Man Pleads Guilty After NCA Discover Firearms Factory in Sussex

1st May 2019

Kyle Wood today (Wednesday 1 May) pleaded guilty to conspiring to sell or supply firearms on the second day of his trial at Kingston Crown Court.

The charges related to the discovery of a firearms factory in an industrial unit in Hailsham, Sussex, by the National Crime Agency in August 2018.

Two other men, Greg Akehurst and Mark Kinman, had previously pleaded guilty to charges. Kinman died before he was able to be sentenced. Akehurst and Wood are due to be sentenced at Kingston Crown Court on Wednesday 8 May.

NCA deputy director of investigations Chris Farrimond said:

"We know these weapons were lethal and for the criminal marketplace. The fact they had no serial markings made them all the more valuable to criminals.

"The fact that some of the weapons made here were used in violent acts on our streets shows that they represented a real danger to our communities.

"In dismantling this crime group we have stopped a supply line of criminal firearms and protected the public from the devastating impact of gun crime and violence."


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