Jailed for 110 years

Members of two organised crime groups involved in the supply of guns were jailed today for more than 110 years.

They were caught by the East Midlands Special Operations Unit after guns and ammunition were seized.

The successful conviction brings to an end a lengthy investigation, which uncovered the movement of firearms into Leicestershire from other areas of the country.

All the defendants had pleaded guilty at earlier hearings and today (31 January) were sentenced to the following:

• Inderpaul Rura, 51, of Bradgate Hill, Groby, Leicestershire. Sentenced to 14 years four months for transferring three prohibited weapons and selling or transferring ammunition

• Jatinder Singh, 37, of Gifford Close, Leicester. Sentenced to 11 years two months for transferring three prohibited weapons and selling or transferring ammunition

• Tavian Simpson, 29, of Redpath Close, Leicester. Sentenced to 20 years for transferring a Skorpion machine pistol and purchasing or acquiring ammunition. He was also pleaded guilty to selling or transferring three prohibited weapons and selling or transferring ammunition following a trial at an earlier date

• Sean Waldron, 34, of Meadowsweet Road, Leicester. Sentenced to 16 years two months for transferring a Skorpion machine pistol and purchasing or acquiring ammunition for it

• Joanne Booth, 41, of Aikman Close, Leicester. Sentenced to six years three months for transferring a Skorpion machine pistol and purchasing or acquiring ammunition

• Glen Gibbons, 33, of Walcote Road, Leicester. Sentenced to nine years for transferring a Skorpion machine pistol and purchasing or acquiring ammunition

• Rizwan Shakoor, 31, of Marlington Drive, Huddersfield. Sentenced to 10 years seven months for transferring a Skorpion machine pistol and purchasing ammunition

• Konnagh Sheppard, 23, of Walcote Road, Leicester. Sentenced to 10 years eight months for transferring a Skorpion machine pistol and purchasing or acquiring ammunition

• Mohamed Rafiq, 30, of Oastler Avenue, Springwood, Huddersfield. Sentenced to 12 years for transferring a Skorpion machine pistol and purchasing ammunition

The first investigation, involving Rura, Singh and Simpson, began in March 2016. Singh’s vehicle was stopped by the police and three semi-automatic pistols with ammunition were found in the vehicle.

It soon became clear that Rura and Simpson had instructed Singh to act as their courier to pick up the weapons and ammunition from outside of Leicestershire and bring them back to the county.

The second investigation involving Simspon, Waldron, Sheppard, Rafiq, Shakoor, Gibbons and Booth also commenced in March 2016.

Investigations uncovered the group intended to transfer a Skorpion automatic machine pistol and 19 rounds of ammunition. The transfer of the firearm was orchestrated by Waldron, Sheppard and Simpson who used Gibbons and Booth as their couriers to travel to Sheffield to collect it.

Rafiq arranged the supply of the weapon and ammunition to the Leicester gang members while Shakoor acted as his courier, meeting with Gibbons and Booth in Sheffield, who then returned the weapon and ammunition to Leicester.

Detective Inspector Richard Bull, from the East Midlands Special Operations Unit, said: “All of these individuals are part of organised crime groups who have been determined to bring firearms to our county.

“We have worked tirelessly to bring them to justice and rid our streets of prohibited firearms, which could be used in criminal activity.

“While this is a significant prosecution I would like to reassure the local community that gun crime is a relatively rare occurrence on the streets of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, but that does not make us complacent.

“We will continue to tackle individuals such as these who could cause hurt, alarm and distress.”

Source:: Leicestershire Police News

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