Five men guilty of gun offences after Notting Hill Carnival raid

Officers found two firearms and a hunting knife

A car carrying the gang was flagged down after a brief pursuit

Monday, March 5, 2018

A gang of five men face jail for firearms offences, six months after their car was raided during Notting Hill Carnival weekend.

Officers in Brent raided the gang's car in Kensal Rise on the evening of Saturday August 28 - just hours before the festival was due to start. The car was stopped after a brief pursuit on Burrows Road, just yards from the most northerly point of the carnival route.

Inside the car, officers found two loaded revolvers -  Ekol Arda 4mm Revolver and a BBM 8mm blank firing pistol - as well as a large hunting knife.

Four members of the gang - driver Arron White and accomplices Reneico Linton Welsh, Denton Carty and Laquan Gayle - were found guilty of possessing a firearm, possessing ammunition and possessing an offensive weapon. Welsh also pleaded guilty of possessing a weapon with intent to cause fear of violence prior to the trial.

A fifth member of the gang, Jevan Nugent, pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm prior to the start of proceedings in court.

A search of the vehicle by officers uncovered two firearms - an Ekol Arda 4mm Revolver and a BBM 8mm blank firing pistol. Both were loaded. A large hunting knife was also recovered.

Acting Detective Sergeant Tom Palmer, from Brent CID, said: "Firearms have no place on London's streets. The weapons found in their vehicle were used to threaten and intimidate those they came across.

"As a result of the thorough investigation by the team, we were able to identify those who had handled the firearms and bring them to justice."