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Jail term for ex-police officer guilty of gun crime

16/11/2010

Ex-police sergeant in prison for gun crime

A former sergeant with Lancashire Constabulary has been jailed for 11-and-a-half years after admitting his involvement in gang crime in Preston.

Salim Razaq, 33, from Walton-le-Dale, who served with the police until his arrest, pleaded guilty to firearms offences, money laundering and perverting the course of justice at Liverpool Crown Court.

Salim's brother Hafiz Razaq, 25, and his mother Gulshan Razaq, 58, of Chester Road, Preston, and three others also admitted charges in relation to the case.

Hafiz Razaq was sentenced to three years and six months in prison, and his mother was given a 44-week prison sentence, suspended for two years.

Both had admitted perverting the course of justice and Hafiz also admitted conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.

Richard Riley, Senior Crown Prosecutor, 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.  This collaborative approach meant that we were confident that we had the evidence and information we needed to prosecute. The guilty pleas from the defendants are a testament to the team's thorough investigative and case preparation work.

Richard added: "These are very serious crimes and this case demonstrates that we will robustly prosecute any individual involved 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.

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