boxes in nearby woods.

Hamilton Advertiser


Adrian Young has been put on two years' probation for pointing a .22 air rifle with telescopic sights at a shop assistant in Strathaven, Lanarkshire.  He had admitted a charge of possessing a firearm with intent to cause the woman to believe unlawful violence would be used against her.  The offence occurred when he went to the flat of a friend in August 2006.  Young had pointed the gun at her whilst the woman had a cigarette outside the shop.  The next day he met her and told her that next time there would be "bullet" in the weapon.  She contacted the police who subsequently detained Young.

Manchester Evening News


A Canada goose was shot dead with an air rifle in Moston, Greater Manchester.  Police were called following reports that the bird had been shot and killed.  A description of the man responsible was given to the police.

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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.