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Two men jailed for Stratford shooting

Two teenagers have been sentenced to a total of 21 years in prison for shooting a boy in the leg following a dispute between drug gangs.

Abdi Ali Displays a larger version of this image in a new browser window
Abdi Ali
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Ethan Kirkwood
Abdi Ali, Ethan Kirkwood and another man went to a house where the 17-year-old victim was on the evening of 4 December 2017.

Ali accused the victim of being involved in a robbery in Stratford a few weeks earlier.

Following an altercation in the house Ali shot the victim in the leg, causing him life changing injuries.

Ali, 19, of St. Peter's Road, Leicester, was arrested four days later in Bristol. He pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm and possession of a shotgun with intent to endanger life at an earlier hearing. Appearing at Warwick Crown Court yesterday (Monday 6 August) he was sentenced to eight years in prison.

Kirkwood, 18, of Ackleton Grove, Birmingham, was arrested on 13 December. He previously pleaded guilty to the same offences and was sentenced in June to 13 years in prison.

Inspector Sutherland Lane from Warwickshire Police said: "Ali believed the victim had been involved in the robbery and went about settling the score in the most brutal and violent way. He shot him in the leg causing extremely serious injuries.

"This was an extremely reckless act and could easily have had more serious consequences."

The incident was linked to county lines drug dealing in the town. This involves drugs being transferred from larger cities into smaller towns.

Operation Cerberus was launched in the town in response to the shooting with the aim of tackling the supply of drugs coming into Stratford.

To date there have been 20 arrests and more than £30,000 worth of drugs seized.

Inspector Dave Kettle said: "County lines criminals tackle the most vulnerable people in our communities. Quite often they 'befriend' vulnerable people and start dealing drugs out of their home; a practice known as cuckooing.

"Operation Cerberus has had a huge impact on the lines of drugs coming into the town from larger cities both nearby and further away.

"We are committed to making Stratford as hostile as possible for people to deal drugs. This is an ongoing battle and the support of public is vital in helping us ensure we keep Stratford a safe place in which to live."

If anyone has information that could help police tackle drug dealing in Stratford they can call 101. Alternatively, information can be provided anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or via www.crimestoppers-uk.org

 

Posted by Sam Cook, Communications Officer

Published 07/08/18