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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2021/1/8 Manchester Evening News

A man was treated in hospital for a head injury after reportedly being shot with a pellet gun during a dispute between four males in Manchester, Greater Manchester. Firearms officers attended but no arrests were made. A police spokesperson said that enquiries are ongoing.

2021/1/8 WalesOnline

Aaron Collins. Aged 29, has been jailed for three years after admitting two counts of possession of an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear, alarm, or distress. In May last year, Collins hit a friend over the head with the butt of an air pistol. The victim informed police and armed officers were sent to Collins’ home in Llanelli, Carmarthenshire, where they found him “distressed and emotionally unstable”. Collins told the officers that he had a gun, once describing it as a Magnum handgun, and said they were going to have to shoot him or he would shoot them. He then discharged a weapon inside his flat before challenging them to see who would be “quickest on the draw – you or me” and beginning a countdown. After Collins opened his door and pointed a firearm at the officers, they identified it as an air weapon and discharged a Taser and a form of baton round at him. Collins was knocked to the ground and detained. His firearm was recovered and found to be an ASG gas-powered revolver with a 22cm barrel, a “realistic-looking firearm”. The court heard that Collins, diagnosed as having an “unstable personality disorder”, told detectives that he had intended the police should shoot him.

2021/1/8 Manchester Evening News

Thieves reportedly broke into a private martial arts gym at the back of a residential property in in Wigan, Greater Manchester and stole weapons including swords, a meat cleaver, power tools and an imitation firearm. The offenders smashed through two high security doors to gain entrance, fleeing after the male occupier spotted the break-in.

2021/1/8 Coventry Observer

Riaz Ahmed, aged 16, and a man who remains unnamed for legal reasons, have been jailed for life after being convicted of murder. In March last year, the unnamed offender opened fire from a car driven by Ahmed, fatally wounding a rival gang member on a street in Coventry, West Midlands. The victim, a teenage man, suffered “catastrophic internal injuries” from two gunshot wounds. Ahmed then arranged for others to set the car on fire to destroy evidence. With both offenders being electronically tagged at the time of the shooting, police were able to demonstrate they had been present in the area. Ahmed must serve a minimum of eighteen years in youth detention followed by prison, while his accomplice was jailed for at least 27 years.

2021/1/8 Echo

Anthony Foat, aged 30, has been sentenced to six years and three months in prison after admitting possessing a prohibited weapon, possessing ammunition, possessing both cocaine and cannabis with intent to supply, and breach of bail. In November last year, while Foat was awaiting trial for drugs offences, police recovered a Turkish blank-firing handgun, converted to fire live ammunition, from his flat in Liverpool, Merseyside. They also found rounds of ammunition that had been modified to make them lethal. The court heard that Foat had stored the gun “without any enthusiasm”.

2021/1/8 Stroud News

Kyle Adams, aged 29 and from  Stroud, Gloucestershire, ordered to complete 200 hours of unpaid work after he pleaded guilty to purchasing or acquiring a weapon designed or adapted for the discharge of electricity. Click on media link to read full report.

2021/1/8 Manchester Evening News

Anthony Lutkevitch, aged 31, has been jailed for four years and four months after pleading guilty to possession of a firearm without a firearm certificate, possession of a prohibited weapon and two counts of possession with intent to supply Class B drugs. After police officers discovered a sawn-off shotgun and a hand grenade in the loft of Lutkevitch’s home in Heywood, Greater Manchester in July last year, a bomb squad was called in. A controlled explosion of the grenade was subsequently carried out. Cannabis and ketamine, with a street value of around £17,000, were also recovered from the property, along with drugs paraphernalia, a knuckle duster and at least six mobile phones. During police interview,  Lutkevitch claimed he had been paid to store the weapons at his house, though he declined to name names. Phone evidence demonstrated that Lutkevitch had been dealing drugs for “some considerable time”.

2021/1/7 Derbyshire Times

Ashley Barnsley, aged 22, was handed a suspended 82-week prison term and placed on an electronically-monitored curfew for three months after he admitted assault occasioning actual bodily harm and possession of a bladed article. In November 2018, after getting into a row with a woman at her home in Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, Barnsley fired a BB gun twice at her front door and once at her leg. The following April, Barnsley threatened to stab a teenager at a youth club with a Stanley knife. The court heard that Barnsley had been homeless and struggling with his mental health at the time of the incidents but had since “changed his life”.

2021/1/7 Echo

After police attempted to stop and search a group of people in Halewood, Merseyside, one man was detained and reportedly found to be carrying a silver handgun and a quantity of cannabis. A sawn-off shotgun was also recovered after three other men were chased and caught. The four suspects were arrested on suspicion of possession of a firearm without a certificate, while one of them was further arrested on suspicion of Section 18 wounding and another, on suspicion of possession with intent to supply a Class B drug.

2021/1/7 BirminghamLive

Armed police officers were deployed following reports of threats to kill with weapons brandished in Birmingham, West Midlands. Two men were arrested and officers recovered a lock knife and imitation firearm following a search of the area.

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