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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2017/10/8 KentOnline

A cat has been left seriously injured after being shot twelve times with an airgun in Birling, Kent. One of the pellets shattered a bone in his front left leg and a vet confirmed that the cat had been shot twice in the head and several times in ribs, chest and a hind leg. The pet’s owners have received public donations to help pay for surgery.

2017/10/6 Birmingham Mail

Dominic Ali, aged 27, has been jailed for eleven years after being found guilty of possession of a firearm and possession of Class A drugs with intent to supply. A gun, covered with his fingerprints, was found in a bag that he dropped as he fled police officers in Birmingham, West Midlands.  Detectives discovered that the fingerprints matched those previously found at an address where £11,000 worth of heroin was found earlier this year.

2017/10/6 Liverpool Echo

Armed police were deployed after two men allegedly fled the scene of a crash between a van and a car in Maghull, Merseyside, throwing a bag into a nearby garden as they did so. The bag was later found to contain a shotgun. As a police helicopter joined officers in the search for the suspects, a road was closed off and children at a nearby school had to leave by a different route. A 20-year-old man from Kirkby was later arrested on suspicion of possession of a firearm, burglary, theft of a motor vehicle, and failing to stop following a road traffic collision. The search for the second man continued.

2017/10/6 The Huddersfield Daily Examiner

A large-scale police operation targeting the organised supply of heroin and crack cocaine in Leeds, West Yorkshire has resulted in the seizure of two handguns, thirteen rounds of ammunition and a stun gun disguised as a torch. More than thirty addresses were raided and twenty-seven people were arrested. Approximately two kilos of heroin, 700 individual wraps of crack cocaine, about £20,000 in cash and equipment for processing Class A drugs were recovered. A police spokesperson said: “The recovery of firearms and ammunition during this week’s searches highlights the clear link between the criminal use of guns on the streets of the city and the trade in Class A drugs.”

2017/10/6 BBC News

An X-ray revealed that a peregrine falcon, found wounded in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, had been shot in both wings with an airgun. The damage to the protected bird's wings is so great it may not fly again. A leg ring has identified it as one of three falcons fledged in Cambridgeshire earlier this year.

2017/10/6 Liverpool Echo

Kieran Gallagher, aged 21, has been sentenced to fifteen months in prison, suspended for two years, plus 250 hours unpaid work and a 7pm-6am curfew to run for 56 days. More than two years ago, Gallagher became involved in a row with a male pedestrian in Runcorn, Cheshire after he and two other men threw a metal object through a car window at him. Gallagher threatened the pedestrian, saying, “I’m going to smash your face in, I’m going to kill you” before pulling what the victim believed to be a revolver from the car. Gallagher pointed the barrel at the pedestrian’s face before being driven away. When police later stopped the car, a BB gun and cylinder of 6mm ball bearings was found where Gallagher had been sitting in the rear of the vehicle.

2017/10/6 Liverpool Echo

Armed police were deployed following reports that a group of men with a gun had entered a home in Liverpool, Merseyside. Two men, aged 22 and 24, were arrested on suspicion of possession of a firearm, but were later released without charge. No firearm was found.

2017/10/6 The Sentinel

Shaun Baskerville, aged 42, was sentenced to twelve months’ imprisonment suspended for two years after pleading guilty to possession of a disguised firearm and production of cannabis. Police raided Baskerville’s home in Abbey Hulton, Staffordshire after officers, working for the National Crime Agency, intercepted a package addressed to him containing knuckle dusters, knives and a baton. At his house, they discovered nineteen knuckle dusters, a baton, a machete, air weapons and a samurai sword in a locked cabinet in his garage. Underneath the cabinet, they found an illegal stun gun disguised as a mobile phone. Four cannabis plants were found in an outbuilding. Possession of such firearms carries a minimum jail term of five years but the judge in this instance said there were exceptional circumstances surrounding the case.

2017/10/5 BBC News

Ofsted inspectors at a children’s home in Hardington Moor, Somerset discovered that a resident had taken knives and an air rifle from a neighbour's unlocked shed and threatened staff and another young person. Following the "very serious" incident, the inspectors’ report found that the home had failed to take steps to stop residents getting hold of the weapons again and concluded that a failure to "follow risk assessments and adequately supervise" had put the young people in "significant danger".

2017/10/4 BBC News

Firearms officers were deployed to a property in Ipswich, Suffolk following reports that five men, including two with guns, had entered a house and threatened two women and one man. A 16-year-old boy was later arrested on suspicion of possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear.

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