Man jailed for carrying machine gun

28 May 2019, 10:39 | Updated: 28 May 2019, 10:41

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Police are welcoming the sentencing of a Norris Green man to six years imprisonment for possession of firearms and ammunition following his arrest in Wavertree last month.

33-year-old Jamie Red Hanley from Lorenzo Drive appeared last Friday (24 May) and pleaded guilty to two counts of possession of a prohibited weapon and two counts of possession of ammunition. He received six years in prison.

On Wednesday 17 April, officers sighted Hanley in Old Mill Lane, Wavertree on an electric powered bike. He attempted to make off and was detained nearby. Two firearms were found secreted on his person, a loaded Smith and Wesson pistol and a Mach 10 machine pistol with ammunition.

Hanley was arrested and charged with the matters.

Detective Inspector Phil Mahon said: "It is pleasing to see a dangerous offender and two potentially lethal weapons removed from the streets of Merseyside.

"The circumstances of Hanley's arrest show that he would have been intending to use these weapons to cause serious harm in the community, actions thankfully prevented by his arrest and incarceration.

"This case demonstrates why it is so vital that anyone with information on gun crime comes forward to police or anonymously to Crimestoppers as soon as they hear anything. If you hear any information on the use or storage of any weapons, tell us and we will take prompt and positive action to bring those people to justice."

Anyone with information on gun crime is asked to contact @MerPolCC, call 101 or you can pass information anonymously to the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.