Gun Incidents

The Infer Trust makes every effort to record and categorise the firearms incidents reported in the UK but we recognise that it is not a complete record.

If you are aware of a gun incident which is not listed please notify us.  You can do this by either sending us the link for an on line report, or a hard copy of a press article to our address. 
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2017/9/6 Mail Online

A 14-year-old boy has died after being shot in the back of his head with a shotgun in Forest Gate, East London. A 17-year-old boy was seriously injured in the same attack. The teenagers were part of a group of friends believed to have been targeted by a rival gang in retaliation for a stabbing. A lone gunman is thought to have approached them from behind in an alley. Both boys were taken to hospital and the younger teenager died after his family made the heart-breaking decision to switch off his life-support machine.  A police spokesperson said that extra officers would be on duty in the borough due to fears of a revenge attack and they would be authorised to use stop and search tactics.

2017/9/5 somersetlive

Police arrested an 18-year-old man on suspicion of possessing an imitation firearm in a public place following a chase in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset. A BB gun was discovered in the suspect’s car.

2017/9/5 Daily Star

Firearms offices attended a property in Birmingham, West Midlands following reports of a shooting injury. A 27-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of wounding and a pellet gun was seized from his property. A 39-year-old man was treated in hospital for a minor injury to his arm.

2017/9/5 The Telegraph

A father and his teenage son discovered twelve guns and gun parts while trawling a river with a powerful magnet in Greylake, Somerset. The haul included an 1800s musket, a US Civil War revolver, guns dating from both World Wars, a pair of M16 assault rifles, .22 revolvers and an AK47. The man who recovered the weapons said that he believed they may have been dumped by Irish Republicans when they were supposed to declare arms in 2001; however, a police spokesperson said that the arms are believed to have come from a nearby munitions factory which operated during World War Two and that similar items had been discovered in 2015.

2017/9/5 BBC News

A couple from Blackpool, Lancashire, who cannot be named for legal reasons, have admitted to five counts of child cruelty after shooting their children with a BB gun as punishment. The 50-year-old father was jailed for two years, while the mother, aged 33, was given a suspended sentence and ordered to do 200 hours of unpaid work. The children, aged between seven and thirteen, were shot on a daily basis for misdemeanors such as failing to wash the dishes, while the oldest child was targeted for having a boyfriend. The father kept the gun down the side of the sofa and did most of the shooting; however, his wife also used the gun when he was not present. The cruelty was uncovered when one of the children told a teacher about her injuries.

2017/9/5 News & Star

A mother, whose daughters were playing in their conservatory when a shot was fired into the glass, has claimed that police failed to take the incident seriously. The children, aged seven and eight, were not injured but have been left feeling very frightened that the gunman might return. Their mother called 999 and was told police would attend; however, 24 hours passed before an officer visited the house in Carlisle, Cumbria to investigate. A force spokesperson said that patrols had been sent to the area following the emergency call, but no suspects were traced. Police suspect that the damage was caused by an air pellet, likely from a field opposite the property, but the householder said that she didn’t believe this was possible.

2017/9/4 itv News

A member of the public alerted police after hearing shots in Melrose, Scottish Borders. A Goosander, a protected bird, was found dead in the River Tweed a short time later. Police appealed for information.

2017/9/4 BBC News

Nathan Rochester, 32, has been jailed for nine years after pleading guilty to two counts of possession of a firearm and previous drugs offences. When Rochester failed to attend the trial regarding the drugs charges, police found him at his home in Radcliffe-on-Trent, Nottinghamshire. On searching the property, officers discovered a loaded pistol, a sawn-off shotgun and two cartridges hidden in a mattress. Another bullet for the handgun was seized from a bag under the kitchen sink. Rochester was sentenced to five years for the firearm offences and a further four years for the drugs offences.

2017/9/4 somersetlive

Firearms officers were deployed following reports of two men with a weapon in the centre of Trowbridge, Wiltshire. A force spokesman said that a replica weapon had been recovered. Both men were quickly released.

2017/9/4 GazetteLive

Armed officers and sniffer dogs attended following reports of a group of men allegedly threatening to kill a 16-year-old boy with an imitation firearm in Redcar, North Yorkshire. Three men, aged 41, 33 and 25, were arrested on suspicion of threats to kill and possession of an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.

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