Man convicted of firearms offences

Patrick Connor Smith Credit: Suffolk Police

A man from Ipswich has been convicted of firearm offences after an incident last December.

Patrick Connor Smith who is 29 and from Dombey Road in the town appeared at Ipswich Crown Court on Friday 25th September where he was sentenced to seven and a half years in prison.

At an earlier court hearing he pleaded guilty to two counts of possession of a prohibitive firearm and one count of possession of  prohibitive ammunition.

In the early hours of 6 December police found guns and ammunition in the boot of a car in connection with a search at a property on Goldsmiths Road in Ipswich. Further enquiries led to the arrest of Mr Smith. He was subsequently charged with possession of cocaine and three counts of possession of a knife.

In August 2020 he was also charged with two counts of possession of a prohibitive firearm, namely automatic pistols, and possession of prohibited ammunition.

The recovery of these firearms removes the significant risk they posed to the communities within which they were held. Members of the public should be reassured that we have the capability of responding to incidents involving the use of firearms or other weapons which could cause significant harm, although it is important to note that such reports are rare across Suffolk.

DI John Allison, Serious and Organised Crime Directorate