FOUR men have been jailed after a firearm was used to cause damage to a house in Wakefield.

The incident happened in Radcliffe Road in the early hours of August 13 last year, when males wearing balaclavas approached the property and used a firearm to cause damage before leaving the scene in a car, which was later found burnt out.

Today at Leeds Crown Court – Travis Neagle, Samuel Clegg, Anthony Smithey and William Bedford were jailed for a total of 13 and a half years after they had earlier pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.

Neagle, 27, of Neptune Street, Hunslet, was jailed for five years and two months.

Smithey, 27, of Cedar Drive, Dewsbury, and Bedford, 21, of Cedar Road in Dewsbury, were jailed for three years and three months each.

Clegg, 23, of Edge Avenue, Dewsbury, received a 30-month sentence.

Speaking after the sentencing, Detective Chief Inspector Fiona Gaffney, of West Yorkshire Police’s Firearms Prevention and Investigation Team, said: “Incidents involving firearms on the streets of West Yorkshire will not be tolerated and I hope this outcome shows that we will take action against those who bring fear and misery to our communities through their illegal use.

“West Yorkshire Police works closely with partners, through Programme Precision, to tackle the use of firearms in crime and make communities safer by taking these weapons off the streets. Anyone with information about the illegal use of firearms can report it to police, either by calling 101 or online through the West Yorkshire Police website.

“Information can also be reported anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 or online.”