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Teenager jailed for gun possession

A teenager has been jailed for three years Credit: West Midlands Police

A teenager has been jailed for three years for possessing a gun after shots were heard in Ladywood last month.

The 17-year-old, who cannot be named due to his age, appeared at Birmingham Crown Court today after pleading guilty to possession of a prohibited weapon at Birmingham Youth Court on 14 August.

Police were called to Broadway Plaza in Birmingham on the night of 11 August after gunshots were heard and a group of young people were seen in the area.

The teen was seen to discard something under a car after he ran from officers.

He was caught and arrested and officers recovered the loaded weapon.

Detective Inspector Richard Marsh from Force CID said:

To identify, disrupt and reduce the number of firearms available across the region is a priority for West Midlands Police.

Firearms have no place on our streets and we invest significant resources into recovering weapons and bringing offenders to justice.

The sentence handed out by the judge today shows that even handling such a deadly weapon carries a considerable jail term and this should act as a deterrent to others."

– Detective Inspector Richard Marsh, Force CID