THANK YOU FOR FINDING MY WEBSITE Matt Seiber - OCTOBER 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 recently to find so much gunfire damage around HUNGERFORD in Berkshire, the small market town blighted by Michael Ryan in August 1987. One would imagine the community and authorities to be very sensitive. UK society is just as ignorant about gun use now as it was then. Please view - HUNGERFORD TODAY.
Just west of Hungerford is the village of Chisbury. This 10 year old mare, Darcy, pictured below was found earlier this month 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.
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.
Visit HUNGERFORD TODAY and view the Hungerford/Shalbourne direction sign image. This site is about 5 miles to the SE of Darcy's yard.
415 LOCATIONS in 38 COUNTIES
02 - bullet impacts, 5 x .22, Cirencester direction sign on the A417 Glos
(bullet fragment since extracted)
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
20 - Bullet penetrations and shotgun pattern blast in Pond Lane, Grateley Hampshire
20 - Bullet penetrations on a minor road north of Stockbridge, Hampshire
23 - single bullet penetration through a parking sign, A417 near Birdlip, Glos
27 - Bullet penetrations near Bledington, Glos
28 - Shotgun pattern blast, Shotgun slug, and HV bullet penetration, Dunsfold, Surrey
07 - Shotgun penetration x 2, direction sign just north of Brill, Bucks
07 - Shotgun penetration x 1, junction sign, north of Brill, Bucks
07 - Bullet penetrations, village sign for Ickford, Bucks on Ickford Road westbound
07 - bullet penetrations through a roadside footpath sign, Ickford, Bucks
08 - bullet penetrations, direction sign, Sheldon Road/Ickford Road intersection, Bucks
10 - Shotgun pattern blast, northern approach to Brill, village sign, Bucks
10 - Bullet penetration near Alvescot on the B4477, Oxon
11 - Shotgun pattern blast, minor road SE out of Brill, Bucks
12 - Bullet penetration, Minor road SE south out of Ashendon, Bucks
12 - Shotgun pattern blast, minor road SE out of Ashendon, Bucks
12 - Bullet impact north of the village of Weston, Oxon
12 - Bullet impact and penetration, junction direction signs, Dorton, Bucks
14 - Shotgun pattern blast and bullet impacts, Dunsfold, Surrey
16 - Bullet impacts, Didmarton village Glos
17 - bullet penetrations, passing sign on a minor road south of Marsh Gibbon, Bucks
17 - bullet impacts A418 junction for Haddenham Bucks
17 - Bullet penetrations/impacts, shotgun slug penetrations, Haddenham, Bucks
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..........