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Monday, 20 October 2014

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Cumbria police found seven air guns in collectors’ home

A military memorabilia collector who was found with seven air guns in his house has been spared jail.

John Plaskett, 45, was arrested at his home on Wastwater Avenue, Workington, after police found a variety of air weapons by the side of his bed and in his hall.

Police were alerted on December 2, 2013, by an anonymous call suggesting that there was a man in Workington town centre with a gun in his pocket.

Plaskett was searched but no weapons were found.

Police arrested him at his home later that day after they found the unloaded weapons, which he was prohibited from owning after a previous conviction.

He pleaded guilty to seven charges of possessing a firearm while prohibited from doing so.

Prosecutor Gerard Richardson said: “The view of the prosecution is that it is accepted that Plaskett is a fairly avid collector of military memorabilia. There’s no suggestion in his history of any pattern of offending involving the use of these weapons for unlawful purposes.”

At Carlisle Crown Court, Plaskett was given a two-year prison sentence, suspended for 24 months, a two-year supervision order and ordered to pay a £100 victim surcharge.

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