Rogue dealer supplied gang­sters with guns

Yorkshire Post - - FRONT PAGE -

A ROGUE firearms dealer has been found guilty of sup­ply­ing il­le­gal hand­guns and home-made bul­lets linked to more than 100 crime scenes, in­clud­ing three mur­ders.

Paul Ed­munds, 66, im­ported a Colt pis­tol used in a fa­tal shoot­ing at a London night­club and supplied am­mu­ni­tion used in two other killings and an at­tempt to shoot down a po­lice he­li­copter. Crime scenes in West York­shire and South York­shire were among those con­nected to his op­er­a­tion.

A jury at Birm­ing­ham Crown Court heard Ed­munds, of Hard­wicke, Glouces­ter­shire, was ar­rested in 2015 at his home, where he had three ar­mouries and seven wheeled bin-loads of gun and bul­let com­po­nents.

The reg­is­tered gun dealer was caught af­ter ex­perts saw a grow­ing trend for pre-war pis­tols be­ing used in shoot­ings.

As well as legally im­port­ing an­tique weapons, he fal­si­fied cus­toms pa­per­work to bring in more mod­ern pro­hib­ited firearms from the United States.

A two-month re-trial was told Ed­munds and mid­dle­man Dr Mo­hin­der Sur­d­har – likened by po­lice to char­ac­ters in the TV se­ries

Break­ing Bad – acted to­gether to sup­ply re­volvers and cus­tom­made am­mu­ni­tion to crim­i­nals.

Sur­d­har, 56, from Handsworth, Birm­ing­ham, ad­mit­ted con­spir­acy to sup­ply firearms and am­mu­ni­tion be­fore Ed­munds’ trial. The court heard that the pair had first met at a gun fair.

Det Con Phil Rodgers, who led the po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion, said: “Their ac­tions have had a dev­as­tat­ing im­pact on com­mu­ni­ties by fu­elling vi­o­lent crime, lead­ing to fear and blood­shed.”

Ed­munds is due to be sen­tenced next month.

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