On 10 May 2016 a VW Passat was searched by officers on New Hey Road, Huddersfield and it was during this search that the weapon was found along with 16 rounds of ammunition and cannabis.
After that initial search investigations arrested and charged four men:
Jamie Simpson, 29, of Walton Croft, Huddersfield, was sentenced to a total of eight years. He plead guilty to the sale of a firearm, sale of ammunition (7 year sentence) and possession with intent to supply a class B drug (one year sentence to run consecutively)
Joshua Heathcote, 21, of Turnsteads Drive, Cleckheaton was sentenced to a total of five and a half years after admitting possession of a firearm.
George Sweeney, 33, NFA of Merseyside, admitted possession with intent to supply a class B drug and was found guilty of purchasing / acquiring a firearm and section 1 ammunition. He was sentenced to eight years for the firearm and ammunition offence and 12 months (to run consecutively) for the drugs offences (total of nine years).
Lewis Tynan, 24, of Bower Road, Huyton (Merseyside) was sentenced to a total of eight years after admitting purchasing / acquiring a firearm and section 1 ammunition (seven years) and possession with intent to supply a class B drug (12 months to run concurrently).
Detective Chief Inspector Warren Stevenson of the Protective Services (Crime) Division, said:
“Today’s sentencing shows that if you get involved in this sort of criminality then you will face the full force of the criminal justice system. These four now have time inside to consider the consequences of their actions and we have taken a potentially dangerous weapon out of circulation.”
If you suspect criminal activity in your area then call police on 101 or the independent crime fighting charity, Crimestoppers on 0800 555111. If a crime is in progress or it is an emergency always call 999.