A Sheffield man who was found with shotgun ammunition in his car and home is now facing a lengthy term behind bars.
Graham Moore, aged 50 of Wolfe Road, Foxhill, Sheffield, entered guilty pleas to six firearms charges including possession of an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence, possession of a prohibited firearm and possession of shotgun cartridges.
He also pleaded guilty to possession of a class A drug, the day before his trial was due to start in December last year.
Moore was sentenced to eight and a half years in prison after a hearing at Sheffield Crown Court.
On January 23, 2014 officers were travelling along Margate Drive in Pitsmoor when their attention was drawn to an Audi A3.
As officers approached, Moore who was sat in the passenger seat, fled from the vehicle and ran off towards Wood Spring Court, throwing an object into bushes behind a metal fence.
Officers chased Moore and he was arrested, and the object he tried to throw away was identified as an imitation firearm which resembled a Pro 77 BB gun.
A search was also carried out of the Audi which resulted in the discovery of a bag containing numerous boxes of shotgun ammunition in the passenger footwell.
When the vehicle was forensically examined, several further items were discovered including a pen style firearm, two metal tubes which could form a “slam gun” and 25 loose shotgun cartridges which were all found to be live.
After examination, it was believed the “slam gun” had been used and a round of ammunition discharged due to very high levels of gunshot residue (GSR) and numerous particles containing lead on samples taken from the two tubes.
Moore’s home address in Foxhill was also searched and two shotgun cartridges were recovered.
Due to Moore’s previous conviction for armed robbery in 2002 when he received a 13-year prison sentence, he was charged with additional offences which prohibits possession of firearms or ammunition by a person previously convicted of crime.
DC Michelle Walton investigating said: “I am very pleased with the result and I hope it sends out a very clear message that action will be taken against anyone who commits this type of crime.
“Moore will be behind bars for a lengthy period of time, and the recovery of the firearms and ammunition he had in his possession will all be destroyed.
“Taking these weapons off the streets and out of circulation means they are not in the hands of criminals and they cannot be used in any form of criminality.
“Gun crime is relatively low in South Yorkshire, however we are determined to drive this figure down even further and keep our streets safe from this type of crime.”