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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2019/10/4 Rochdale Online

Tyrone Keighery-Simons, 23, and Jordan Starkey, 29, have been jailed for six years and five years, six months respectively after each pleaded guilty to conspiracy to transfer a prohibited weapon; Keighery-Simons also admitted to drugs offences. In October 2018, after meeting with Starkey, Keighery-Simons put a large canvas bag into a car on a street in Heywood, Greater Manchester. Surveillance officers witnessed this transfer and armed officers later stopped the vehicle, finding a self-loading shotgun with a shortened barrel and stock, as well as drugs paraphernalia. A police spokesperson said that seven people had been arrested following the incident.

2019/10/4 ExaminerLive

Faisal Adalat has been jailed for fifteen years after being convicted of possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life and an unnamed teenage male has been sentenced to nine years' detention in a young offender institution after being convicted of the same offence. In February this year, on a street where children were out playing in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, the teenager fired a handgun twice at a car. Two shots were then fired from the car, towards the teenager. The court heard that the shooting was linked to local gang rivalry over territory and that Adalat and the teenager had been dealing drugs prior to the attack. Adalat and the teenager were arrested after police found a bullet, a beanie hat, a mobile phone and a dealer list with the youth's fingerprint on it near the scene. The teenager was also found to have gunshot residue on his clothing. The gun has not been recovered.

2019/10/4 Nantwich News

House shot at in Namtwich, Cheshire. Click on media link to read full report.

2019/10/4 Yorkshire Evening Post

Man sentenced for carrying samurai sword and pointing imitation firearm at houses in Woodlesford, West Yorkshire. Click on media link to read full report.

2019/10/3 Oxford Mail

Man sentenced after firing a stun gun at a pub in Abingdon, Oxfordshire. Click on media link to read full report.

2019/10/3 News Shopper

Armed police officers responded to a report that one of three youths on a street in Sidcup, South East London had a gun tucked into his trousers. Officers followed the suspects into a park and saw seven men reportedly passing the gun around and firing it. All seven men were arrested at the scene for offences including possession of a firearm with intent, possession of drugs and possession of an offensive weapon.

2019/10/3 TeessideLive

Two men arrested following a dispute reportedly involving a firearm in Middlesbrough, North Yorkshire. Click on media link to read full report.

2019/10/3 Southern Daily Echo

Four men have been sentenced for their part in an attempt to move a double-barrelled shotgun from Southampton, Hampshire to London. In January this year, Loan Cicioc and Stephen Price drove a hired van from London to Southampton, picking up Peter Castle before going on to Graham Houlgate’s address. Surveillance officers then observed Castle collect “a three-foot-long item wrapped in polythene and a towel”. Armed officers subsequently stopped the van and retrieved the firearm, which had been broken into parts. Price, Cicioc and Castle were arrested at the scene and all pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm without a licence. Price was jailed for 31 months; Castle, for 36 months, and Cicioc was handed 16-month suspended sentence with 300 hours of unpaid work. Houlgate, who was arrested at his home where officers found an "expensive and sophisticated" cannabis factory, pleaded guilty to the production of cannabis and was found guilty by jury of possession of a firearm without a licence. He was given an eighteen-month jail term for the gun offence and a concurrent four-month sentence for the drugs offence.

2019/10/2 WalesOnline

Police reportedly Tasered a dog that attacked and bit people in Swansea, Wales. Click on media link to read full report.

2019/10/2 Daily Record

Kieran Ballantyne, aged 24, has been ordered to complete 146 hours of unpaid community work after pleading guilty to possession of an air rifle without a certificate. After a group of youths outside his home in Muirkirk, Ayrshire shouted “homophobic abuse” at him, Ballantyne put his ex-partner’s air rifle by the front door to scare them away. He also called police for assistance. When officers attended the following day and saw the firearm, Ballnatyne told them that it was not loaded and that he did not have the appropriate certificate. The firearm was taken from the property and a report was sent to the Procurator Fiscal.

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