Five jailed after sniper rifles seized

Croydon Guardian: This .22 bolt-rifle action 'sniper' rifle was recovered This .22 bolt-rifle action 'sniper' rifle was recovered

A gun dealer and his customers, who were found with deadly sniper rifle with a silencer and maximum-damage bullets, have been jailed for a total of 58 years.

Woolwich Crown court heard on Friday (October 5) how Tyron Harding, 45, went to Lambeth to sell a gun to four other men which was loaded with ammunition designed to cause maximum injury on November 1, 2011.

Croydon Guardian: Rifle

Harding, from Phipps Bridge Road, Mitcham, was sentenced to 11 years in prison after admitting possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life.

One of the buyers, Loyan Osman, was then stopped in his minicab by police who were on a surveillance operation by the Metropolitan Police’s Trident unit, named Operation Boneset.

Osman, from Anchor Street, Catford, was found with the .22 bolt-action rifle, with 57 rounds of ammunition, after officers searched the boot of his car in Brighton Road, South Croydon.

Police also found a rifle with a sniper scope attached, along with a silencer. It was loaded with a bullet in the breach and more in a magazine.

Croydon Guardian: Magazine and bullets

Osman, Anthony Hosey, Khadar Mire and Nathaniel Tracey had been watched by police as they travelled from Lambeth in Mire's BMW to make the purchase from Harding.

As Osman travelled back to Lambeth in the minicab, his colleagues followed in the BMW.

Officers arrested Osman at the scene and later detained Hosey, Mire and Tracey following further investigation.

Weeks later, on December 12, officers raided the home of Harding's girlfriend in Merstham, near Redhill in Surrey, close to the scene of the first transaction on November 1.

While searching the loft they found a further .22 bolt-action rifle with telescopic sight and silencer, as well as three boxes of hollow-point ammunition, containing 62 rounds.

Croydon Guardian: ammo

Detective Sergeant Phil Holt, of the Trident Gang Crime Command, said: "These men were found in possession of the kind of lethal weaponry that is typically associated with the most dangerous of criminals.

"Such items are owned solely by those intent on causing serious harm to their planned target or targets, and our officers deserve huge credit for this intervention which followed a skilled and painstaking investigation.

"We can only speculate about the intended recipient of the second rifle found at Harding's home, however, what is clear is that London is far safer with these individuals and weapons off the streets."

Loyan Osman, 25, denied possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life but was convicted following a trial. He also admitted possession of a firearm and was sentenced to 14 years.

His accomplices pleaded not guilty but were convicted on June 22 by the court and also sentenced on October 5:

Anthony Hosey, 25, of Fiveways Road, Brixton, was sentenced to 16 years.

Khadar Mire, 25, of Bell Green Lane, Sydenham, was sentenced to 16 years.

Nathaniel Tracey, 27, of Akerman Road, Brixton, was sentenced to 15 years.

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6:46pm Mon 8 Oct 12

random name says...

That's not a sniper rifle (whatever that is), it's just a very small caliber rifle with a low magnification scope - not a sniper scope (whatever that is) and a sound moderator (not a silencer). In the UK this rifle would be used to kill rabbits and not much else bigger. I fully support the sentence handed to these thugs, however, I also fully support well researched journalism without the use of emotive wording. Please send the work experience student back to Croydon College with a 'must try harder'.

I am off to lobby the government to supply all our soldiers with ' the kind of lethal weaponry that is typically associated with the most dangerous of criminals' - .22 rifles!!! LOL.
That's not a sniper rifle (whatever that is), it's just a very small caliber rifle with a low magnification scope - not a sniper scope (whatever that is) and a sound moderator (not a silencer). In the UK this rifle would be used to kill rabbits and not much else bigger. I fully support the sentence handed to these thugs, however, I also fully support well researched journalism without the use of emotive wording. Please send the work experience student back to Croydon College with a 'must try harder'. I am off to lobby the government to supply all our soldiers with ' the kind of lethal weaponry that is typically associated with the most dangerous of criminals' - .22 rifles!!! LOL. random name
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11:00pm Mon 8 Oct 12

lurelle says...

i dont understand why you would put this in the guardian.. afterall this has nothing to do with anyof you! my uncle is hardly a fug or a gun dealer and i think this whole thing is ridicules.
i dont understand why you would put this in the guardian.. afterall this has nothing to do with anyof you! my uncle is hardly a fug or a gun dealer and i think this whole thing is ridicules. lurelle
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12:43am Tue 9 Oct 12

G_Whiz says...

No, they are real bullets able to kill real people. And they don't look like rabbit hunters to me!

Sentences should have been longer - seems like the 'fugs' were preparing for a war!
No, they are real bullets able to kill real people. And they don't look like rabbit hunters to me! Sentences should have been longer - seems like the 'fugs' were preparing for a war! G_Whiz
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8:59am Tue 9 Oct 12

lurelle says...

as i said once again my uncle is hardly a fug.
as i said once again my uncle is hardly a fug. lurelle
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9:55am Tue 9 Oct 12

edstar says...

lurelle wrote:
as i said once again my uncle is hardly a fug.
He is far worse than a thug (the word you are looking for) He is a man who sold an illegal gun to others. Why would anyone want a gun if it's not to either threaten people or shoot people? Why have hollow point bullets? Their only use is to kill or seriously injure people.

I wonder how many guns your uncle sold and how many people they have injured and killed.
[quote][p][bold]lurelle[/bold] wrote: as i said once again my uncle is hardly a fug.[/p][/quote]He is far worse than a thug (the word you are looking for) He is a man who sold an illegal gun to others. Why would anyone want a gun if it's not to either threaten people or shoot people? Why have hollow point bullets? Their only use is to kill or seriously injure people. I wonder how many guns your uncle sold and how many people they have injured and killed. edstar
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11:33am Tue 9 Oct 12

lurelle says...

listen mate you dont know my uncle or what his been through... leave your stupid **** out. my uncle isnt a thug. more like the people he was giving it to are... he didnt do any harm... sending him away for 11 years is stupid when theres murderes and rapistss that get a sorter sentene. I know he done wrong and someone could of been harmed but no one was and probly wouldnt of been... he hasnt ever sold a gun before so dont gudge people on mistakes they've done before..

whats annoyed me more is how they've put this all into the guardian
listen mate you dont know my uncle or what his been through... leave your stupid **** out. my uncle isnt a thug. more like the people he was giving it to are... he didnt do any harm... sending him away for 11 years is stupid when theres murderes and rapistss that get a sorter sentene. I know he done wrong and someone could of been harmed but no one was and probly wouldnt of been... he hasnt ever sold a gun before so dont gudge people on mistakes they've done before.. whats annoyed me more is how they've put this all into the guardian lurelle
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12:16pm Tue 9 Oct 12

edstar says...

lurelle wrote:
listen mate you dont know my uncle or what his been through... leave your stupid **** out. my uncle isnt a thug. more like the people he was giving it to are... he didnt do any harm... sending him away for 11 years is stupid when theres murderes and rapistss that get a sorter sentene. I know he done wrong and someone could of been harmed but no one was and probly wouldnt of been... he hasnt ever sold a gun before so dont gudge people on mistakes they've done before..

whats annoyed me more is how they've put this all into the guardian
So what has your uncle don’t through that justifies him selling weapons to thugs? Also how do you know that the gun wouldn’t have been used to kill anyone?

And it’s in the Guardian because its news. Remember that the gun would have been used to harm us, the public.
[quote][p][bold]lurelle[/bold] wrote: listen mate you dont know my uncle or what his been through... leave your stupid **** out. my uncle isnt a thug. more like the people he was giving it to are... he didnt do any harm... sending him away for 11 years is stupid when theres murderes and rapistss that get a sorter sentene. I know he done wrong and someone could of been harmed but no one was and probly wouldnt of been... he hasnt ever sold a gun before so dont gudge people on mistakes they've done before.. whats annoyed me more is how they've put this all into the guardian[/p][/quote]So what has your uncle don’t through that justifies him selling weapons to thugs? Also how do you know that the gun wouldn’t have been used to kill anyone? And it’s in the Guardian because its news. Remember that the gun would have been used to harm us, the public. edstar
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1:48pm Tue 9 Oct 12

G_Whiz says...

edstar wrote:
lurelle wrote:
listen mate you dont know my uncle or what his been through... leave your stupid **** out. my uncle isnt a thug. more like the people he was giving it to are... he didnt do any harm... sending him away for 11 years is stupid when theres murderes and rapistss that get a sorter sentene. I know he done wrong and someone could of been harmed but no one was and probly wouldnt of been... he hasnt ever sold a gun before so dont gudge people on mistakes they've done before..

whats annoyed me more is how they've put this all into the guardian
So what has your uncle don’t through that justifies him selling weapons to thugs? Also how do you know that the gun wouldn’t have been used to kill anyone?

And it’s in the Guardian because its news. Remember that the gun would have been used to harm us, the public.
Quite right edstar - I think Lurelle is just living up to some kind of stereotype!

Glad the guns are in safe hands now!
[quote][p][bold]edstar[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]lurelle[/bold] wrote: listen mate you dont know my uncle or what his been through... leave your stupid **** out. my uncle isnt a thug. more like the people he was giving it to are... he didnt do any harm... sending him away for 11 years is stupid when theres murderes and rapistss that get a sorter sentene. I know he done wrong and someone could of been harmed but no one was and probly wouldnt of been... he hasnt ever sold a gun before so dont gudge people on mistakes they've done before.. whats annoyed me more is how they've put this all into the guardian[/p][/quote]So what has your uncle don’t through that justifies him selling weapons to thugs? Also how do you know that the gun wouldn’t have been used to kill anyone? And it’s in the Guardian because its news. Remember that the gun would have been used to harm us, the public.[/p][/quote]Quite right edstar - I think Lurelle is just living up to some kind of stereotype! Glad the guns are in safe hands now! G_Whiz
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3:55pm Tue 9 Oct 12

mitcham town says...

Relle ignore them, there little dossers who have nothing better to do with there life part from sitting there judging people they don't no!!! Waste xx
Relle ignore them, there little dossers who have nothing better to do with there life part from sitting there judging people they don't no!!! Waste xx mitcham town
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3:57pm Tue 9 Oct 12

lurelle says...

myy arsee. he wouldnt of done anything with the gun because it wasnt for him REMEMBER. Its a gun to go and shoot animals... like WTF. The news is aload of **** anyway putting silly things like this up when theres children going missing, killed, raped... wars going on scientistic stuff going on and what do they do go and put my uncles private life so everyone can read. ITS ****! its not like his a terrorist and has actually done something bad. SO suck out.
myy arsee. he wouldnt of done anything with the gun because it wasnt for him REMEMBER. Its a gun to go and shoot animals... like WTF. The news is aload of **** anyway putting silly things like this up when theres children going missing, killed, raped... wars going on scientistic stuff going on and what do they do go and put my uncles private life so everyone can read. ITS ****! its not like his a terrorist and has actually done something bad. SO suck out. lurelle
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4:12pm Tue 9 Oct 12

lurelle says...

& yeah ino am leaving it now.. all you sad lobs can read it seeing as you have nothing better to doo..:)
& yeah ino am leaving it now.. all you sad lobs can read it seeing as you have nothing better to doo..:) lurelle
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4:25pm Tue 9 Oct 12

edstar says...

lurelle wrote:
myy arsee. he wouldnt of done anything with the gun because it wasnt for him REMEMBER. Its a gun to go and shoot animals... like WTF. The news is aload of **** anyway putting silly things like this up when theres children going missing, killed, raped... wars going on scientistic stuff going on and what do they do go and put my uncles private life so everyone can read. ITS ****! its not like his a terrorist and has actually done something bad. SO suck out.
This is the LOCAL GUARDIAN so it has local news such as this. And it's not your uncle private life.

Also its illegal to sell guns without a licence because guns are used to kill people. It's as simple as that. I cant understand why its so difficult for you to understand. And it is like he has done something bad. That's why he is in jail!
[quote][p][bold]lurelle[/bold] wrote: myy arsee. he wouldnt of done anything with the gun because it wasnt for him REMEMBER. Its a gun to go and shoot animals... like WTF. The news is aload of **** anyway putting silly things like this up when theres children going missing, killed, raped... wars going on scientistic stuff going on and what do they do go and put my uncles private life so everyone can read. ITS ****! its not like his a terrorist and has actually done something bad. SO suck out.[/p][/quote]This is the LOCAL GUARDIAN so it has local news such as this. And it's not your uncle private life. Also its illegal to sell guns without a licence because guns are used to kill people. It's as simple as that. I cant understand why its so difficult for you to understand. And it is like he has done something bad. That's why he is in jail! edstar
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9:52pm Tue 9 Oct 12

mitcham town says...

LOL how sad are use lot. Don't you have kids to see to or have a job to attend? By the looks of it you have either if your just sitting behind your screen judging my cousin who you don't even know! Do you have this much to say when you read about a nonse?? Go hang ya **** of the nearest lamppost!
LOL how sad are use lot. Don't you have kids to see to or have a job to attend? By the looks of it you have either if your just sitting behind your screen judging my cousin who you don't even know! Do you have this much to say when you read about a nonse?? Go hang ya **** of the nearest lamppost! mitcham town
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10:07pm Tue 9 Oct 12

edstar says...

mitcham town wrote:
LOL how sad are use lot. Don't you have kids to see to or have a job to attend? By the looks of it you have either if your just sitting behind your screen judging my cousin who you don't even know! Do you have this much to say when you read about a nonse?? Go hang ya **** of the nearest lamppost!
My kids can spell better than you. Lol. Go to school and learn English!
[quote][p][bold]mitcham town[/bold] wrote: LOL how sad are use lot. Don't you have kids to see to or have a job to attend? By the looks of it you have either if your just sitting behind your screen judging my cousin who you don't even know! Do you have this much to say when you read about a nonse?? Go hang ya **** of the nearest lamppost![/p][/quote]My kids can spell better than you. Lol. Go to school and learn English! edstar
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9:09am Wed 10 Oct 12

mitcham town says...

That's the way I like to spell thank you. So mate go suck ur mother
That's the way I like to spell thank you. So mate go suck ur mother mitcham town
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9:17am Wed 10 Oct 12

trasie says...

Charming comments. I would like to know , since when did hollowed out bullets get used to kill rabbits and stuff. I thought that's what the lurchers are for.
Charming comments. I would like to know , since when did hollowed out bullets get used to kill rabbits and stuff. I thought that's what the lurchers are for. trasie
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9:19am Wed 10 Oct 12

mitcham town says...

Bla bla bla
Bla bla bla mitcham town
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9:33am Wed 10 Oct 12

edstar says...

mitcham town wrote:
That's the way I like to spell thank you. So mate go suck ur mother
I hope you fill in your benefit forms correctly!
[quote][p][bold]mitcham town[/bold] wrote: That's the way I like to spell thank you. So mate go suck ur mother[/p][/quote]I hope you fill in your benefit forms correctly! edstar
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9:42am Wed 10 Oct 12

mitcham town says...

Same way I hope you fill in your mums. But when you judge someone it DOESN'T define the person your judging it defines YOU!!! No life, sad ****, top dossers!
Same way I hope you fill in your mums. But when you judge someone it DOESN'T define the person your judging it defines YOU!!! No life, sad ****, top dossers! mitcham town
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10:03am Wed 10 Oct 12

edstar says...

mitcham town wrote:
Same way I hope you fill in your mums. But when you judge someone it DOESN'T define the person your judging it defines YOU!!! No life, sad ****, top dossers!
LOL!!!!

My mother doesn't claim any benefits and she can read and write!

So by your comment, it's the judge who should be in jail?
[quote][p][bold]mitcham town[/bold] wrote: Same way I hope you fill in your mums. But when you judge someone it DOESN'T define the person your judging it defines YOU!!! No life, sad ****, top dossers![/p][/quote]LOL!!!! My mother doesn't claim any benefits and she can read and write! So by your comment, it's the judge who should be in jail? edstar
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2:37pm Fri 12 Oct 12

G_Whiz says...

edstar wrote:
mitcham town wrote:
Same way I hope you fill in your mums. But when you judge someone it DOESN'T define the person your judging it defines YOU!!! No life, sad ****, top dossers!
LOL!!!!

My mother doesn't claim any benefits and she can read and write!

So by your comment, it's the judge who should be in jail?
You have to Laugh really. eh, Ed. - Now i know where Little Britain got it's inspiration for Vicky Pollard!
[quote][p][bold]edstar[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mitcham town[/bold] wrote: Same way I hope you fill in your mums. But when you judge someone it DOESN'T define the person your judging it defines YOU!!! No life, sad ****, top dossers![/p][/quote]LOL!!!! My mother doesn't claim any benefits and she can read and write! So by your comment, it's the judge who should be in jail?[/p][/quote]You have to Laugh really. eh, Ed. - Now i know where Little Britain got it's inspiration for Vicky Pollard! G_Whiz
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