Gang built gun factory to supply criminal underworld with untraceable weapons | UK News

Two men who set up a gun factory to supply London’s criminal underworld have been jailed for a total of 29 and-a-half years.

Kyle Wood and Greg Akehurst, both 30, and a third man, Mark Kinman, 63, were in the process of making around 120 weapons when their East Sussex building was raided by National Crime Agency (NCA) officers on 18 August last year.

Wood, from Littlehampton, West Sussex, and Akehurst, of no fixed address, had been tracked to the gun factory, operating under the name of MFK Engineering, on an industrial estate in Hailsham.

Both men, who were carrying pistols at the time, were arrested by firearms officers.

Kinman, who was the craftsman of the operation, was caught a short time later as he left the industrial unit.

 Mark Kinman died in prison before he could be sentenced
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Mark Kinman died in prison before he could be sentenced

The trio had been manufacturing guns based on the Browning 1922-type pistol.

They had constructed a template of the original and were making the weapons from scratch, with no serial numbers or markings.

Since the operation was closed down six guns made at their factory have been found by police – one of which had been used in two attempted murders in London.

On Wednesday Akehurst was jailed for 18 years at Kingston Crown Court after admitting possessing a firearm and conspiracy to sell or supply firearms.

Wood was jailed for 11-and-a-half years after admitting conspiracy to sell or supply firearms on the first day of his trial on May 1, having previously admitted possession of a firearm.

Kinman admitted the same charges but died in prison before he could be sentenced.

NCA deputy director of investigations Chris Farrimond said following the sentencing: “This case is unique. It is the first time that the NCA or indeed any UK law enforcement has found an illegal gun factory of this nature.”

He added: “The weapons being made there were lethal and for the criminal marketplace. The fact they had no serial markings made them all the more valuable to criminals.

“They represented a direct and real danger to our communities. A number of the weapons manufactured there we know have been used to commit violent acts on the streets.”

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