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Search in central Dudley ended with gun crooks' capture
12:48pm Tuesday 3rd September 2013 in News
A SEARCH of Dudley town centre by cops ended with the capture of two men armed with a sawn-off shotgun.
At Wolverhampton Crown Court, Imran Ahmed and Mohammed Rahman were jailed for five years after the court heard they were caught with a 12 gauge single barrelled gun which had a cartridge in the breach, two more in the magazine and the safety catch was off.
Christopher Gibbons, prosecuting, told the hearing it was a lethal weapon that had been manufactured by the Ithica gun company in New York.
He said two police officers on duty in the town centre spotted a Mondeo car parked half on the pavement and half on the road in Bull Street.
They approached the vehicle and 33-year-old Ahmed quickly ran away while Rahman, 31, remained behind the wheel.
Mr Gibbons said: "Rahman was alarmed and panicky," he added the officers then spotted the prohibited shotgun which was ready for use.
A firearms officer was called to the scene together with a dog used in the detection of prohibited weapons and because conditions were perfect the animal was able to follow a trail.
He led cops to a tracksuit top that had been abandoned by Ahmed near the Earl of Dudley pub. Ahmed was arrested moments later by officers in Westley Street.
Ahmed, of Victoria Road, and Rahman, of Tudor Road, both Tipton, admitted possessing the shotgun.
Judge John Warner said: "Anyone who takes any part in allowing a lethal weapon to be in circulation cannot complain if it is treated seriously."
He told the pair it was a "bad example" of its type because the sawn-off shotgun contained ammunition.
Barristers representing the two men maintained they had been asked to look after the gun for a short time and they intended keeping the weapon for just a while before returning it.
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