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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2017/1/3 The Stoke Sentinel

A two-year-old cat has been killed after it was shot with an air rifle in Cheddleton, Staffordshire. After he became ill and died unexpectedly, vets then discovered that he had been fatally shot through his bladder and intestines.

2017/1/3 The Comet

Firearms officers were deployed to a road in Stevenage, Hertfordshire to reports of a man with a gun. Police stopped a man but did not locate a weapon, and he was later released without being charged.

2017/1/3 The Guardian

Police shot dead a 28-year-old man near the junction of a busy motorway during a planned operation in an investigation into the illegal possession of a firearm in Ainley Top, West Yorkshire. Officers boxed in the man’s car on the motorway slip road and fired at least three shots through his windscreen and leaving him dead. Police also made three arrests at the scene, and also found a firearm in the victim’s car. Officers also arrested two other people when they stopped another vehicle in Bradford, West Yorkshire connected to the incident. The victim’s house was reportedly targeted in a drive-by shooting last year, and he was fired at with a shotgun a few years prior. He was also accused of being involved in a drive-by shooting in 2009, but was acquitted due to a lack of evidence. The Independent Police Complaints Commission has begun an investigation into what was the fifth fatal shooting of a person by police in England in the last nine months.

2017/1/1 The Sun

Shots were fired in a busy park in Southwark, London. Police were called and directed to the location of the gunman by a member of the public, allowing officers to arrest the man outside a supermarket. Officers recovered the weapon for forensic examination. Two other men were also arrested on suspicion of possessing a firearm.

2017/1/1 The Sun

Geoffrey Mayne has been jailed for five years after pleading guilty to possessing a semi-automatic .24 Ruger rifle without a certificate and expanding ammunition at his home in Ashford, Kent. Police found the illegal weapon and bullets in his property after finding a list of items needed to make bullet’s in a chemist and purchasing liquid acetone. In his home officers found evidence that Mayne had plans to fight ISIS and Muslim extremists, having established a one-man organisation of “paramilitary warriors” called ‘Kent War Forces’, including an ID card naming him as “Colonel”. Police also found and empty gun magazine and partially-made shotgun cartridges Mayne appeared to have been manufacturing.

2016/12/31 The Sun

Two shots were fired from a car at a police car containing a policeman and a member of the public which was outside a nightclub in Bradford, West Yorkshire where police were responding to a late-night disturbance. The shots grazed the police vehicle, but no injuries were reported. The car from which the shots were fired was captured on CCTV, and later found burnt out in another part of the city. Firearms officers were dispatched and they arrested a 21-year-old man on suspicion of attempted murder and four other men on suspicion of assisting an offender.

2016/12/30 Liverpool Echo

A handgun was found outside a property in St Helens, Merseyside and recovered by police for forensic examination.

2016/12/30 Get West London

Armed police were deployed after two men were stabbed in the middle of the day on a road in Hayes, west London. A bus driver and a police community support officer were also threatened by several men in a car, in which a knife and a gun were seen, before they fled the scene in the vehicle. The stabbing victims were taken to hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening wounds. A 45-year-old man was arrested at the location of the incident.

2016/12/30 Chronicle Live

A 51-year-old woman was shot in the face with an airgun while walking along a road in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Tyne and Wear. She was shot by a man who aimed at another man he was chasing and had overtaken the victim, but missed and hit the woman in the chin. She was left needing stitches and treatment for shock.

2016/12/30 Metro

A man threatened police with a gun when he crashed into another vehicle on a road in North Acton, west London after officers gave chase when he failed to stop for them. After threatening police with the gun he escaped on foot, and has not yet been located.

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