Gun Incidents

The Infer Trust makes every effort to record and categorise the firearms incidents reported in the UK but we recognise that it is not a complete record.

If you are aware of a gun incident which is not listed please notify us.  You can do this by either sending us the link for an on line report, or a hard copy of a press article to our address. 
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2022/5/8 London Press

A member of the public suffered minor injuries after being shot with an air weapon, fired from an address in Newham, East London. Police officers recovered an air rifle and arrested a male suspect.

2022/5/8 Mirror

Three men, who carried out an armed raid at a house in Upminster, East London, have been jailed for a total of over fifty years. In May 2020, Christopher Sargent posed as a courier before he, Anthony Lascelles and Ajaypal Singh forced their way into a home occupied by a mother, father, son and daughter. The intruders held a knife to the mother’s throat and demanded to know where their safe was kept. When the family told their attackers they didn’t have a safe or any money, offering jewellery instead, a knife was put to the son's throat and his life was threatened. The father struggled with Sargent for a time before being knocked out. When he came to with blood running down his face, he saw one of his own shotguns (usually kept locked up) on the floor. Fearing for his life, he picked up the gun before fighting over it with one of the intruders. The father said that the other man had his finger on the trigger as the gun then discharged, shooting the son in his shoulder. Following this, the thieves fled with around £20,000 worth of jewellery and watches. The son recovered from his injuries after being put into an induced coma, the mother was treated for a throat injury and the father required staples for a head wound. Lascelles, 34, was jailed for eighteen years after pleading guilty to robbery. Sargent, 28, received fifteen years for the same offence and Singh, 28, was handed a 20-year sentence after being found guilty of robbery and admitting possession with intent to supply and possession of a bladed article.

2022/5/8 Echo

After police officers recovered a gun and ammunition from an address in Liverpool, Merseyside, two men and one teenage male were arrested on suspicion of possession of having a firearm without a certificate. One man has since been charged with possession of a firearm and possession of ammunition.

2022/5/8 The Bolton News

After he was found carrying an air pistol at a takeaway in Bolton, Greater Manchester in July last year, 19-year-old Denico Holuj-Knott admitted committing a Firearms Act offence and possessing cannabis. He has now been ordered to carry out 150 hours of unpaid work, undergo treatment for drug addiction and complete 32 days of rehabilitation activities.

2022/5/7 Echo

Gary Stanley has been handed a six-year prison term, to run concurrently with an existing sentence, after admitting possessing a prohibited firearm and possessing ammunition without a certificate. In February 2020, a man saw Stanley and another person behaving suspiciously outside his home in Liverpool, Merseyside. When he disturbed them, they threatened to shoot him before fleeing on a motorbike. The man then found a holdall containing a loaded firearm in woodland behind his property. Police retrieved the weapon, a Baikal self-loading Makarov model pistol modified into a lethal weapon, and forensic tests revealed Stanley’s DNA. Stanley was arrested four months later.

2022/5/7 YorkshireLive

Yousef Camara has been jailed for one year after being convicted of possessing an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence. In June 2020, Camara was assaulted in Bradford, West Yorkshire. He pretended to be unconscious as he was collected by ambulance, but on hearing paramedics reporting that they had found a firearm among his belongings, Camara sat up, took the BB gun out of his bag and pointed it at one of them in “a threatening manner”. After the paramedic grabbed the gun and pressed an emergency button, the ambulance was driven straight to a police station. In a victim impact statement, the paramedic said he had thought the gun was real and described the incident as “harrowing”.

2022/5/7 Nottinghamshire Police

Following reports of someone being threatened with a gun in Nottingham, Nottinghamshire last November, four men and a woman have been charged with possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life and possessing a knife in a public place.

2022/5/7 BirminghamLive

Richard Cartwright, aged 38, has been jailed for fourteen years for three charges of robbery, possessing an imitation firearm and burglary. In September 2019, Cartwright threatened a member of staff with what looked like a handgun at a shop in Birmingham, West Midlands, before stealing cash and cigarettes. In the same year, he stole cash and valuables from vulnerable people, on some occasions claiming to be a policeman to gain access to their homes. When one man asked him to leave his property, Cartwright sat on top of him and grabbed him by the throat. The victim believed he was going to be suffocated and was left with swelling and loose teeth. Another victim, injured in her own home by Cartwright and an accomplice, is suffering ongoing consequences from the attack. The court heard that Cartwright began using drugs as a child and committed crimes to fund his habit.

2022/5/7 News & Star The Cumberland News

William Rowley, aged 58, has been fined £500 and had his shotgun certificate revoked after admitting failing to comply with its conditions. In January this year, police and fire officers visited Rowley’s home in Glassonby, Cumbria to check how his firearms were being stored. While some guns were locked in a secure cabinet, one 20-bore, side-by-side double-barrelled shotgun was found under a bed. Rowley, a farmer, told the officers that the weapon had been left there for “security purposes” as he and his wife had been scared by burglaries. The judge ordered the forfeiture of Rowley’s four shotguns and ammunition.

2022/5/7 ChronicleLive

After being found guilty of aggravated burglary, wounding with intent and possessing a firearm, and admitting possessing a firearm with intent and ammunition while prohibited, 32-year-old Daniel Sullivan has been jailed for fourteen years. In January 2020, Sullivan entered an elderly man’s home in South Shields, Tyne & Wear, brandishing a BB gun. When the man refused to give him money, Sullivan shot him three times. The court heard that the victim no longer enjoys going out and that some pellets remain embedded in his body as it is too dangerous to remove them.

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