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Man jailed after gun fired in Rugby street

Police say two Rugby men jailed for firing a gun in a town street showed complete disregard for public safety.

Glenroy Bernard Blackstock, 30, of Newland Street, Rugby, and Damion Rea, 25, of Grosvenor Road, Rugby, were found guilty of possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence when they appeared at Warwickshire Crown Court in July.

Both had previously pleaded guilty to possession of a self-loading or pump action smooth bore gun and possession of a firearm while prohibited for life. The incident occurred on the evening of 29 November 2017.

Following a dispute over drugs Rea fired two shots at a house on Oxford Street breaking the windows. Rea and Blackstock then disposed of the gun at a picnic site in Newton.

Blackstock was identified as a suspect and officers managed to place him at the scene of the shooting thanks to an electronic tag he was wearing following his release from prison. They then traced his movements to the picnic site where they uncovered the gun.

Rea was linked to the gun following forensic analysis.

Blackstock had also previously pleaded guilty to possession of class A drugs with intent to supply after police found drugs and paraphernalia at his address following his arrest on 1 December.

Appearing at Wolverhampton Crown Court on Monday (10 September), Blackstock was jailed for 8 years with a two year extended licence period and Rea for seven years.

Following the sentencing, Detective Constable James Middleton said: "Blackstock and Rea went out to settle a dispute and showed complete disregard for the safety of the public and the occupants of the house.

"Excellent policing work quickly identified the two suspects and linked them to the incident leading to their arrest.

"Warwickshire Police is committed to removing firearms from our streets. Anyone with concerns around firearms should call the police on 101. Alternatively, information can be provided anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111."

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