In an operation targeting poachers, police officers arrested three men caught with air rifles in Pattingham, Staffordshire. Click on media link to read full report.
Yorkshire Evening Post
Dane Lyons, aged 29, has been jailed for sixteen months after admitting two charges relating to the possession of a sawn-off shotgun and one relating to the possession of cannabis. In October this year, police searched Lyons’ home in Morley, West Yorkshire and recovered a loaded, single-barrelled sawn-off shotgun from the loft along with five other cartridges. Lyons told the officers he had bought the firearm “for his own protection” as “several people were pursuing him”. Following sentencing, a police spokesperson said, “Illegally held firearms and ammunition such as these have the potential to kill or cause serious injury and have absolutely no place in the hands of criminals.”
Manchester Evening News
One of three men who caused a disturbance at a pub in Bolton, Greater Manchester was allegedly armed with a suspected gun. By the time police arrived, the men had fled. No arrests have yet been reported.
For his involvement in robbing a shop in Ipswich, Suffolk in April 2019, while armed with a Taser, 38-year-old Lee Evans has been jailed for six years. Evans pinned the shopkeeper to the ground while his accomplices stole cigarettes and cash. A probation officer recognized Evans as one of the offenders from a CCTV still image.
Manchester Evening News
Armed police officers were deployed after shots were fired on a street in Bolton, Greater Manchester. Click on media link to read full report.
A 17-year-old youth has been detained for three-and-a-half years after admitting possessing a prohibited weapon and assisting an offender. In April 2021, the youth delivered a sawn-off shotgun to a house in Wolverhampton, West Midlands, where a man accidentally shot his girlfriend in the chest when he hit the firearm with a hammer. The man took his partner outside and left her on the street, failing to call an ambulance. Fortunately, the victim managed to get to a hospital for emergency life-saving treatment. The teenager dumped the gun in a bush, while the man hid cartridges in an airing cupboard in an effort to conceal the shooting. The man, a gang member, was jailed for ten years earlier this year. On sentencing the youth, the judge said, “You became involved in a gang who effectively criminalised you and exploited you in their activities…It is a tragedy but also an almost inevitable outcome of being involved in this sort of activity.”
Armed police officers responded to reports that shots were fired on a residential street in Walsall, West Midlands, in what is believed to be a targeted incident. Click on media link to read full report.
A man from Corby, Northamptonshire has been remanded in custody after being charged with possession of a converted viable Retay-23 blank-firing pistol. Click on media link to read full report.
David Fairbairn, aged 67, has been jailed for eight years after pleading guilty to possession of ammunition without a certificate, possession of a prohibited weapon, possession of a firearm less than 30cm and possessing a firearm when prohibited for life, while a charge of allowing production of cannabis was left on file. When police officers searched Fairbairn’s home in Arrington, Cambridgeshire in April 2020, they seized a revolver-type handgun, ammunition and a Taser, while 1,033 cannabis plants were discovered in a nearby barn. While on bail, Fairbairn told police that he was being threatened by people in charge of the cannabis factory and, a few months later, he was treated in hospital a gunshot wound to the abdomen. Fairbairn claimed to have been shot by two gunmen but detectives determined that he had lied to distance himself from the drugs and possession of weapons investigation. Earlier this year, he was found guilty of perverting the course of justice.
Police have appealed for information after a man was seen earlier this month shooting cans with an air rifle in a field in Northampton, Northamptonshire and waving the weapon around close to a supermarket.
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