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GUN MEN LOSE JAIL APPEAL.

TWO Mersey gun runners failed to get their sentences reduced.

Kaleem Akhtar was told by a top judge the gravity of his crime "cannot be exaggerated".

Akhtar, 31, and cage-fighting career criminal Paul Wilson, 38, were members of Britain's biggest gun running gang supplying handguns to the underworld.

Their appeals for shorter sentences were thrown out of court yesterday.

Akhtar, of Abbotsford Road, Chorlton, Manchester, was jailed for 20 years and Wilson, of Liverpool Road, Southport, for 11 years, six months in August 2008.

Akhtar led a double life, working in his family's cut-price clothing store Storm, in St John's centre, by day, but being a playboy mobster by night.

Self-styled "Big K" was said to be a "thrill-seeking rich kid" attracted to the "glamour" of the underworld.
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Oct 7, 2009
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