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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2017/8/31 LincolnshireLive

One of two men who raided a house in Retford, Nottinghamshire has been jailed for nine years after pleading guilty to aggravated burglary. Arthur Bec, 26, and an accomplice tied up and gagged the occupant of the property before stealing cash, watches and jewellery worth £38,000. One of the men was armed with a steel bar and a handgun. The assailants fled when the victim’s wife returned to the house.

2017/8/31 The Huddersfield Daily Examiner

Police have arrested two men, aged 17 and 22, on suspicion of firearms offences. The arrests were made as enquiries continue into four alleged firearm discharge offences in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, including what is believed to be a targeted shooting at a group of four people. In addition, a taxi driver received shotgun injuries and the front door of a house was found to have firearm damage. Seven people have been arrested in total.

2017/8/31 KentOnline

Firearms officers surrounded a house following reports of a man with a gun in a residential area of Borden, Kent. Police spent two hours at the scene and a 27-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of criminal damage.

2017/8/31 The Star

Michael Lydon, 53 and Paul Smith, 57, have been jailed for a total of 33 years after being found guilty of seven charges including two counts of robbery, attempt robbery, possession of an imitation firearm and causing injury by dangerous driving. The men stole cash from a bank in Rotherham, South Yorkshire and threatened staff with a gun and a crowbar before locking some of them in the vault when police arrived. They threatened the officers with a gun before fleeing and dumping the bag of cash in a bush. After the thieves tried and failed to pull a woman from her car, they stole a van from another woman and drove it at her as they escaped. She was left with injuries to her leg, foot and shoulder. CCTV footage caught images of the men getting into another car after they discarded the van.

2017/8/31 News Shopper

Andrew Chambers, 34, has been jailed for ten years after pleading guilty to possession of a firearm and ammunition, and two counts of possession with intent to supply drugs. In 2013, police raided his home in Southwark, London and found a gun that had been used in two murders and two attempted murders. They finally caught up with Chambers in 2016 when they stopped a minicab in Woolwich. Chambers was not responsible for the shootings but had been holding the weapon for gang associates.

2017/8/31 Evening Standard

Police are appealing for information after a male allegedly threatened a man with a handgun in a nightclub in Brixton, South London. The suspect pushed the barrel against the victim’s stomach, fleeing before police arrived. No one was injured.

2017/8/30 Cambridge News

Police attended following reports of teenagers shooting at ducks with an air rifle in the village of Somersham, Cambridge. Some dead ducks were found at the scene. Enquiries are ongoing.


Alan Turnbull, 29, has been jailed for five years after admitting to a charge of having a firearm, namely a stun gun disguised as a torch. Police discovered the gun when they raided his home in Dundee, Scotland. Turnbull claimed it had never been used apart from when he fired it into himself out of curiosity. He was also sentenced to five months imprisonment on a drug charge, to run concurrently.

2017/8/28 Ipswich Star

A cat has been shot with an airgun in Ipswich, Suffolk. X-rays revealed she had been shot twice and was bleeding internally from a damaged spleen. She has since made a full recovery.

2017/8/28 The Press and Journal

Martin Taylor, 55, has been ordered to surrender his shotgun and pay a £400 fine after breaching the conditions for owning it by leaving the gun and a cartridge in an unlocked cabin. Taylor said he had been using the gun to “scare crows” at his farm in Moray, Scotland and that he had planned to lock up the weapon at the end of the day.    

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