Two jailed over gun imitation incident in Accrington

Two men have been jailed following an incident on May 3, where an imitation firearm was fired at a car in Accrington.

Monday, 21st December 2020, 4:09 pm

At 12.40pm on May 3, Lancashire police were called to reports that an Audi had been hit by a Mercedes vehicle and that the Audi had also been shot at on Ormerod Street, Accrington.

Footage from the incident shows the Mercedes pull up alongside the Audi where an arm comes out of the front passenger side window holding a BB gun.

The weapon is pointed at the Audi driver’s window and fired.

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There is further footage of defendant Hughie Lock getting out of the Mercedes and firing a gun at the car before the Audi speeds away.

The Mercedes, which Lock was a passenger in, was later discovered at a caravan site on Aqueduct Road, Blackburn.

The driver of that vehicle was Lock’s co-defendant Kieron Bolton.

Lock, 27, of Aqueduct Road, Blackburn, and Bolton, 22, of Glenluce Crescent, Blackburn, both pleaded guilty to possession of an imitation firearm with intent to cause an individual to believe that violence would be used against them and two counts of criminal damage.

Lock was sentenced to two years and nine months in custody, while Bolton was given two years and 11 months and was banned from driving for 12 months.

DC Paul Beverley, of East CID, said: “This was a dispute between two parties who were known to each other which escalated into unacceptable violence on the streets of Accrington.

"I understand that this incident would have caused a great deal of concern in the community at the time and I hope the speedy arrests and subsequent custodial sentences will provide residents with a sense of reassurance.”

Anyone with information about crime in their area are encouraged to call police on 101.

Hughie Lock (left) and Kieron Bolton (right)