*Video – Please be aware that some scenes may be upsetting to some viewers. * – Armed gang members who smashed into a house and attacked a man with weapons during a terrifying drug raid have today been locked up.
The ten-strong group of men travelled to Nottingham from London in a convoy of vehicles before kicking the door in at an address in Myrtle Avenue, Forest Fields, during the early hours of 20 May 2020.
Shocking video footage issued by Nottinghamshire Police shows them stabbing a man with knives and garden shears as he escaped from the property.
After bursting in the gang stole cannabis plants from the address and loaded them into a vehicle.
After police swiftly arrived on scene some of the attackers abandoned their vehicles and tried to run off but they were quickly arrested.
Others were stopped in their tracks and arrested as they fled down the M1 back towards London.
All ten previously pleaded guilty to aggravated burglary at Nottingham Crown Court On Friday 4 June 2021 and today they were jailed for a combined total of over 62 years.
Toryon David, 24, of Hardres Street, Ramsgate, Kent, was given six years and ten months.
Josh Dawson, 19, of Brisbane Street, London, was sentenced to six years and ten months.
Temi Peters, 22, of Sutherland Avenue, Welling, Bexley, was locked up for six years and seven months.
Bilal Mohamed, 23, of Styles Gardens, London, was handed a seven years and five months sentence.
Jedidia Kibambe, 25, of no fixed address, was locked up for seven years and three months.
Gaele Meya, 25, of Meister Close, Ilford, was jailed for six years and ten months.
Rex Kibambe, 27, of no fixed address, was given eight years and five months.
Henock Eskinder, 28, of Oban Street, London, was locked up for six years and seven months.
Earl Coelho De Carvalho, 23, of Major Close, Lambeth, London, was jailed for six years.
Edmund Mackwar, 30, of Court Wood Lane, Croydon, will be sentenced at a later date.
The man who was attacked as he fled the property needed stitches for head and shoulder injuries.
Detective Constable Sarah Gregg, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “I am delighted with the sentences handed to the defendants, a combined total of over 61 years in prison, which reflects the severity of their offences.
“I also hope the sentences serve as a deterrent to other people and stops them from committing similar crimes.
“This raid would have been terrifying for neighbouring residents on this street who were disturbed by the commotion and saw this frightening incident unfold.
“This group of men was prepared to us extreme violence to steal cannabis for their own selfish gain without any regard whatsoever for the rest of the community and how their violent actions would affect others.
“Following the report we responded quickly to secure arrests and undertook an extensive and meticulous investigation involving numerous police teams all working closely together.
“This relentless hard work and excellent teamwork led to the ten defendants putting in early pleas.”
Detective Superintendent Mike Allen added: “The money organised criminals make from illegal cannabis grows is often used to fund serious crime in neighbourhoods and they will often prey on vulnerable adults and children to help run their criminal operation.
“Nottinghamshire Police invests significant resources in disrupting this type of activity and remains committed to identifying those responsible. The force will continue to do everything in its power to prevent drugs getting onto the streets of our local communities where they can and do cause serious harm.
“Drugs production and dealing is never a low-risk venture. Weapon-enabled violence will always exist around drugs markets as different operators seek to defend, enforce or steal from others.
“Anyone partaking in such illegal activity risks not only the police knocking at their door, a journey to custody, prison time and a criminal record, but they also risk drug dealing competitors using extreme violence to gain entry to their home and being exposed to the possibility of serious injury.
“Occasionally offenders looking to steal cannabis will target the wrong house.
“We never want that to happen, so if you have suspicions about the production of drugs in your community please let us know by calling Nottinghamshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 as you don’t want that house criminals accidently target to be yours.”
Watch the video below of the incident. Please be aware that some scenes maybe upsetting to certain viewers.