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Two men sentenced for conspiracy to transfer firearms and ammunition

Two men who drove through the City of London with five handguns and 322 rounds of live ammunition were sentenced yesterday (Thursday 31 August 2017) to a total of 10.5 years in jail.

Both Thomas Parish,19, from Farnborough and Michael Redford,24,from Farnborough, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to transfer firearms and ammunition and were sentenced at London Inner Crown Court.  Parish was sentenced to five years and Redford was sentenced to five and a half years imprisonment.

The sentencing relates to an incident which took place on Wednesday 15 March this year. Parish and Redford were travelling southbound over London Bridge, Parish was driving and Redford was sat in the passenger seat.

City of London Police officers stopped the vehicle on London Bridge. Officers tried to get Parish and Redford to step out of the car but the vehicle drove away from police, going through a red traffic light.

When finally stopped, Redford got out of the car and ran towards London Bridge Station. Parish stepped out of the car and was immediately arrested for failing to stop. Officers searched the vehicle and found a plastic bag under the passenger seat which contained a gun and bag containing 42 live rounds of ammunition.

In the footwell they also found four more guns and two bags which contained a total of 280 live rounds of ammunition. Following the search Parish was also arrested on suspicion of being in possession of firearms.

During his police interview Parish denied knowing that there were firearms in the vehicle.

On Sunday 26 March Redford was found by officers at a caravan park in the New Forest. He was arrested on suspicions of possession of firearms and taken to Southampton police station; during his interview he made no comment. 

Parish and Redford’s finger prints were found on various guns and bags of ammunition which shows that they had been in direct contact with the firearms and were aware of them being in the car.

City of London Police‘s Detective Inspector Sam Toprak said:

“Parish and Redford not only failed to stop for police officers but they were then found to be in possession of an extensive amount of firearms and ammunition.

“The City of London Police does everything it can to ensure that dangerous people like Parish and Redford are forced to face the consequences of their actions.

“This sentencing should make others realise that it is not ok to drive around the City with guns and ammunition and we have a zero tolerance attitude to anyone that does.”

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