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Man jailed for million pound illegal arms deal

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.

43-year-old Gary Hyde was sentenced at London's Southwark Crown Court following his conviction for two counts of breaching trade controls and concealing criminal property.

Hyde, of Newton on Derwent, moved the weapons without a licence and hid more than one million US dollars in commission payments.

The deal between the two countries' governments was lawful, but Judge Nicholas Loraine-Smith said middleman 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 "enormous profits" to be made, the judge said.