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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2019/1/31 Hartlepool Mail

Following reports that a man had pointed a firearm at members of the public in Hartlepool, Co. Durham, armed officers attended and arrested a male suspect on suspicion of possession of a Class B drug, possession of an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence and common assault of an emergency worker. Police have appealed for information.

2019/1/31 Yorkshire Evening Post

A teenage boy stopped by police in Leeds, West Yorkshire, was arrested on suspicion of possession of an imitation firearm and a knife. Police described the arrest as an “effective and proportionate use of stop and search powers”.

2019/1/30 The Press and Journal

Fredrick Campbell, aged 53, has been fined £500 after admitting to using a shotgun without a valid certificate. On seeing Campbell with a firearm on an estate field in Cawdor, Nairnshire, nearby residents became concerned and contacted police. Officers found that Campbell, out shooting pigeons with his two sons, did not have a valid certificate to use the 12-bore shotgun. In court, Campbell’s plea of not guilty to the second charge of recklessly discharging the shotgun over a public road and houses to the danger of people in the vicinity was accepted. The shotgun, worth £12,000, and also held on the firearms certificate of the estate gamekeeper, is to be returned to the estate after the sheriff refused the Crown motion that the weapon be forfeited.

2019/1/30 ChronicleLive

As part of an operation to tackle organised crime, police officers raided an address in Red Row, Northumbria, and seized a gun, Class A dugs and a large amount of cash. Three men and one woman were arrested on suspicion of drugs offences.

2019/1/28 Yorkshire Evening Post

Robert Andrew Jackson has been handed a 28-month jail sentence following a clash with his brother in Leeds, West Yorkshire. Following a report that Jackson was threatening people with a gun, police officers rushed to his house and tasered him prior to his arrest. Officers found seven rounds of ammunition in the pocket of Jackson’s shorts and a rifle, loaded and ready to fire, was recovered from under the flat roof of a shed. The court heard that Jackson claimed to have been given the ammunition by some children and that he used the firearm for shooting rabbits and foxes.

2019/1/28 The Mail

Callum Teare, aged 24, has been handed a twelve-month community order and ordered to complete 100 hours of unpaid work after pleading guilty to possession of a prohibited weapon. During a police raid at his house in Barrow, Cumbria, officers retrieved a stun gun disguised as an iPhone from the top of a bookcase. Subsequent analysis suggested the weapon had been used in the past, although the judge accepted that it was not Teare who had discharged it. Teare claimed that the stun gun had been left in his house by a friend and that he had forgotten it was there.

2019/1/27 BirminghamLive

A man arrested in Birmingham, West Midlands in the early hours of the morning was allegedly found to be in possession of a viable gun, loaded with ammunition. Firearms offices made the weapon safe and the suspect was arrested on suspicion of firearms offences. A few hours earlier, police officers chased a man who fled as they approached him in Birmingham city centre, throwing away a firearm as he ran. The gas-powered gun was found in a bush nearby and a male suspect was arrested for possession of a firearm.

2019/1/27 LeicestershireLive

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2019/1/27 NottinghamshireLive

Michael O'Reilly has been jailed for five years and one month after pleading guilty to robbery, possession of an imitation firearm and possession of a knife in public. O’Reilly stole over £1,000 from a shop in Derby, Derbyshire after placing an imitation firearm on the counter and demanding cash from two female staff members. While one of the women went to the safe, O’Reilly stole money from the till. Police later searched O’Reilly’s flat and retrieved an imitation firearm as well as a barrel from a sawn-off shotgun and, upon arrest, O’Reilly was found to be carrying a knife.

2019/1/27 Dorset Echo

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