A Kings Norton man, described by police as “armed and violent”, has been jailed for five years for possessing a gun, ammunition and drugs following an operation by undercover police. He was arrested after crashing his van into a house in Billesley after failing to stop for officers in June .

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Oliver Higgins, aged 26 from Packhorse Lane in Kings Norton pleaded guilty on Tuesday 27th August.

West Midlands Police Serious and Organised Crime Unit launched a two month secret operation in June after Higgins was believed to be linked to a series of crimes.

The operation culminated in firearms officers trying to stop Higgins in his Volkswagen Caddy van but he sped off and crashed the van into the front room of a house in Chin Brook Road in Billesley.

Higgins escaped out of the passenger seat of the van and was chased on foot by officers who managed to detain him in a nearby garden. He was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit robbery whilst a firearm was recovered in a bag at the crash scene.

Following his arrest, officers searched his Kings Norton home and found cocaine with a value of £200.

Detective Chief Inspector Wayne Jones, from the Serious and Organised Crime Unit, said: “The Serious and Organised Crime Unit is committed to tackling individuals such as Higgins who pose a risk to our communities within the West Midlands area.

“We welcome any information passed to us by local people.”

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