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Teenager admits illegal gun possession which injured 5 year old

A teenager has admitted illegally possessing a gun which went off by accident, injuring a five-year-old boy.

18 year old Johnny Wilson was looking after the child and an eight-year-old at his home in Essex when the incident happened in November last year.

Basildon Crown Court heard that the children were playing a game of cops and robbers after finding the gun on Wilson's bed when the shot was fired.

Wilson, from Wickford, admitted possessing a firearm without a certificate and possession of cannabis on Friday, the court confirmed.

The child was seriously injured in his left eye and taken to Basildon Hospital before being transferred to the Royal London.

Wilson is due to be sentenced at a date in July.


'Life-changing' assault on pensioner attacked at home

She was an independent woman doing all her own housework despite being aged in her 90s and now because of this incident she will now need to have extra help. This incident has been truly life-changing.

It is upsetting to see the face of a lovely lady battered and bruised by these men who clearly had no regard for her when they broke into her home and assaulted her without a second thought.

The men should be ashamed of themselves as should those who know them or live with them.

– Detective Constable Tony Thomas, Essex Police

95-year-old woman battered by raiders at home in Essex

A 95-year-old woman has been left with a black eye, cut head and fractured pelvis after confronting burglars inside her home in Essex.

Essex police have released this image of the victim Credit: Essex Police

The woman was attacked after three men wearing hoodies forced their way in through a first-floor window of a house in Wickford. After the assault, they ran off with cash and her house keys.

Cannabis factory discovered in Essex house

Cannabis plants. Credit: Essex Police.

Nearly 400 cannabis plants have been seized by police from a house in Wickford in Essex.

Police officers raided the property at around 3pm yesterday.

Officers found an outbuilding with three purpose built rooms, with fans and hydroponics, full of cannabis plants.

A firearm was also found and seized along with the drugs.

A 56-year-old man from Wickford was arrested on suspicion of cultivation of cannabis with the intent to supply and is still being questioned in custody this morning (May 30).

A 56-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of cultivating the plants. Credit: Essex Police.

Sgt Dave Darnell, of Essex Police, said: "I am pleased that a large quantity of drugs has been seized and will no longer be hitting the streets of this area.

"Where we receive good information from the community about who they suspect may be committing crime in their area, we will act. I urge you if you know who is involved in drugs to contact us immediately so we can take robust action.”


Police appeal following armed robbery in Wickford, Essex

Police are appealing for help identifying this man. Credit: Essex Police.

Police have released a CCTV image in an appeal for information, following an armed robbery in Essex.

A man armed with a handgun entered the Chelmsford Star Co-Op in Wickford on March 7 and demanded cash from the shop assistant.

PC Phil McCorkell, from the Basildon serious crime team, said: "The worker was thankfully not injured in this incident, but was threatened and has been left very shaken by the whole ordeal."