Two men on electric bikes allegedly struck a member of the public with a firearm in Lambeth, South London before stealing his watch. The men are suspected of threatening other pedestrians with a gun during similar robberies in the area. Police have issued a description of the suspects and appealed for information.
David Scurfield, 33, and Billy McColl, now 20, have been jailed for nine years and ten years, respectively, for their involvement in the torture of two men in St Helens, Merseyside, while Shawn O'Malley,33, received eighteen years for the same incident and for his involvement In a second shooting in Bolton. In September last year, two men working at a cannabis farm were interrogated by O’Malley after some of the drug was reportedly stolen. O’Malley pointed an imitation gun at the victims, who were also tied up and beaten with weapons including a sledgehammer, claw hammer, metal wrench and pick axe. McColl then threatened to pour acid on them and stubbed out a cigarette in an open wound on one of victims. After hours of torture, the men were released by their co-workers and taken to hospital with injuries including broken bones. All three defendants admitted false imprisonment and grievous bodily harm with intent, while McColl was also sentenced for possession of a prohibited firearm, a BBM Olympic 38 blank-firing pistol that police saw him throw from a bedroom window when they raided his home. The court heard, however, that there was no evidence that this had been used in the attack. O’Malley was also sentenced for a separate offence after he tried to frame a man for a shooting in Bolton by planting a self-loading pistol in his car. In relation to this incident, he admitted conspiracy to possess a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.
Yorkshire Evening Post
Haroon Murtza, 36, Cameron Mason, 20, and Junior Coley, 38, have been jailed for fifteen years, twelve years and twelve years, seven months, respectively, for their involvement in a shooting in November last year. Hired by Murtza and Mason, Coley fired seven bullets from a self-loading pistol at an occupied house in Leeds, West Yorkshire, with one bullet going through the kitchen window. No one was injured. The court heard that Murtza had arranged the shooting, possibly as a revenge attack after Mason, his stepson, suffered a violent assault. Murtza and Mason were found guilty of possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life, while Coley pleaded guilty to the same charge.
Tyrone Harvey, aged 32, has been handed a 27-year prison term after being found guilty of attempted murder. In January this year, Harvey shot his ex-partner in the face with a converted handgun loaded with home-made ammunition at her home in Derby, Derbyshire. The attack was carried out the day before she was due in court to apply for a non-molestation order against him. Armed police officers arrested Harvey in his car and recovered a blank firearm magazine, a blank firing round, the instruction for a blank firing pistol and a number of metal pellets. His victim suffered a shattered cheekbone and needed surgery to remove a ball bearing.
Following raids at properties in Liverpool, Merseyside, an underwater police team recovered ammunition from a canal. Click on media link to read full report.
Christopher Leigh Williams has been jailed for one year after pleading guilty to battery, criminal damage, and affray. In May this year, Williams brandished an air rifle at his partner at her home in Swansea, Wales during an argument. After the woman ran into the garden, Williams told her he was going to kill her and fired the weapon at her a number of times. The woman managed to avoid being hit and escaped back inside, locking the door behind her. She let Williams back in after he smashed windows and kicked at the door. Armed police officers, alerted by neighbours, arrested Williams at the scene shortly afterwards. The court heard that Williams’ partner did not support his prosecution but the judge said he had a “public duty beyond the victim's wishes”.
Rutland & Stamford Mercury
A cat underwent emergency surgery for severe leg injuries after being shot with an air rifle in Stibbington, Cambridgeshire. Click on media link to read full report.
Manchester Evening News
Police officers responding to reports of a disturbance after two cars crashed on a residential street in Manchester, discovered a bullet at the scene. Two men have since been arrested on suspicion of violent disorder and firearms offences.
Hastings & St Leonards Observer
Following reports of shots being fired in Hastings, East Sussex, police officers seized two gas powered air weapons and arrested a man who later accepted a caution for firing beyond premises. Click on media link to read full report.
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