A man from Huddersfield has been sent to prison after being conclusively linked to a firearm and ammunition discovered by a metal detectorist.

34-year-old Vajid Ali, residing on Bay Hall Common Road, Huddersfield, received a sentence of seven years and nine months at Leeds Crown Court last Tuesday (19th December). This followed his mid-trial admission of guilt to charges of possessing a prohibited firearm and possessing ammunition for a prohibited firearm.

An investigation by Programme Precision was initiated in November 2022 following a report from a member of the public who had uncovered a sawn-off shotgun and cartridges buried in Grimescar Woods. The ammunition, weapon, and their packaging underwent forensic examination, establishing a connection to Ali.

Detective Sergeant Seb Morgan, of Operation Precision in Kirklees, said: “The shotgun was found to still be a viable weapon. Thanks to the member of the public who found this firearm and ammunition, we have been able to ensure that it is safely disposed of and prevented from getting into the wrong hands.

“Ali has tried to downplay his involvement and claimed he was forced to bury the gun, but we have been able to demonstrate his wider involvement in serious organised criminality. The sentence he has been given demonstrates the severity with which the criminal justice system treats such offences and I hope it sends a strong message to others about the repercussions of handling prohibited weapons.”