TWO Uzi-toting teenage cousins who brought terror to the streets of Merseyside were today behind bars.
Nathan McGrail was finally jailed for seven years last week – along with his cousin Jason.
Police said the 18-year-old considered himself “above the law” after a catalogue of tit-for-tat shootings in Huyton.
Bullets were sprayed at houses as a teen gang war waged on the Bakers Green estate leaving people afraid to leave their homes.
McGrail was jailed for six years for possessing a handgun and bullets used in a robbery on Reeds Road. The teenager, from the Bakers Green estate, was also given a seven-year sentence to run concurrently for possessing an automatic Uzi.
In December last year Merseyside police released a picture of McGrail saying they wanted to speak to him in connection with a spate of shootings.
He was later given an injunction restricting his behaviour and where he could and couldn’t go in Huyton.
His cousin Jason, 19, of Brookwood Road, Huyton, was locked up for seven years after he was caught in a taxi carrying an Uzi submachine gun, a silencer and dozens of cartridges.
George Sweeney, 25, of Ancroft Road, Page Moss, was sentenced for three years for attempting to retrieve a gun used by the McGrail family.
Detective chief inspector Chris Green told the ECHO: “The McGrails were involved in various types of criminality.
“With Nathan McGrail we got him moved off the estate in Huyton and that’s when he started to make mistakes and we moved in
Merseyside Police also released details of other criminals who have been jailed recently.
John Muldoon, of Alicia Walk, Fazakerley, was this month jailed for 11 years for robbing Merseyside taxi drivers at gunpoint during a seven-week reign of terror.
Described as “ruthless” by a crown court judge the desperate 26-year-old hijacked cabbies pushing a gun into his victims’ foreheads, shoulder and ribs.
Another five-year sentence was handed out to Anthony Noon, 23, from Wellfield Avenue, Southdene, for an unprovoked assault in the Kingfisher pub.
He battered a man in the toilets who was out celebrating his parents’ wedding anniversary.
The victim, in his 20s, was left for dead and spent weeks in hospital on a life-support machine before eventually recovering.
Detectives said they were met with a wall of silence due to Noon’s criminal standing in the community.
But eventually people came forward, and together with evidence, police were able to prove his guilt.
Other Knowsley criminals now behind bars include Ross Spencer, 25, of Caldywood Drive, Whiston.
He was sentenced to five years for possession with intent to supply Class A drugs.
Michael Gallagher, 33, of no fixed abode, was sentenced to five years imprisonment for armed robbery.
And Stephen Arnold, from Field Lane Hostel, Fazakerley, was sentenced to four years and eight months for a robbery against a taxi driver in Huyton.
The 35-year-old, along with accomplice Nicholas Hammill, 20, ordered a taxi from Field Lane, Kirkby, going to Halewood.
They robbed the taxi driver at gunpoint, assaulting him and stealing his cab.
Forensic tests saw the pair caught by police and the cabbie was able to ID his attackers.
When detectives called the mobile number used to order the taxi it rang in one of the offenders pockets at his home address.
Hammill, of Field Lane, Fazakerley, was jailed for three years and 10 months.
Also jailed was Darren O'Reilly, 23, of Holly Road, Fairfield.
He was sentenced to two years and three months for a string of offences including escaping police custody, assault and handling stolen property.
David Yates, 31, of Bracknell Close, Southdene, was sentenced to two years for burgling a house in the Kirkby area.
DCI Chris Green said: “This is a great achievement for Knowsley and it reinforces our commitment to cracking down on crime
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