Arms dealer jailed

An arms dealer from York is jailed for seven years for helping to ship thousands of rifles from China to Nigeria.

Live updates

Arms dealer jailed

An arms dealer from North Yorkshire who helped ship tens of thousands of AK47 assault rifles and millions of rounds of ammunition into Africa was today jailed for seven years.

A court heard how Gary Hyde, who'd been police special constable for seven years, got carried away by the enormous profits he could make.

Today's sentence was welcomed by campaigners who say the weapons would cause devastation in the wrong hands.

Hyde stood to make more than half a million pounds on the shipment.Chris Kiddey reports.

Advertisement

York man jailed for arms shipment breach

Gary Hyde Credit: PA wire

An arms dealer who helped ship thousands of AK47 assault rifles and millions of rounds of ammunition from China to Nigeria has been jailed for seven years.

Gary Hyde, 43, looked tearful as he was sentenced following his conviction for two counts of breaching UK trade controls and concealing criminal property. Hyde, of Mask Lane, Newton on Derwent, near York, moved the weapons without a licence and hid more than £620,460 in commission payments.

The deal between the two countries' governments was lawful, but Judge Nicholas Loraine-Smith said Hyde was caught out by his own greed.He failed to apply for a licence to take part in the deal, fearing it would be refused, but was attracted by the "enormous profits" to be made, the judge said.

Back to top