Firearms officers were deployed in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire following reports of a man seen with a gun. Two men have since been arrested on suspicion of possessing a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence and a BB gun has been seized.
It has been reported that someone in a car shot at the windscreen of another vehicle before both cars became involved in a high-speed chase through Southampton, Hampshire. Police have urged the drivers to come forward and appealed for information, particularly from those with dashcam footage.
The Barry Gem
A resident of Llandough, Glamorgan contacted the RSPCA after hearing three loud bangs and seeing a gull fall into her garden. The bird, which was found to have suffered a snapped wing and an impact wound to its side, had to be put down. An air rifle pellet was discovered in its chest cavity. Gulls are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.
Families are reported to have fled in terror when armed police descended on a busy park in Swansea, Wales following reports of a man seen with a weapon. A witness captured footage of a child hiding behind a tree as police approach the suspect, shouting, "Where is the gun?" Following a short stand-off, the man was arrested.
The coroner at an inquest into the death of Stephen Muncaster concluded that he took his own life. His body was found next to a shotgun in the garden of his home in Magdalen, Norfolk. He had suffered a gunshot wound to the head. Muncaster had shot and killed his wife inside the house before taking his own life. Evidence was heard that she had been planning to leave him.
Firearms officers were called to a psychiatric hospital in Llanfairfechan, North Wales following reports that a man had been seen in the grounds with what appeared to be a gun. A police spokesperson later confirmed that they were unable to locate a suspect.
Welwyn Hatfield Times
Warren Snedden, aged 44, was sentenced to ten years’ imprisonment, with an additional five years on extended licence, after being found guilty of having an explosive substance and admitting a number of other offences, including possession of documents containing information likely to be useful for terrorist purposes, possession of firearms and ammunition without a certificate and while prohibited, and production of cannabis. Police searched Snedden’s home in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire in September last year after being alerted to his suspicious online purchase of chemicals associated with the production of the explosive TATP. During the search, officers recovered the chemicals and some tilt switches (used to produce improvised explosive devices). They also found component parts of a firearm, an air rifle, over 200 rounds of ammunition — all items Snedden was prohibited from possessing following his conviction for an armed robbery offence in 2001. In addition, officers retrieved terrorist-related manuals and documents detailing how to make home-made ammunition, weapons and explosives. Digital scales were seized and cannabis plants were found growing in the garden.
Ayoub Tarey, aged 18, was jailed for four years after pleading guilty to robbery, possession of an imitation firearm and assault. Tarey used an imitation gun to threaten two members of staff at a shop in Leicester, Leicestershire before one of his victims, a martial arts practitioner, disarmed him. Tarey was then held until police arrived. The judge took into consideration ten other offences Tarey admitted in police interview.
A round of training ammunition, not believed to be live, was found by a member of the public at a property in Spalding, Lincolnshire. An explosive ordnance disposal team carried out a controlled detonation of the ammunition at a safe location.
Rehman Afzal, aged 22, was jailed for 21 years after being found guilty of possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear, two counts of wounding, robbery and possession of cannabis. Following an argument over a money debt, Afzal pistol-whipped a man about the head and, when the victim’s uncle tried to stop him, shot both men in the leg. Afzal was arrested a week later at home in Birmingham, West Midlands.
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