Threatened officers showed "bravery and professionalism"
Met officers have been praised for their bravery and professionalism after being threatened with a firearm by a dangerous gang.
The officers safely apprehended four gang members following the incident. The men have since been jailed for 26 years each.
The officers were responding to a call in Leytonstone on 26 July 2018 following reports of men brandishing a firearm.
The officers spotted a BMW matching the description of the car and indicated for it to stop but it failed to do so.
A high-speed pursuit then began, with the men in the BMW wielding a firearm at the officers on several occasions, before the chase ended when the suspects' car became blocked by an oncoming vehicle.
The driver attempted to flee the scene whilst the other three men were detained by officers at the scene.
Officers found a loaded shortened shotgun, a large Zombie-style knife and a Zombie-style axe in the car. A hunting knife was found under the car.
A can of petrol and the car's original registration plate were also found in the back of the vehicle. It was also later established that the car had been stolen during a burglary in Barnet.
Speaking after the verdict was given, DCI Jane Topping from the Met's Trident unit, said: “I am very pleased with the substantial sentences these men have been ordered to serve. These are extremely dangerous men with strong gang affiliations, as was recognised by the judge.
“Given the weapons they had with them, including a firearm and zombie knives, I have no doubt that their intention was to seriously injure or kill someone.
“The men made no effort to stop for police and brandished a firearm at officers during the subsequent pursuit. I would like to pay tribute to the officers in the armed response vehicle who responded with bravery and professionalism in arresting these men.
“I hope that today’s sentence sends out a clear message to anyone thinking of carrying a weapon that the Met Police works tirelessly to bring violent criminals to justice, and that the courts will seek to impose stringent sentences wherever necessary.”
Lekan Akinsoji, 21; Nathaniel Lewis, 23; Darnell Joseph-Newill, 21; and Troy Ifill, 22, were all found previously found guilty of possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life and conspiracy to commit GBH.