A man was treated in hospital after being shot in the arm with an air rifle in Attleborough, Norfolk. Police do not believe the incident was a targeted attack. An adult male has since been arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm and possession of a firearm.
Grant Pridham, aged 30, has been jailed for three years and nine months after pleading guilty to two counts of possession of an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence. In September last year, at a pub in Warrington, Cheshire, Pridham showed a woman he knew an airgun and told her that he “had a job to do in Parr and would be paid £1,200 to do it”. Later the same evening, Pridham approached two teenage boys and, after asking if they had a cigarette, pointed the gun at the head of one of the youths. He then walked away, telling the boys they had been “lucky”. When police officers arrested Pridham at his home, they recovered a BB gun from a bedroom drawer. In a victim statement, one of the victims described how he had “genuinely thought that he was close to death”.
Telegraph & Argus
Armed police officers were deployed after the door of a house was shot at in Bradford, West Yorkshire. Click on media link to read full report.
Ian Shepherd, aged 44, has been jailed for 25 years after admitting three counts of possessing a prohibited firearm, two counts of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs, conspiracy to possess a prohibited firearm, possessing a prohibited smooth-bore gun, possessing ammunition without a firearm certificate and possessing explosives. When police officers searched Shepherd’s home in Kirkby, Merseyside in May 2019, they recovered a handgun, ammunition, mobile phones, cash and a large quantity of Class A drugs. The firearm was subsequently forensically linked to Shepherd. Following sentencing, a police spokesperson said: “The result this week means that a dangerous criminal has been removed from our streets can no longer supply drugs and misery in our communities in Merseyside and beyond.”
Glasgow Evening Times
After police officers recovered a number of stun guns disguised as torches or batons at his home in Glasgow, Scotland, 51-year-old Colin Williamson has been jailed for five years. Click on media link to read full report.
Graham Delmar, aged 51, has been jailed for six years and nine months after admitting causing grievous bodily harm with intent and possession of a firearm while prohibited. In May last year, Delmar and his son were working on an outhouse at their home in Cantley, South Yorkshire when three men appeared, wearing balaclavas and armed with a spade and a metal bar. One of the men took away a ladder, trapping Delmar on the roof, while his son was attacked and beaten. Delmar jumped off the roof, breaking his foot, and chased the assailants from the property. He then loaded a shotgun that he was prohibited from owning and, when the intruders returned, shot one of them in the shoulder. When police arrived, Delmar denied the disturbance; however, officers discovered a cache of guns inside his home and CCTV footage revealed he had discarded the shotgun in a bin, which he hid a neighbour’s garden.
A stray cat has had his eye removed after vets in Glasgow, Scotland discovered he had been shot with an air rifle. Click on media link to read full report.
Two men allegedly stole a box of cash after threatening a member of staff with a gun at a building society in Wallsend, Tyne & Wear. No one was injured. One man has since been arrested on suspicion of robbery, while police continue to search for the second suspect.
Aaron Humphries, aged 31, has been handed a suspended 20-month prison term and ordered to complete 30 rehabilitation activity requirement days and pay compensation costs after admitting possession of an imitation firearm at a time he was committing another offence and criminal damage. In October last year, Humphries used a homemade dumbbell to damage his partner’s home in Worcester, Worcestershire. Shortly afterwards, a member of the public alerted police after spotting Humphries sitting in his car with a firearm on his lap. He was subsequently shot in the leg by an armed police officer before being detained. The firearm was found to be a reproduction Heckler and Koch MP5K, a form of submachine gun.
It has emerged that armed police officers responded after thieves, carrying what looked like a black handgun, reportedly stole cash from a shop in Yeovil, Somerset in October last year. One man has since been arrested in connection with the incident.
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