Lewis Pearson

A man has been sentenced to five years in prison after police found a homemade firearm and other weapons last year in his house.

Lewis Pearson, 20, from Little Hulton, was ordered to serve a five year custodial sentence after pleading guilty at Manchester Crown Court on Tuesday 10 March to possession of a section 5 firearm.

The discovery was made by officers last year, where they discovered a homemade firearm, compatible ammunition, and a machete along with numerous knives and balaclavas.

The court heard that upon forensic analysis, the firearm seized was declared as a viable homemade shotgun.

Pearson was identified as the named tenant of the address at the time of the weapons being seized and was later arrested in September 2019 on suspicion of possession of a section 5 firearm.

During interviews with detectives, Pearson refused to offer any explanation as to why the items were in his property or if the items were his or someone else’s.

Pearson was later charged and pleaded guilty at Manchester Crown Court before being sentenced to five years imprisonment.

Superintendent Andrew Sidebotham, from GMP’s Salford division, said: “Today’s verdict demonstrates the hard work that we are doing on a daily basis to try and ensure that the streets in our communities are free from firearms and weapons that have the potential to cause significant harm.

“I stress that the possession of such weapons are not acceptable and we will not stop our pursuit of those who think otherwise while they still operate.

“Details can always be passed anonymously through the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Our continuous work with the public will ultimately ensure we make Salford the place we all want it to be.”

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