THANK YOU FOR FINDING MY WEBSITE Matt Seiber - DECEMBER 2014.
I investigate and record roadside GUN CRIME in the UK. This very violent form of crime is officially unseen, unheard of, unchallenged and unrecorded. Examples of illegal experimenting with firearms and the intimidating symbolism that remains, exist throughout the country.
My thanks to COVENTRY UNIVERSITY for inviting me to give a presentation to their criminology students on 01 December.
I have found a lot of gunfire damage around HUNGERFORD in Berkshire, the small market town blighted by Michael Ryan in August 1987. Please view - HUNGERFORD TODAY.
Just west of Hungerford is the village of Chisbury. This 10 year old mare, Darcy, pictured below was found in October by her owner with a bullet wound. Wiltshire Police were quoted as considering it to be the result of a stray rifle round fired by a poacher. The holed warning sign below is near the village of Great Bedwyn, close to Chisbury.
Selected examples of animal target structures featured here indicate how perhaps "stray round" technique is practised.These sites were found in Wiltshire, Sussex, Gloucestershire Cumbria and Lincolnshire.
Concentrated searches in October in Buckinghamshire have revealed a number of sites and
a front page feature appeared in the BUCKS HERALD.
A total of 12 locations have been found south of Doncater close to the villages of Maltby,
Micklebring, Tickhill and Stainton. Bullet penetrations and impacts along with shotgun slugs.
438 LOCATIONS in 38 COUNTIES
04 - Bullet impact, village sign for Chisbury, Wiltshire
04 - .22 penetrations on two land conservation signs near Little Bedwyn, Wilts
17 - Bullet penetrations, impacts and shotgun slugs in 12 locations south of Doncaster
22 - Shotgun pattern blast x 2, military airfield location in Wiltshire
26 - bullet impact, tank crossing sign, A360 Tilshead, Wiltshire
02 - Bullet impacts on a minor road on the outskirts of Cirenecester, Glos.
03 - Shotgun pattern blast near Mitchell on the A30, Cornwall
03 - Shotgun pattern blast near Helston, A394 Cornwall
05 - Bullet penetrations x 2 on an intersection, B4455 near Chesterton, Warwickshire
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 Wilson & Kelling "Broken Windows Theory" is apparent with multiple examples of roadside shootings and the creation of lawless "Shoot Routes", see West Cumbria 2010 and The Wild West Country.
The examples below are in Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Humberside, Hampshire and Wiltshire. The high velocity rifle round penetrations carving the letter J are some indication of the mentality of perpetrators who have absolutely no fear of the law.
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 always close to 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..........