A staged roadside image of one of the 1930's Bonnie and Clyde gang, probably WD Jones. He described how Clyde Barrow would practise marksmanship and anti-ambush by quickly pulling up in a car in remote rural areas and discharge his often favoured .30 BAR - Browning Automatic Rifle into trees and road signs.
THANK YOU FOR FINDING MY WEBSITE Matt Seiber - MAY 2016.
I investigate and record roadside GUNFIRE DAMAGE sites in the UK. This violent form of crime is officially unseen, unchallenged and unrecorded. Illegal experimenting with firearms and the intimidating symbolism that remains exist throughout the country. A surprising amount of locations are close to and sometimes actually within military and MOD contract sites.
Gun crime which results in death or injury in the UK is at an all time low. This apparently is due to our robust gun laws, island status and the efforts of the security agencies who have intercepted criminal activity and terrorist plots and choked the supply of illegal and smuggled firearms and ammunition. Because of these efforts security experts were keen to stress that whilst terrorist attacks of some kind are currently highly likely, (Threat Level - SEVERE), it is unlikely to involve the gun slay type attacks we have witnessed in Tunisia and mainland Europe. However, following the Paris attack on 13 Nov 15 they are not so confident.
A recent official police investigation into firearm and shotgun licencing procedures in the UK concluded that processing safeguards are not always being fully complied with. This it concluded could mean the potential for another crazed lone wolf mass shooting in the future.
The New Road Layout sign is near Dunsfold Airfield in Surrey. First image is Sep 14, the next was taken in Jun 15. The additional bullet holes are from a high velocity rifle. Police aware.
535 LOCATIONS in 41 COUNTIES
(Dates found, not when shootings occurred)
09 - A total of 3 impact sites, .22 on a minor road south of the village of Lilley, Herts
09 - Bullet penetration through a warning sign, minor road just north of Whitwell, Herts
15 - Bullet penetrations 12 x 7.62mm, direction sign, A68 near Corbridge, Northumbria
This is to date the most threatening site I have ever found in the UK. There was local
media interest and up until they were alerted, Northumbria Police were unaware. There
is a small rural industrial estate in the line of fire just 600 metres behind the target.
16 - Bullet penetrations, direction sign, Junc A933/B961 NE of Arbroath, Angus Scotland
16 - Bullet impact, warning sign, A701 12 miles north of Moffat, S Lans Scotland
16 - Bullet penetration, warning sign, A701 11 miles north of Moffat, S Lans Scotland
16 - Bullet penetration, .223 HV, Border sign - Dumfries & Galloway, north of Moffat
22 - Bullet penetrations, 7 x 7.62mm, footpath sign, minor road South of Ashendon Oxon
(Two other locations on this road found in 2014 and previously reported to TVP)
09 - Shotgun pattern blast and close range penetrations at 3 locations close to the village
of Sawbridge, south of Rugby, Warwickshire.
24 - Projectile penetrations and impacts, 3 locations on the A120 near Braintree, Essex.
24 - Shotgun penetration, direction sign, A120 near Stanstead Airport, Essex
25 - Bullet penetrations, .22 through a direction sign, B1053 near Wethersfield, Essex.
26 - HV bullet penetrations x 4, airfield entrance sign, Great Rissington, Glous.
26 - Shotgun pattern blast, sign on the north perimeter, same airfield, Glous.
23 - Bullet penetrations x 3, warning sign, minor road 1.5 miles west of Newbury, Berks.
In 2010 Dr Derek Allsop from Cranfield University directed a thesis compiled as an investigation. A study of 40 gunfire damaged roadside features in Oxfordshire disclosed weapon and ammunition types, firing positions, ranges and impact angles. A report was passed to Thames Valley Police and NABIS, The National Ballistics Intelligence Service.
The book, Gunfire Graffiti, is a very unique publication which includes a broad selection of photographs. Published by crime specialists, Waterside Press it reveals that evidence of gun crime is never far away and it questions our ability to notice what is going on right in front and alongside all of us. The PM's office acknowledged receipt of a copy in 2012.
These direction signs between Fleet and Aldershot in Hampshire have been hit and penetrated by gunfire and oddly, struck from behind. Most shots are fired into the pictorial face of structures. Could this have been a lone gunman discharging a weapon from the driving seat of a vehicle. Strike angles were approx 45 degrees, range 8 metres.
In the top image the 6 strikes and penetrations suggests perhaps old ammunition with inconsistent propellent. In the lower image a single shot with a similar signature has struck the rear of a smaller sign 1/2 mile before suggesting the gunman was coming from the Aldershot direction. Perhaps the firer had a stoppage at the first target and moved on to fire further rounds into the second. With military training areas close by, the sound of gunfire would not have prompted any local concern. The attack occured after July 2009 because until a recent update you could view a clean structure on Google Earth Street View.
On the 29th December 2009, Andrew Copland shot and killed his 4 year old daughter, his partner, then himself at his home in Aldershot 4.5 miles from this location. He used an illegally held 9mm Beretta M1934 semi automatic pistol and ammunition dating back to the 1940's. The weapon had a 7 round magazine.
Is this a macabre rehearsal site, a "Memento Mori" of a shooting murder..........