Armed police were deployed following reports of a man with a shotgun taking hostages at a family pub in Bridlington, Yorkshire. The man gave himself up and was arrested. The pub manager said that it had not been a hostage situation and that no one was injured.
A shop owner sprayed a can of insect repellent at an assailant who threatened him with a firearm at his off-licence in Gateshead, Tyne & Wear. Wayne Barnes, aged 33, pointed a .177 calibre imitation firearm at the shop owner’s face to intimidate him into handing over cash, but fled empty-handed after being chased off. Barnes, who was on a suspended sentence and two conditional discharges at the time, told police he had been “forced” to carry out the raid because of a drugs debt. He admitted attempted robbery and having an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence and was jailed for 45 months.
A 29-year-old male was arrested on suspicion of possession of an imitation firearm and possession with intent to supply class A and B drugs during police raids at properties in Addiscombe, South London. A police spokesperson said that the man has since released under investigation.
The Huddersfield Daily Examiner
A cat has been left with a deep wound after allegedly being shot in the back with an air rifle in Newsome, West Yorkshire. The cat was treated by a vet, but the pellet could not be located.
The Press and Journal
A man has claimed that he was narrowly missed by a rifle pellet while walking his dogs on a farm track in Newtonhill, Kincardineshire. The man, who was who was wearing a head torch, shouted to attract attention and was located by the shooter and a companion. The shooter said that he had a permit and had been shooting rabbits on a nearby hill; however, the dog-walker claimed that the shots were directed at the farm track, which is a right of way. A subsequent police investigation found that the rifleman had a permit to use the land for shooting rabbits and no further action was taken.
Connor McCarthy, aged 22 and of no fixed address, has been jailed for two years after pleading guilty to possessing an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence. McCarthy pointed a blank-firing pistol at residents of the YMCA where he was staying, asserting to have 13 rounds. He claimed to have bought the fake gun to frighten away some of his fellow residents after they "took a shine to his girlfriend" and threatened him.
Scott Hand, aged 29, has been jailed for 27 months after he admitted possessing an imitation firearm with intent and two charges of making threats to kill. After sending a series of threatening messages and voicemails to his ex-wife, as well as a threatening voicemail to his former mother-in-law, Hand fired a ball bearing gun at the home of his ex-wife’s parents in Wickenby, Lincolnshire. On hearing a loud crack, his former mother-in-law went to the bedroom window only to see Hand pointing a gun towards her from a car. After hearing a second shot, Hand’s former father-in-law opened the window and shouted at him to leave. Hand then drove off after warning the couple, “you’re all going to die, I’m going to burn your house down.”
Police officers discovered a large number of bullet casings after responding to reports of shots being fired in Liverpool, Merseyside. A man at the scene was found to have a foot injury and police are treating the assault as a targeted attack; however, the cause of the foot injury has not yet been confirmed.
Kairan Greenwood, Raymond Ray and Simon Christopher have been jailed for a total of 35 years after their plan to smuggle a sub-machine gun into Bristol was foiled by an undercover police operation. The court heard that Greenwood, an organised crime boss, arranged for a courier to collect the sub-machine gun and ammunition from Bournemouth in April 2016 and drive it back to Bristol concealed in a black sports holdall. Following an intelligence-led undercover operation, however, armed police intercepted the carrier vehicle in Warmley, South Gloucestershire. Greenwood, aged 29, and Ray, aged 31, received sentences of seventeen and thirteen years respectively for possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life. Christopher, aged 42, was given a five-year jail sentence after he admitted possessing a prohibited weapon and ammunition.
Specialist anti-gun unit vans were deployed in a search for a man with a gun and ammunition near the airport in Liverpool, Merseyside. Police later confirmed that they had arrested a 16-year-old male on suspicion of possession with intent to supply cannabis and recovered a shotgun and ammunition.
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