Tense moment 'British FBI' swoop on weapons gang and hold them at gunpoint
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Five members of a Birmingham gang were arrested at gunpoint in what was a very tense exchange with police. You can take a look at the body cam footage below:
The incident took place in Muirfield Gardens, Kings Norton, on 13 May 2021.
Carl Brookes (aged 38) from Northfield, Callum Meah (26) from Stourbridge, Richard Davis (36) from Rednal, Jordan Feeney (28) from Northfield, and Robert Clark (32), were all arrested by the NCA.
All five were charged with possession of a prohibited firearm, possession of prohibited ammunition, possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life and possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.
They plead guilty to a judge at Birmingham Crown Court yesterday (8 December) who handed the gang members sentences ranging between seven years and five years 11 months.
NCA Birmingham Branch Commander Mick Pope said: "These men had a loaded gun, ammunition and an array of weaponry in their possession when they were arrested.
"There is no doubt in my mind that these men were dressed up and kitted out to cause somebody, somewhere, some harm and it is only the intervention of NCA officers that prevented this from happening.
"We know guns and knives are used in acts of serious violence and by violent criminals to coerce and intimidate, and taking such weapons off the streets of the West Midlands remains a priority for the NCA and our partners.
"I would also urge anyone with information about illegally held firearms to come forward and help us stop violence and protect our communities.
"They can contact Crimestoppers anonymously or police."
To possess, buy or acquire a firearm or shotgun in the UK, you need a firearms certificate issued by the police.
You must also have a certificate to buy ammunition.
It's illegal for anyone aged under 18 to purchase an firearm and for anyone to sell an imitation firearm to someone aged under 18.
It is an offence to be in possession of a firearm, a shotgun or dangerous air-weapon and certain ammunition without a certificate or to be in possession of a prohibited weapon.