Gun Incidents in Great Britain


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Daily Echo

08-09-2022

A pair of swans has been shot dead on the River Alllen in Brockington, Dorset. The swans’ cygnets were found safe and well. Police have appealed for information.


Mirror

08-09-2022

A cat in Lydney, Gloucestershire has been shot with an airgun eight times in two weeks: twice in the spine, four times in his rear leg, once in his stomach and once in the front of his chest. Police have appealed for information. The Animal Welfare Act states that deliberately using an air gun to injure an animal is illegal and anyone caught doing so can face up to six months in prison and an unlimited fine.


WalesOnline

08-09-2022

A cat owner was horrified to find the body of her pet dumped in a plastic bag at the side of a road in Swansea, South Wales. The cat had been shot multiple times in the head and was left with five pellets in its body. The owner has since called for airguns to be licensed in Wales.


Birmingham World

08-09-2022

Police have appealed for information following a report that a shot was fired from a car in Halesowen, West Midlands. Click on media link to read full report.


The Packet

07-09-2022

A man allegedly threatened staff with a gun at a shop in Helston, Cornwall, before fleeing empty handed. Click on media link to read full report.


This is Local London

07-09-2022

After armed police stopped a minicab in Sidcup, South East London, they retrieved cash, drugs, a handgun and eight bullets. The male passenger has since been charged with possession of a firearm, possession of ammunition, money laundering and possession with intent to supply class A drugs.


Derbyshire Times

07-09-2022

Michael Heaton, aged 36, has been jailed for two-and-a-half years after admitting possessing an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence and stalking involving fear of violence. In December last year, Heaton went to his ex-partner’s home in Chesterfield, Derbyshire with an imitation handgun. Standing outside the house, where the woman, her new partner and her children were in bed, Heaton shouted, “I will put a bullet in your head” and fired the weapon. The court heard that he had previously stalked his victim following the breakup of their relationship. The judge handed Heaton a five-year restraining order.


This is Local London

07-09-2022

Police officers arrested a man after retrieving a sawn-off shotgun during a raid at a property in Wouldham, Kent. Click on media link to read full report.


Raptor Persecution UK

07-09-2022

A red kite is receiving veterinary treatment after being found with what are believed to be shotgun injuries in Stapleford Abbots, Essex. Click on media link to read full report.


WalesOnline

07-09-2022

A pet owner in Mumbles, South Wales joined the charity, Cats Protection, in calling for air guns to be licensed in England and Wales after her cat was shot twice. After the first attack in May last year, the cat was left with a pellet in his abdomen, while in June this year, he was shot in the head. A spokesperson from Cats Protection said: “Air guns are unlicensed in Wales and England, which means anyone aged over 18 can legally buy and own such a lethal weapon, no questions asked. This is in contrast with Scotland, which has strict rules in place on who can buy and own an air gun. It is clear that Scotland’s laws are working – over 90% of the air gun attacks we see on cats happen in England and Wales, where there are no controls. This is shocking, and shows that there is a problem with air guns being used irresponsibly in Wales and England, with cats frequently being the innocent victims. Discovering a much-loved pet cat has been shot with an air gun is deeply distressing for any owner. It is also a great concern for the wider community, who will understandably be very concerned that dangerous weapons are being used by individuals living in their area.”


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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.