A man got into a taxi in York and allegedly threatened the driver with a firearm, while demanding money. The suspect left the taxi after the driver had driven a short distance, sounding the horn.
Mark Hughes, 33, has been jailed for 3 years, 4 months after pleading guilty to possessing a sawn-off shotgun, 19 cartridges and a stun-gun. Hughes accidentally discharged the shotgun at his home in Buckley, Flintshire, seriously injuring his foot. The judge accepted that Hughes was depressed and wanted to take his own life, but believed he was looking after the firearm for a third party. Firearms officers found cocaine and cannabis at his residence. Hughes’ sentence was reduced due to the exceptional circumstances.
A pregnant cat has been put down after being shot with an air rifle in Salisbury, Wiltshire. Her owner at first believed she had been knocked down by a car, but X-rays revealed the cause of her injuries. Police believe the shooting took place near the owner’s home in a residential area.
Two masked men reportedly threatened an employee with a firearm in an off-licence in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, before stealing cash from the till and fleeing the scene.
Great Barr Observer
Armed police were called to Streetly, West Midlands following reports that a man was seen carrying a shotgun in a farmer’s field. Officers arrested a male suspect at the scene.
Nicardo Stewart, 32, pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm after police found a handgun, a magazine and two blank rounds under the driver’s seat of his car in Swindon, Wiltshire. The firearm had been modified to fire live ammunition. Officers stopped Stewart on suspicion of carrying drugs and he has been remanded in custody until sentencing.
Armed police were deployed to Moreton, Wirral as part of an ongoing investigation into firearms. No arrests were made.
Manchester Evening News
A man was attacked by a gang as he sat in his car in a residential area in Manchester. A group of men, armed with knives, allegedly threatened and hit the driver before fleeing the scene in a 4x4 vehicle. Shortly afterwards, three men wearing balaclavas, with one carrying a gun, were reported to have smashed the windows of another car in Manchester with a sledgehammer. The suspects were driving a black Nissan X-Trail. Police believe the incidents are linked.
Police recovered what is believed to be a pistol from a vehicle while searching an address in Moreton, Wirral. The gun was removed for forensic examination.
Joanne Daniels, 44, has been jailed for 27 months after pleading guilty to possessing a sawn-off shotgun and pistol ammunition without a certificate. Daniels, of no fixed abode, was contacted by police officers after they received intelligence that she had knowledge of a firearm. She gave permission for them to search her home in Runcorn, Chesire, where she showed them a blanket containing ammunition for use in guns such as automatic pistols. In addition, officers discovered a very old sawn-off shotgun behind a washing machine. Daniels claimed that two men left the ammunition and weapon at the property without her permission and that she had not lived at the address for some time. The judge found that Daniels was ‘clearly minding these items on behalf of a criminal or criminals’. An appeal for a suspended sentence was declined, although Daniels’ previous good character and vulnerable mental health were taken into consideration during sentencing.
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