Gun Incidents in Great Britain
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Three men armed with a handgun threatened staff and a customer at a jeweller's shop in Caterham, Surrey. The robbers escaped with jewellery grabbed from cabinets. The escape vehicle and gun were later found by police at Gravelly Hill.
A 16-year-old boy, one of two people injured at a shooting at a betting shop in Withington, Manchester, in January 2007 (see Incidents) has died in hospital.
East Anglian Daily Times
A veterinary practice in Framlingham, Suffolk, has had hundreds of pounds worth of drugs and equipment stolen following a break-in. Among the items stolen was a handgun used to put down animals.
Armed police were called to the village of Churchdown near Gloucester by a member of the public who reported seeing three youths with a firearm. The gun was found to be a water pistol. One 17-year-old was advised by officers in relation to his future conduct and a second 17-year-old was spoken to. A police spokesman issued another warning about the impossibility of being able to distinguish between real and replica guns and advised youngsters not to mess around with replica or toy guns in public.
Thieves who hijacked and then crashed a beer lorry in Southall, west London, may have been armed with a gun according to an eye witness.
Darren Brakes has been jailed for two months after admitting culpably and recklessly discharging a BB gun in Edinburgh in August 2007. He claimed he was messing about with the gun in a flat when the shot was fired. A pellet flew out of the window and struck a man as he stood in the street. Although he was not injured the victim reported the incident to the police.
Shaun Trotter repeatedly fired pellets from an air pistol at four teenagers in a swing park in Cumbernauld in May 2006 after one them "mooned" at him. None of the shots hit the boys. He admitted a firearms offence and assaulting the boys and has been given a one year jail sentence.
A man brandishing a gun entered a bank in New Ash Green, near Gravesend, and demanded cash. Staff handed over an undisclosed amount of money from the tills.
Evening Chronicle (Newcastle)
A man is recovering in hospital after being shot in the stomach in his backyard in Philadelphia, Houghton-le-Spring. It is believed he was shot with an air rifle. A man has been arrested in connection with the shooting.
A bank manager was kidnapped at gunpoint as a prank for his 40th birthday. The kidnap took place at a petrol station with the knowledge of the staff there. Staff at the bank in Penzance, Cornwall, also cooperated in the plan for the mock kidnapping which involved replica guns. A spokesman for Devon & Cornwall Police said they had no record of the incident but "in general we would discourage this sort of thing. It is not a good idea to go around in public with replica or toy guns and balaclavas." What he should also have added was that it is actually an offence to have a replica gun in a public place.
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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.