Updated: Monday, 20th November 2017 @ 11:35am

Salford man with shocking secret firearm stash including military machine gun jailed for 13 years

Salford man with shocking secret firearm stash including military machine gun jailed for 13 years

By Andrew Locke

A Salford man who had a secret firearm stash, including a military machine gun, stored in a cupboard under the stairs was jailed for 13 years yesterday.

Paul Gribbin, 42, of Lascar Avenue, Ordsall, pleaded guilty to nine offences of possession of a prohibited weapon. 

He was sentenced to 13 years in total, six-and-a-half years each for possession of an assault rifle and the seven offences of possession of prohibited weapons and three years for possession of a Ruger rifle, to run concurrently. 

Salford Police, assisted by the Project Gulf team, originally carried out a drugs warrant on February 22 at the address.

During the comprehensive search a number of items were recovered including a self-loading handgun, a sawn-off shotgun, a semi-automatic handgun with silencer, a rifle, a pump action shotgun, a Ruger .22 rifle, a Glock handgun and a military-issue light support weapon. 

An array of ammunition was also found including magazines and a range of bullets. 

Detective Chief Inspector Chris Downey of Swinton CID said: “Gribbin’s hoard was an astonishing array of weaponry the likes of which we rarely see.”

We might never know the full story behind how Gribbins came to have such a stash of guns, but we all know these weapons have two primary aims – to threaten or kill.

The police provided a clear warning for those who consider taking possession of illegal firearms.

DCI Downey added: “This sentence hands out the strongest possible message – if you harbour illegal guns, in whatever guise, and we find out, you are guaranteed to be sent to jail for a significant portion of your life.”

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