A man has been jailed for more than five years after he was stopped and found with a gun and knife in Croydon.
Unemployed Jordan Battick, 23 (18.04.1991), of Cudham Drive, New Addington, was stopped by armed police as part of an intelligence-led operation in Gravel Hill, Croydon as he was travelling in a mini-cab on Thursday, 5 June.
Officers searched Battick and they found him with a bag, which contained a handgun wrapped inside a flannel. Officers also found him with a lock knife.
He was arrested and charged the following day with possession of a firearm and possession of a bladed article. He pleaded guilty to both offences at Croydon Crown Court on 4 September and was sentenced the same day to a total of five years and eight months imprisonment for both offences.
Detective Constable Tom Sole, from Croydon CID, who carried out the investigation said: “This should send a clear message that if you carry guns or knives in Croydon or London, then you will be targeted by the police. Gun crime has reduced significantly in Croydon over the past year, but we will not be letting up in our efforts to reduce it even further.
“I’d also urge anyone who may have information about those who may be carrying or using guns to get in touch with police or Crimestoppers so that we can take action.”
Anyone with information about those involved in the use or possession of firearms can call police on 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.