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Jail for man who shot at police outside Southwark restaurant

London SE1 website team

21-year old Callum Hall, who shot at police officers outside restaurants in Isabella Street near Southwark Underground Station in August 2009, has been given an indeterminate prison sentence for public protection.

On 5 August 2009 diners at Thai Silk Southwark in Isabella Street ran for cover as Callum Hall fired shots at two police constables who were pursuing him from Hatfields towards Blackfriars Road.

PC Colin Hutton and PC Vincent Turner had recognised Hall who was wanted by police in relation to a series of violent armed robberies in Walworth.

PC Hutton and PC Turner of Lambeth Police were commended by the judge for their "courage and fortitude".

Blackfriars Road and surrounding streets were closed for many hours after the gunshots were fired.

Callum Hall was convicted of a range of offences in August this year. On Friday he was sentenced at the Old Bailey.

Hall and his two associates were given sentences totalling 101 years and six months.

Callum Hall has been sentenced to 14 years for possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life, 7 years for aggravated burglary, 2 years for false imprisonment, 12 years for possession of a firearm with intent to rob, 18 months for wounding, 8 years for attempted aggravated burglary, 5 years for possession of a firearm, 5 years for possession of ammunition and 12 years for another count of possession of a firearm with intent to endanger

Hall is considered dangerous and was given an indeterminate sentence for public protection. He must serve a minimum of 13 years until he can apply to be considered for release.

Deniz Ozdil and Anthony Babalola have also been sentenced for their part in a series of violent armed robberies in SE17.

"We welcome the sentences imposed today and hope that these will act as a deterrent for those who would engage in firearms enabled offending," says Detective Sergeant Paul Davis of Operation Trident.

"These men were clearly dangerous individuals who showed no remorse for their victims. The catalogue of offences disclosed by this investigation was as serious as could be imagined.

"It is of note that the Judge commended the actions of the officers who sought to apprehend Hall – PCs Hutton and Turner – stating that they acted with "courage and fortitude".

"This result was achieved with the assistance of the local community and Operation Trident will continue to support and protect those community members."

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