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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2021/9/3 islandecho

Armed police officers were deployed following reports of a man spotted with a gun near the pier in Sandown, Isle, of Wight. A male suspect was later arrested on suspicion of possessing an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence and a BB gun was recovered.

2021/9/2 New Milton Advertiser & Lymington Times

Five birds, found dead at a pond in Holbury, Hampshire, had been shot in the head. The birds, including two mallard and a coot, were found by a woman and her children who had come to feed them. A spokesperson from a local conservation group said that a country watch police team had confirmed to him that, with no eyewitnesses and little evidence, there may not be much they can do.

2021/9/2 Suffolk Constabulary

A cat has had a leg amputated after being shot with an airgun in Rushmere St Andrew, Suffolk. Click on media link to read full report.

2021/9/2 BristolLive

A motorhome parked in Barmouth, Gwynedd has been damaged by pellets from an airgun, leaving dozens of dents in the bodywork. Click on media link to read full report.

2021/9/2 Yorkshire Evening Post

Liam Pearcey-Skey, aged 19, has been jailed for six years, to serve a further three years on licence, after pleading guilty to robbery, two counts of attempted robbery and three of possession of a blade in public. In November last year, Pearcey-Skey threatened staff with what looked like a handgun at a restaurant in Leeds, West Yorkshire. After being told there was no money on the premises, Pearcey-Skey discharged the gun before fleeing. The following day, he threatened a shop owner with a gun, saying: “Give me your money or I will kill you.” However, he fled when his target chased him with a mop. Just over a week later, Pearcey-Skey handed himself in at a police station carrying a bag that contained a Samurai sword. A box for a hand-held gun was subsequently recovered from his home address. After being released on bail, he went on to threaten a shop worker with a knife before stealing £650. The staff member later identified Pearcey-Skey as the attacker. The court heard that Pearcey-Skey’s victims had feared for their lives, with some suffering from anxiety.

2021/9/2 BirminghamLive

A man was treated in hospital after being shot in the arm in Birmingham, West Midlands. The victim’s injuries were described as serious but not life-threatening. Police have appealed for information and confirmed that the incident is being treated as attempted murder. No arrests have yet been reported.

2021/9/2 Evening Standard

After responding to reports of gunshots in Leyton, East London, police officers found a teenage boy who had suffered a gunshot wound. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene shortly afterwards. No arrests have yet been reported.

2021/9/2 BirminghamLive

After he threw a Taser disguised as a phone from a van while being chased by police in Norton Canes, Staffordshire in November last year, Michael Pitts has been handed a six-month suspended sentence for possession of the Taser, as well as other rulings for dangerous driving, drug driving and driving without insurance or a driving licence.

2021/9/2 Telegraph & Argus

Adrian Taylor, aged 56, has been handed a 20-month suspended sentence for twelve counts of possession of a firearm and a concurrent one-month suspended prison term for possession of a weapon designed or adapted for the discharge of a noxious gas or other thing. Police officers recovered weapons including handguns, a pistol, BB guns and a semi-automatic blank pistol from Taylor’s caravan in Shipley, as well as from a wardrobe in his partner’s home and his empty home address in Thornton, West Yorkshire. The court heard that Taylor had bought nine or ten replica firearms and BB guns from a website based in the Czech Republic, believing them to be legal. On sentencing, the judge said that he accepted Taylor had “bought the firearms to collect them, rather than to fire them” and that he had not realised the “pistols could be made lethal with modification”. Taylor was also ordered to pay £1,000 costs and undertake fifteen rehabilitation days.

2021/9/2 Echo

Police officers arrested a man and a woman on suspicion of possession of a firearm after recovering a loaded revolver from a property in Liverpool, Merseyside. A second woman was arrested on suspicion of the same offence after detectives subsequently found a deactivated Mach 10 Machine gun and component ammunition parts from an address in Southport. Both firearms will be forensically examined.

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