Croxteth Crew gang members face jail

Clockwise from top left: Jewell, Holden, Hughes, Burke, Thomas, Smith-Milson and Byrne
Image caption The seven were found guilty and will be sentenced next month

Seven members of a Liverpool gang have been found guilty of being involved in shootings, arson and drugs offences.

The so-called Croxteth Crew members were convicted after a police investigation into a feud between groups in Croxteth and Norris Green.

Ringleader Anthony Jewell, 22, and Mark Thomas, 19, were found guilty along with five others on Monday.

They are due to be sentenced at Liverpool Crown Court on 29 April and have been warned they face jail.

During an 18-month long investigation into the gang, police seized firearms, live bullets and a replica grenade.

Two of the weapons - one disguised as a key fob - were used in three shootings, including one where a man was kneecapped.

Some of the guns were found on waste ground in Croxteth.

Long sentences

Jewell, of Walmersley Road, Bury, and Thomas, of Stonedale Crescent, Croxteth, were convicted of conspiracy to possess firearms with intent to supply and conspiracy to commit arson being reckless as to whether life was endangered.

Barry Burke, 19, also of Stonedale Crescent; Kyle Smith-Milson, 18, of Longmoor Lane, Fazakerley; Ryan Holden, 20, of Montrovia Road, Fazakerly, and Sam Hughes, 20, of Exford Road, Croxteth, were convicted of the same charge.

Jewell, Thomas, Burke, Holden, Hughes and Shaun Byrne, 20, of Stonedale Crescent, were also convicted of drugs charges.

Daniel Fitzsimmons, 31, was found not guilty of possession of a firearm and Hannah Barton was cleared of conspiracy to possess firearms with intent to endanger life and conspiracy to supply controlled drugs.

Speaking in court, Mr Justice Openshaw said the crimes committed required very long sentences.

Barry Burke, 19, Kyle Smith-Milson, 18, Ryan Holden, 20, Shaun Byrne, 20 and Sam Hughes, 20, were found guilty at Liverpool Crown Court.

Officers recovered drugs and weapons during their 18-month long inquiry.

The gang are due to be sentenced at Liverpool Crown Court next month.

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