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Man jailed for shooting gun outside Sheffield pub

Jamie Lee Howden Image copyright South Yorkshire Police
Image caption Jamie Lee Howden was seen on CCTV taking cover behind parked cars outside the pub

A man who fired a gun across a busy pub car park has been jailed for 13 years.

Jamie Lee Howden, 26, fired the shots outside The Thorncliffe Arms in Chapeltown, Sheffield, on the night of 15 July last year.

No-one was injured but one of the bullets passed through the back seats of a car, coming to a rest in its boot.

Howden, of Barber Street in Barnsley, admitted possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life and was jailed for 13 years at Sheffield Crown Court.

South Yorkshire Police said he was seen on CCTV sitting outside the pub with friends when a group of four men walked into the car park.

'Military style'

When the group walked away, Howden fired a shot "wildly" into the air across the car park, which was full of cars.

He then took cover behind some parked cars, in what police described as a "military style", and took more shots at the group of men who had approached him.

Det Con Steve Robinson said: "In the frenzy, one of the shots he fires passes through a car, through the car's back seats and landing where it was recovered in the boot."

He added: "Thankfully, no one was injured but this could have easily turned in to a fatal incident."

Howden's friend. Lewis Michael Taylor, 21, of Fircroft Road, Shiregreen, was sentenced to six years and four months on 21 December in relation to the same incident.

He pleaded guilty to possession of an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.

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