go

Hungerford man jailed for firearms offences

28-year-old caught with a stun gun disguised as a torch

John Herring

Reporter:

John Herring

Contact:

01635 886633

Hungerford man jailed for firearms offences

A Hungerford man who was caught carrying a disguised firearm has been jailed.

James Green, of Morley Place, was stopped while driving in Hambridge Road, Newbury, in December last year.

The 28-year-old was arrested at the scene after officers discovered that he was carrying a stun gun disguised as a torch.

He was charged in February with one count of possession of a prohibited weapon, one count of possession of a firearm when prohibited for five years and one count of careless driving.

Green pleaded guilty to all of the offences and was sentenced to five years' imprisonment at Reading Crown Court on Friday, April 24.

Investigating officer, PC Nigel Woodall of Local CID based at Newbury police station said: “Possession of Firearms is a serious offence which was made worse due to the weapon being disguised as something else.

“The Secretary of State has given these offences a mandatory sentence, which is reflected in the punishment given to Green.

“The defendant was found in possession of this weapon, a stun gun, by Roads Policing officers, who were completing a routine traffic stop. The discovery of this weapon just goes to show what officers have to deal with when on a normal patrol. Luckily, the weapon was not used against officers, and no injuries were sustained by anyone.”

Leave your comment

Share your opinions on Newbury Weekly News

Characters left: 1000

News

Hi-tech thieves target motorists at Berkshire service stations
News

Hi-tech thieves target motorists at Berkshire service stations

Drivers warned to manually check vehicle doors are locked following thefts at Chieveley services

1comment

 
Lib Dems victorious in Greenham by-election
News

Lib Dems victorious in Greenham by-election

Candidates elected on just over 10% turn out

2comments

 
News

Racecourse to hold talks with Hennessy over extending sponsorship

 
News

Plans for late-night alcohol delivery service withdrawn at the last minute

4comments

 
News

Kennet School pupils are champion citizens