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Ex Police Officer Pleads Guilty to Gun Crime

05/11/2010

Police sergeant guilty of gun crime.

A former sergeant with Lancashire Constabulary has pleaded guilty to firearms offences, money laundering and perverting the course of justice.

Salim Razaq, 33, who served with the police until his arrest, admitted to being invovled in activities to support gang crime in Preston, but had denied deeption regarding a mortgage application. He was cleared of mortgage fraud at Liverpool Crown Court.

Five others, including Salim's brother, Hafiz, and mother, Gulshan, have also pleaded guility to offences including money laundering and perverting the course of justice.  Jason Lawrenson, 26, and Daniel Cookson, 25, admitted money laundering and Louis Bamber, 22, admitted possion of a firearm.

Richard Riley, Senior Crown Prosecutor with Merseyside CPS, said: "Lancashire Constabulary and Merseyside Crown Prosecution Service have worked together for more than a year to build a strong case against all of the defendants.

"The convictions are a real testament to that collaborative approach.

"These are extermely serious crimes and we will robustly prosecute any individual who is invovled in gun and gang crime regardless of their role in society."

The prosecution case centered on the fact that Salim had effectively taken over criminal activity from his brother Hafiz after he was jailed for kidnap in 2008.

All the defendants will be sentenced on 11 November at Liverpool Crown Court.

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For more information contact Sharon King, Group Communications Manager, CPS Mersey-Cheshire on 0151 239 6465