Firearm to be destroyed after Gateshead thug jailed
18 Apr 2018 12:00 PM[View Full Size]
A firearm is set to be destroyed by police after its owner was jailed for using it to threaten residents in Gateshead.
Violent Shaun Bernard Mitchell, 33, was put behind bars for five years after admitting a number of firearms charges.
Newcastle Crown Court had heard how he threatened members of the public in the Winlaton area with a sawn-off shotgun.
One of the incidents saw Mitchell point the weapon at a motorist in the town after a road rage incident in September last year.
A police investigation was launched and the violent thug was arrested by officers.
The homemade sawn-off shot gun was later seized by officers at Mitchell's home address on Eden Dale in Crawcrook.
Last month Mitchell was jailed for five years by a judge at Newcastle Crown Court and he is currently behind bars serving his sentence.
Now the gun has been sent to the Firearms Support Unit (FSU) in Follingsby to be destroyed.
Detective Constable Keith Howells, of Central CID, said he is glad a dangerous offender is off the streets.
He said: "Shaun Mitchell was a violent thug who used intimidation and threats of violence to get what he wanted from local people in Winlaton.
"The fact that he was found in possession of such a powerful weapon shows just how much of a threat he was to his local community.
"We are really glad to see that he has been put behind bars for such a significant period of time and it should act as a warning to criminals operating in the town.
"Nobody is above the law and we will do everything we can to take violent offenders off our streets and put them before the court."
Anyone who has intelligence about firearms in their local community is encouraged to contact police on 101 or report it online at www.northumbria.police.uk/contact