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An antiques dealer has been found guilty of supplying guns and ammo to gangsters which were later used in several murders and over 100 shootings across Britain.
Paul Edmunds, 65, from Hardwicke, Gloucestershire, was dubbed the 'Breaking Bad of the gun world' after he altered out-of-date calibres to bring them back into use in an armoury in his garage.
A jury of seven men and five women was told that Edmunds created the ammo for antique weapons from three armouries at his home.
Following his arrest officers discovered Edmunds had also falsified entries in his firearms register and damaged tools which he had used to make the ammunition.
Edmunds was found guilty of conspiracy to transfer prohibited weapons and ammunitions, two counts of perverting the course of justice, transferring prohibited weapons, possession of prohibited weapons and importing firearms from America. Their actions have had a devastating impact on communities by fuelling violent crime, leading to fear and bloodshed.'Edmunds has an encyclopaedic knowledge of firearms.
It's not an easy task making obsolete calibre bullets to fit antique guns; it would have taken several days to make a box of 50.'Surdhar also had an armoury at his home and we believe Edmunds was teaching him the art of bullet making.'Our investigation has undoubtedly prevented many more firearms and countless rounds of ammunition getting into criminal hands ..in all likelihood saved lives.' Warren Stanier from the CPS said: 'These two men used their expertise to exploit the illicit firearms market for financial gain and in doing so put the lives of the general public and police in danger.'The CPS built a compelling case against the defendants using expert evidence provided by the National Ballistics Intelligence Service and the West Midlands Regional Organised Crime Unit.'We work with colleagues in the criminal justice system to identify and robustly pursue those involved throughout the supply chain for illegal firearms.
The removal of Edmunds and Surdhar from that supply chain has reduced criminals' opportunity to source firearms and use them in further serious crimes.' In October, Edmunds went on trial accused of conspiracy to supply firearms and ammunition at Birmingham Crown Court.
He denied fraudulent evasion of a prohibition or restriction, perverting the course of justice and possession of a prohibited firearm.
At least nine police forces came across weapons and ammunition linked through forensic testing to the 66-year-old and his garage workshop.