Sheffield man sentenced to five years for carrying a revolver in a drawstring-bag

A 22 year-old has been jailed for five years after being caught in possession of a six-shot revolver.

Ben Hodson of Dagnam Place had previously pleaded not guilty but changed his plea at Sheffield Crown Court on 25 April and was immediately sentenced.

On 11 January 2018 Hodson was spotted by plain-clothed police officers on Wulfric Place in Manor. He was wearing a drawstring bag across his body whilst talking with the driver of a blue Ford Focus.

Hodson was approached by one of the officers, but started to run and a short chase on foot ensued.

The bag he was carrying got caught on the gas meter of a residential property and he chose to abandon it. The bag was recovered and an inspection of the gun linked it back to Hodson.

He was arrested on Friday, 19 January, on Manor Park Fields off Manor Park Crescent.

The officer overseeing the case, DC Steve Hemsley from Sheffield’s Tasking Team, said: “Hodson is now starting a five-year prison sentence for merely being in possession of a firearm.

“Had he used the weapon, the consequences could have been fatal and he would have been facing a lifetime behind bars.

“I hope admitting his guilt and the sentence he has received will give him time to think about his actions and the life changing consequences being involved in illegal and criminal activity can have.”

He added: “We will not tolerate the illegal use of firearms in our city, and we are committed in bringing all those who choose to be involved in criminality before the courts to be appropriately dealt with.

He urged anyone who is concerned about suspicious behaviour in their area to contact the police or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.