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. Perpetrators roam freely and succeed by not attracting any official attention. A surprising amount of locations are close to, alongside 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 was 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 ivestigation 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.










                                           514 LOCATIONS in 38 COUNTIES


                                       (Dates found, not when they occurred)                               




02 - Bullet penetration, warning sign, minor road east of Sheepstor, Dartmoor, Devon.

20 - Bullet penetration, .44/.45 intersection sign, Purbrook Heath, Hants

20 - Bullet penetrations x 2, .44/.45 and 9mm, warning sign, Purbrook Heath, Hants.




07 - Shotgun pattern blast, minor road between Glyntawe - Trecastle, Brecon Beacons.

07 - Slug impact and 2 bullet penetrations, further structures on the same route.

07 - Bullet penetrations x2 through a warning sign at start of a private road - Tredegar.

09 - HV bullet penetrations x5 on the B4560 south of Llangynidr, Brecon Beacons.

09 - Bullet penetration, .22 through a warning sign, minor road close to the above.

09 - Bullet impacts on 2 structures, B4560 just outside Llangynidr.

11 - Shotgun pattern blast, direction sign, A4112 near the village of Weobley, Herefordshire.

13 - Bullet penetrations and impacts, minor road, Blorenge mountain, Monmouthshire.

15 - Bullet impact, B4035, just east of Shipston on Stour, Warwickshire.

15 - Slug impact, B4035/A429 intersection, Warwickshire.

25 - Bullet impact A35 north of New Milton, New Forest, Hampshire

25 - Bullet impacts, .22, next to A31 south of Fritham, New Forest, Hampshire.




19 - Bullet penetration, sign on east outer perimeter road, Silverstone race circuit.

26 - Shotgun pattern blast, (very fresh), direction sign, B4022 north of Charlbury, Oxon.




17 - Shotgun blast penetration, direction sign A426 NE of Southam, Warks

22 - Shotgun pattern blast, parking sign on A44 north of Woodstock, Oxon.



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..........