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Six men convicted after ‘incredibly dangerous weapon’ found in Forest Hill car

Six men have been convicted of firearms offences after a surveillance investigation led to armed officers discovering a revolver in Lewisham.

Police described the gun as an “incredibly dangerous weapon,” found inside a car in Forest Hill, leading to the arrests of men from Lambeth, Lewisham and Orpington (full list below).

Woolwich Crown Court heard how the Met Police operation saw armed officers executed an armed stop on a blue Toyota Prius in the Lewisham area on July 4, 2019.

The male passenger, Reece White, was detained in Wood Vale, SE23, and and in his bag officers recovered a revolver. He was arrested for possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life.

Reece White – Met Police

A further surveillance operation was conducted in order to locate a Ford Focus.

This vehicle contained three men, including Michael Adebambo and Nathaniel Corbett, who had been observed being involved in the collection of the revolver from another group of men.

Michael Adebambo

Michael Adebambo

At 18:50hrs, the vehicle was stopped and three men were detained on New Park Road, near Freeman House, SW2.

They were arrested for conspiracy to possess a firearm with intent to endanger life.

All of the men were subsequently charged with possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life and remanded in custody.

A dedicated investigation by specialist crime officers into the circumstances surrounding the handover of the weapon identified that Nail Johnson and Jordan Adams were the men responsible for transferring the firearm.

Nail Johnson - Met Police

Nail Johnson – Met Police

Adams was arrested on 2 July 2019 on suspicion of transferring a firearm contrary to Section 5(2A) (b) of the Firearms Act 1968.

Johnson was arrested on 14 October 2019 on suspicion of transferring a firearm contrary to Section 5(2A) (b) of the Firearms Act 1968.

Siraatillah Ford was arrested on 16 July 2019 on suspicion of possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life.

Siratillah Ford

Siratillah Ford

The gun has since been test-fired by an expert and it has been found to be a firearm in working order and capable of firing live ammunition.

They will appear on Wednesday, 5 May at Woolwich Crown Court for sentencing.

A 24-year-old man, arrested on 4 July 2019, was found not guilty of possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life on Friday, 16 April at Woolwich Crown Court.

Detective Constable Martin Reader, of Specialist Crime South, said: “These men were in possession of an incredibly dangerous weapon and would have certainly used this to endanger the lives of people in their communities.

“The Met remains committed to tackle violent crime, including gun crime which has such a devastating impact on the streets on London. We continue to relentlessly pursue those offenders intent on possessing dangerous weapons.

“I would urge anyone with information about someone who may be carrying a weapon to contact police immediately or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

  • Reece White, 22, of Kirkstall Road, Lambeth SW2 pleaded guilty on 5 October 2020 to possession of a firearm.
  • Nathaniel Corbett, 26, of Sandon House, Lambeth, SW2 was found guilty of possession of a firearm on Friday, 16 April.
Nathanial Corbett - Met Police

Nathanial Corbett – Met Police

  • Michael Adebambo, 27, of Clarence Crescent, Lambeth, SW2 was found guilty of possession of a firearm on Friday, 16 April.
  • Siraatillah Ford, 22, of Stockwell Road, SW9 was found guilty of possession of a firearm on Friday, 16 April.
Jordan Adams - Met Police

Jordan Adams – Met Police

  • Jordan Adams, 29, of Lewisham High Street, SE13 was found guilty of transferring a firearm contrary to Section 5(2A) (b) of the Firearms Act 1968 on Friday, 16 April.
  • Nail Johnson, 28, of Star Lane, Orpington was found guilty of transferring a firearm contrary to Section 5(2A) (b) of the Firearms Act 1968 on Friday, 16 April.



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