Sheffield man jailed after running from armed cops and hiding gun and bullets in a BUSH

A man has been jailed for more than six years after he was spotted hiding a gun and bullets in bushes on a Sheffield street.

Wednesday, 24th March 2021, 7:29 am

Junaid Maroof, aged 26, of Edgedale Road, Nether Edge, was sentenced at Sheffield Crown Court last week for possession of an illegal firearm.

Last August armed response officers witnessed Maroof getting out of a car on Lumley Street on the outskirts of the city centre and running in a ‘panicked’ manner towards bushes 20 metres away when he realised officers were patrolling the street.

A search of the bushes led to the discovery of hand gun and six rounds of ammunition.

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Junaid Maroof has been jailed

Maroof was arrested and charged.

After he was jailed, Superintendent Ian Profitt spoke of the importance of disrupting those who use guns and weapons to cause fear and harm in communities.

He said: “We are committed and continuing to work hard to disrupt the organised criminality across Sheffield.

“Maroof’s sentence is a direct result of the co-ordinated work on-going to link the shootings across the city.

“I hope those involved in criminality see that the police, prosecution and courts are working together to ensure those put before the courts are given significant sentences.

“Maroof’s arrest was a direct result of our armed response officers carrying out pro-active patrols across the county. We are there to protect you and disrupt those using our streets for criminality.

“I continue to remind the public that we are stronger with your help and support. We continue to work on intelligence and information provided by the public.”

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