Community relief for Call of Duty-style gun plot in Bestwood

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Community relief for Call of Duty-style gun plot in Bestwood

Bestwood residents say they are “relieved” after two men were jailed for a plot to transport a sawed-off shotgun. Nathan Clifford was thwarted by police when he tried to hide the deadly weapon in a sheet on Caldbeck Walk, Bestwood Park.

The 34-year-old man also had eight cartridges that matched the caliber of the gun, as well as a shotgun grip and hardware needed to fire the gun. He was arrested on December 30, 2020, with Call of Duty-style footage showing the moment he was caught, with armed police officers yelling “stay where you are, don’t move, show me your hands, get on your knees, do it.” now”.

Clifford, from Caldbeck Walk in Bestwood, has now been jailed for eight years and four months after appearing at Nottingham Crown Court. He pleaded guilty to conspiring to transfer a prohibited firearm and possession of firearm ammunition when prohibited.

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People in Bestwood told Nottinghamshire Live it was scary to think of guns on the streets of such a “close-knit community”. Derek Lydamore, who has lived on Caldbeck Walk for the past 60 years, knows the area better than most. He said: “I don’t remember it happening, to be honest. There’s not much trouble around here, nothing like that anyway.”

“You had the shooting here, but that was about 10 years ago. There have been no other serious incidents that I can think of.”



Derek Lydamore, who has lived on Caldbeck Walk for the past 60 years
Derek Lydamore, who has lived on Caldbeck Walk for the past 60 years

Another Bestwood resident, who wished to remain anonymous, said: “It’s really scary to hear, that’s for sure. It’s a pretty close-knit community around here, most people look out for each other.”

“The thought of someone carrying a shotgun is really scary and I’m glad he’s not going to be back, at least not for a long time. He’s the kind of person who gives Bestwood a bad name, which is unfair in my opinion.” It’s a great place to live, we’ve been here for almost five years.”

Meanwhile, Keeley Graham, 29, told Nottinghamshire Live: “I’m glad they’re in lockdown, you don’t want those kinds of people living next to you do you? People need to realize what these weapons can do.” do, they can tear families apart. It’s really sad that it’s happening, it says something about the times we’re in right now.”

As Clifford was being handcuffed on Caldbeck Walk, a pickup truck driven by 36-year-old Adrian Keeling arrived in the area but quickly withdrew upon seeing police activity. Officers gave chase in their patrol cars and stopped the vehicle before also arresting Keeling nearby on suspicion of weapons charges. Detectives discovered that the couple had exchanged phone messages arranging for the delivery of the gun that night.

Keeling, from HMP Doncaster, received a prison sentence of 11 years and eight months after admitting to the same charges as Clifford and possession with intent to supply drugs.

Detective Inspector Mark Adas said: “This was an extensive investigation involving extensive investigative work by experts in the region and resulted in the removal of a deadly firearm and two dangerous men from our streets. The telephone evidence provided a clear story around the December 30, 2020 event that involved them organizing the delivery of the gun and subsequently reacting to police activity.



Nathan Clifford and Adrian Keeling.

“Seizures of this nature protect the public and are an invaluable part of our fight against organized crime. Firearms can be deadly in the wrong hands, so I am very pleased that we have been able to remove this weapon from circulation, which would undoubtedly have been used to further the criminal objectives of those who commissioned its use.

“Firearms crime is treated extremely seriously by the police, who remain committed to taking guns off the streets. Information is vital to doing this and I urge anyone with information about illegal firearms to contact the police immediately by calling 101 or 999 in an emergency. Your actions could very well help save someone’s life.

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