After a masked cyclist was seen carrying a gun in Brighton, East Sussex, police officers attended and arrested the suspect. He was subsequently charged with possession of an imitation firearm in public, possession of an offensive weapon (a knife) in public, and possession of cannabis. A police spokesperson later said: “…being in possession of an offensive weapon in public is a serious offence, and anyone caught committing such an offence will be dealt with robustly. I’d like to remind people, particularly given the current climate, of their responsibility around UK legislation.”
Taxi driver threatened with suspected handgun in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire. Click on media link to read full report.
Police officers responding to reports of loud bangs at a property in Brighton, East Sussex, found shotgun shells strewn across the street. The following day, firearms officers swooped on a nearby address in search of the shooter, but he was not located. After a week on the run, the suspect was arrested in Croydon on suspicion of possession of a firearm. In addition, two women from Brighton have been arrested: one on suspicion of assisting an offender, the other on suspicion of assisting an offender and failing to comply with conditions of a shotgun certificate. A police spokesperson said that the incident had involved individuals known to one another.
Police officers were deployed after members of the public reported hearing gunshots in Luton, Bedfordshire. A man with gunshot wounds was found at a residential property; his injuries are thought to be potentially life-changing. Detectives have appealed for information.
The Scottish Sun
A masked man allegedly threatened two workers at a shop in Greenock, Renfrewshire with a gun, before fleeing with less than £100. The employees, one only fifteen years old, were left "badly shaken". Police officers are checking CCTV and carrying out door-to-door enquiries to try to identify the suspect.
The Bolton News
People walking near a reservoir in Bolton, Greater Manchester alerted police after hearing bangs and seeing a man with a rifle; it is thought that he was trying to shoot deer. One of the witnesses identified the shots as coming from a high-velocity rifle. Officers searched the area but were unable to locate the suspect or a weapon. A police spokesperson later said that anyone who sees a suspected poacher should take pictures and record the details of the incident.
Following a car chase in Birmingham, West Midlands between two sets of rival gang members, one car crashed into a wall in a cul-de-sac where children were playing. As the occupants tried to flee, they were reportedly attacked by two masked men from the second car, who were armed with a shotgun and a machete. Witnesses say several shots were fired before the assailants fled. One of the victims suffered machete wounds, while the other, himself arrested on suspicion of possessing a firearm, was grazed by a shotgun pellet. A police spokesperson later said: “As a result of the incident, we extended our Section 60 powers – which give us increased authority to stop and search people.”
Manchester Evening News
Officers from a specialist team that works to reduce gun crime found a firearm hidden in an alleyway in Manchester, Greater Manchester. A man was subsequently arrested and charged with possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life and possession of cannabis. The suspect has been remanded in custody.
Man arrested on suspicion of supplying cannabis and possession of a section 5 firearm. Click on media link to read full report.
Police Tasered a man after spotting him driving a stolen van in Plymouth, Devon in June this year. The suspect crashed the van into two police cars and an ambulance that blocked his way, before officers surrounded his vehicle, smashed a side window and Tasered him. The man has since been jailed for a string of offences. In an impact statement, one of the officers involved said that the incident had been "one of the most traumatic moments of my policing career.”
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