Manchester Evening News

Gun thug fled to South America to escape ‘heat’

- By CHRIS SLATER

A MAN who fled the country after a loaded gun and bullets were found at his home texted a friend saying he had ‘f***ed off’ as it was ‘hot for me over there at mo.’

The revolver and ammunition were found hidden in a cupboard when officers raided the property in Stockport shared by brothers Joshua Gibbons, 28, and Tyler Gibbons, 22. Their DNA along with that of a third man, Jordan Proctor, 33, was found on the weapon following the warrant on June 15, 2022.

Detectives later discovered that hours after the trio heard the news of the raid, they met up to plan their next move.

Joshua decided to flee to South

America and boarded a flight to Suriname on the continent’s north-east coast.

After two months in the sun, on August 26, 2022, Gibbons returned to the UK via the ferry port at Holyhead in North Wales. Knowing he was wanted, he handed himself in at Cheadle Heath Police Station.

Proctor was held after police raided his address on Hall Fold in Whitworth, near Rochdale, on September 5. Tyler was arrested at the brothers’ address at Durham House, Edgeley, on November 15. Detectives establishe­d that on June 4, Joshua had travelled to Whitworth to collect the firearm from Proctor. However, shortly afterwards the older brother was involved in a crash and CCTV footage showed him, according to the police, ‘removing the firearm from the vehicle before officers arrived at the scene.’

The trio were charged with conspiracy to possess a firearm and conspiracy to possess ammunition. They denied the offences but were found guilty after a trial.

They have now been sentenced by a judge at Bolton Crown Court. Joshua Gibbons was handed a nine-year sentence along with Proctor, whilst Tyler Gibbons was jailed for seven years.

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The gun and, inset, bullets recovered by police
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Jordan Proctor
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Joshua Gibbons

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