I investigate and record roadside GUN CRIME in the UK. This violent form of crime is officially unseen, unheard of, unchallenged and unrecorded. It is nothing new but illegal experimenting with firearms and the intimidating symbolism that remains, exist throughout the country. A

surprising amount of locations are close to and alongside military and MOD contract sites.


Gun crime which results in people being killed or injured in the UK is at an all time low.

Security experts are keen to stress that whilst terrorist attacks of some kind are currently at Threat Level - SEVERE, (highly likely), it is less likely to involve the gun slay type attacks we have witnessed on mainland Europe and more recently in Sousse, Tunisia. This apparently is due to our robust gun laws, island status and the efforts of the security agencies who have intercepted plots and choked the supply of illegal and smuggled firearms, (for whatever intended use).


These "safeguards" failed to stop the swift and calculated execution of the outspoken Syrian exile, Abdul Hadi Arwani who was shot to death in a car in Wembley on the 7th April 15.


The first image below is a target site between the Nelson Monument and the DSTL MOD site on Portsdown Hill, Portsmouth, Hants.  This image were taken on 21 May 2015. Just days later there was a  firearms incident 2.5 miles to the east of here which involved armed Hampshire Police Officers and the support of a Police helicopter.


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.


                   See The Wild West Country, (after another visit 22/23 Jun).


My Thanks to Talk Radio Europe, MSA Newslink, (for their 2 part feature), Thame Gazette,   and Devon & Cornwall Police for their respective recent contact and project exposure.                                                  










                                         496 LOCATIONS in 38 COUNTIES                                




      03 - Shotgun blast on a direction sign, A3122 west of Dartmouth, Devon

    04 - Shotgun blast on a warning sign, minor road west of Hungerford, Berks

     04 - Bullet impact, direction sign on a minor road west of Hungerford, Berks.

              19 - 5 x bullet penetrations, junction sign, Portsdown Hill, Hants.




  05 - 4 x bullet penetrations, bend warning sign on Oakhanger road next to Bordon

     army garrison. Marked military training area opposite with CCTV warning signs.

05 - bullet penetration, a revisit shoot, site recorded Sept 14, near Dunsfold, Surrey.

                 10 - Shotgun pattern blast, farm sign, Stovolds Hill, Surrey.

          14 - Shotgun pattern blast, minor road near Stratton Audley, Oxon.

  22 - Shotgun pattern blast, 3 sites on B3089 near the village of Ridge, Wilts.

                22 - Bullet or slug impact on A303 near Ilminster, Somerset.

                                 22 - bullet penetration, B3223, Exmoor

                 22 - Shotgun pattern blast, deviation sign, B3223, Exmoor

22 - minor roads connecting A39 and B3266 2 miles south of Camelford, Cornwall.

 A total of 5 sites in close proximity, shotgun pattern blast and bullet penetrations.

            22 - Close range shotgun blast impact, Cornwall border sign, A3072.

                  23 - Shotgun pattern blast near Endellion, B3314, Cornwall.

   23 - Shotgun pattern blast and bullet penetrations, 2 sites, B3314, Cornwall.

  23 - Bullet penetration, deviation sign, B3314, north of Wadebridge, Cornwall.

        23 - Bullet penetration, bend sign, A389, village of Washaway, Cornwall.

               23 - Bullet impact, A303/A345 intersection near Amesbury, Wilts.




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.



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 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..........