Teenager Jailed For Possessing Firearm

29th April 2016

Merseyside Police can confirm that an 18-year-old man was sentenced to a total of 41 months at Liverpool Crown Court today (Friday, 29 April) for possession of a firearm.

James Freeman, from Pennard Avenue, Huyton was arrested on 7 March 2016 upon his return to the country from Spain, where he had moved following this offence. He was subsequently charged with possession of a firearm.

Freeman admitted possession of a pistol and ammunition discovered at a property on Barkbeth Road, Huyton on 29 April 2015. 
Detective Constable Arwel Hughes, from Matrix Serious Organised Crime Major Investigation Unit, said: "Those people who are found in possession of firearms are committing an extremely serious offence. Even if they don't intend to use them, looking after or storing them makes it easier for other criminals to commit serious crime.
"Freeman is now facing a long time in prison and I hope this sentence makes other people realise that possessing firearms of any type, whether brand new or decades old, carries huge risks and is simply not worth it.

"Freeman attempted to evade justice by leaving the country while on bail after his initial arrest for this offence, but today's sentencing shows that we will be relentless in pursuing criminals who are intent on storing dangerous weapons in Merseyside wherever they hide.

"We would urge anyone intent on possessing such weapons to think carefully about whether it is worth spending a long time in prison for.

"We won't tolerate criminals who use guns to create fear and intimidation on Merseyside and we are also determined to crackdown on the people who help them by storing and looking after illegal weapons.

"We will be relentless in our efforts to crack down on serious and organised crime and I would continue to appeal to the public to tell us if they know where firearms or drugs are being stored."

Anyone with information can contact MSOC Officers on 0800 230 0600 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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