Following a specialist operation, a man has been arrested in connection with the importation of a firearm and ammunition in Fife, Scotland. Click on media link to read full report.
Bucks Free Press
A man allegedly showed a worker at a shop in Holmer Green, Buckinghamshire that he had a gun tucked into his waistband before passing him a note demanding money. After the staff member complied, the thief fled. Police issued a description of the suspect and appealed for information.
Howard Jones, aged 59, has been jailed for twelve-and-a-half years after pleading guilty to blackmail, possession of a firearm or imitation firearm whilst committing or being arrested for a schedule 1 offence, robbery, false imprisonment, actual bodily harm (against a police officer), assault on an emergency worker and breach of bail. In June last year, while on bail for trying to blackmail his former employer, Jones armed himself with a gas-powered air pistol and stole a lorry from his former place of work in Swindon, Wiltshire. When intercepted, Jones fired shots at police officers, hitting one in the face. An armed officer then shot Jones in the leg and he was detained. An investigation by the Independent Office for Police Conduct has since found that there were “no concerns about the policing response to the incident”.
Jamie Hellings, aged 32, has been jailed for six years after pleading guilty to manslaughter and possession of a firearm without a certificate. While being driven home from a pub in August last year, a drunken Hellings twice fired an air rifle out the window of the car to show off to his friends. A man, out gardening at his home in Carlin How, North Yorkshire, was hit in the chest by one of the pellets and suffered serious chest injuries. He managed to call an ambulance himself but died soon afterwards in hospital.
Thomas Rayment, of Warrington, Cheshire, jailed for drugs offences after police found a stun gun and an encrypted mobile phone in his car.Click on media link to read full report.
Qumar Frederick has been handed a suspended six-month custodial sentence and ordered to complete 200 hours of unpaid work after pleading guilty to possessing a weapon for the discharge of a noxious fluid. In September last year, Frederick and a friend asked to look at some BB guns in a shop in Birmingham, West Midlands. After they pointed the weapons at each other and at the shopkeeper, they were asked to leave. The two men then became aggressive and abusive towards the shopkeeper and Frederick used a pepper spray on him twice. During police interview, Frederick claimed to have bought the pepper spray on eBay, not realising it was illegal.
Eastern Daily Press
Arunas Rasikas, aged 28 and from Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, has been sentenced to two years and eight months in prison after pleading guilty to possessing a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence. In August last year, Rasikas confronted a man whom he believed was involved with his girlfriend, before shooting him in the face with a gas-powered BB gun. The victim was treated in hospital where doctors decided it was too risky to surgically remove the pellet, it having lodged next to a facial nerve.
Man arrested on suspicion of possession of a firearm following a police raid at a travellers’ site in Nantwich, Cheshire. Click on media link to read full report.
Armed police officers raided a residential address in Bootle, Merseyside and seized a gun and three 9mm rounds of ammunition from a garden shed, as well as two bags of suspected cocaine from inside the property. A man has since been charged with possession of a firearm, possession of ammunition and possession of a controlled Class A drug.
Isle of Wight County Press
Clive Edward Abbott, aged 65, was handed a suspended two-year prison term and ordered to undertake ten rehabilitation days after he admitted possession of an Armi Jager self-loading rifle, possession of a Webley and Scott revolver, possession of a sound moderator, three counts of possession of ammunition and possession of an offensive weapon (an extendable baton). A mechanic conducting an MOT on Abbott’s car alerted police when he discovered a loaded antique revolver behind panels in the boot. Officers subsequently searched Abbott’s home in Gurnard, Isle of Wight and found a loaded rifle leaning on a wall. Abbott told the officers that he had inherited the weapons from his father and believed them to be deactivated. The judge imposed a reduced sentence due to what he believed were exceptional circumstances, citing that the weapons “were not tied to any criminal fraternity, were never going to be used, were not discharged and no injuries were caused”. He ordered the forfeiture and destruction of all the firearms, ammunition and the baton.
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