A 19-year-old woman who hid a gang member's gun in baby clothes at her home has been jailed alongside him.

Carisha Solan, of Lordsmead Road, Tottenham, was sentenced today at Wood Green Crown Court.

She was jailed for five years for possession of a gun and two years for possession of seven rounds of ammunition, but will serve only five years in prison.

Solan was keeping the gun for Marlon Golding, 30, of Park Lane Close, also in Tottenham, who is known to be connected to a violent north-London gang.

He was jailed on the same day and was jailed for seven years and six months for possession of a gun and two years for possession of seven rounds of ammunition.

He will be jailed for seven years and six months of the total term.

The court heard how on July 26, 2013, officers from the Metropolitan Police’s Trident Gang Crime Command raided Solan’s home in Lordsmead Road while she was out.

They found a Zastava self-loading pistol containing seven rounds of ammunition, wrapped up in baby clothes inside a suitcase.

While police were at the home, Golding was seen approaching the house but then quickly went to a different address when he spotted officers.

Solan was arrested on July 29 and Golding was arrested two days later.

Both Solan and Golding pleaded not guilty but were convicted at Wood Green Court on March 17, 2014.

Detective Superintendant Mick Foote of the Trident Gang Crime Command, said: "There is a trend in gang members using female associates to hide guns for them.

“They pressurise women and convince them that they won't be punished if the guns are found - especially if they have young children.

"Today's sentence proves that this isn't the case and I sincerely hope that it gives women who are assisting gang members like this - especially those women with children - pause for thought.”