Armed police officers were deployed after a member of the public reported seeing a man with a firearm in Sowerby Bridge, West Yorkshire. Two men have since been arrested in connection with the incident.
Police have opened an investigation after responding to reports of gunshots in Sheffield, South Yorkshire. Following the incident, a teenage male was treated in hospital for a gunshot wound to his leg; his injuries are not believed to be life-threatening. No arrests have yet been reported.
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Benjamin Taylor-Baker, aged 23, has been jailed for nine months after pleading guilty to affray, with an additional two months for breach of a suspended sentence. Taylor-Baker approached a woman he knew as she was sitting in a car in Haywards Heath, West Sussex and, on spotting the woman’s boyfriend, he shouted, “'Come outside here, we will fight.” He then returned to his own car and pulled out a BB gun, which he fired at both the woman and her boyfriend before driving off. Police officers were alerted by members of the public who witnessed the attack and Taylor-Baker was arrested shortly afterwards at his home. No injuries were reported.
The coroner at the inquest into the death of a man in Gurnard, Isle of Wight in February last year has recorded a verdict of suicide. The victim shot himself twice in the head with an unregistered pistol and his body was discovered by a community nurse on a routine visit to his home. The day before his death, the man’s landlady called the ambulance service to report that he had a firearm and was suicidal. The control room staff spoke to the victim, who reassured them that he was OK. The coroner said that the ambulance service’s omission to pass this information onto the police was a “massive failure”. The inquest heard that protocols are now in place whereby Hampshire Constabulary are informed by ambulance control of any situation potentially involving firearms.
Police officers carrying out patrols targeting organised crime, stopped three men seen acting suspiciously in Liverpool, Merseyside. One man was searched at the scene and was reportedly found to be in possession of a machine gun, a hand gun and a small quantity of cannabis. A second man was detained nearby and both men were arrested on suspicion of possession of a firearm. The third suspect fled on a bike; however, a woman has since been arrested on suspicion of the same offence.
A buzzard, found injured near Hargrave, Northamptonshire, was found to have been shot three times. X-rays revealed that the bird had suffered a compound fracture of its left wing, leaving the bone sticking out. External plates were attached to its wings to help with healing and it is hoped that the bird will be able to return to the wild next month. Police have opened an investigation, stressing that it is a criminal offence to shoot birds of prey.
Emergency services were called after shots were heard on a street in Birkenhead, Merseyside. A man presented himself at a local hospital shortly afterwards with a gunshot wound to his buttock. A teenage male has since been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.
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A 19-year-old man was shot in the shoulder as he was sitting in the passenger seat of a car in Birmingham, West Midlands. An unknown assailant reportedly fired a gun from a car that pulled up alongside that of the victim. Following the attack, the victim took himself to hospital where he was treated for injuries not believed to be life-threatening. Police have appealed for information.
Police officers opened fire after a man deliberately and repeatedly drove into the official vehicle of the Ukraine Ambassador to the United Kingdom, which was parked outside the Ukraine Embassy in Holland Park, West London. The assailant also drove at attending armed officers. Witnesses described seeing officers trying to talk the man out of his car before they shot out his tyres. It is believed that officers then opened the man's car door with a crowbar before Tasering and arresting him. He was subsequently sectioned under the Mental Health Act.
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