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BBC's Gun No.6 film to show chilling moment man shot dead in Post Office raid

30 Nov 2018, 20:39

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The post office raid in Bromsgrove features in Gun No.6 film about Britain's deadliest illegal gun

A BBC film called Gun No.6 will show the chilling moment a man was shot and killed during an attempted Post Office raid.

Part documentary, part reconstruction, the film tells the haunting story of an automatic weapon that has been used in at least 11 different shootings.

The gun has never been found but three men have been killed by its bullets and ten men involved in those crimes have been jailed for at least 30 years each.

First known to have been fired on Proctor Street in central Birmingham on February 23, 2003, the 9mm military-style weapon in question is similar to a CZ 75 pistol.

The film opens with horrifying footage of the moment 29-year-old Craig Hodson-Walker was shot in the chest and killed during an attempted robbery at the post office he ran with his parents in Fairfield, near Bromsgrove.

There is a reconstruction of events just before the men went into the shop on January 9, 2009.

The film then uses the actual CCTV from inside the post office.

You can watch the trailer for Gun No.6 on the video below.

Some of the CCTV footage has been published before, but not the actual moment the gun is fired.

Craig attempted to use a cricket bat to deal with the intruders while wearing only his boxer shorts before he was shot and is then seen lying on the floor behind shelving.

His father Ken survived being shot in the leg.

Christopher Morrissey, 32, his brother Declan Morrissey, 34, and Anselm Ribera, 34, were jailed for life with a minimum of 34 years each by Mr Justice Colman Treacy who branded them “parasitic criminals”.

Ribera went armed with an automatic pistol, which he cocked just seconds after entering, and the Morrisseys shared a sledgehammer.

Gun No.6 features heartbreaking testimonies from the families and loved ones of the three people the pistol has killed to date.

And, in a bid to explain why young men choose to live by the gun, five ex-offenders with no connection to any of the featured crimes take part in re-innactions.

But in playing the roles of gunmen and victims they, too, are reduced to tears as their own previous lives come back to haunt them.

Talking about the death of their son Craig Hodson-Walker, who was shot during an attempted robbery at their family-run Fairfield Post Office near Bromsgrove, mum Judy says: “I often think: ‘Why would somebody think it’s perfectly normal to pick up a gun?’ and that question needs to be answered somewhere.”

She adds later: “(Craig) protected us, but we couldn’t do the same for him.

“That is the difficult bit. I just believe he stopped evil that day.”

Craig’s father Ken, who was shot in the leg adds: “It doesn’t get any easier. What’s it been, seven... eight years?

“It takes a long time to get over stuff. Things like that never go away.”

Reviewing ballistic forensic data from multiple shootings in the early 2000s, West Midlands Police made a list of the ten most wanted guns which were being used most frequently in crimes.

It was in 2006 that we first detailed the disturbing story of 'gun number six' at this link here https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/l ... -six-21206

+ Gun No.6 - bill ed as 'the story of Britain’s most deadly, illegal gun', will be screened at 9pm on BBC2 on Sunday, December 2, 2018.

Ballistics experts have linked the still undiscovered gun used at Fairfield to ten other shootings, two of which also resulted in fatatlities.

The last time it was known to have been used before the Post Office raid was on July 23, 2005 when Andrew Huntley was shot twice in the head under a Digbeth railway arch.

Londoner Kemar Whittaker was later found guilty and jailed for life - he told to expect to serve at least 30 years.

On November 20, 2004, Premonitions' nightclub doorman and father-of one Ishfaq Ahmed was shot three times on Bristol Street after refusing admission to a group of men.

Six members of a gang were each jailed for 30 years following his death.

For details of all the crimes connected with the missing gun, read ‘The full story of Birmingham’s Gun Number 6 – the weapon behind three murders’ at this link here https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/m ... r-15268033

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