A teenager has today been locked up for three years after admitting possession of a firearm.
Officers carried out a search at the 17-year-old’s home in Nottingham on 5 June after receiving intelligence and recovered a sawn-off shotgun in a bag, hidden in a washing basket in the bathroom.
The boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, admitted the gun was his when he appeared at Nottingham Crown Court on 9 August and was sentenced to three years in Youth Custody today (Monday 10 September).
Detective Inspector Ed Cook said: “It is sad that we are today having to talk about a young man being sentenced for possession of a firearm.
“Most people in Nottinghamshire will be shocked to see a young person getting hold of a gun and clearly it is concerning that this has happened. But we know that the actions of criminals do not define the areas they operate in and the people who live there.
“It is only a small minority of people who commit crime in Nottinghamshire and most people don’t want this kind of thing happening on their doorstep – and we are 100 per cent with them on that.
“We are here to keep you safe and we can do that best working as a team to root out individuals like this. We made this arrest and took this weapon off the streets because of some good work through the community and the more information we get the better equipped we are to rid our county of guns.”
DI Cook added that while Nottinghamshire Police takes a hard line on the possession of weapons, the service also works hard with partners to prevent this type of offending by offering education. We have reintroduced Schools and Early Intervention Officers into schools to give young people all the information they need to make positive life choices.
“Clearly preventing the use of weapons is better than enforcement after they are used, because by that point someone may have been injured, their families and communities feel the ripple effect of that crime and the life of the offender and their families is also changed forever,” he said.