Notting Hill Man Behind Bars For Firearms Offences

18th April 2017

A man who fled police in Newham after he was stopped in a taxi with a firearm has been jailed. Walid Adam, 28 (07.07.88), of Aldridge Road Villas, W11, was sentenced to six years' imprisonment at Snaresbrook Crown Court today, Tuesday, 18 April.

He pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm, possession of ammunition and possession of a Class B drug (cannabis) at the same court on 21 March.

In the early hours of Saturday, 18 February traffic officers were conducting a taxi enforcement operation in Romford Road, E12, when they flagged down a mini-cab which Adam was a passenger in.

The officer noticed a strong smell of cannabis coming from the vehicle and asked Adam if he had cannabis on him to which he replied he did. He was asked to get out of the vehicle which he did before running off into an adjacent housing

He was pursued on foot by a number of officers. Adam discarded an object with his right hand before tripping and falling to the ground. He was then detained and arrested.

Officers searched the area and found the discarded object to be a black handgun which contained a magazine with seven rounds of ammunition.

The firearm was sent for further testing and found to be a converted Baikal Russian handgun. Adam wascharged on 18 February.

PC Richard Roberts, the investigating officer from the Met's Trident Area Crime Command, said: "The recovery of this weapon has no doubt prevented its use on London's streets."I am pleased that Adam has received a custodial sentence. You only have to read some of the tragic cases where firearms have been used to know how much of an impact they have on families and on communities as a whole.

"Trident officers remain committed to ridding the streets of London of these dangerous weapons. Those who are involved in the distribution and carrying of these weapons should be aware that we are actively carrying out operations to catch

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