City shootings yield four men up to 25 year sentences. On Sept. 21, 2015, four men received sentences of up to 25 years for their involvement in shootings that took place in the Old Swan area of Liverpool. According to Echo, a house in Netherton that was searched in January uncovered a Glock pistol and three more handguns.
The four men were arrested as a part of Operation Balham, which started when the firearms were first retrieved from a house in Dartmouth Drive, Netherton, in January 2015. Police also found ammunition with the handguns, one of which was used during a shooting in the L143 area in 2013. Investigators believe that Steven Lloyd, 22, is responsible for importing a total of 18 weapons along with kits to make ammunition during a five-month period. He was jailed for 10 1/2 years.
Upon further investigation, a rifle that had been previously stolen from a burglary in the Cheshire area was also recovered from the home address of Anthony Nolan. The 20-year-old pleaded guilty to possession of a prohibited weapon and was sentenced to three years in a young offenders’ facility. Peter Stevens, the youngest of the four at just 18 years old, also pleaded guilty to possession of both drugs and a prohibited firearm. In addition, he will spend three years in a young offenders’ facility. Jonathan Southward, 25, of Dartmouth Drive, Netherton, pleaded guilty to a charge of conspiracy to possess prohibited weapons with the intent to endanger life. He was sentenced to nine years in jail.
According to Detective Inspector Ian Hussey, “This case comes as a result of local officers working side by side with detectives from Matrix Serious Organised Crime to take firearms off the streets of Merseyside.” Hussey is pleased with the court ruling and believes it will serve as a deterrent to others.
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By Jireh Gibson
ECHO: Four men locked up for 25 years after gun used in city shootings is discovered
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