Two Doncaster men have been sentenced to 28-years in prison after admitting modifying and distributing firearms in the town.
Anthony McIntyre, 57, and Shaun Michael May, 33, appeared before Sheffield Crown Court today (Monday 14 May) to receive their sentences after pleading guilty to firearms offences at an earlier hearing.
McIntyre, of Main Street, Hatfield, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to manufacture and transfer prohibited weapons. He was jailed for 14-years.
May, of Castle Well, Conisbrough, pleaded guilty to possession of prohibited weapons and conspiracy to transfer prohibited weapons. He was jailed for 14-years.
The inquiry into the pair’s criminal enterprise began in 2016, when modified antique firearms (adapted so they could fire modern ammunition) were recovered and seized at Stocksbridge Lane caravan site, a property on Allerton Street and two firearms from an address in Conisbrough.
Enquiries by South Yorkshire Police’s Zeus team, dedicated to tackling armed criminality across the region, led officers to McIntyre’s home address where they found evidence of firearms modification.
“South Yorkshire Police will do everything they can to prevent criminals obtaining and using firearms and the lengthy sentences passed down to these two today demonstrates that neither police nor the criminal justice system will tolerate this offending."
- DC Adrian Love
Detective Constable Adrian Love, said: “There is no doubt at all that by removing these firearms from circulation we have made Doncaster safer.
“After a lengthy investigation involving detailed and thorough examination of seized firearms and ammunition, we were able to identify a series of similarities between the modified firearms we had recovered.
“This allowed us to identify McIntyre, who would pass on his modified firearms to May to pass into wider criminal circulation.
“We know from our enquiries that at least one of the guns we recovered was used in a shooting incident in the Toll Bar area of Doncaster in November 2016, putting the safety of the public at significant risk.
“South Yorkshire Police will do everything they can to prevent criminals obtaining and using firearms and the lengthy sentences passed down to these two today demonstrates that neither police nor the criminal justice system will tolerate this offending.
“I’d also like to take this opportunity to remind anyone with information about those suspected of engaging in armed criminality that you can come forward and report details anonymously and in confidence to Crimestoppers by calling 0800 555 111.
“You can also call police on 101 to discuss any concerns.”
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