Salim Razaq, a police officer from Walton-le-Dale, Lancashire, helped his gangster brother by hiding weapons and intimidating witnesses. He pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice, possessing firearms and ammunition and misconduct in a public office. When his home was raided in March 2010 (see Incidents) a Sten machine gun and two Uzi machine guns were found hidden under the stairs. Other items including 228 bullets were seized. In the same case a prisoner, Louis Bamber, admitted possession of a firearm.
Peterborough Evening Telegraph
Armed police were called to a house in Millfield, Peterborough, after a man threatened to shoot officers trying to arrest him. He claimed to have firearms but none were found in the house after the man had been removed.
A 67-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of possessing a firearm without a licence, and a 16-year-old and a 14-year-old were arrested on suspicion of stealing over 150 pheasants in a one-month period from farms in Faversham, Kent. They were arrested after police searched a number of a properties and recovered a rifle, a pistol, two airguns and a crossbow.
A robber used a stun gun-type weapon to threaten staff at a shop in Derby. He was handed cash and then ran away. It is thought no-one was injured.
Daily Post, 19 March 2010 John Forester has admitted wounding and having a firearm in a public place. He shot a teenage girl in the leg with a pellet whilst she was staying at a campsite near Harlech, Gwynedd, in May 2009. Forester was camping in the area with friends and had brought the .22 air rifle with telescopic sight with him. His victim will be permanently scarred. He was jailed for 50 weeks, suspended for 18 months. He will undertake 250 hours unpaid work and pay £1500 compensation. The gun was confiscated and Forester was banned from possessing any air-powered weapon for 18 months.
Two suspected armed robbers were arrested after firearms officers shot out the tyres of the car they were travelling in the centre of Birmingham, West Midlands. No one was injured and the pair was arrested before a third man was also later detained.
South Wales Echo
David Rees was caught in possession of a stun gun in Portmead, Swansea. He admitted he was unlawful in possession of a prohibited weapon, a stun gun. He also pleaded guilty to using violence for the purpose of securing entry to a home. He will be sentenced later.
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