Kevin Gill, aged 48, has been jailed for fifteen months after security guards found a Taser in his bag when he attended court in Colchester, Essex to face charges of driving offences. He claimed he had asked his partner to pack a bag to for him as he feared he would receive a custodial sentence and that she had packed the Taser thinking it was a mobile phone. Gill admitted possession of an illegal Taser at a later hearing. The court heard that Gill had ordered the Taser from the internet after his house was broken into and he was badly assaulted. Gill was said to have a problem with alcohol abuse and previous convictions including prohibited possession of an air rifle.
Police called to an address in Blackwater, Hampshire, discovered a 17-year-old boy with serious gunshot wounds; his condition was stabilised in hospital. Three people have since been arrested: a man and a woman on suspicion of attempted murder, and a 16-year-old boy on suspicion of conspiracy to murder.
Emergency services were called to a 74-year-old woman in Chessington, Greater London who suffered a broken arm after being hit by a large pellet in a suspected shooting. Detectives believe her injuries were caused by a pellet fired from an unknown device.
Three males allegedly forced their way into a woman’s home in Hadleigh, Suffolk — one of them armed with a screwdriver and what appeared to be a pistol. The victim, who opened the door to a boy she believed to be thirteen or fourteen years old, was pushed aside by two men who initially claimed to be police officers. They demanded money and searched the house while the teenager acted as a lookout. All three intruders left after stealing jewellery. The homeowner raised the alarm about ten minutes later when she was sure the assailants had gone. Police arrived shortly afterwards and searched the area, but the offenders were not located.
Police have arrested two men, aged 24 and 30, following reports of a shooting in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire. It is believed that a gun was fired at a group of men as they fled down an alleyway. The 24-year-old man has since been charged with carrying a firearm with criminal intent. Detectives believe this was a targeted attack and are looking for the intended victims.
A male, armed with what appeared to be a handgun, allegedly demanded cash and cigarettes from a shop assistant at a petrol station in Breaston, Derbyshire. He arrived on a moped and kept his full-head helmet on throughout the raid. Police have released CCTV footage of the robbery and have appealed for information.
Jack Moreton, aged 26, has been jailed for eight years after pleading guilty to conspiracy to possess a firearm with intent to endanger life, with a consecutive three-year term for a burglary. Though not the gunman, Moreton was involved in an incident in which a shotgun was fired into the home of a couple with two young children in Coventry, West Midlands. Moreton was also involved in a burglary at a house in Rugby, during which a gun cabinet was forced open and four rifles and three shotguns worth more than £17,000 were stolen. One of the shotguns was found by the police in the loft of Moreton’s home, with his fingerprints on it, together with a sawn-off double-barrel shotgun. Moreton was given further concurrent sentences for another burglary, possessing a sawn-off shotgun, assisting an offender, handling stolen property, possessing a second shotgun and dangerous driving.
A police officer unintentionally discharged a firearm as the weapon was being unloaded at a police station in Edinburgh, Scotland. The incident will not be investigated as it was deemed to be an accident. A Police Investigations & Review Commissioner (Pirc) spokesman said: "The firearm was correctly being pointed into a device (a weapon clearing tube) intended to ensure that no risk would occur were the gun to be fired unintentionally. After reviewing this incident, it was decided that an investigation was not required as no injury or damage occurred and there was no risk identified to any person."
Barking and Dagenham Post
A woman and three men have been jailed for a total of 29-and-a-half years for firearms offences. Spencer Tapper, aged 27, has been sentenced to fifteen years in prison after admitting two charges of possessing a firearm and two charges of possessing ammunition; Aymon Popo, aged 33, was given six-and-a-half years for conspiracy to possess a firearm and ammunition with intent to endanger life; Mahesh Chaitoo, aged 28, received five-and-a-half years for possessing a firearm and Sandy Hunter, aged 33, was handed a two-and-a-half year sentence for assisting an offender. The court heard that police arrested Hunter after finding a handgun with fifteen live rounds of ammunition and a holdall containing another 20 rounds at a house in Dagenham, East London; Hunter was holding them for Tapper. Evidence was also heard that Tapper and Chaitoo were stopped by police on the M2 as they were on their way back from Ramsgate after collecting a gun. The firearm and 42 rounds of live ammunition were discovered in the boot of one of Chaitoo’s vehicles. Popo was later linked to the investigation in Dagenham, found to be “the conduit who arranged to transport the firearm”.
Saul Stanley, aged eighteen, has been found guilty of possessing a prohibited firearm (a shortened shotgun), possessing a prohibited firearm (a converted revolver), possessing ammunition without a firearm certificate and perverting the course of public justice. The firearms were found by police at a playground in Chelmsford, Essex just days after a man had been fatally shot. During the trial related to the shooting, it was alleged that Stanley attempted to hide the guns at home, before asking someone to hide them elsewhere.
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