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When proggies advocate for UK-style gun control laws show them this: Police struggle to stop flood of firearms into UK

Obviously banning guns means nothing, absolutely nothing, to those who are determined to break the law.

From The Guardian: Police and border officials are struggling to stop a rising supply of illegal firearms being smuggled into Britain, a senior police chief has warned.

Chief constable Andy Cooke, the national police lead for serious and organised crime, said law enforcement had seen an increased supply of guns over the past year, and feared that it would continue in 2019.

The Guardian has learned that the situation is so serious that the National Crime Agency (NCA) has taken the rare step of using its legal powers to direct every single police force to step up the fight against illegal guns. The NCA has used tasking powers to direct greater intelligence about firearms to be gathered by all 43 forces in England and Wales.

Another senior law enforcement official said that “new and clean” weapons were now being used in the majority of shootings, as opposed to guns once being so difficult to obtain that they would be “rented out” to be used in multiple crimes.

Cooke, the Merseyside chief constable, told the Guardian: “We in law enforcement expect the rise in new firearms to continue. We are doing all we can. We are not in a position to stop it anytime soon. Law enforcement is more joined up now than before, but the scale of the problem is such that despite a number of excellent firearms seizures, I expect the rise in supply to be a continuing issue.”

The increasing supply of guns belies problems with UK border security and innovations by organised crime gangs. Smugglers have increasingly found new ways and innovative routes to get guns past border defences.

Cooke said more are coming in from eastern Europe and the western Balkans and also component pieces are being smuggled in via the fast parcel system, hidden among a growth in packages because of the explosion of internet shopping.

Guns are being bought on the dark web and the UK is also seeing weapons designed for sports shooting being smuggled in, as well as blank firing weapons bought for just £100 being converted in the UK. Criminals have also obtained high end automatic weapons such as an AK47.

Cooke said that the dynamics of the streets of British cities had changed and that criminals were more willing to use guns: “If they bring them in people will buy them. It’s a kudos thing for organised criminals.”

He said said one factor was a reduction in police proactive work because of government budget cuts leading to big falls in officer numbers: “The ability of law enforcement to respond to this rise in the criminal use of firearms has been hampered by the large reduction in police officers and the resultant diminishing of proactive capability to keep these criminals on the back foot.”

Simon Brough, head of firearms at the NCA, said: “The majority of guns being used are new, clean firearms … which indicates a relatively fluid supply.”

He said shotguns were 40% of the total, with an increase in burglaries to try and steal them. Handguns are the next biggest category, most often smuggled in from overseas, with ferry ports such as Dover being a popular entry point into the UK for organised crime groups: “We’re doing a lot to fight back against it,” Brough said, adding that compared to other European countries, the availability in the UK was relatively lower.

Gun crime has been rising and the last set of official figures about recorded firearms offences, showing a 5% fall to 6,362 in the year ending June 2018, is seen as a blip against a trend of rising gun offences. Statistics released earlier in 2018 had shown gun crime up 11% in 2017/18, and in the same period, the Metropolitan police said discharges of lethal barrelled firearms rose by 23%. Compared to 2015/16, there has been a 67% increase in the capital alone.

Some in law enforcement tackling serious and organised crime believe more attention needs to be paid to that type of criminality, instead of just the intense focus on the terrorist threat. Cooke said: “The two greatest national security threats are terrorism and serious and organised crime. Nationally, we need to ensure serious and organised crime gets the same funding as the terrorist threat. More people die after getting shot by serious and organised criminals than by terrorists.”

Counter-terrorism sources tell the Guardian that the most likely route for terrorists in the UK to get guns will be from criminals, not by specifically importing them. In a 2016 case, a group of Isis-inspired terrorists led by Tarik Hassane, dubbed “the surgeon”, got a firearm from criminal contacts as part of a plot to stage drive by shootings.

The growing supply of guns in the UK, rising year on year according to intelligence reports, alarms those trying to stop a Paris-style marauding gun attack in the UK. They fear the more firearms are available, the easier it will be for terrorists to get them from criminals.

Cooke said: “If organised criminals have these guns, it’s not a big leap of faith that they will deal them to terrorists.”

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London stabbings: Six teenagers attacked in 90 minutes during night of violence

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Whew, good thing London has strict gun control laws to stop the violence in their streets!
From Yahoo: Six teenagers have been stabbed within 90 minutes in another night of violence on London’s streets.
A 13-year-old boy was among the victims of four separate knife attacks, which took place as protesters gathered elsewhere in the capital to demand action to prevent young people dying.
Earlier, Tottenham MP David Lammy said violence in London was the “worst I’ve ever seen it” and warned there was “absolutely no sign” of an end to the bloodshed following a spate of murders as drugs drive turf wars between gangs.
Crowds gathered at Hackney Central station in east London on Thursday, close to where 18-year-old Israel Ogunsola was stabbed to death the previous night.
But as demonstrators and community leaders called for peace, violence was breaking out again on the capital’s streets.
A 13-year-old boy was taken to hospital with serious injuries after being stabbed near Little Ilford Park, Newham. Three other boys were arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm with intent.
Minutes later a man in his late teens was taken to hospital following a stabbing in Ealing Broadway, west London. The Metropolitan Police said it was awaiting an update on his condition.
An hour earlier, three boys were taken to hospital following a knife attack in Mile End, east London. Two were in a serious condition, Tower Hamlets police said. The third was treated for minor injuries before being arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit grievous bodily harm.
The night of violence had begun at 5.30pm, when a 15-year-old boy was seriously injured in a stabbing in East India Docks. His condition was stable and his injuries were not thought to be life-threatening. No arrests have been in connection to the attacks in Ealing Broadway or East India Docks.
The violence on Thursday evening came after a man in his twenties was injured in a stabbing in Walthamstow, north-east London, at around 12.50pm.
The flurry of knife attacks followed the killings of three teenagers in the capital in the first four days of this month.
Tanesha Melbourne, 17, was shot dead in a drive-by attack in Tottenham, north London, on 2 April. Minutes later, 16-year-old Amaan Shakoor died in a gun attack three miles away in Walthamstow. No arrests have been made in connection to either murder.
Two 17-year-old boys have been held on suspicion of killing 18-year-old Mr Ogunsola.
At the protest in Hackney, demonstrators of various ages huddled around the station entrance before linking hands in a wide circle nearby in solidarity for those killed.
Protest organisers Guiding A New Generation – commonly known as GANG – invited people to share their stories and plead for an end to the killings.
One speaker, who addressed the crowd under the name Scripture, said he had seen people being killed at close hand. “It’s not a pretty sight,” he said. “You know what, it’s not a computer game. You’re not gonna come back, bruv.
“These youths who are doing damage to each other are not coming back, and they’re not learning their lesson neither.”
Hackney Liberal Democrat mayoral candidate Pauline Pearce told the rally young people felt “disenfranchised” by their environments.
She said: “A lot of the children feel disenfranchised, they don’t feel they belong, they haven’t really got a meaning – they don’t feel that they have that connection to society, so a lot of things go wrong for them and sadly this is the sort of retaliation that comes.”
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Transsexual who battered her sleeping brother is cleared of attempted murder because she was sleepwalking

Daily Mail: A transgender police worker who battered her sleeping brother with an iron bar was cleared of attempted murder because she was sleepwalking.

Helen Doe told police she woke up in the home she shared with her brother Kenneth, 64, with an ‘overwhelming hatred’ for him. The 53-year-old, from Mitcham, south London, then hit M.r Doe three times on the head with a one-and-a-half foot long metal bar as he lay in bed on July 5 last year. He also received a broken finger as he tried to defend himself.

Miss Doe, who has worked with the Metropolitan Police for 36 years and was taking hormone tablets at the time of the attack, was found not guilty at Kingston-upon-Thames Crown Court. John Hilton, defending, said she was suffering ‘non-insane automatism‘ – involuntary movements she was not responsible for.

Four expert pharmacologists agreed the drugs she was taking could have caused violent behaviour.

Paul Cavin, prosecuting, said: ‘The defence will point to the conclusion Miss Doe was sleepwalking when she attacked her brother and that sleepwalking and violence was due to the drugs she was taking.’  He added: ‘Fortunately he did not die or suffer long-term injury at all, brain injury, however it is the prosecution case that in striking him several times with an iron bar she intended to kill him. It may be that she is not strong enough, maybe he blocked or parried the blows.’

The court heard Miss Doe, who works in the uniform division of the force, dialed 999 and told the operator at around 2.50am: ‘I’ve had an accident. I think I’ve killed my brother. I’ve hit him with an iron bar. Just now, I’ve been building up to it.’

When officers entered the house the defendant was in the kitchen and told them: ‘It’s me. I did it, he’s upstairs.’ 

Police went upstairs to check on the brother, who told them: ‘I had an argument with her earlier and I woke up and she was hitting me with an iron bar… I don’t like her friends.’ He was rushed to St. George’s Hospital to be treated for the three wounds, plus a fractured middle finger on his left hand.

Mr. Cavin told the jury Miss Doe spoke freely in the van on the way to Sutton Police Station, confessing: ‘I wanted to do it. I wanted to kill him.’

She told police officers in an interview after the attack: ‘I was in a mental state and I didn’t know what I was doing. That’s why I need to go to a mental place.’

‘She said her friendship with her brother was not a good one and woke in the early hours with an overwhelming hatred of her brother and she makes reference to muffled voices in her head.

‘She describes a history of depression for which she was taking prescribed medication. She also said she was in the process of changing gender to that of a female and was having hormone therapy.

Doe has organised lectures for Croydon LGBT and has led the Croydon Trans Group. She has been living as a woman since 2012.

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