Westminster attack: PC Keith Palmer could have been saved if Met put armed police on Parliament gates, coroner finds – The Independent

Posted October 4th, 2018 in firearms, inquests, London, news, parliament, police by tracey

‘”Shortcomings in security” outside the Houses of Parliament contributed to the death of a police officer during the Westminster attack, a coroner has concluded.’

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The Independent, 3rd October 2018

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Three people jailed for converting and selling pistols and ammo – Crown Prosecution Service

Posted September 6th, 2018 in conspiracy, firearms, press releases, sentencing by tracey

‘Three people who were found guilty for their part in the illegal conversion of blank firing pistols and cartridges have today (5 September) been jailed for a total of 52 years.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 5th September 2018

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Armed police fear impact of new colour blindness rules – The Gaurdian

Posted September 3rd, 2018 in firearms, news, police by sally

‘Hundreds of firearms officers may have to lay down their weapons because of new rules designed to detect those who have problems with colour vision, says the organisation representing them.’

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The Guardian, 2nd September 2018

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Guns imported using a legal loophole used for murder on the streets of Britain – Daily Telegraph

Posted August 20th, 2018 in firearms, licensing, news by sally

‘Police have urged the Home Office to close a loophole which is allowing hundreds of unlicensed handguns to be brought into Britain legally.’

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Daily Telegraph, 19th August 2018

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Michael Maguire death: Army captain guilty of manslaughter – BBC News

Posted July 5th, 2018 in armed forces, courts martial, firearms, homicide, negligence, news by tracey

‘An Army captain has been convicted of gross negligence manslaughter at a court martial after a soldier was killed during a live fire exercise.’

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BBC News, 4th July 2018

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Halifax man jailed for plotting revenge on authorities – BBC News

Posted June 13th, 2018 in explosives, firearms, news, offensive weapons, sentencing, stalking by sally

‘A man “obsessed with revenge” against the legal system after losing a court case has been jailed for 15 years.’

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BBC News, 13th June 2018

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Proper procedures in shotgun appeals – UK Police Law Blog

Posted May 30th, 2018 in appeals, civil justice, firearms, news by sally

‘The Divisional Court in R (Mason) v (1) Winchester Crown Court (2) Chief Constable of Hampshire [2018] EWHC 1182 (Admin) has set out proper procedures to follow in appeals heard in the Crown Court concerning the refusal or revocation of firearm and shotgun certificates. This brings some structure to what has sometimes appeared to be the Wild West of shotgun hearings.’

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UK Police Law Blog, 25th May 2018

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Armed robber in drag jailed for Liverpool sex shop raid – BBC News

Posted May 25th, 2018 in firearms, news, robbery, sentencing by sally

‘A robber who held up a sex shop at gunpoint while wearing make-up, a wig, and a bright red dress has been jailed for five-and-a-half years.’

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BBC News, 24th May 2018

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Secret evidence leads to downgrade of convictions over Stoke shooting – The Guardian

Posted May 23rd, 2018 in appeals, conspiracy, evidence, firearms, grievous bodily harm, murder, news by tracey

‘Secret evidence that was not disclosed at trial has led to the overturning of the convictions of five men for conspiracy to murder following a shooting in Stoke-on-Trent in 2010.’

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The Guardian, 22nd May 2018

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Met Police ordered to hold disciplinary hearing for officer who shot man dead during attempted prison break – The Independent

Posted May 18th, 2018 in disciplinary procedures, firearms, fugitive offenders, news, police by tracey

‘A police watchdog has provoked outrage among critics by ordering a gross misconduct hearing for an officer who shot a man dead during an attempted prison break.’

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The Independent, 17th May 2018

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Gun crime: How do weapons appear on England’s streets? – BBC News

Posted May 10th, 2018 in crime, firearms, licensing, news by sally

‘Over the bank holiday weekend, a spate of shootings across England hit the headlines. They add to a picture of rising gun crime, after more than a decade of big decreases.’

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BBC News, 10th May 2018

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Father who blamed his son for murder he committed jailed for at least 26 years – Daily Telegraph

‘A man who pressured his 14-year-old son to take the blame for a murder he committed has been jailed for at least 26 years.’

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Daily Telegraph, 8th May 2018

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Home Secretary to launch Serious Violence Strategy – Home Office

‘Home Secretary Amber Rudd today sets out a multi-million pound commitment to steering young people away from crime and tackling violent drug-dealing gangs.’

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Home Office, 9th April 2018

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Stop and search: How successful is the police tactic? – BBC News

Posted April 5th, 2018 in firearms, news, offensive weapons, police, statistics, stop and search by sally

‘The claim: Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott told Radio 4’s Today programme there was no evidence the old “indiscriminate” stop and search regime was an effective tool when it came to tackling gun and knife crime.’

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BBC News, 4th April 2018

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Man jailed after taking staff hostage at bowling alley – Crown Prosecution Service

‘A man who held two members of staff at bowling alley hostage at gun point has been jailed for 12 years today.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 2nd March 2018

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Police launch review of UK firearms operations – The Guardian

Posted February 16th, 2018 in firearms, inquiries, news, police by sally

‘A national review into the planning of firearms operations has been launched following concerns raised at an inquiry into the fatal shooting of an unarmed man.’

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The Guardian, 15th February 2018

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Two men sentenced for supplying weapons and ammunition – Crown Prosecution Service

Posted February 1st, 2018 in conspiracy, firearms, press releases, sentencing, weapons by tracey

‘A man who sold firearms to criminals has been jailed for 14 years today for conspiracy to transfer prohibited weapons and ammunition. Dr Mohinder Surdhar was sentenced today at Birmingham Crown Court. He pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to conspiracy to transfer prohibited weapons and ammunition. His co-conspirator, Paul Edmunds was previously sentenced to 30 years in prison on 21 December for supplying guns and ammunition linked to more than 100 crimes around the country.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 31st January 2018

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Guy Hedger shooting: Two men jailed for executive’s murder – BBC News

Posted January 23rd, 2018 in burglary, firearms, murder, news, sentencing by sally

‘Two men have been jailed for murdering an executive in a botched burglary at his luxury home.’

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BBC News, 22nd January 2018

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Reclusive pensioner did ‘nothing more than was necessary’ when he shot dead a burglar, prosecutors rule – Daily Telegraph

Posted December 12th, 2017 in burglary, firearms, news, self-defence by sally

‘A pensioner, who shot dead a burglar inside his secluded home, has avoided prosecution for killing the man, after it was deemed he acted in self defence and did “nothing more than was necessary”.’

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Daily Telegraph, 11th December 2017

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Man aged 74 jailed after 160 guns are found at his home in Kent – The Guardian

Posted November 16th, 2017 in firearms, news, sentencing by tracey

‘A pensioner has been jailed for five years after 160 guns were found at his home.

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The Guardian, 15th November 2017

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