Handsworth man guilty for firearm possession after house raid

A Birmingham man has pleaded guilty to firearms offences after eagle-eyed officers spotted loft insulation in his hair, alerting them to his hiding place.

Information suggested that Lomar Turner was in possession of weapons so a firearms warrant was executed at his address in New Inns Close, Handsworth on 27 November last year.

It was several minutes before the door was opened and officers found a nervous Turner with bits of polystyrene and insulation in his hair.

Their attention was immediately drawn to the loft, the hatch door of which was lined with polystyrene. A search revealed two loaded and viable firearms in a black pouch, with one in a white sock

Elsewhere in the property, officers found multiple bags of cannabis with a street value of over £2000, several thousands of pounds in cash, multiple sim cards, two machetes and an axe.

A trial was due to start yesterday at Birmingham Crown Court, but the 28-year-old pleaded guilty to two counts of possession of a prohibited firearm and possession of ammunition without a licence. He also pleaded guilty to possession of class B drugs with intent to supply and possession of criminal property.

He will be sentenced at a later date.

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Detective Constable Leah Williams, from Birmingham Major Investigation Team, said: “Turner was involved in serious criminal activity and any one of those weapons could have been responsible for taking a life or inflicting serious injury.

“There is absolutely no reason or excuse to have weapons like this in anyone’s home or on our streets.

“We continue to act on information to disrupt behaviour like this and take these dangerous people and weapons off our streets.”

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