Gun Incidents

The Infer Trust makes every effort to record and categorise the firearms incidents reported in the UK but we recognise that it is not a complete record.

If you are aware of a gun incident which is not listed please notify us.  You can do this by either sending us the link for an on line report, or a hard copy of a press article to our address. 
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2017/12/3 2BR News

A 29-year-old woman was reportedly shot through a window of her home in Morecambe, Lancashire. The woman reported hearing a knock at her living room window before the glass shattered and she was hit in the face by what police believe to be shotgun pellets. The victim underwent surgery for her injuries, which were serious but not life-threatening. Police have launched an investigation.

2017/12/3 GlasgowLive

A 43-year-old man has been remanded in custody after police allegedly discovered a submachine pistol, ammunition and a silencer in his car following an intelligence-led stop in Glasgow, Scotland. Detectives believe the weapon would have been used in a gangland execution, linked to the ongoing crime war between the Lyons and Daniel clans.

2017/12/2 Hertfordshire Mercury

Anthony McLaughlin, Leon Usher, Christopher Kerr and Wayne Allando Holness have all been found guilty by a jury of conspiracy to murder. Their victim, who was not the intended target, suffered a wound to his leg when a sawn-off shotgun was discharged through the letterbox of a flat in South Oxhey, Hertfordshire in December last year. Kerr and Holness were present at the time of the shooting, while McLaughlin and Usher were shown to be involved in the agreement to murder through detailed analysis of phone records. The day after the shooting, police recovered cannabis and a large quantity of cash from a property in Croydon, as well as the shotgun and seven cartridges from a car parked nearby. The four men are due to be sentenced later this month.

2017/12/1 BBC News

Martin Counsell, aged 57and from Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, has been jailed for eight months after being caught with a stun gun while on licence for a previous conviction. Counsell claimed he had only bought the device, which was disguised as a torch, because he wanted to use the parts to make a Geiger counter.

2017/12/1 BBC News

Ross Jackson, aged 25, has been jailed for fourteen months after admitting a charge of assault. Jackson claimed that he held a BB gun against a woman’s head and pointed it at her friend as a practical joke. The incident occurred when the two women asked Jackson for a lift home after they went to his house in Dundee, Scotland, believing there was to be a party. The victims both believed the gun was real and were terrified. 

2017/12/1 Evening Standard

Armed police arrested a man who reportedly pulled a large black gun in a café in Hayes, West London and put it on the table where he was sitting. The café owner was praised for her quick thinking after she asked her boyfriend, with whom she was speaking on the phone, to call the police and gestured to customers coming towards the shop to steer clear. The gun was later found to be an imitation weapon. The 24-year-old suspect has since been charged with possession of an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence, possession of an offensive weapon in public and false imprisonment.

2017/12/1 The Huddersfield Daily Examiner

Firearms officers were deployed following reports of a man being shot while riding a bike in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire. The 28-year-old victim suffered a minor arm injury. A witness described how the victim had been chased by some men in a car before being shot at. Police have appealed for witnesses.

2017/11/30 BBC News

Dashcam footage captured the moment a car was allegedly shot at by a man with a BB gun as it was driven through the town centre in Dunstable, Bedfordshire. The two passengers were uninjured, but the passenger window was hit. The driver is unhappy that police are treating the incident as criminal damage as he feels he and his wife could have been harmed.

2017/11/29 BBC News

Joseph McNally, aged 26, has been found guilty of possessing a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence after he pointed an air rifle out of his van window, causing the driver of another vehicle to fear it would be fired. The court heard that Mc Nally, of Cullompton, Devon, had been playing an overtaking game on the M5 when the incident occurred. McNally claimed he had been moving the firearm to a safe place after his dog had jumped into the front seat of his van and knocked the rifle into the driver's footwell; however, this defence was dismissed by the judge. The case was adjourned for a probation report.

2017/11/28 Manchester Evening News

After three intruders broke into a house on a quiet residential street in Prestwich, Greater Manchester, one of them reportedly shot the 49-year-old householder with a shotgun. The victim was shot on the stairs but managed to get to his bedroom to call an ambulance; he was taken to hospital suffering serious injuries. Forensic teams have begun an investigation of the crime scene.

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