Man back behind bars after gun found in shed at home

By Dayna Farrington | Wolverhampton | Crime | Published:

A man has found himself back behind bars after he was caught hiding a gun in a shed at his home.

Richard Beckles, left, hid the handgun in the shed at his home. He was sentence at Wolverhampton crown Court to five years in jail.

West Midlands Police officers swooped at Richard Beckles' home in the Chapel Ash area of Wolverhampton, on July 30 last year.

A search of his home, in Hornbeam Walk, led to the revolver being found in a box in a rear garden shed.

The 39-year-old was already on licence from prison, after being convicted of a previous offence of having a gun.

Beckles pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm when prohibited for life and was handed a five year jail sentence at Wolverhampton Crown Court on February 10.

DC Chris Jones, from CID, said: "There were a number of police teams involved in the swoop which led to a viable, and potentially lethal, firearm being taken off the streets.

"Beckles did not learn the error of his ways and will have to reflect on the perils of having an illegally-held while behind bars for a number of years."

Dayna Farrington

By Dayna Farrington
Senior reporter based at Wolverhampton

Reporter for the Express & Star based at Wolverhampton.

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