TWO Wigan members of a ruthless drugs gang who spread fear and misery across the region have been jailed for more than 34 years combined.
Christopher Lunt, 27, and Christopher Kendall, 29, were among an eight-strong gang who used guns and arson attacks to protect their supply chain.
Gang leader Crimea Eugene Price, 34, was jailed for 25 years after he was convicted of conspiracy to possess a firearm with intent to endanger life, conspiracy to commit arson and conspiracy to supply Class A drugs.
Lunt, of Meadowfield, Hindley Green, and another man, David Doolan, were convicted of carbon-copy charges.
Lunt was sentenced to 21-and-a-half years behind bars.
Five others - Kendall, also of Meadowfield, Hindley Green, Norman Worrall, Debbie Ballard, Stephen Finney and Mark Jervis - were all convicted of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs following a lengthy trial at Liverpool Crown Court.
Kendall was jailed for 13 years and the gang, as a whole, for a combined total of 97 years and 10 months.
Det Sgt Richie Salter told how the gang showed a “complete disregard” for the lives of others and how, during one shooting, a five-year-old child was asleep inside a targeted caravan.
He said: “When you look at the photographs of the damage caused by shots fired at a caravan parked on the driveway of a house on Leonard Street it really brings home the complete disregard that these people have for the lives of others.
“These people had access to firearms and were not afraid to use them. As part of the investigation detectives were able to confirm that this group was responsible for two firearms discharges in St Helens and four arson attacks.
“The drugs they supplied, with the help of others, will have caused untold misery. It is a circle of misery that serious criminals like these care nothing about. As long as they can line their pockets with the profits they make they don’t care about the consequences.
“Through their use of violence, these people also caused fear in their local community, but hopefully the sentences show that we can do something to stop these people from terrorising our streets.”
He added: “Since these people were arrested, residents have come forward to say how much quieter it has been.
“My message to any community who may find themselves in this position is to come forward as soon as possible.
“We will do everything within our power to build the evidence and take these type of people off the streets.”