A THIRTY-TWO-year-old man from Worsley has been jailed for five years, after officers found two guns in woodland in Manchester.

Detectives from GMP's Serious and Organised Crime group carried out the searches as part of a proactive investigation which found that the DNA on the revolver found, which was wrapped in cling film, was Jon Keelan's.

The Bolton News:

Mr Keelan pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm, possession of a prohibited weapon, and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

The thorough search, which took place from 30 June to 2 July, led to the discovery of a small black Retay box hidden next to the base of a tree and buried under approximately one inch of soil.

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The Retay seized by officers and linked to Mr Keelan was found to be converted into a lethal weapon with two bullets inside, and was capable of firing live ammunition.

Detective Inspector Phil Kennedy, from GMP's Serious and Organised Crime Group, said: "Monday's sentence is another huge step in our fight on organised crime and the use of firearms across the region.

"Criminals having Retay guns that are turned into live firing guns is a national issue and one that could ultimately cost someone's life but we are absolutely committed to finding those involved and today's sentence is an example of that off the back of one of our many proactive investigations.

"Not everything we're doing is visible for operational reasons but we will not stop pursuing such dangerous and scheming individuals across our region. Our focus remains on taking strong action against those in society who are involved in firearms and the work doesn't stop here."

The Bolton News:

Across the UK, approximately 130 converted Retays have been recovered since the beginning of the 2020.

A total of 18 of those were seized by GMP across Greater Manchester.