A man has been jailed for six years after a local neighbourhood police officer spotted him carrying a sawn-off shotgun in a Frankley street.

On 24th February, Longbridge Sgt Robin O’Brien was on his way to see a resident of Cotswold Close on another matter, when he spotted 45 year old Gary Rose carrying an item resembling a firearm wrapped in a bin liner. When the officer tried to speak to him, Rose fled between houses.

Armed response police were called as back up and Rose was found hiding in a wheelie bin storage unit. The shotgun was found in a nearby garden and Rose was also in possession of a large kitchen knife.

Rose, of Devon Road, had already been banned from possessing any licensed firearms following a previous robbery conviction. He admitted possessing the weapons and was sentenced to six years in prison at Birmingham Crown Court yesterday (27th June).

Sgt O’Brien said that no ammunition was found and Rose claimed he’d only just been handed the weapon. He said: “The gun may not have been loaded but any firearm on the streets has the capability of taking lives and the casual way Rose was walking down a residential street carrying such a weapon beggars belief.

And Sgt O’Brien warned: “Rose has rightly been handed a lengthy term behind bars… anyone involved in handling firearms in our communities can similarly expect to be jailed for several years.”

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