A bodyguard protecting the British Foreign Minister, Dominic Raab, allegedly left a loaded semi-automatic Glock 19 pistol on a plane after it landed at Heathrow Airport, Middlesex. The firearm was discovered by a cleaner. A police spokesperson said that the officer involved has since been “removed from operational duties” and that an internal investigation would be carried out. In similar circumstances last year, a bodyguard to former Prime Minister, David Cameron, reportedly left his firearm in a plane toilet. The weapon was discovered by a passenger.
Thomas Gill, aged 29, has been handed a suspended eighteen-month prison sentence and ordered to complete 100 hours of unpaid work after pleading guilty to having a firearm and ammunition illegally. Police visiting Gill’s home in Great Ouseburn, North Yorkshire, found ammunition scattered around the property and a .22 rifle with a silencer and telescopic sights. The items were being held illegally as Gill's firearms licence was revoked in 2017 after burglars stole guns from him that he had failed to store securely.
Manchester Evening News
After police received a report that a gun was being stored at a house Bury, Greater Manchester, officers seized a loaded sawn-off shotgun from the property. Two men were arrested on suspicion of possession of a shotgun.
Five men have been each been jailed for seven years after they were found guilty of conspiracy to possess two firearms and conspiracy to possess ammunition. Charles Junior Frimpong, Riccardo Christophe, Abdul Noor, Korey Lawrence and Jahvon Robinson ran from a car after police stopped it in Stepney, East London in February last year. Officers recovered two semi-automatic firearms at the scene, one from the front passenger seat and another, discarded by one of the fleeing men, near the car. The modified handguns were loaded, with one cocked and ready to fire. A balaclava and latex gloves were also recovered. Frimpong, Lawrence and Noor were chased and detained nearby, while Christophe handed himself in after a few hours and Robinson was arrested a few months later. Following sentencing, a police spokesperson said: “ I have no doubt that the firearms recovered would have been used to cause serious or even fatal injuries in the hands of those convicted or others.”
A shot was fired through the letterbox of a home in Finchley, North London, terrifying the residents. Click on media link to read full report.
Armed police officers were deployed after a member of the public reported seeing two men discharge a shotgun at the window of an unoccupied car in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. It was also discovered that a man had been assaulted. Two men were subsequently arrested on suspicion of firearms offences.
Police are investigating reports of cars in Aberfeldy, Perth & Kinross being targeted in incidents “thought to involve” an air rifle. Click on media link to read full report.
Three men have been shot and injured, two of them seriously, in Coventry, West Midlands. A witness reported seeing two men blocking the street off with a car before one of them ran along the road and discharged a shotgun towards a group of “lads” outside a restaurant. The attacker then escaped in the car. No arrests have yet been reported.
Michael Charlton, aged 42, has been jailed for eight years after pleading guilty to robbery and possessing an imitation firearm. In March last year, Charlton entered a shop in Wigston, Leicestershire and pointed what looked like a shotgun wrapped in a clear plastic bag at a female worker’s face. As the woman cowered away, Charlton put the weapon on the counter and grabbed money from the till before fleeing. The victim managed to note the number plate of his getaway car and Charlton was detained the next day following a collision with a police car. His DNA was found in the till drawer. The court heard that Charlton had suffered “neglect, abuse and violence during his childhood and adolescence and turned to drugs to escape the emotional pain of his past”. In an impact statement, the victim described fearing what the gunman would do. She suffers severe ongoing psychological effects, including panic attacks and depression.
Woman from Avoch, Scottish Highlands charged with illegal possession of an air rifle, driving a car whilst unfit through drink or drugs and possession of cannabis. Click on media link to read full report.
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