Gang jailed for 111 years after shootings

One of the guns found during the raid

One of the guns found during the raid

The gang behind a series of shootings, including one that left the vicitm paralysed, has been jailed for more than 111 years in total.

The gang, of 13 men and one woman, were jailed following an investigation into four shootings, including two in Whiston, and the supply of drugs in Cheshire by Merseyside Police and Cheshire Constabulary.

One of the guns found during the raid

One of the guns found during the raid

One of the shootings happened on Blundells Lane in Whiston on january 13, 2015, when at around 8pm a man was shot and injured as he walked along the road.

He was taken to Whiston Hospital and found to have a bullet entry and exit wound over his right shoulder blade.

Another took place on Copperwood Drive in Whiston on April 10, 2015, after a chase involving occupants of an Audi firing shots at a VW Passat, which left a passenger of the VW Passat with serious injuries.

The victim’s life was saved but he was left with a severed spine and is now paralysed from the chest down.

One of the guns found during the raid

One of the guns found during the raid

The two other incidents happened on Eastern Avenue, Speke, on September 23, 2014, and Lincombe Road, Huyton, on March 11, 2015.

On April 23, 2015, a warrant was execution by Cheshire Constabulary at a flat in Widnes, inside which an “Aladdin’s Cave” was discovered, including three firearms and drugs paraphernalia.

A detailed forensic search was carried out at the property and numerous items were seized which provided detectives with strong evidence that the flat was being used by an organised crime gang for the supply of controlled drugs and storage of a number of powerful weapons and viable ammunition.

Following forensic examination it was established that of the weapons recovered – a Glock, a Browning self-loading pistol and a St Etienne French revolver – the Glock had been used in the four drive-by shootings in Merseyside and the St Etienne revolver in one of these shootings.

Ammunition found during the raid

Ammunition found during the raid

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

“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.”

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.

Those jailed are:

•David McMullan, 31, 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

•Paul Remedios, 31, 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

•Callum Tombs, 19, of Epping Avenue, Sutton Manor was sentenced to nine years imprisonment for conspiracy to possess firearms

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

•Scott Smith, 27, 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

•Victoria Galloway, 31, 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

•Kieran Blair, 23, 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

•Andrew Hughes, 48, 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

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

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

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

•Daniel McGuire, 25, of Burton Close, Widnes was sentenced to two years and eight months imprisonment for conspiracy to supply heroin and cocaine and possession of cannabis

•Tyrone Grimes, 19, 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

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

David McMullan had also denied an offence of arson following an incident at Penmann Crescent, Halewood on 18 April, 2015. McMullan had already pleaded guilty to an offence of blackmail against a relative of the occupants of the address targeted in the arson attack.

Scott Smith, Kieran Blair and Andrew Hughes had previously admitted conspiracy to possess firearms with intent to endanger life.