Gun Incidents in Great Britain

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Police officers searched the grounds of a primary school in Bedwas, Caerphilly after a Samurai sword and an air rifle were found on site. The school was placed in lockdown until the weapons had been removed.

HFM News


Following intelligence received regarding threats of violence made by someone connected to two addresses in Rothwell, West Yorkshire, police officers searched the properties and seized an imitation firearm and a machete. A man was arrested in connection with the finds.

National World


Nikye Thomas, aged 19, has been jailed for five-and-a-half years for possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence and possession of cannabis with intent to supply. In June 2023, police officers responded to a report of a fight in Birmingham, West Midlands. After CCTV revealed that Thomas had threatened a cyclist with what looked like a handgun, armed police officers chased him through the city centre. When stopped, Thomas dropped the gun, which was found to contain five live rounds in the magazine with another in the chamber ready to be fired. He was also carrying cannabis resin, scales and a burner phone.



Ian Coulthard, aged 53, has been handed a sixteen-month suspended sentence after pleading guilty to wounding a man and criminal damage by killing a dog. In January 2021, Coulthard was shooting targets at the back of a rural property near Allendale, Northumberland when a friend gave him a .22 semi-automatic rifle to shoot at rabbits. The friend had a certificate to use the gun on his land but shooters have a duty to make sure it’s safe to fire. Coulthard failed to check a footpath before firing the rifle and hit a man out walking his dog in the back of his knee. He also killed the man’s dog with a bullet to the head. Despite surgery, the victim has been left with the bullet in his leg and is now unable to run. The court heard that Coulthard extended his apologies to the victim and said that he “never wants to fire another gun in his life”.

Wilts & Gloucestershire Standard


A woman was treated in hospital after being shot in the back of the head with an air rifle outside a property in Stonehouse, Gloucestershire. A man has since been arrested on suspicion of attempted grievous bodily harm with intent.

Metro Radio


Ten people were arrested for drug offences after nine addresses were searched in Gateshead, Tyne & Wear. Police officers seized suspected cocaine, cannabis, £6,000 in cash, bladed articles and a firearm from the properties.

BBC News


After responding to a report that a woman’s body had been found at a property in Emneth, Norfolk, police officers arrested a man on suspicion of murder. A provisional post-mortem examination revealed that the victim died of gunshot wounds to the torso. Police are not currently looking for anyone else in connection with the shooting.



Mohammed Ibrar, aged 19, has been jailed for five years after admitting possession of a prohibited weapon and ammunition without a certificate. In August 2023, armed police officers responded to a report of a man running into a house with a gun in Sheffield, South Yorkshire. The officers retrieved a viable modified firearm at the property and arrested Ibrar at the scene.



Following reports of a person with a suspected firearm on a footbridge in Basingstoke, Hampshire, police officers seized a replica gun and arrested a man on suspicion of possession of an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence. Click on media link to read full report.

Birmingham World


Denver Harris, aged 37, has been jailed for six years and two months after pleading guilty to possession of an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear and harassment. In April 2023, after bumping into his ex-partner in Birmingham, West Midlands, Harris fired two shots from a blank-firing gun into the air to scare her. The following day, when two police officers attempted to stop Harris after they noticed him acting suspiciously, he pulled a gun and shot at one of them. He was arrested the following day.

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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.