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Man jailed after loaded gun found in Northolt
A man has been jailed for seven years for being in possession of a loaded gun in Northolt.
Robert Shorter of Wembley, was sentenced at Isleworth Crown Court on Tuesday last week. The 34-year-old was detained after police found a loaded converted .38mm Olympic hand pistol in his car in Eastcote Lane, Northolt in October last year.
Shorter was spotted by officers driving a vehicle known to police for firearms offences. He left the car and entered a nearby house after realising police were following him.
The vehicle remained under observation until armed officers arrived and searched the car. Shorter was arrested after the gun was found inside the vehicle.
Shorter denied the charges at Isleworth Crown Court on March 27 but was convicted following a five-day trial.
The judge deemed the offence so serious that Shorter was sentenced on the same day for seven years for possession of a firearm and five years for possession of ammunition. The sentence will run concurrently.
Detective Sergeant Chris Hudson of Ealing Police's Serious Violence Team said: "We are really pleased with this result.
"Shorter maintained his innocence throughout this trial and claimed he was the innocent victim of lending the vehicle to his associates and had no knowledge of the firearm in the vehicle.
"However, this man is now in jail and no longer a danger to the public."
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