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Sixth man jailed and a working firearm removed from London's streets

News   •   Jun 10, 2021 09:00 BST

JAILED: Siraatillah Ford

A sixth man was sentenced to eight years imprisonment on Wednesday, 9 June at Woolwich Crown Court after being convicted of possessing a firearm.

[D] Siraatillah Ford, 22 (07.01.99) of Stockwell Road, SW9 was found guilty of possession of a firearm on Friday, 16 April.

Five other men were sentenced on Wednesday, 29 May for numerous firearms offences after police found a revolver a car in south London.

[A] Reece White, 22 (17.01.99) of Kirkstall Road, SW2 pleaded guilty on 5 October 2020 to possession of a firearm. He was sentenced to six years’ imprisonment.

[B] Nathaniel Corbett, 26 (25.09.94) of Tilson Gardens, SW2 was found guilty of possession of a firearm on Friday, 16 April. He was sentenced to eight years’ imprisonment.

[C] Michael Adebambo, 27 (08.08.93) of Clarence Crescent, SW2 was found guilty of possession of a firearm on Friday, 16 April. He was sentenced to eight years’ imprisonment.

[E] Jordan Adams, 29 (02.10.91) of Lewisham High Street, SE13 was found guilty of transferring a firearm contrary to Section 5(2A) (b) of the Firearms Act 1968 on Friday, 16 April. He was sentenced to nine years’ imprisonment.

[F] Nail Johnson, 28 (30.01.93) of Star Lane, Orpington was found guilty of transferring a firearm contrary to Section 5(2A) (b) of the Firearms Act 1968 on Friday, 16 April. He was sentenced to nine years’ imprisonment.

Their arrests were part of an operation executed by officers on 4 July 2019 in Lewisham.

At approximately 18:20hrs, an armed stop was conducted on the Prius in Wood Vale, SE23.

The male passenger, White, was detained, and in his bag officers recovered a revolver. He was arrested for possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life.

A further surveillance operation was conducted in order to locate a Ford Focus.

This vehicle contained Adebambo and Corbett, who had been observed being involved in the collection of the revolver from another group of men.

At 18:50hrs, the vehicle was stopped and the men were detained on New Park Road, near Freeman House, SW2.

They were arrested and subsequently charged with possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life and were remanded in custody.

A dedicated investigation by specialist crime officers into the circumstances surrounding the handover of the weapon identified that Johnson and Adams were the men responsible for transferring the firearm.

Adams was arrested on 2 July 2019 on suspicion of transferring a firearm contrary to Section 5(2A) (b) of the Firearms Act 1968.

Johnson was arrested on 14 October 2019 on suspicion of transferring a firearm contrary to Section 5(2A) (b) of the Firearms Act 1968.

Ford was arrested on 16 July 2019 on suspicion of possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life.

The gun has since been test-fired by an expert and it has been found to be a firearm in working order and capable of firing live ammunition.

A 24-year-old man, arrested on 4 July 2019, was found not guilty of possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life on Friday, 16 April at Woolwich Crown Court.

Detective Constable Iain Logan, of Specialist Crime South, said:“Ford being sentenced to eight-years imprisonment is the final cherry on this investigation that has resulted in a potentially lethal weapon been taken off the streets and subsequently destroyed, and has put six dangerous men behind bars for a total of 48 years.

“I’m really proud to have been part of the team that has placed six criminals behind bars for a significant amount of time. I take great pride in knowing that thanks to the efforts of the team, and colleagues from our Firearms Command, a firearm with fatal capabilities has been removed from unsafe, criminal hands.”