Gun Incidents in Great Britain

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The Star


Armed police officers responding to a report that a man had been seen with a firearm in Rotherham, South Yorkshire seized an air rifle. No arrests were reported.

The Northern Echo


A man has been remanded in custody after being arrested at his home in Leeming, North Yorkshire for possessing rifle rounds without certification and possessing four grenades. Click on media link to read full report.

News & Star The Cumberland News


Martin Allan, aged 36, has been handed a two-year conditional discharge and ordered to pay costs after admitting failing to ensure that two of his legally-owned guns were securely stored. Police officers carrying out a weapons’ check at Allan’s home in Dufton, Cumbria found only three of his five firearms in his secure gun store. A loaded rifle was subsequently discovered in a locked shed, while a second gun was found in Allan’s farmhouse property. Allan claimed to have recently used both guns during his work: one to humanely destroy injured livestock and, the other, for pest control.

Lancashire Telegraph


Following reports of a person with a firearm in the centre of Blackburn, Lancashire, police officers stopped a man and recovered a BB gun. He was arrested on suspicion of an imitation firearm in a public place.

BBC News


Police officers responded after a man allegedly threatened bus passengers with an unknown substance in Thornton Heath, South London. He was Tasered and arrested on suspicion of affray. The man, suspected of having taken drugs, was treated in hospital.



Nicholas Rees, aged 26, has been jailed for six years after being found guilty of making an explosive substance, having an explosive substance and possession of a bladed article. Police officers arrested Rees in February 2023 after he was seen carrying a starting pistol in communal areas at Leeds University, West Yorkshire. He was re-arrested in May the same year after threatening police officers on the phone, saying he would use weapons against them and university staff members. He was found in his room, lying next to what was described as an assault rifle. Camouflage and chemicals that could be used in explosives were also recovered. The court heard that Rees was “aggrieved by others, students, females, the doctors not medicating him, people in authority, and the police” and had told a friend that he was preparing something “for walking into uni one day in full military-style get-up to shoot everyone for the lols”. Before his second arrest, members of two shooting clubs visited by Rees reported being alarmed by his behaviour, including carrying a large combat knife in his bag. Psychiatric evidence concluded that Rees has a mixed personality disorder, ADHD and mental and behavioural disorders due to multiple drug misuse.

Sky News


A man died in hospital after being shot outside a gym in Skelmersdale, Lancashire. A few days after the shooting, police officers raided a property in Liverpool and arrested a man on suspicion of murder.

Hampshire Chronicle


Following a concern for welfare report at an ex-offenders’ hostel in Winchester, Hampshire, police officers seized an Airsoft gun. There were no reports of any injuries.



Daniel Roche, aged 47 and from Porth, Glamorgan, has been jailed for four years and five months for participating in a fraudulent business and being in possession of an imitation firearm. In court, Roche was described as a rogue trader who carried out “shoddy work” at a number of homes, leaving some in an unsafe condition. He recommended work that didn’t need to be carried out and failed to turn up to complete jobs. Roche also threatened a man with a BB gun, pointing it at him and counting down from three to one. His connection to the victim was unreported. The court heard that Roche had “long standing issues with alcohol consumption and gambling”.

The Northern Scot


Gavin Sharp, aged 49, has been fined £130 after being found in possession of two air rifles without a certificate. In January 2023, police officers visited Sharp at a caravan park in Cullen, Moray and saw the weapons on a chair. Sharp told the court that he had only been in Scotland for a few weeks and had been unaware that it was illegal to own an air weapon in Scotland without having a firearms licence.

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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.