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29th May 2018

Ex-Nottingham Forest youth player jailed for more than five years for gun possession

The 20-year-old's career ended in 2016 after a serious knee injury

Wayne Farry

A 2016 knee injury ended the former youth footballer’s playing days

A former Nottingham Forest footballer has been jailed for more than five years for gun possession and dangerous driving.

Luke Thomas, who was a youth footballer with the Championship club until a serious knee injury ended his career in 2016, was caught by police in June last year after crashing a stolen van into a tree and dumping a gun in a nearby garden.

In court the 20-year-old admitted carrying the gun and ammunition, as it was revealed that he first became a courier for criminals after getting into trouble two years ago.

According to a report by the Nottingham Post, Thomas suffered from depression in the aftermath of his injury before getting involved in crime.

At the time of the offence he was reportedly on a probation order for a lesser offence also relating to a weapon.

Though he evaded police on the day of the incident, Thomas was found on July 4 last year. Police later found text messages to his partner revealing that he would remain away from home, saying “Feds would come hard” if he were to return.