Sheffield Man Behind Bars For Firearms Offences

15th September 2015

A 50-year-old man charged with a variety of firearms offences last year is beginning a lengthy prison sentence for his crimes.

Graham Moore of Wolfe Road, Sheffield, entered guilty pleas to six firearms charges including possession of an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence, possession of a prohibited firearm and possession of shotgun cartridges, aswell as possession of a class A drug, the day before his trial was due to start in December last year.

He appeared at Sheffield Crown Court on Friday, 11 September, and was sentenced to eight and a half years in prison.

On Thursday, 23 January 2014, officers were travelling along Margate Drive when their attention was drawn to an Audi A3, also travelling along the road.

As officers approached, Moore who was sat in the passenger seat, fled from the vehicle and ran off towards Wood Spring Court, throwing an object into bushes behind a metal fence.

Officers chased Moore and he was arrested, and the object he attempted to dispose of was recovered and identified as an imitation firearm which resembled a Pro 77 BB gun.

A search was also carried out of the Audi which resulted in the discovery of a bag containing numerous boxes of shotgun ammunition in the passenger footwell.

When the vehicle was forensically examined, several further items were discovered including a pen style firearm which was classified as a prohibited firearm under Section 5 of the Firearms Act 1968, two metal tubes which could form a 'slam gun' and 25 loose shotgun cartridges which were all found to be live.

After examination, it was believed the 'slam gun' had been used and a round of ammunition discharged due to very high levels of gunshot residue (GSR) and numerous particles containing lead on samples taken from the two tubes.

Moore's home address on Wolfe Road was also searched and two shotgun cartridges were recovered.

Due to Moore's previous conviction for armed robbery in 2002 when he received a 13-year prison sentence, he was charged with additional offences under Section 21 of the Firearms Act 1968, which prohibits possession of firearms or ammunition by a person previously convicted of crime.

The seven charges Moore pleaded guilty to are as follows:

Possession of an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence, contrary to section 16A of the Firearms Act 1968.

Possession of shotgun cartridges, contrary to section 21(1) & (4) of the Firearms Act 1968.

Possession of shotgun cartridges, contrary to section 21(1) & (4) of the Firearms Act 1968.

Possession of a prohibited firearm, contrary to section 5(1)(aba) Firearms Act 1968.

Possession of a firearm, contrary to section1of the Firearms Act 1968.

Possession of a firearm, contrary to section 21(1) & (4) of the Firearms Act 1968.

Possession of a controlled drug (Class A)

DC Michelle Walton investigating said: "I am very pleased with the result and I hope it sends out a very clear message that action will be taken against anyone who commits this type of crime.

"Moore will be behind bars for a lengthy period of time, and the recovery of the firearms and ammunition he had in his possession will all be destroyed.

"Taking these weapons off the streets and out of circulation means they are not in the hands of criminals and they cannot be used in any form of criminality.

"Gun crime is relatively low in South Yorkshire, however we are determined to drive this figure down even further and keep our streets safe from this type of crime."

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