Bedford Gun Gang Jailed For 100+ Years

29 November 2017, 18:26

Bedford Shootings July 2016

Six men have been sentenced to more than 100 years in prison following a shooting in Bedford last year described as ā€˜a scene more reminiscent of Chicago in the 1920sā€™.

Police were initially called to reports of a drive-by shooting in Faraday Square on Friday 8 July 2016, in which a woman was shot in the arm.

During the night two gangs continued to fire retaliation shots against each other, with four properties being shot at in total.

A large scale investigation was launched by Bedfordshire Police and a number of people from two different gangs were subsequently arrested and charged.

Now six of the men arrested have been sentenced to a combined total of 119 years following a hearing at St Albans Magistrates’ Court over the past two days (28 and 29 November).

The men were found guilty of a number of offences including conspiracy to cause grievous bodily harm (GBH) and possession of firearms in two separate trials at Luton Crown Court in August and September 2017.

Bedford Shootings Composite

The six men sentenced were:

1. Mohammed Waez, 21, of Lovell Road, Bedford was sentenced to 22 years
2. Ryan Cockings, 19, of Whitby Bay, Bedford was sentenced to 15 years
3. Kierran Hall, 21, of Grange Close, Houghton Conquest was sentenced to 20 years
4. Tavon Carter, 20, of Romsey Way, Bedford was sentenced to 20 years
5. Shuheb Ali, 19, of Ashmead Road, Bedford was sentenced to 20 years
6. Abul Faiz, 21, of Collie Road, Bedford was sentenced to 22 years

During the sentencing His Honour Judge Lithman said:

"The fact no-one was killed was by the grace of God... The gangs turned the streets of Bedford into a scene more reminiscent of Chicago in the 1920s."

He described the guns used in the shooting as being “the like of which should never be seen on the streets of Great Britain.”
Detective Chief Inspector Will Hawkes said:

"This was a complex and lengthy investigation into what was a truly shocking course of events one summer night last year.

Over the course of one night two gangs engaged in a violent battle against each other and it is extremely lucky no-one died.
These are very dangerous men who had no qualms about inflicting serious harm, and even death, on each other in order to defend their other gang members.

We absolutely will not tolerate this in Bedfordshire and we’re working hard with our partner agencies to tackle gang related and firearms criminality.

This should act as a lesson to others that if you use a firearm to cause harm, violence, or intimidation in our county then you will be caught and made to pay with a significant spell in jail.”

Timeline of events

 

:: Friday 8 July 2016, 10pm: Police responded to reports of a drive-by shooting in which shots were fired at a property in Faraday Square. A woman was shot in the arm and required surgery. Car windows and the front windows of adjacent properties were shot through

:: Saturday 9 July 2016, 1am: Retaliation shots fired at the front windows and front doors of properties in Lovell Road and then Foxglove Way

:: Saturday 9 July 2016, 5am: Counter-retaliation shots fired at the front windows and front door of a property in Romsey Way

:: Sunday 10 July 2016: First people are arrested in connection with the incident

:: Thursday 14 July 2016: Nine people in total arrested with the incident

:: Monday 6 February – Monday 13 February 2016: Police carry out a week of action in relation to the incident. 13 people in total are charged

:: Wednesday 16 August 2017: Waez, Ali, Faiz, and Kadir are convicted of a number of offences following a trial at Luton Crown Court

:: Friday 29 September 2017: Cockings, Hall and Carter are convicted of a number of offences after being found guilty by a jury following a trial at Luton Crown Court.

Details people sentenced (pictured)

1. Mohammed Waez, 21, of Lovell Road, Bedford, was found guilty of conspiracy to cause grievous bodily harm (GBH) with intent and possession of a machine pistol. He was sentenced to 22 years in prison

2. Ryan Cockings, 19, of Whitby Bay, Bedford was found guilty of conspiracy to cause GBH with intent, possession of a shotgun and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice. He was sentenced to 15 years in prison

3. Kierran Hall, 21, of Grange Close, Houghton Conquest was found guilty of conspiracy to cause GBH with intent, possession of a shotgun and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice. He was sentenced to 20 years in prison

4. Tavon Carter, 20, of Romsey Way, Bedford was found guilty of conspiracy to cause GBH with intent and possession of a shotgun, and possession of Class A drugs with intent to supply. He was sentenced to 20 years in prison

5. Shuheb Ali, 19, of Ashmead Road, Bedford, was found guilty of conspiracy to cause GBH with intent, possession of a sawn-off shotgun, possession of a machine pistol and possession of Class A drugs with Intent to supply. He was sentenced to 20 years in prison

6. Abul Faiz, 21, of Collie Road, Bedford, was found guilty of conspiracy to cause grievous bodily harm (GBH) with intent, possession of a machine pistol and possession of Class A drugs with intent to supply. He was sentenced to 22 years in prison.