Thank you for finding my site. GUNFIRE GRAFFITI UK is a gun crime research project founded in 2008. It researches, records and reports evidence of roadside gun crime. That is the discharge of firearms and shotguns into steel/alloy roadside structures. Whilst these practises are unsurprising in some parts of the world it is perhaps difficult to accept and believe that it is relatively commonplace in the UK. The police and security authorities are largely unaware of it, they don’t have the capacity, wider knowledge and resources to find or recognise it. I am not an advocate of conspiracy theories, I base my research on evidence, (we can all see and inspect), and close technical study.
Having handled firearms for over 45 years, escaping from a random shooting incident in Spain in 1975 and completing a very active military career in the 1980’s I hope I can be considered worthy enough to research and comment. This combination of experience has served to direct a great deal of my understanding, focus and efforts.
Lack of awareness and “gun savvy”in the UK makes it easy for the perpetrators to illegally experiment and rehearse with all types of firearms. Shootings are often from within the confines of passing vehicles. The UK has strict gun laws but many of these shootings reveal the use of firearms that are banned from legal ownership.
The WHAT can be recognised and WHERE is there for all to find and see. The WHEN can be calculated and we can surmise, anticipate and debate WHY. The big question is WHO.
Could these practises ever have anything to do with the worst possible outcome of gun crime – intimidation, fear, injury and death. If we join up the dots, where does it lead?
We do know that Michael Ryan who perpetrated the Hungerford Massacre in 1987 went out at night in his car and carried out these type of shootings. He even admitted this to an employer before his rampage and Thames Valley Police found evidence close to Hungerford after his killing spree. The American gangster and gunman Clyde Barrow, (of Bonnie and Clyde fame), did the same in the 1930’s.
This 20mm shotgun slug penetration near the village of Twycross in Leicestershire was reported to the police who advised local media that it was probably, “Kids with catapults”. The murderer Raoul Moat shot and killed Chris Brown in July 2010 with a 12 bore shotgun using home adapted ammunition, (in this case 18mm lead fishing weights). Examples of this type of experimentation with shotguns is very commonplace throughout the UK.
To date a total of 585 sites have been found in the UK and Northern Ireland.
LATEST DISCOVERIES – (dates found or reported, not date occurred).
26 May 2019 – bullet penetrations x 3.Through a gradient warning sign in Chopping Knife Lane opposite a property in the village of Stitchcombe, Wiltshire. Just east of Marlborough.
13 May 2019 – Shotgun blast penetration through a bend warning side on the B4100, 4 miles NW of Bicester in Oxfordshire. Recent incident.
18 April 2019 – Bullet impacts, (.22), on a “Children Warning Sign”, on Abinger Common, Surrey. This was a reported local sighting.
My first book, GUNFIRE GRAFFITI – Overlooked Gun Crime in the UK was published by Waterside Press in 2012, written under the pseudonym of Matt Seiber The preface was written by Nick Ross of BBC “Crimewatch” fame. This publication finally came about as a result of the ballistic research carried out in Oxfordshire by Cranfield University. It reveals some startling facts and disturbing examples of official ignorance and understanding.
My latest research programme and next book plan is BULLET PATH. This is a close study of a selection of gun slay murders, gun terror attacks and assassinations that have occurred around the world. Please look at my BLOG section which sets the scene.
Understanding the technical functions of firearms is absolutely vital. There are interesting factors that link gun incidents and murders, much of which is lost to casual researchers and sometimes to official investigators. If we are going to discuss, report and write articles and books on the subject, it must be accurate. We are all entitled to form opinions but we can’t create facts to fit them. I only deal in facts.
You will find investigation details on The White House Farm Murders – Jeremy Bamber 1985, The Hungerford Massacre 1987, Albert Dryden 1991, Jill Dando 1999, and the under reported “Dando Distraction”. The still unsolved Annecy Murders in France in 2012 have attracted wild speculation and conspiracy theories. The actual location is extremely interesting.
Also included is the strange case of the visiting Austrian, Manual Wallner which took place in South Wales in 2015. His serious firearms offences were quickly dealt with, his weapons were confiscated, he was given a suspended sentence and he was deported. There is a bizarre twist however and physical evidence still available for all to inspect.
Andy Rigsby, May 2019.