Gun Incidents in Great Britain

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Kevin Murphy, aged 55, has been jailed for five years and seven months after admitting possession of a firearm and ammunition. Following a tip-off in June 2023, police officers searched a wooded area in Bootle, Merseyside and recovered a buried handgun. The firearm, a Turkish-made Retay blank-firing gun, had been converted into a viable weapon. Ammunition was also discovered, including eight GFL 8mm calibre bullets (converted from blanks by attaching ball bearings), thirteen converted GFL bullets and two YAS Gold bullets. Of this stash, only the gold bullets were potentially compatible with the firearm, although they were believed to be defective. Murphy was arrested after his DNA was found on a trowel found at the scene and on the internal parts of the firearm. Pictures found on his phone included that of a Makarov self-loading pistol, a silencer and ammunition. Murphy claimed his dog had dug up the weapon during a walk in the woods but, on sentencing, the judge said he was “…in all likelihood, being used to mind this gun on behalf of someone else”.



Nearby homes were evacuated while police officers recovered suspect items from a property in Glasgow, Scotland. A man was subsequently charged for offences under the Explosive Substances Act, the Firearms Act and Misuse of Drugs Act.

Midweek Herald


Carl Taylor, aged 32, has been handed a suspended ten-month prison term and ordered to complete 120 hours of unpaid community work and ten days of rehabilitation activities after admitting possessing an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence. In March 2022, Taylor aimed a BB gun through the window of a pub in Exeter, Devon after being asked to leave for inappropriate behaviour towards staff. Police officers arrested Taylor nearby and recovered a .177 single shot, air-powered BB pistol from his home address. The court heard that one worker remained at the pub overnight because she was too frightened to go home.

West Bridgford Wire


Police officers recovered a gun while searching an area in Newark, Nottinghamshire. A man was subsequently arrested on suspicion of possessing a firearm without a certificate.



Jamie Oakes has been jailed for three-and-a-half years after being convicted of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, possession of an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence and two counts of possession of an offensive weapon. In May 2023, Oakes and a woman assaulted a member of his staff after accusing him of stealing dirt bikes and quad bikes. Oakes went on to pull the trigger of a blank-firing pistol close to the man's face, causing a burn injury. He also threatened to shoot the victim with a shotgun and made threats to his family. The attack took place at Oakes’ home in Dartford, Kent, from where police officers subsequently recovered a baseball bat, a large knife, knuckle dusters, a case for a blank-firing pistol, 9mm blank firing bullets, two air rifles and three shotgun cartridges. Eight shotgun cartridges were found inside a wardrobe at another address.

Bracknell News


Staff and diners were left shaken after a shot was fired through the front window of a restaurant in Bracknell, Berkshire. A waiter was cut on his cheek by broken glass. No arrests have yet been reported.

The Star


Armed police officers and dog handlers were deployed following reports of a man with a firearm in a residential area of  Sheffield, South Yorkshire. No arrests have been reported.

Raptor Persecution UK


After two poisoned red kites were found, police officers raided a farm near Colchester, Essex and recovered firearms and “other articles”. No arrests have been reported.



During renovation work at an unoccupied flat in Birmingham, West Midlands, a worker found a gun and live ammunition. Police officers safely recovered the items for forensic examination.

Buxton Advertiser


During raids at properties in High Peak, Derbyshire, police officers discovered suspected cannabis, a blank-firing pistol, a gas-powered air pistol, a BB gun and a knife. A man was subsequently arrested on suspicion of possession of a firearm.

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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.