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Croxteth Young Guns gang leader jailed for 20 years

Clockwise from top left: Jewell, Holden, Hughes, Burke, Thomas, Smith-Milson and Byrne
Image caption The men were arrested by police investigating a gang feud

The ringleader of a Liverpool gang convicted of arson and firearms and drug offences has been jailed for 20 years, plus five years on licence.

Anthony Jewell, 23, of Walmersley Road, Bury, who denied all charges was boss of a gang known as Croxteth Young Guns.

Six other gang members are to be detained for up to 16 years at young offenders' institutions (YOI).

They were arrested by police investigating a feud between rival gangs in Croxteth and Norris Green.

Jewell was found guilty of conspiracy to possess firearms, conspiracy to commit arson, being reckless as to whether life was endangered, and conspiracy to supply class A and B drugs.

Not guilty pleas

Mark Thomas, 19, of Stonedale Crescent, Croxteth was detained for 16 years with four years extended on licence for the same conspiracy charges.

Ryan Holden, 20, from Fazakerley, was also sentenced to 13 years detention with three years extended on licence for same four counts.

Barry Burke, 19, also of Stonedale Crescent was detained for 12 years with four years extended on licence for conspiracy to possess firearms, conspiracy to commit arson and conspiracy to supply class A drugs.

Kyle Smith-Milson, 19, of Longmoor Lane, Fazakerley was detained for 12 years with three years extended on licence for conspiracy to possess firearms and to commit arson.

Sam Hughes, 20, of Exford Road, Croxteth, was detained for 12 years with three years extended on licence for conspiracy charges relating to firearms, arson and supplying class B drugs.

Shaun Byrne, 20, of Stonedale Crescent, was sentenced to six years detention for conspiracy to supply class A and B drugs.

All members of the gang pleaded not guilty to all counts.

Three shootings

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.

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.

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