Il­licit gun dealer left lethal legacy

Daily Express - - NEWS - By Anil Dawar

A ROGUE gun dealer was found guilty yes­ter­day of sup­ply­ing il­le­gal pis­tols and am­mu­ni­tion to crooks – but has left a lethal legacy on Bri­tain’s streets.

Paul Ed­munds pro­vided weapons and home­made bul­lets linked to more than 100 crime scenes, in­clud­ing three mur­ders.

One pis­tol was used in a fa­tal shoot­ing at a night­club and his bul­lets were even fired at a po­lice he­li­copter.

Po­lice hailed the re­cov­ery of 50,000 rounds and 17 guns as a ma­jor vic­tory af­ter Ed­munds, 66, of Hard­wicke, Gloucs, was con­victed at Birm­ing­ham Crown Court.

But more than 200 weapons he il­le­gally brought into Bri­tain be­tween 2009 and 2015 are still in cir­cu­la­tion.

Ed­munds, who told po­lice he “didn’t give a **** ” who got his guns, claimed they were ob­so­lete an­tiques to side­step im­port rules.

The judge at his twom­onth trial, at which he de­nied con­spir­acy to sup­ply, was “aghast” to hear of a dealer be­ing waved through cus­toms at Heathrow.

Ed­munds used Mo­hin­der Sur­d­har, 56, of Birm­ing­ham, as his mid­dle­man to get the weapons to crim­i­nals.

Sur­d­har, a self-con­fessed “gun nut”, had ad­mit­ted con­spir­acy to sup­ply. Both will be sen­tenced later.

Af­ter the case, po­lice said the pair were like char­ac­ters from TV’s Break­ing Bad “but with real vic­tims” and a “dev­as­tat­ing im­pact” on crime-hit com­mu­ni­ties.

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