AIRE VALLEY PROTECTION GROUP

Dear Home Office Drugs & Firearms Licensing Unit,

The following details are requested for the 01 January 2014 to the 31 December 2018 or 01 April 2014 to the 31 March 2019 or any equivalent dates over same five year period of time.

(1) How many firearm certificates were revoked?

(2) What were the reasons for the revocations?

(3) How many shotgun certificates were revoked?

(4) What were the reasons for the revocations?

(5) How many firearm certificates were changed to
a. add and/or
b. modify and/or
c. remove
conditions on those certificates?

(6) What were the reasons for each of those changes?

(7) How many shotgun certificates were changed to
a. add and/or
b. modify and/or
c. remove
conditions on those certificates?

(8) What were the reasons for each of those changes?

(9) Does common law on criminal offences against public decency and similar principles, prohibit activities which leave young children and adults, feeling they are being forced to experience what they see as dangerous, horrifying and loud spectacles where they live, with boastful gunmen acting as though the law fully backs their actions and their attitudes?

BACKGROUND DETAILS

In recent weeks, shootings have taken placed in the Rodley area of Leeds, with reports of 14lb Canada geese falling out of the sky, into recreation areas and gardens of local residents. Such heavy weights could result in injuries or worse, especially to young children. It may be, that ammunition has been fired across or has landed in recreation areas. There is evidence that that has happened in one or more previous years in the same area.

Most of the residents seeking remedies from public organisations are local women. One rightly or wrongly thought guns were pointing at her, whilst walking along a canal towpath and she was in fear, as there was nowhere to take cover. Another was so distressed, that a former social worker and renowned national expert acted urgently, in an attempt to prevent what could have been a heart attack, stroke or worse. In great trepidation, a few women have confronted up to 12 gunmen and one claims to have placed herself in the line of fire to stop the shootings. That is clearly very dangerous.

Local residents have been so shocked, that they have come together to discuss ways to ensure no-one can be subjected to harm. They also fear, that taking matters into their own hands could result in breaches of the peace.

A number of news reports have appeared on the internet. One is by the BBC and dated the 13 September 2019:-
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-le...

BBC Look North TV news programme, broadcasted a report on or about the same date. However, the picture shown of Canada geese was not from the Rodley area, where there are far fewer geese.

The dangerous incidents raise a number of questions such as:-

(a) does the law prohibit shootings within specified distances of residential and recreational areas?;

(b) does the law prohibit the shooting of 14lb geese in places where they could or would fall out of the sky, into residential gardens and public recreational areas?;

(c) to avoid physical and emotional harm to people, especially young children, who have been frightened by seeing so many men carrying and firing loud guns near their homes, does the law specify the type of weapons, how, when and where wild animals and birds can and cannot be killed, in order to ensure they are not alarmed, that deaths are swift and injuries and suffering are prevented?

(d) does the law allow gun licences and/or certificates to be worded from the start and/or altered at a later stage, to prevent what has happened in the Rodley area?

Yours faithfully,

Tracy Wale.

FOI Requests, Home Office

Dear Ms Wale,

Thank you for contacting the Home Office with your request.

This has been assigned to a caseworker (case ref 56293). We will aim to send you a full response by 04/12/2019 which is twenty working days from the date we received your request.

If you have any questions then please do not hesitate to contact us.

Thank you,

N McKenzie
Home Office

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FOI Responses, Home Office

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Dear M Young,

Thank you for your helpful response.

It is much appreciated.

Yours sincerely,

Tracy Wale.