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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2020/2/7 Eastern Daily Press

A man, whose shotgun licence was revoked after he stored his firearms at his son’s house while his own home was being renovated, has won an appeal to have it reinstated. The man’s weapons were confiscated after police officers discovered 200 cannabis plants at a second property owned by his son in Seething, Norfolk. The applicant, who said he thought his son held a valid gun licence, claimed to know nothing of the cannabis factory. The Firearms Manager at Norfolk and Suffolk Constabularies told the hearing that the man had failed to notify the police of the change of address and gave access to an unauthorised person. In his view, this constituted a “blatant disregard to the certificate and that represented a danger to public safety.” The judge, while “not at all critical” of the initial decision to revoke the man’s licence, allowed his appeal to stand.

2020/2/7 The Star

Man arrested after police retrieved drugs, cash and air weapons from a car in Barnsley, South Yorkshire. Click on media link to read full report.

2020/2/7 Dorset Echo

An inquest has been opened into the death of a man in Morcombelake, Dorset last month. The man died in hospital after being discovered in his home with a head injury. A gun, registered to the deceased, was found by his side. Police concluded there were no suspicious circumstances and the cause of death was recorded as a self-inflicted gunshot injury to the head.

2020/2/6 Clydebank Post

Gary Martin has been jailed for six-and-a-half years after pleading guilty to four charges including assaulting police by aiming a shotgun at them and making racially aggravated threats. In July last year, he wakened a neighbour in the early hours of the morning by shouting racist abuse at her and yelling comments, including, “Get me armed response...I’ve reloaded.” and, “People are getting up for work. I’m looking for target practice.” Police officers first went to the woman’s flat in Glasgow, Scotland, where they found her barricaded inside with her two children. They then saw Martin and noticed a spent shotgun cartridge lying near his door. Martin shouted, “You are going to need to shoot me. I’m not coming with you.” and pointed the shotgun at the officers as they retreated. Martin’s father arrived at the scene and grabbed his son around the waist, allowing officers to move in and handcuff him. Martin will be monitored for three years on his release.

2020/2/6 Echo

Police officers carrying out a raid at a house in Seaforth, Merseyside, discovered a Glock handgun, silencer and ammunition, uncut cocaine and around £2000 in cash in an airing cupboard. A man and woman were arrested at the scene on suspicion of possession of a firearm and possession with intent to supply drugs.

2020/2/6 Surrey Comet

Bag of firearms found in a wood in Ewell, Surrey. Click on media link to read full report.

2020/2/6 Telegraph & Argus

Sean Durrant was handed a prison sentence of thirteen years and two months, with an extended three-year licence period, after he pleaded guilty to possession of a double-barrelled shotgun with intent to endanger life. In July last year, Durrant was a passenger in a stolen car that repeatedly drove past a house in Bradford, West Yorkshire where a children’s party was being held. When the car stopped, Durrant pointed a sawn-off shotgun out of the window towards a man in the front garden, as witnessed by a 2-year-old girl who ran off around the side of the house. Durrant fired the shotgun twice, damaging brickwork, a window frame, guttering and a gatepost. He was arrested a few weeks later but the gun was never recovered. The court heard that Durrant had fallen out with a man who lived at the house and had wanted to “scare” the occupants. Imposing a restraining order without limit of time banning Durrant from contacting anyone who was at the house that night, the judge said: “No one was injured but physical damage was done to the property and the real harm is the psychological impact.”

2020/2/6 Ilford Recorder

Man arrested after firearm recovered during police raid at a house in Ilford, East London. Click on media link to read full report.

2020/2/6 Daily Gazette Essex County Standard

Primary school placed in lockdown as armed police officers arrested a man for possession of a firearm and drugs offences at a nearby property in Colchester, Essex. Click on media link to read full report.

2020/2/6 Warrington Guardian

Mohammed Azez has been jailed for four years and eight months after admitting robbery, possession of an imitation firearm and possession of a bladed article in a public place. After arranging to meet up with a sex worker at her home in Warrington, Cheshire, Azez burst into the woman’s property and pointed an imitation gun at her face. When the woman screamed, Azez threatened to kill her. Wielding the gun and a knife, Azez pushed the woman onto the floor and demanded money from her. Azez fled with the woman’s phone when he realised it was still connected to a call she had been making when he burst in. Police retrieved the BB gun and knife from Azez’s car when they arrested him three days later. The court heard that Azez had gone to the woman’s home armed with duct tape to carry out a “revenge attack” because, he claimed, the woman’s pimp had robbed him at an earlier meeting. The judge imposed  a restraining order preventing Azez from contacting his victim indefinitely. He also ordered the forfeiture and destruction of the imitation firearm and knife.

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