Jail for Underworld's Gun Quartermasters

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A father and son dubbed 'quartermasters' to the criminal underworld were jailed yesterday for selling thousands of deactivated and supposedly safe guns with kits to convert them into live weapons.

Former egg salesmen William Mitchell Greenwood (76) and Mitchell Verne Greenwood (42) offered more than 4,000 legal AK-47 rifles, Uzi submachineguns and pistols from a makeshift shop in a converted farm building in a small, rural village.

But during a six-week trial, jurors heard that the pair also sold barrel blanks and chamber reamers -the tools needed to restore the firearms -and gave criminal customers expert advice gleaned from their store of 1,000 gun manuals.

Both men, from Catchills Farm, South Wingfield, Derbyshire, had earlier been found guilty of a charge of conspiracy to convert deactivated firearms into live weapons, Nottingham Crown Court heard.

Following their trial, police revealed that weapons supplied by the Greenwoods have been recovered at the scenes of eight murders, countless gangland shootings and in a loyalist arms cache.

Sentencing both men for the maximum term of seven years, Judge Alison Hampton told them: 'You showed no remorse, no regret and no sense of shame for the consequences of your actions. …