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Gunman's unusual hiding space for shotgun exposed after police chase

Liverpool Echo logo Liverpool Echo 18/01/2022 Joe Thomas

A gunman was caught with a bike seat converted to hide a shotgun.

The audacious contraption was recovered from the home of Joseph Robinson.

His house was searched after he was captured on a Liverpool street while carrying a pistol.

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Robinson was busted when he was spotted riding an electric bike in Kensington just before midnight on October 10.

On seeing the officers, the spooked 22-year-old tried to leave the area but was chased down and stopped.

The pistol was seized and his home on nearby Hampstead Road was then searched.

It was in that property that police recovered an adapted bike seat loaded with a shotgun, ammunition, cocaine and cannabis.

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Robinson was arrested before being charged with, and pleading guilty to:

  • Possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life
  • Possession of ammunition, namely 9mm rounds, without a certificate
  • Possession of cannabis with intent to supply
  • Possession of a firearm prohibited under Section 5(1) (aba) of the Firearms Act.
  • Driving otherwise than in accordance with a driving licence
  • Using a vehicle with no insurance
  • Possession of cocaine with intent to supply

Robinson was sentenced to 11 years in jail at Liverpool Crown Court last week.

Following his hearing, Detective Inspector John Fitzgerald said: “The sentence handed down to Robinson shows that we simply will not tolerate those who use dangerous weapons to cause fear and harm in our communities.

“Thanks to the work of our officers, firearms and drugs have now been removed from our streets and I hope that Robinson will use his significant jail time to reflect on the harm that he has caused.

“We have unfortunately seen in recent days the serious harm that using such dangerous weapons can cause and we remain resolute in our determination to find those involved in gun crime and remove them from our streets.

“We will act on all information provided to remove weapons and those who use them from our communities. Please come forward with what you know, directly or anonymously, and we will do the rest.”

*Anyone with information on criminality in their community is asked to contact Merseyside Police via Twitter (@MerPolCC) or by calling 101.

Crimestoppers can also be contacted, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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