Men jailed after police find gun conversion factory in Horndean

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Horndean Gun Factory

Two men have been jailed for a combined total of 18 years for firearms offences after police discovered a gun conversion factory in Horndean.

Police found ammunition in various stages of conversion along with tools and equipment used to convert ammunition and firearms when they raided a unit at Mays Yard industrial estate on February 22nd.

Officers also searched an address in Westerham Close, Cosham where they found 70 firearms which had been converted into viable firearms and more than 600 rounds of ammunition that had been converted from blank rounds.

They also found approximately £7,000 worth of heroin in a storage cupboard.

At Portsmouth Crown Court on Friday Perry Binns (top in image), aged 37, of Westerham Close, Cosham was sentenced to eight years’ imprisonment.

He previously pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to sell/transfer firearms, one count of conspiracy to sell/transfer ammunition and one count of possession with intent to supply heroin.

At the same hearing, Steve Jones, aged 46, of Fratton Road, Portsmouth was sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment.

He previously pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to sell/transfer firearms, one count of conspiracy to sell/transfer ammunition, one count of manufacturing firearms and one count of manufacturing ammunition.

Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Inspector Clair Trueman, of the South East Regional Organised Crime Unit (SEROCU) said: “Today Binns and Jones have received significant custodial sentences for their role in converting firearms.

“As a result of our investigation, we have prevented potentially deadly weapons from being used in our communities to inflict fear and harm.

“I hope this case serves as an example of the relentless pursuit by SEROCU to bring offenders to justice and that the sentences reflect the severity of the crimes committed.”

If you have any information about illegal firearms or any other criminality in your community, please report this to your local police force by calling 101 or to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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