Anthony Joshua vows to help gun smuggling cousin turn his life around after visiting him in prison
WORLD boxing champ Anthony Joshua has been visiting his gun smuggler cousin in jail — vowing to help turn his life around.
Sharriff Dacres, 24, got 14 years over a plot to smuggle weapons into the UK from Germany.
World Champ Anthony Joshua wants to help rehabilitate his cousin in Wandsworth jail[/caption]
Dacres has had regular visits from “AJ” to Wandsworth Prison after he was jailed in October.
Joshua, 29, who grew up on a tough North London estate, insists on sitting in a general visitors’ room with no special treatment.
A source told The Sun on Sunday: “AJ was devastated to find out about his cousin and is determined to help with his rehabilitation.
“He is a down-to-earth guy who visits Sharriff all the time to make sure he knows he’s not forgotten.
Prison officials have encouraged Anthony Joshua’s visits by saying they lift the spirits of all inmates[/caption]
Having turned his own life round to become a boxing world champion, AJ wants to help others from troubled backgrounds[/caption]
Prisoners at Wandsworth prison who are said to be excited about AJ’s regular visits[/caption]
“He turned his own life around, so seeing him lifts the inmates’ spirits. The prison staff encourage his visits as they have a positive impact on the prisoners.”
It is reported Dacres did not have an easy start in life and was housed in a youth homeless centre as a teen.
Now Joshua, who earned £15million after defeating Wladimir Klitschko last year, wants to ensure his fame is used to help those less fortunate.
He posted a Snapchat of a visit to Wandsworth last month.
The source added: “Obviously AJ wasn’t in the position he is in now to help Sharriff all those years ago – so now it is even more important to be there for him, as he would be for any member of his family.
“AJ has also made a private visit to Aylesbury Young Offenders’ Institution last year and held a session with inmates.”
Dacres, of Hemel Hempstead, Herts, was jailed with four other men who were part of a network responsible for smuggling dozens of firearms into the UK.
Anthony Joshua on his way to beating Alexander Povetkin in a world title fight[/caption]
And here AJ dishes out more punishment, this time to Joseph Parker, in a World Heavyweight Title unification fight[/caption]
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The Met Police carried out a 15-month investigation into the men.
Dacres and two other men delivered the guns into London.
During the investigation officers seized 25 firearms, including four sub-machine guns, and more than 4,000 rounds of ammunition.
The gang used elaborate measures to hide the deadly weapons, concealing them in a car’s axles. A search of a vehicle in May 2016 found six handguns, two sub-machine guns and 1,000 rounds of ammunition concealed inside.
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