Cameron Sharp, aged 20, handed a two-year community order for possession of a BB gun at a park in Derby, Derbyshire. Click on media link to read full report.
A Teaching Regulation Agency hearing has described a school deputy head’s shooting of a pupil as a “momentary lapse” and ruled that he can carry on teaching. Simon Gitlin shot the student in the abdomen and leg with plastic pellets from an airgun at a private school’s shooting club in Macclesfield, Cheshire in January 2019. The student had asked what it would feel like to be shot before running around, shouting, “shoot me”. Gitlin resigned from the school and, in June 2019, was ordered to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work and pay victim compensation £125 after being charged with common assault.
Drugs and weapons, including CS gas, air rifle and BB gun, recovered during raids in Portsmouth and other areas in Hampshire. Click on media link to read full report.
Gary Rigby, aged 60, fined £120 and ordered to pay £85 costs and a £34 victim surcharge after pleading guilty to possessing a loaded air weapon in Long Eaton, Derbyshire. Click on media link to read full report.
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Police officers responded following reports of a firearm discharge from one car towards another in Manchester, Greater Manchester. The targeted car was found abandoned at the scene and three of the four occupants who had fled were arrested nearby: three teenage males, arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving and possession of a firearm. There were no reports of any injuries.
After receiving a tip-off, police officers stopped a car in Northampton, Northamptonshire and recovered an imitation handgun and a combat knife. The male occupant was arrested for being in possession of an imitation firearm in a public place and for being in possession of a bladed article.
A man was treated in hospital after he was injured in a firearms incident in Rugby, Warwickshire. Two teenage boys have since been arrested on suspicion of possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life. The victim’s injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.
A gang of men, armed with shotguns and a handgun, allegedly fired at least ten bullets at a house in Birmingham, West Midlands. The property was occupied at the time by residents including children. Windows were shot through but no injuries were reported. Police have appealed for information.
Armed police officers responded after multiple shots were fired at a vehicle in Sheffield, South Yorkshire. A man was subsequently arrested on suspicion of firearms offences. No injuries were reported.
Edward Woodbridge, aged 43, has been jailed for sixteen years after being found guilty of robbery, possession of a firearm or imitation firearm whilst committing a schedule 1 offence, possession of an offensive weapon and grievous bodily harm with intent. In September 2019, Woodbridge threatened a cashier at a shop in Surrey Quays, South East London with a knife and held a shotgun to his head. As Woodbridge went to empty the till, his victim disarmed him of the knife, sustaining deep cuts to his head, neck and hand during the struggle. Woodbridge fled by bike after stealing cigarettes and cash. In an armed operation, Woodbridge was arrested at his home in November 2019. Following sentencing, a police spokesperson said of the victim: “I applaud his actions, although, I know from years of investigative experience that the effects of becoming a victim of violent crime can linger far beyond the healing of wounds.”
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