United Kingdom: "From Glasgow to London to Belfast, a week of gun violence"


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cuchulainn
January 3, 2003, 11:31 PM
What about Cardiff?

http://news.independent.co.uk/uk/crime/story.jsp?story=366228

From the Independent

From Glasgow to London to Belfast, a week of gun violence
By Ian Burrell Home Affairs Correspondent
04 January 2003


SATURDAY, 28 DECEMBER

Lurgan, Co Armagh

A 21-year-old man is attacked by a crowd and shot in the groin. Later the same day, police charge a 23-year-old man with attempted murder, possession of an illegal firearm, and membership of the outlawed Loyalist Volunteer Force.

Swindon

Police question a man who allegedly walks into a pub kitchen wielding a firearm before being overpowered by the chef. The man is allegedly angry at being removed from the pub for lighting a cigarette.

Glasgow

A teenage girl, looking for a lost dog, is shot in the head by a sniper with an air rifle. Emma Brown, 17, believes her baseball cap has helped to save her life.

SUNDAY, 29 DECEMBER

Enfield, north London

Two young men driving a Renault Clio are held up at gunpoint by a carjacking gang. The gang march the victims – aged 20 and 21 – to an alleyway where they rob them, before driving off in the Renault.

MONDAY, 30 DECEMBER

Tulse Hill, south London

A woman sitting alone in the passenger seat of her boyfriend's Mercedes 320 convertible is confronted by a carjacker who claims to have a gun. The attacker climbs into the driver's seat, forces the woman out of the car and drives off.

WEDNESDAY, 1 JANUARY

Nottingham

Two people receive minor injuries after a gunman bursts into a party and opens fire with a handgun in the early hours of the New Year.

Sheffield

A man is found slumped at the wheel of his car after being shot in the Walkley area of the city. Police say that Lester Divers, 32, who died from a single gunshot to the head administered from close range, is the victim of a "planned and well-executed shooting".

THURSDAY, 2 JANUARY

Birmingham

Two teenage girls – Latisha Shakespear, 17, and Charlene Ellis, 18 – are murdered and two others wounded in crossfire outside a party in a hairdressing salon in Aston. In the 4am gunfight, more than 30 bullets are fired from several weapons. Sixty detectives are hunting the killers. During the 12 months to mid-2002, offences involving firearms in the West Midlands have gone up by nearly 50 per cent to 2,260.

Ogmore Vale, south Wales

A teenage boy, armed with an air gun, gives himself up to 20 armed officers after a nine-hour siege. The 17-year-old had barricaded himself into a house after a row with his family.

Belfast

Roy Green, a member of the Ulster Defence Association, is shot and killed in the Ballynafeigh district of south Belfast. The killing is part of a feud between rival loyalist gangs. The Ulster Freedom Fighters admit responsibility for the murder.

FRIDAY, 3 JANUARY

Hackney, east London

Eli Hall, 32, holds 50 police officers at bay for the ninth day in a siege at his bedsit in Hackney. Mr Hall, who has already fired shots at the police, has been trapped since Boxing Day but is refusing to give himself up. Scotland Yard closes four London streets in the hope of bringing the siege to a peaceful conclusion.

© 2003 Independent Digital (UK) Ltd

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PATH
January 3, 2003, 11:55 PM
That would make for a quiet week in Washington D.C..:what:

Billll
January 3, 2003, 11:57 PM
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Ogmore Vale, south Wales

A teenage boy, armed with an air gun, gives himself up to 20 armed officers after a nine-hour siege. The 17-year-old had barricaded himself into a house after a row with his family.
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One Welshman with an airgun? Doggone, we're tough!

Standing Wolf
January 4, 2003, 12:15 AM
When guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns!

I sat that slogan on a bumper sticker on the back of a rusty pick-up truck in Ann Arbor, Michigan in 1975. I chuckled: it was succinct, catchy, and for all I knew, probably even true.

I joined the N.R.A. a year later. In the intervening years, I've seen it become a way of life in country after country, American state after state.

Mordwyn
January 4, 2003, 12:26 AM
These incidents did not happen... firearms in the UK are either illegal or so restricted that the average subject could not get their hands on one, ergo these incidents did not happen.

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