Two men are being treated in hospital for serious injuries after being shot on a street in Smethwick, West Midlands. Witnesses described hearing shouting before a “volley of gunshots” were fired. Two men have since been arrested on suspicion of violent disorder.
A gun was fired at a car near Fulwood, Lancashire in what police are treating as a targeted attack. Click on media link to read full report.
Armed police officers responded following a report that a man had brandished a firearm at a house in Bodmin, Cornwall. Click on media link to read full report.
Christopher Cooper, aged 31, has been ordered to pay £259 in fines and costs after pleading guilty to possessing an air weapon while prohibited, and the possession of a Class B drug. After a prison sentence for arson, Cooper was prohibited from possessing any firearm for life; however, following his release, he used air weapons for shooting in the garden of his home in Stoke, Staffordshire. Following an argument between Cooper and a neighbour, police officers recovered two air weapons, pellets and cannabis from his home. The court heard that Cooper had been told of the weapon ban on release from prison but had been unable to “process the large amount of information given to him at that time”.
Manchester Evening News
Following reports of a shooting on a street in Wolverhampton, West Midlands, armed police officers and paramedics found a teenage girl with chest injuries. The victim was rushed to hospital, where her condition was described as critical. Officers recovered what is believed to be a double-barrelled shotgun nearby; the weapon is being examined to determine if it was used in the attack.
Armed police were deployed after litter pickers discovered what they thought could be a real firearm in a hedge in Ipswich, Suffolk; the weapon was later identified as an Airsoft gun. Click on media link to read full report.
West Yorkshire Police
Levi Paterson, now 18, has been sent to a young offender institution for four years after pleading guilty to possession of a prohibited firearm and two offences of robbery. At sixteen years old, Paterson took part in a robbery during which two people were threatened with a knife and stripped of designer clothing and other items. While on bail for this offence, Paterson was rearrested in September last year after his DNA was found on the trigger of a sawn-off shotgun. A woman had discovered the firearm, along with ammunition, hidden in a crevice of an outbuilding at her home in Leeds, West Yorkshire.
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Following a report of a man with what was believed to be a firearm on a street in Bognor, West Sussex, police officers recovered an imitation gun and arrested a man on suspicion of possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence. Click on media link to read full report.
Two teenage boys, armed with a shotgun and a knife, allegedly threatened a shopkeeper in Hull, East Yorkshire, before striking his head three times with the butt of the gun when he refused to open the till. When the man’s sister responded to her brother’s shouts for help, the boy with the knife reportedly tried to stab her in the stomach and chest. The victims then chased the knife-wielding youth out of the shop before locking the door to trap the second assailant inside. After getting hold of the shotgun, the woman hit the offender with it as he fought with her brother. The boy was eventually restrained and handed over to police officers. The second teenager handed himself into police shortly afterwards. Both boys have been interviewed and released on conditional police bail.
Basildon Canvey Southend Echo
Cat’s leg “shattered” after he was shot with an air rifle in Great Wakering, Essex. Click on media link to read full report.
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