THANK YOU FOR FINDING MY WEBSITE Matt Seiber - SEPTEMBER 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.
I have been particularly concerned and surprised to find so much gunfire damage around HUNGERFORD in Berkshire, the small market town blighted by the Michael Ryan shooting spree in August 1987. One would imagine the community and authorities to be very sensitive and vigilant; clearly not. UK society is just as ignorant about gun use now as it was then. Coincidentally, Ryan admitted to an employer that he went out at night and perpetrated such acts. What I have found is more recent, the seemingly diabolical acts of sick gun-trolls.
392 LOCATIONS in 38 COUNTIES
MAY/JUNE/JULY/AUG/SEPT - locations found
02 - Bullet penetrations and shotgun pattern blast near Offchurch, Warks
02 - .22LR bullet impact, school sign near Bugbrooke, Northants
05 - Bullet impact near Farthingstone, Northants
16 - Shotgun slug penetration, A421 near Mixbury, Oxfordshire
16 - Bullet penetrations and impacts at 2 sites near Hethe, Oxfordshire
19 - Bullet penetration A420 near Shrivenham, Wilts
01 - Shotgun pattern blast off A420 - Wilts
01 - Bullets impacts A31 near Winterborne Kingston, Dorset
01 - Shotgun pattern blast, A35 west of Dorchester, Dorset
01 - Shotgun slug, part penetration A3052 west of Seaton, Devon
07 - Shotgun slug impact near Upper Eashing, Surrey
18 - Shotgun slug impact A36 near Landford, Hampshire
23 - .22LR bullet impacts B3399 east of Freshwater, IOW
23 - bullet and shotgun slug impacts/part penetrations, Porchfield, IOW
14 - Shotgun pattern blast near Marston Meysey - Wilts
14 - Bullet part penetration near Kempsford - Glous
15 - Shotgun pattern blast and slug penetrations near Southend, Essex
21 - Bullet impacts B184 north of Great Dunmow, Essex
23 - Shotgun slug penetration, Sparrowpit, Derbyshire
23 - Shotgun pattern blast and bullet impacts, Woodhead Pass, A628 Peak District
24 - Bullet penetration A46 east of Caistor, Lincs
24 - Bullet impacts A52 near Hogsthorpe Lincs
27 - Bullet penetration and shotgun pattern blast near A433, Coates Glous
27 - HV rifle bullet penetrations, A433 near Kemble, Glous
27 - Single bullet impact on a school sign, B482 Cadmore End, Bucks
30 - Shotgun pattern blast just inside Ewen village, Glos
30 - hand gun bullet holes x 6 outskirts of HUNGERFORD, Berks, minor road to Inkpen
22 - bullet penetration on a sign over a stile near Pandy, Mons, S.Wales.
22 - Adjacent sign with 3 x .22 bullet impacts, (1 x bullet extracted).
23 - Just 300 metres away another sign with 2 x bullet impacts.
02 - bullet impacts, 4 x .22, Cirencester direction sign on the A417 Glos
05 - Shotgun penetration A361 Lechlade, Glos
10 - Single bullet penetration, HUNGERFORD COMMON, Berks
14 - Bullet impact and shotgun pattern blast near Stratton Audley, Oxon
14 - Single bullet penetration and shotgun pattern blast near Stoke Lyne, Oxon
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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 157 page 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..........