"Absolutely staggering" amount of guns being supplied by Sheffield gang jailed for 115 years

Senior police chiefs have assured the public that potential gun crime is being stopped before it takes place following the conviction of five men for their roles in transfering firearms and drugs across Yorkshire.

Tuesday, 12th January 2021, 12:30 pm

The Yorkshire and the Humber Regional Organised Crime Unit, South Yorkshire Police and the National Crime Agency recovered ammunition, £250,000 in cash and 50,000 MDMA tablets during the operation.

Following the sentencing of the men after a two-and-a-half year investigation, Assistant Chief Constable at South Yorkshire Police, Tim Forber, reassured the public that the force is working hard behind the scenes to keep the streets of the city safe.

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Five of the gang who have been jailed - centre is Mohammed Arsalan Hussain, while clockwise from top left are Aqeeb Hussain, Shazad Hassan, Mohammed Noor and Sajid Fiaz.

ACC Forber said, during a meeting of the Police and Crime Commissioner’s public accountability board: “ I just want you to be reassured, and the public as well, that we don’t just tackle armed criminality from the perspective of reacting to shootings once they take place – we are very very proactive.”

ACC Forber added that the “huge amount” of work undertaken by the police to gather intelligence about the supply of firearms is not usually seen by the public, because it is “covert in nature”.

“The magnitude of the firearms that particular gang were supplying around the South Yorkshire and Sheffield area, including automatic weapons, is absolutely staggering,” he added.

“I’ve no doubt that by taking that gang out, putting them in prison, which is where they need to be, that’s actually prevented a number of shootings and I’m absolutely sure there are people alive today, who wouldn’t be, has investigations not taken place.

“Mohammed Hussain, who’s the leader of that gang, got 27 and a half years in prison – 19 years for firearms and eight and a half years for the drugs to run consecutively, which is a staggering sentence.

“Hopefully that does send a message out to those to those gangs. We sometimes feel the courts could do more, but in this instance that was a really exemplary sentence.”

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