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Gants Hill man jailed after police found him in cab with concealed revolver

The weapon that police found on Jesus Da Silva

A 22-year-old man from Gants Hill has been jailed after police found him in possession of a revolver.

Jesus Da Silva, of Kenwood Gardens, pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm and possession of criminal property, after officers found the gun wrapped in a bandana, in a mini-cab he was travelling in.

Police stopped the vehicle in Bermondsey in July as part of an intelligence-led investigation. 

Both Da Silva and an 18-year-old man alongside him were arrested on suspicion of possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life.

They were taken to a south London police station and charged the following day.

The 18-year-old was later released and no further action was taken against him.

After his guilty plea, Da Silva was sentenced to five years and eight months’ imprisonment at Woolwich Crown Court.

Jesus Da Silva was jailed for firearm offences

Detective Constable Rob Smith, from Metropolitan Police, said: “As a result of this investigation, a dangerous weapon has been taken off the streets of London. This weapon could have easily gone on to seriously injure or even kill someone.

“Firearms have absolutely no place on our streets and their removal makes this city a safer place for all.

“I want the public to be reassured that even during these challenging times, the Met remains committed to bearing down on violent crime and seizing weapons such as this one. We will continue to crackdown on criminals and ensure they are brought to justice.”

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