Gun Incidents in Great Britain

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Wayne McKenzie, aged 48 and from Liverpool, Merseyside, has been jailed for 30 years after being convicted of being concerned in the evasion of a prohibition on the importation of firearms and cannabis, being concerned in the supply of cocaine and participating in the activities of an organised crime group, and having admitted being concerned in the supply of cannabis and conspiracy to transfer criminal property. McKenzie was arrested by National Crime Agency personnel in February 2022 after the criminal messaging network, EncroChat, was decrypted. It was discovered that he was involved in the trafficking more than £2 million worth of drugs and had imported a shipment of guns into the UK hidden inside a vat of chemical waste. The firearms, some of which had been sourced from Yemen, were sold onto Albanian gangs.

National World


Police officers Tasered a man after he slashed his neck with a broken bottle in Wigan, Greater Manchester. The man was rushed to hospital, where his condition was described as critical.



Craig Howlett, aged 56, has been jailed for two years and three months after being found guilty of possessing an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence, making a threat to kill and racially aggravated fear or provocation of violence. In August 2023, Howlett verbally abused a neighbour and threatened to cut his throat on a street in Canterbury, Kent. Shortly afterwards, Howlett confronted the man again, making racist comments while pointing a gun at him and threatening to blow his brains out. A five-year restraining order was made banning Howlett from having any contact with the victim.



A group of volunteer litter pickers based in South Leicestershire have described some unusual finds made over the years, including three guns and a bayonet. Click on media link to read full report.

Yorkshire Evening Post


Kebba Cham, aged 42, has been handed a twelve-month community order with a six-month drug rehabilitation requirement and ten rehabilitation days with probation after admitting theft and possession of an imitation firearm in a public place. In December 2023, Cham was stopped from leaving a toy shop in Wakefield, West Yorkshire after he was seen stealing items. He reacted aggressively, threatening to stab a member of staff. When detained by police officers, an imitation gun was found in his coat pocket.

West Yorkshire Police


Police officers responded to reports of firearm discharge on a street in Holmfirth, West Yorkshire. At least two men have been arrested on suspicion of firearms offences in connection with the incident.

BBC News


After a member of the public found live handgun bullets on Instow beach, North Devon, staff from the Royal Navy removed the ammunition for safe disposal. Click on media link to read full report.

BBC News


Liam Campbell, aged 22, has been jailed for 22 years after being found guilty of attempted murder and possession of a firearm and ammunition, and pleading guilty to causing actual bodily harm. During a row at a pub in Stevenage, Hertfordshire in December 2022, Campbell threw glasses at two brothers, hitting and knocking out their sister who was standing nearby. Campbell and his co-defendant, 25-year-old Charlie Kettle, then confronted the two men outside and, after Kettle encouraged him to shoot, Campbell fired two shots from a converted blank pistol at them. The assailants fled the scene but were arrested the following month. The gun has not been recovered. Kettle was jailed for eight-and-a-half years after being found guilty of possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life.

South Wales Argus


Shaun Wakefield , aged 47, has been jailed for four years and eight months after pleading guilty to possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence, arson and criminal damage. In April 2023, Wakefield threatened to kill his wife and set fire to their flat in Newport, South Wales. His wife fled to a neighbour's flat but Wakefield broke in and was fought off. He went on to brandish an air rifle at responding police officers and members of the public outside, forcing them to take cover. He then fired at a police car and at one officer, missing his target. The court heard that Wakefield, who has depression and psychosis, had smoked two cannabis joints before the incident and had not been taking his prescribed medication. Intending to take his own life, he had wielded the air rifle so police would “shoot him dead”.

Farmers Weekly


It has emerged that a man was fatally shot in a field in Bretby, Derbyshire in January 2024. A man was arrested at the scene on suspicion of murder. A police spokesperson confirmed that the two men were known to each other.

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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.