Ricky Anderson Sentenced to 5 Years for Firearms Offences

Ricky Anderson, 45, was sentenced to five years in prison for firearms offences after police found explosives, ammunition, and a gun at his Woodford Green address. Anderson was arrested in September 2022 after a disturbance call and was also given a five-year serious crime prevention order.

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Ricky Anderson Sentenced to 5 Years for Firearms Offences

Ricky Anderson Sentenced to 5 Years for Firearms Offences

Ricky Anderson, a 45-year-old man from Woodford Green, has been sentenced to five years in prison for a string of firearms offences. On Thursday, 9 May 2024, Anderson appeared at Snaresbrook Crown Court where he was also given a five-year serious crime prevention order.

The offences came to light on Tuesday, 27 September 2022, when police were called to reports of a disturbance at Anderson's address on Beechwood Drive. Upon arrival, Anderson attempted to flee from officers but was detained after a brief foot chase. A subsequent search of his property uncovered a cache of dangerous items.

Why this matters: The seizure of explosives, ammunition, and a gun from Anderson's home highlights the ongoing threat of gun violence and illegal firearms in urban areas. This incident serves as a reminder of the importance of community vigilance and cooperation with law enforcement to prevent potential harm to the public.

Among the seized items were explosive powder contained in an improvised potentially explosive device, a vice and tooling equipment, approximately 80 rounds of blank ammunition, and an assortment of fireworks and chemicals commonly used in the manufacture of firearms, including sulphur, charcoal, and graphite. Anderson claimed he had found the makeshift explosive device and was intending to dismantle it.

Following his arrest, Anderson was taken to an east London police station, where he was charged on Thursday, 29 September 2022. The investigation involved specialist units from the Met's Trident and Area Command, SO15 Counter Terrorism Command, and specialist search teams.

Inspector Matt Freeman of the Met's Trident and Area Commands commented on the case, stating, "Anderson is a dangerous individual. While we can't know what his motivations were, we do know that he had equipped himself to do harm using a number of potentially lethal methods." Freeman further emphasized the gravity of the situation, adding, "It was sheer luck that the chemicals he was using didn't cause an explosion that could have damaged the surrounding homes and occupants."

The Met Police urge anyone with information that could help keep their community safe to contact them or the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. Anderson's sentencing serves as a stark reminder of the dangers posed by individuals who possess illegal firearms and explosives. The swift action taken by law enforcement has undoubtedly prevented potential harm to the public.

Key Takeaways

  • Ricky Anderson, 45, from Woodford Green, sentenced to 5 years in prison for firearms offences.
  • Police found explosives, ammunition, and a gun at his address on Beechwood Drive.
  • Anderson claimed he found the makeshift explosive device and intended to dismantle it.
  • Police say Anderson is a "dangerous individual" who had equipped himself to do harm.
  • He was also given a 5-year serious crime prevention order to prevent future harm.