A HOYLAND man will be sentenced at Crown Court in January after pleading guilty over his role in a shooting at a pub. 

26-year-old Jamie Lee Howden, of Barber Street, Hoyland, appeared before Sheffield Crown Court today (Wednesday December 21), and pleaded guilty to to possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life.

He appeared in court alongside 21-year-old Lewis Michael Taylor, of Fircroft Road, Shiregreen, who was jailed for six years and four months after pleading guilty to possession of an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.

The incident took place in July, when police received calls that shots had been fired at the Thorncliffe Arms in Chapeltown.

Officers immediately attended and after an extensive search of the area, a cluster of spent ammunition casings and one unspent live round was discovered.

Detectives viewed CCTV footage from both the pub and nearby locations, and footage showed Howden, Taylor and several other friends sitting outside of the pub before four men enter the car park and approach the group.

After a brief conversation, the four men were seen to walk away before Howden and Taylor followed.

Detective Constable Steve Robinson, the investigating officer, said: “Howden then ran from where he was standing outside of the pub, closely followed by Taylor.

“Howden began by firing a single shot wild into the air across a car park full of cars. CCTV showed that some of these cars had people inside them who could be seen ducking for cover upon hearing the sound of gunshots.

“Taylor is seen to do the same, but it is believed with an imitation firearm. Howden then, in what can only be described as military like style, uses his surroundings of parked cars to duck and take cover before firing multiple shots directly at the men he is pursuing. He then gives further chase before firing again.

“In the frenzy, one of the shots he fires passes through a car, through the cars back seats and landing, where it was recovered in the boot.

“An extensive investigation was launched and through thorough CCTV analysis and enquiries in the local area, we were able to identify those involved and piece together their exact movements.

“Thankfully, no one was injured but this could have easily turned in to a fatal incident. Being in possession of a gun does not give you status, it does not give you authority and anyone found to be carrying a firearm will be arrested and brought to justice.

“Through both overt and covert policing operations, we will continue to identify those who carry firearms on the streets of South Yorkshire to ensure that this county is a safe place to live.”

Howden has been remanded in custody and will be sentenced at Sheffield Crown Court on Friday 6 January 2017.