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Man jailed for firearm possession in Old Swan

News   •   Sep 06, 2019 14:30 BST

We have welcomed the jailing of a third man for four years for firearm possession following an incident in Old Swan last August.

In February this year, James Lee Foat, 24 years, of Molyneux Road was jailed for seven-and-a-half years and Kyle Melia, 24 years, of Killington Way, Kirkdale was jailed for five years at Liverpool Crown Court.

Officers had attended a property on Chudleigh Road on 15 August 2018 and following a search of the building three firearms and ammunition were recovered.

At around 10.40pm on 25 October 2018 a vehicle came to the attention of patrols on Townsend Avenue and the passengers, Foat and Melia, were both arrested and later charged with possession of a firearm.

Today (Friday 6 September 2019), a third man, Connor Ashton, 24 years, of Hazleton Road, Liverpool was jailed after his DNA was found on a shotgun.

Detective Inspector Jennie Beck said: “Our communities should feel reassured that Ashton, Foat and Melia are now all set to spend the coming years in prison.

"Anyone storing firearms in Merseyside is putting the very communities they live in at serious risk. We will continue to take action to locate and seize firearms from the hands of those people, and will take them off the streets permanently so that they cannot be used to cause fear, injury or worse.

“We will keep arresting and putting before the courts those people with so little regard for the safety of others that they are prepared to store, carry and use guns.

"We listen to all of the information we receive to help us identify and remove these people and their weapons from the streets. You can provide information directly to police, or anonymously via Crimestoppers, which is completely independent of Merseyside Police."

Anyone with information on gun crime and the storage of weapons is asked to contact @MerPolCC, call 101 or @CrimestoppersUK anonymously on 0800 555 111.