Police chase ex-footballer jumps from van
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Ex-footballer jumps from moving van to escape police

Police footage shows ex-Nottingham Forest footballer Luke Thomas jumping out of a moving van to escape officers.

The 20-year-old crashed the vehicle in the St Ann's area of Nottingham last June, before climbing over a fence and throwing a loaded handgun into a family's garden.

DNA linked the van and gun to Thomas, and he was arrested a few weeks later.

On Tuesday, he pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm and ammunition, as well as dangerous driving, and was jailed for five years.

Thomas, who represented Forest before a knee injury curtailed his career, admitted acting as a weapon "courier", but claimed he had not known the gun was loaded.

  • 30 May 2018