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Luton man jailed for eight years for firearms and ammunition offences

10 Jan 2018
Matthew Looney
Matthew Looney

A Luton man has been sentenced to eight years in prison for firearms and ammunition offences.

Matthew Looney, 21, of Morris Close, was sentenced on Monday (8 January) after pleading guilty to possession of a firearm and of ammunition without a certificate at Luton Crown Court.

Looney was arrested at his home address in December when the Bedfordshire Police Boson team, which is dedicated to investigating gun and gang criminality, executed a search warrant. Officers found a 9mm semi-automatic handgun, ammunition and a quantity of cocaine, heroin and cash at the address.

Detective Inspector Jackie Dadd said “This is a further example of exceptional work by the Bedfordshire Police Boson team to clamp down on those responsible for bringing harm and fear to our communities through the possession of illegal weapons. We will continue to recover firearms, arrest those responsible and protect the public.”

On sentencing, His Honour Judge Madge said “Looney had the weapon to protect the drugs, and as a deterrent.”

Anyone with information on firearms criminality in their area should contact the police on 101, or report it anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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