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London man who pulled out a handgun during 'insignificant traffic dispute' jailed

The incident occurred at Croyland Road in Edmonton at about 5.45pm on Sunday 23 April.

Daniel Closca.
Daniel Closca.
Image: London Met Police

A LONDON MAN who pulled out a handgun and threatened people during a traffic dispute has been jailed for 18 months.

Daniel Closca (30) Foster Hill Road, Bedford, London, pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence at Wood Green Crown Court on Friday 21 July.

London Met Police said he was sentenced that same day to 18 months in prison.

The incident occurred at Croyland Road in Edmonton at about 5.45pm on Sunday 23 April.

CCTV footage showed a black Audi A6 stop on the road due to there not being enough space to pass because of an oncoming vehicle.

The vehicle behind the Audi reversed to allow the Audi to do the same, but the Audi remained stationary.

The driver of the Audi got out and waved his hands in anger at the vehicle behind him. He then was handed what appeared to be a handgun by a woman in the car and he pointed it at people behind him before driving off.

A “marker” was put on the Audi as a result of the incident and it was later seized along with a bag containing a large quantity of cash.

Closca later attended a north London police station to enquire about getting the Audi back. He was then arrested on suspicion of possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.

Commenting on the case, detective constable Joel Gregory, the investigating officer from Enfield’s Major Crime Unit, said:

“Closca brazenly produced a firearm in the street following what appeared to be an insignificant traffic dispute.

“He had complete disregard for the safety of those around him and also made no effort to disguise what he was doing or who he was.

It was clear that Closca produced that firearm to cause the occupants of the vehicle behind him to fear for their own safety. I would like to extend my thanks to the two members of the public who supported the police investigation. Without them this conviction would not have been possible.

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