Merseyside Police is welcoming the sentencing of a Kirkby man to six years and nine months for possessing a loaded firearm and ammunition at Liverpool Crown Court today, Thursday 24 August.
24-year-old Adam Bigley from Windfield Road was arrested after officers from the force conducted an operation at an address in Windfield Close on Tuesday, 18 July. A Beretta 9000S self-loading pistol was recovered from the address. Bigley was subsequently charged with possession of a firearm and ammunition and admitted the offence in court.
Major Crime Detective Inspector Elaine Coulter said: “Once again working with our communities we have taken a lethal weapon from the streets of Merseyside. Those people who are found in possession of firearms are committing an extremely serious offence. Whether they intend on using them or not, looking after or storing them makes it easier for other criminals to commit serious crime.
“Bigley is now facing a long time in prison and I hope this sentence makes other people realise that possessing firearms of any type carries huge risks and is simply not worth it.
“Today’s sentencing shows that we will be relentless in pursuing criminals who are intent on storing dangerous weapons in Merseyside, wherever they hide.
“We would urge anyone intent on possessing such weapons to think carefully about whether it is worth spending a long time in prison for.
“We won’t tolerate criminals who use guns to create fear and intimidation on Merseyside and we are also determined to crack down on the people who help them by storing and looking after illegal weapons.
“We will be relentless in our efforts to crack down on serious and organised crime and I would continue to appeal to the public to tell us if they know where firearms or drugs are being stored, so we can keep taking such positive action.”
Anyone with information of firearms in Merseyside can contact specialist Major Crime detectives on 0800 230 0600 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.