Twenty-two-year-old Ben Hodson from Sheffield has been jailed for admitting he had a six shot revolver in a silver drawstring carrier bag in his possession earlier this year.
Hodson, of Dagnam Place, Sheffield, had previously entered a not guilty plea, but changed his plea to guilty at Sheffield Crown Court on Wednesday, 25 April, and was sentenced immediately.
Officer in charge of the case, DC Steve Hemsley from Sheffield’s Tasking Team said: “Hodson is now starting a five-year prison sentence for merely being in possession of a firearm.
“Had he used the weapon, the consequences could have been fatal and he would have been facing a lifetime behind bars. I hope admitting his guilt and the sentence he has received will give him time to think about his actions and the life changing consequences being involved in illegal and criminal activity can have.”
On Thursday, 11 January, 2018, Hodson was seen by plain clothed officers on Wulfric Place in the Manor area of Sheffield, with a silver drawstring bag across his body, speaking to someone in a blue Ford Focus.
One of the officers attempted to speak to Hodson, however he chose to run from them and a short foot pursuit ensued.
The bag Hodson was carrying became snagged on a property’s gas meter as he was running, and he left the bag discarded.
Hodson managed to flee the scene, however the bag was recovered and a revolver was discovered which was later examined and linked it back to Hodson.
Hodson was later located on Friday, 19 January, on Manor Park Fields off Manor Park Crescent, and was arrested.
DC Hemsley added: “We will not tolerate the illegal use of firearms in our city, and we are committed in bringing all those who choose to be involved in criminality before the courts to be appropriately dealt with.
“I would ask anyone who is concerned about suspicious behaviour or illegal activity in their area to please get in touch with the police or anonymously contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.”
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