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.
Gay Star News
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.
The Northern Echo
Daniel Green has been jailed for six years and eight months after pleading guilty to possessing prohibited items including a realistic gas-powered ball-bearing pistol, a set of knuckledusters, CS gas canisters, and £14,780 cash; theft; possessing cocaine with intent to supply; and possessing drugs including amphetamine, M-Cat, cannabis and ecstasy. He was arrested after stealing from a supermarket in Northallerton, North Yorkshire and police found the weapons and can in a search of his van. Green had previously found travelling in a vehicle in which police found ten bags of cocaine, and officers found other drugs and evidence of drug dealing in a search of his home.
The Yorkshire Post
A van was shot at with a firearm in Baildon, West Yorkshire. The vehicle sustained damaged in the attack but no one was injured.
Firearms officers were deployed to reports of a man with a gun ina residential area of Redbridge, east London. Police arrested two men.
An 18-year-old man has been found shot dead in the car park of a pub in Llanbedrog, Gwynedd. Police believe the victim was murder and have recovered the firearm thought to have been used in the shooting. Four men have been arrested in connection with the victim’s death, and though the have been released on bail police are not looking for anyone other suspects.
Ruslanas Solovjovas, 39, has been jailed for 14 months after pleading guilty to three charges of common assault and two charges of assault causing actual bodily harm to members of the public who he shot with a high-powered air rifle. The former Lithuanian army sniper fired at passers-by from the window of a third floor flat in Boston, Lincolnshire while drunk. He struck five people with pellets, and dented one of their vehicles, leaving them frightened through not seriously injured. Police called to the scene cordoned off the area and arrested Solojovas before recovering the potentially lethal air weapon and pellets from the flat.
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