A narrative verdict of "sudden and unexpected death following a struggle against restraint which included the use of a Taser in a man with a history of schizophrenia and who had taken amphetamines and cannabis," was recorded at the inquest into the death of Matthew Williams. Police were called to a hotel in Argoed, Flintshire following Mr Williams’ attack on a woman there. Mr Williams was handcuffed and strapped down, and a police Taser was discharged four times during the struggle. Mr Williams died after becoming unconscious and receiving cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
A cat received veterinary treatment for a chipped vertebra after being shot with an airgun. She may not recover the full use of her tail and could face its amputation. The pet’s owner has previously found pellets on her driveway in a residential area of East Grinstead, Surrey.
A man was threatened by two men with a gun on a street in Harlow, Essex. The pair escaped with the victim’s watch and police have launched an appeal for witnesses.
A 28-year-old man was arrested in Rochdale, Greater Manchester on suspicion of possessing a firearm with intent to cause fear. Police have begun an investigation.
A cat has been shot with an air rifle in Bexleyheath, south-east London. The pet survived the attack but requires an operation to remove a pellet from his abdomen.
A man reportedly fired a gun during a mass disturbance at a party being attended by at least 500 people in Ilford, east London. People in the crowd shouted out when they saw him with the weapon before the gun was fired. A bullet was recovered from the scene which is suspected to have come from a reactivated firearm, and one man was arrested on suspicion of affray. A man who had sustained stab wounds was also found in a car outside the premises.
Diane Croucher, 45, has been jailed for five years after pleading guilty to possessing a prohibited firearm and ammunition at her home in Margate, Kent. She was arrested after police searched her property and discovered a small calibre Colt pistol in the shed.
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An 11-year-old girl has been shot with a BB gun in a transphobic attack at a secondary school in Greater Manchester. The victim had been subjected to escalating levels of violence by other pupils at the school in the five months prior to the shooting, including being kicked and spat on and having her exercise books defaced with transphobic slurs. Staff at the school did not immediately contact the police, who had to be called to the scene by the victim’s mother. The victim has reported feeling suicidal as a result of the attacks.
Police have recovered a number of shotgun cartridges and what is thought to be ecstasy and drug-making paraphernalia in a planned search of a house in Birkenhead, Merseyside. Officers arrested a 48-year-old woman on suspicion of possession of Class A drugs with intent to supply.
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