A man has been jailed for five years after being found with a loaded gun that would be more at home in a James Bond film.
James George Simpson, 47, from St Lawrence Way was sentenced to five years at Croydon Crown Court on Monday.
Simpson pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm with intent to endanger a life and two counts of possession of ammunition with intent to endanger life.
Police stopped Simpson’s distinct purple-coloured van at 2:25 pm on Friday, November 7 on Thornton High Street after officers noticed it was similar to a vehicle linked to a number of burglaries in the area.
A Walther PPK handgun was found on him in the police patrol’s stop and search. The gun, which has been James Bond’s weapon of choice after appearing in 20 films, was discovered fully loaded on Simpson.
A 55 year-old-man was also arrested at the scene but later released without charge.
Subsequent to the arrest police searched Simpson’s residence where they found more ammunition. Simpson was charged the next day.
Acting Detective Sergeant Maria Acworth, from the Met’s Trident Gang Crime Command who investigated the case, said: “Another gun has been taken off the streets and a dangerous criminal will now be behind bars for a long time.”
“This result came about from the good work of the local officers that identified Simpson’s van as suspicious and Londoner’s should feel safer knowing that Simpson and his gun are now off the streets.”