Man transporting machine guns through Chiswick handed 9 year prison sentence

A man who was carrying two Skorpion machine guns in his backpack close to Chiswick Park Underground station has been sentenced to nine years and nine months imprisonment.

David Longhor, 20, of Villiers Road Southall, was sentenced on Wednesday 21 July for two counts of possession of a firearm with intent; two counts of possession of a prohibited weapon and possession of ammunition without a certificate.

The Metropolitan Police seized the weapons and ammunition and arrested Longhor in March this year. He was under surveillance as he left his home, took a train to Ealing Station and then boarded a District Line train to Chiswick Park tube station.

He was stopped by armed officers who found two Skorpion machine guns inside Longhor’s backpack and two magazines of ammunition – both containing 20 bullets.

He was taken to a west London police station for questioning and was charged the following day. Longhor claimed the firearms were not his when officers found them, but pleaded guilty in court.

Images above: one of two seized Skorpion machine guns; and two seized magazines of ammunition

Tackling gun crime is a ‘top priority’, says Met

Detective Inspector Jim Casey, from the Met’s Specialist Crime Command, said:

“To find one weapon like this is rare. To find two at the same time is almost unheard of! Luckily, weapons of this type do not rear their ugly heads often, and most of the time it’s thanks to the proactive work Met officers are undertaking to keep lethal weapons out of the hands of criminals.

“Tackling violence, including gun crime, remains our top priority and we will continue to pursue criminals involved in shootings and transporting guns and ammunition around the Capital. The public can help us in our efforts by reporting any knowledge or information they have about criminals involved in high harm offending by calling the police or Crimestoppers.”

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