We must not be complacent on gun crime, warns Dartford MP after McKinley killing

PUBLISHED: 09:45 21 August 2013 | UPDATED: 09:46 21 August 2013

Dartford MP Gareth Johnson warned the public not to become “complacent” over gun crime, following the conviction of Michaela Sargeant.

Mr Johnson welcomed the jury’s verdict at Maidstone Crown Court on Monday, but said it served to highlight that gun crime is a serious problem.

He said: “We cannot allow ourselves to be complacent when it comes to gun crime.

“When firearms get in to the wrong hands, then tragedy is rarely far behind.”

However, the MP did point out that crimes such as the killing of Kevin McKinley are “incredibly rare” in Dartford.

He added: “This incident shocked the whole of Dartford.

“This was a tragic incident with terrible consequences for those involved, rather than an incident which presents a wider risk to the community as a whole.”

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