Press release from West Midlands Police:

Gavin Gibson | image copyright West Midlands Police

A LONGBRIDGE man is beginning a two and a half year jail term after admitting handling stolen goods and the possession of drugs.

On the evening of Monday 13 June 2011 officers on patrol in Longbridge stopped a red Honda Civic on Central Avenue after they spotted the driver acting suspiciously.

Whilst speaking to the driver, officers noticed a strong smell of cannabis coming from inside the car and a subsequent search revealed a quantity of heroin and cannabis.

The driver, 31-year-old local man Gavin Gibson, was arrested for the possession of drugs.

As a result of the arrest and further intelligence work, officers then searched Gibson’s home address at The Doweries, Rubery. During the search numerous items of stolen property were recovered included laptops, game consoles and a thermal imaging camera. A substantial quantity of cannabis was also found, along with a large amount of cash.

Further investigation work revealed that the camera, worth over £50,000, had been stolen in a burglary from Birmingham University in July 2010.

Gibson appeared at Birmingham Crown Court on Monday 7 February 2012 and pleaded guilty to handling stolen goods and possession of class A and class B drugs. The judge handed down a 30 month sentence.

Commenting on the sentencing, PC Danny Wilson from the Local Priority Team at Bournville police station, said: “Thanks to fantastic work by local officers and a thorough investigation, a man who profited off the misery of others has now been taken off our streets.

“We hope that this substantial sentence sends out a clear message to the community that crime in any form does not pay, and that we will continue to target those individuals who feel they can carry out these type of offences”

Anyone with concerns about drugs or crime in their community is urged to
ring 101, or call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

You can also keep up to date with the latest news and appeals from South Birmingham by visiting www.birminghamsouthpolice.org.uk or by following officers on twitter www.twitter.com/bhamsouthpolice

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