Drugs Gang Jailed for Whiston Shootings

By on Tuesday, June 14, 2016

firearms_widnes_whiston_shootingsA violent, Widnes-based gang have received a combined 111 years imprisonment for their role in a string of drugs and firearms offences, including shootings in Whiston and Rainhill.

Twelve men and a woman were sentenced at Liverpool Crown Court today (Tuesday 14 June) for their part in a criminal group that Chief Inspector Mike Evans, of Cheshire Constabulary, said brought “misery, fear and intimidation to the streets of Widnes and Liverpool.”

Among the offences were a shooting on Blundells Lane, on the Whiston/Rainhill border not far from Knowsley Cemetery. The target, a 24-year-old local man, was hospitalised after being shot twice in the back during the incident on 13 January 2015.

A second incident, on 11 April 2015, saw gunfire exchanged between moving vehicles in Copperwood Drive, off Cumber Lane, Whiston. Families in the neighbourhood reported children out playing as the cars drove past at high speed.

The shooting left a 24-year-old passenger paralysed from the chest down for life. The victim was not among those on trial.

Police later discovered a flat in Widnes was being used as the gang’s base, and there they found drugs paraphernalis as well as three firearms –  a Glock, a Browning self-loading pistol and a St Etienne French revolver – two of which were used in shootings across the region.

“We are pleased that this reckless organised crime group has been removed from our streets for the foreseeable future,” said Detective Chief Inspector Mark Tivendale of  Merseyside Police Matrix Major Crime Unit.

“We have seen again that criminals who use firearms are throwing away their life and destroying that of others. The sentencing demonstrates just how strongly we will deal with those involved in gun crime and drug supply, and should strongly deter those who are considering this path of criminality.

“Serious and organised crime remains a priority for Merseyside Police, and we will continue to take positive action against those who blight our communities. Information from the public is vital and we will continue to act on all that we receive.

“My message to those engaged in organised crime is clear: we know who you are, we can see where you are operating, and we will come knocking.”

The sentences were as follows:

31-year-old David McMullan of Birch Road, Huyton was sentenced to two life imprisonments with a minimum term of 12.5 years for conspiracy to possess firearms and arson with intent to endanger life, and four years for blackmail, to run concurrently.

31-year-old Paul Remedios of Deansway, Widnes was sentenced to 14 years imprisonment for conspiracy to possess firearms, five years imprisonment for conspiracy to supply heroin, five years for conspiracy to supply cocaine and three years for conspiracy to supply cannabis, all to run concurrently.

19-year-old Callum Tombs of Epping Avenue, Sutton Manor was sentenced to nine years imprisonment for conspiracy to possess firearms.

33-year-old Sean Smith of Arley Drive, Widnes was sentenced to six and a half years imprisonment for conspiracy to possess firearms.

27-year-old Scott Smith of Brookdale, Widnes was sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum term of 12 years imprisonment for conspiracy to possess firearms, seven years imprisonment for conspiracy to supply heroin, five years for conspiracy to supply cocaine and three years for conspiracy to supply cannabis, all to run concurrently.

31-year-old Victoria Galloway of Birtley Court, Widnes was sentenced to 12 years imprisonment for conspiracy to possess firearms, five years imprisonment for conspiracy to supply cocaine and two years for conspiracy to supply cannabis, to run concurrently.

23-year-old Kieran Blair of no fixed abode was sentenced to 14 years imprisonment for conspiracy to possess firearms, six years imprisonment for conspiracy to supply heroin, six years for conspiracy to supply cocaine and seven years for conspiracy to supply cannabis, all to run concurrently.

48-year-old Andrew Hughes of Bechers, Widnes was sentenced to 14 years imprisonment for conspiracy to possess firearms, five years imprisonment for conspiracy to supply heroin, five years for conspiracy to supply cocaine and five years for conspiracy to supply Class A drugs, all to run concurrently.

26-year-old Michael Loughran of Bournemouth Close, Runcorn was sentenced to four years imprisonment for conspiracy to supply heroin, cocaine and cannabis.

25-year-old Stephen McCarten of Irwell Lane, Runcorn was sentenced to three and a half years imprisonment for conspiracy to supply heroin and cocaine.

21-year-old Jordan Ferns of Peel House Lane, Widnes was sentenced to two years suspended for conspiracy to supply heroin and cocaine.

19-year-old Tyrone Grimes of Smyth Road, Widnes was sentenced to five years imprisonment for possession of a Taser, 18 months for conspiracy to supply cannabis and six months for bringing a prohibited article into prison, to run consecutively.

27-year-old Terence O’Donnell of Francine Close, Liverpool was sentenced to three years imprisonment for assisting an offender.

Anyone with information in relation to Merseyside gun crime is asked to contact the MSOC Guncrime hotline on 0800 230 0600 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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