Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Thugs Jailed over Gun Attack on Home of 'A-Team Leader'

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Thugs Jailed over Gun Attack on Home of 'A-Team Leader'

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THREE men have been jailed over a brutal gun attack at the home of the alleged leader of Salford's A-Team gang, the M.E.N. can reveal.

Three shots were fired through the rear patio doors of a house on Cloughfield Avenue in Ordsall, the family home of Stephen Britton.

Britton was named as the leader of Salford's A-Team crime gang in two trials about the explosion of violence, including the murder of the Salford 'Mr Big' Paul Massey. He wasn't in at the home at the time of the shooting in May last year, but two siblings and his mother were.

They were not injured. Britton was said to consider Massey his mentor. Following the conclusion of the trials in March, the M.E.N. published a picture of Britton with Jamie Rothwell, said to be a key member of an opposing gang, holding what appeared to be peace talks in Madrid.

This sophisticated meticulously attack Judge Patrick Now three men have been jailed over the shooting at the Britton family home. A court heard that Tony Kelly, 27, Phillip Manning, 31, Bryan Thomas, 19, and a fourth, as yet untraced person, travelled to Greater Manchester from Merseyside to carry out the attack.

Shots were fired from a semiautomatic weapon, a pistol or sub machine-gun, at a back door, with one going into the house and hitting Joshua Jones, 26, Darren Preston, prosecuting, told Manchester Crown Court.

The trio, who had travelled to Salford in a VW Golf with cloned number plates, fled the scene, leaving their victim for dead.

Police were called at about 10pm on Saturday, May 22, after the shots were heard. When officers arrived they found Mr Jones writhing in agony and clutching his side. He had a bullet lodged near his spine and was rushed to hospital, where he had to undergo emergency surgery.

was a and planned Field QC He spent six days in hospital before being discharged. He has since recovered fully.

The court heard aside from Mr Jones the house was occupied by Devon, Barry and Sharon Britton.

Devon is understood to be the sister of Stephen Britton, and Barry his brother, while Sharon is his mother. …

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