Mustafa Ali, aged 27, has been sentenced to eleven years in prison after being convicted of possession of a prohibited firearm, two counts of possession of ammunition, conspiracy to supply cocaine and conspiracy to supply heroin. When police raided Ali’s home in Birmingham, West Midlands, they discovered a loaded revolver and twelve rounds of ammunition in a child’s play house, as well as crack cocaine and heroin with a street value of £10,000, and £5,000 in cash. An analysis of mobile phones seized from the address enabled detectives to uncover a gang involved in dealing Class A drugs in Birmingham. The court heard that Ali played “a leading role in the operation” and recruited people who had money problems or got into drug debt.
East Anglian Daily Times
A gang of five men, allegedly armed with a knife and gun, reportedly robbed an 18-year-old man while he was sitting in his parked car in Clacton, Essex. After smashing the driver’s side window, one of the men threatened the victim with a large knife and demanded money and his mobile phone. Another of the attackers stood in front of the car holding what appeared to be a gun. The victim managed to drive away uninjured.
A cat that was shot with an air rifle in Chertsey, Surrey last month has had to be put down after a pellet that lodged in his lung caused an infection. Police have launched an investigation and appealed for information.
Peter Brown, aged 29, has been jailed for ten years and nine months after pleading guilty to possession of an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence. CCTV footage showed Brown stopping his car in front of four teenagers near a children’s playground in Newham, East London. What appeared to be two handguns are brandished as the car’s back doors open. As the youths flee in terror, the occupants of the car open fire on them. A member of the public called 999 after seeing the attackers wielding the guns as they made their escape.
Manchester Evening News
Michael Thorpe, aged 39, has been jailed for nineteen years after pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit robbery. Thorpe used a range of props, including an imitation pistol, a voice distorter, a burka and a homemade bomb, to intimidate staff and steal thousands of pounds during five raids at banks and shops across Greater Manchester last summer. During one robbery, he claimed to be “a high commander of ISIS”. Thorpe was caught in December 2017, nearly five months after the first robbery.
A street was cordoned off and two boys, aged 16 and 14, were arrested on suspicion of attempted murder following a disturbance in a residential area of Manchester, Greater Manchester. A witness said that he saw one boy shoot at another boy three or four times and a police spokesperson later confirmed that a young man had been seriously injured during the incident.
Yusupha Sarr, aged 19, has been jailed for fifteen years for possessing a banned firearm with intent to endanger life and his accomplice, Christ Lidiu, aged 18, received a sentence of three years for perverting the course of justice. Both men are linked to the Birmingham street gang, ‘23 Drillas’. CCTV footage showed a man matching Sarr’s description discharging a shotgun at the time when he is understood to have fired at a rival gang member. CCTV images were also found of Lidiu discarding a bag containing 49 shotgun cartridges that matched those loaded in the firearm. Forensics experts identified Sarr’s fingerprints and DNA on the ammunition bag and both men had high levels of gunshot residue on their hair and clothing. Sarr and Lidiu were detained when their taxi was intercepted by police in Smethwick, West Midlands and a sawn-off shotgun was recovered nearby. The men’s detention came an hour after officers had closed in on a party at which a gunshot was heard and a mobile phone, seized from Sarr, displayed film of a gunman firing into the air at the gathering.
Police officers attended following a report of two men with firearms trying to gain entry to a property in Leamington, Warwickshire. Detectives later arrested two males on suspicion of possession of a firearm.
Firearms officers attended following reports that passengers of a car in Silverdale, Staffordshire had a handgun. Two men and a woman were later stopped in Solihull and arrested on suspicion of making threats to kill and possession of a firearm; a third man was detained on suspicion of conspiracy to commit threats to kill. A firearm was recovered following the incident and one of the men was later charged with possession of an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.
The coroner at an inquest into the death of an 18-year-old man who died after shooting himself in the head with an antique revolver, has recorded a verdict of misadventure. The teenager was found dead by his younger brother at their home in Cheshunt, Hertfordshire. Paramedics, who found a five-shot revolver lying beside the man’s body, pronounced him dead at the scene. In addition, two empty shell casings and cocaine, heroin and cannabis with a street value of £5,340, were found on the man’s bed.
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