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Sheffield man jailed for having 'loaded shotgun with ammunition sewn into curtains'

Darren Morton.
Darren Morton.

A Sheffield man has been jailed after police discovered a loaded shotgun with ammunition sewn into the curtains at his home.

Darren Morton, aged 44, was jailed for three years after pleading guilty to possession of a shotgun without a certificate at Sheffield Crown Court yesterday.

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South Yorkshire Police told how he was brought to justice after they executed a search warrant at his home in Angleton Gardens, Manor, in May and discovered the weapon, along with the stocked ammunition.

After the hearing, detective constable Paul Jenkinson, from Sheffield’s firearms and drugs unit, said: “This was an excellent piece of working across different teams in the force, demonstrating our ongoing commitment to tackling armed crime across Sheffield.

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“Working alongside neighbourhood officers, we executed this warrant as part of our wider bid to disrupt and prevent armed and organised criminals from causing harm within the community.

“We are absolutely committed to preventing violent and armed crime in the city, apprehending individuals we believe are engaging in dangerous criminal activity and putting lives at risk.

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“I am pleased that Morton accepted responsibility for his crime and is now in prison.

“A dangerous, viable shotgun and quantity of ammunition has been removed from the streets as a result of our work and I hope the community is reassured by the swift action taken by officers in Sheffield.”