Five men have been jailed for a total of 35 years for possession of firearms in Tower Hamletrs, London, UK.
The five men were:
- Charles Junior Frimpong, 23 (03.04.1996), of Pinner Park Gardens, Harrow;
- Riccardo Christophe, 29 (09.07.90), of Albion Road, Hackney;
- Abdul Noor, 23 (01.01.97), of Crystal Way, Dagenham;
- Korey Lawrence, 25 (16.03.94), of Bethune Road, Hackney;
- Jahvon Robinson, 22 (10.09.97), of Manchester Road, Tower Hamlets.
They were all found guilty of conspiracy to possess two firearms and conspiracy to possess ammunition on Wednesday, 4 March following a trial at Snaresbrook Crown Court.
On Monday, 11 February 2019 at about 19:50hrs armed officers attempted to stop a silver Vauxhall Astra in Ewhurst Close, E1, as a result of a proactive police operation.
However, as officers approached the vehicle, five male occupants decamped and sprinted from the scene, leaving the engine running. One of the males was seen by officers to discard a firearm as they were chased.
Frimpong, Lawrence and Noor were chased, detained and arrested by officers at the scene.
The driver, Christophe, was able to evade capture but he handed himself in to an east London police station a few hours later at 21:50hrs. He admitted to the station officer that he was driving the vehicle.
Officers searched the abandoned vehicle and surrounding area and found two semi-automatic firearms – one inside a rucksack on the front passenger seat and one on the floor near to the car, which the man had discarded earlier. Both weapons, 8mm modified hand guns, were loaded and one had the hammer cocked to fire.