Police from the National Crime Agency (NCA) swooped in on a gang of men in a weapons raid and recovered a “loaded gun, ammunition and an array of weaponry.”
Carl Brookes, 38, Richard Davis, 36, Callum Meah, 26, Jordan Feeney, 28, and Robert Clark, 32 were all arrested on 13 May of 2022 and body-cam footage showed the moment armed police with assault rifles held them at gun point.
Officers were heard shouting, “Armed police, stay where you are, on the ground. Get on the floor now. Put your hands in the air. Keep them there.”
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After removing a suspect from the car, another shouted, “Get out, stay there, on your f***ing belly.
“Put your hands behind your back. Don’t move.”
Knives, a sledgehammer and a “loaded gun” with “ammunition” was recovered from the stop in Muirfield Gardens, Kings Norton, Birmingham.
🚨WATCH🚨This is the moment five men were arrested at gunpoint in a Birmingham street by the NCA and found to be in possession of an array of weapons, including a loaded firearm ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/uMix4K1lpd
— National Crime Agency (NCA) (@NCA_UK) December 8, 2022
Following the weapons raid the gang were all charged with possession of a prohibited firearm, possession of prohibited ammunition and possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life and possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence, the gang was jailed for a total of 32 years.
NCA Birmingham Branch Commander Mick Pope said, “These men had a loaded gun, ammunition and an array of weaponry in their possession when they were arrested.
“There is no doubt in my mind that these men were dressed up and kitted out to cause somebody, somewhere, some harm and it is only the intervention of NCA officers that prevented this from happening.
“We know guns and knives are used in acts of serious violence and by violent criminals to coerce and intimidate, and taking such weapons off the streets of the West Midlands remains a priority for the NCA and our partners.
“I would also urge anyone with information about illegally held firearms to come forward and help us stop violence and protect our communities.
“They can contact Crimestoppers anonymously or police.”