Armed police searched a property in Dover, Kent following reports of a man with a handgun at the address. A police spokesperson said: “No firearms were found and no offences were identified."
The Huddersfield Daily Examiner
Armed raiders fled without stealing any money when a shopkeeper at a convenience store in Batley, West Yorkshire refused to open the till. One of the assailants allegedly struck the shopkeeper three times with a baseball bat before pointing what was described as a pistol at him. Another of the raiders guarded the shopkeeper’s wife with a bat. The victim needed stitches for a head wound following the attack.
Isle of Wight Radio
Armed police officers seized a handgun from an address in Sandown, Isle of Wight after a member of the public reported concerns for a man inside the property. A 44-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.
Thomas Harvey has been jailed for six years after being convicted by jury of possessing a Heckler and Koch submachine gun. Police officers involved in a major investigation into serious organised crime discovered the firearm hidden in a secret compartment in a car in Glasgow, Scotland. The court heard that Harvey’s DNA was found on multiple parts of the weapon, including the grip, trigger and inside surfaces.
A cat has been left blind in one eye after he was reportedly shot at point blank range with an air rifle in Blackpool, Lancashire. The cat’s owner rushed her pet for treatment after finding him with blood pouring from his right eye and vets removed an air pellet. Police are investigating the shooting, but the lack of witnesses means it is unclear exactly where it happened.
Firearms officers were deployed following a report that a loaded handgun had been found among some bins in an alley in Liverpool, Merseyside. The discovery was made just a few hundred metres from where a man was shot in the stomach last month. The gun is being forensically examined to see if it is linked to any recent shootings on Merseyside.
Manchester Evening News
Police officers attended a primary school in Salford, Greater Manchester after children told teachers they had seen a man with a gun on a path next to the school. The school was put on lockdown as officers searched the area, but no suspects were found. Following some criticism from parents about remarks made by a member of staff during the incident, the school issued a statement, which included: “In an attempt to make the children understand the reasons for our emergency procedures one of our dinner ladies mentioned the Dunblane incident. This was done with good intentions, but was inappropriate and the school fully accepts this. This will be dealt with as a training issue.”
South Wales Argus
Following concerns raised by nearby residents, firearms officers, force negotiators and a dog section attended an address in Markham, Caerphilly. A number of air weapons were reportedly seized from the property and a 45-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of threats to kill. He was later released with no further action.
Manchester Evening News
Christopher Pourablghssemion, aged 26, has been jailed for two years and six months after pleading guilty to possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear and to breaching a suspended sentence. Pourablghssemion threatened a woman before shooting at a house in a residential area of Tameside, Greater Manchester, terrifying nearby residents in the process.
A male swan died and his mate was left injured after they were reportedly shot with an air rifle in Stourport, Worcestershire. It is thought that they were attacked during the night; a member of the public discovered the pair the following morning. An RSPCA spokesperson said: “We would like to remind members of the public that all wild birds, including swans, are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 and it is an offence to kill, injure or take them without a licence.
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