A teenager who used his social media account to wave around a shotgun brought the police to his door.
Detectives had linked Carl Brown to an Instagram post, which showed a man in a balaclava dancing and rapping while holding a shotgun and a handgun.
Brown 18, from Thornton Heath, who had set up an account called ’stabber_’ can also be seen posing with one hand down his trousers, the other hand posturing and wearing a neck scarf on his head.
When police came knocking at his Headcorn Road home he tried to escape and jumped onto a shed, which collapsed, causing him to fall through the roof and sustain leg injures that required hospital treatment.
Police found a sawn-off single-barrelled 12 Bore shotgun in a bag near to where the teen had fallen. They also found crack cocaine and heroin in his house.
Brown, was sentenced at Croydon Crown on Wednesday April 4, after pleading guilty to possession of a firearm and ammunition and possession of heroin and crack cocaine with intent to supply. He was sentenced to a total of three years in custody.
He also received an 18-month sentence, to be served consecutively for breaching a suspended sentence order imposed at Lewes Crown in January.
The court heard a search warrant was conducted by armed officers supporting officers from the Operation Viper team, part of Trident, on Wednesday, 10 January.
Detective Constable Peter Whibley, of the Met’s Trident and Area Crime Command, said: “This case demonstrates that we will arrest anyone believed to be in unlawful possession of a firearm.
“We know that social media can be used to incite violence and we will continue to take action against the people that take part in this behaviour. The Met’s Trident teams work tirelessly to remove as many firearms as possible from the streets of London.”
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