Officers have reinforced the consequences of buying weapons online after a man was sentenced for possessing a stash of illegal firearms – which will now be destroyed.
Roger Hadlow, of Hertford Grove, Cramlington, found himself before a judge at Newcastle Crown Court after officers from Northumbria Police discovered a haul a 14 weapons in his property.
Upon examination it was found 11 of them were what’s known as front venting blank firing weapons which are illegal in the UK.
The 58-year-old was visited by officers from Northumbria Police earlier this year after they received a tip from the National Crime Agency (NCA) as part of an on-going operation to clamp-down on illegal firearms being bought online from overseas.
Detective Inspector John Connolly, from Northumbria Police’s Crime Department, said: “We are urging the public to get to know what the law states where buying items from overseas are concerned. Just because something is for sale online, it is not exempt from the laws and customs of our country.
“We are working alongside our partners at the NCA to ensure that action is taken against those buying and selling prohibited firearms. We take a strong stance against this and would like to remind people it is an offence which is punishable by five years in jail.”
Hadlow appeared at Newcastle Crown Court on October 3 after previously pleading guilty to 11 counts of possessing a prohibited weapon and 10 counts of evading duty on imported items.
He was sentenced to a total of 24 months imprisonment suspended for 24 months, must pay £250 court costs and a victim surcharge of £140. A forfeiture and destruction order was also issued.
For more information on what the law states, please visit: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/import-controls-on-offensive-weapons