A gang member has received a seven-year prison sentence for possessing a firearm and ammunition with intent to endanger life.
On Monday, 7 December, William Watson, 25 (15.06.95), of St Oswalds Place, SE11, appeared at Woolwich Crown Court and was sentenced to seven years’ imprisonment after a loaded firearm was found in his home.
During a surveillance operation officers obtained an out of hours warrant to search his premises. On Thursday, 9 July at approximately 21:15hrs officers searched the property and found the firearm in a kitchen cupboard. Watson was not in the house during the search.
At around 23:50hrs officers stopped a car Watson was the passenger in. He was arrested for possessing the firearm found in his address. When arrested, he admitted owning it.
Detective Constable Mick Grimshaw from the Specialist Crime Command, said: “Being in possession of a loaded firearm as in this case is unacceptable and it is so important that we continue the fight against illegal firearms on our streets.
“If we had not recovered the weapon and ammunition, the result could have been an innocent member of public paying the ultimate price.
“We will continue to work hard to prevent violent crime to keep the streets of London safe.”