A former soldier who handed in an abandoned sawn-off shotgun at a police station — four days after discovering it — has walked free from court after a judge gave him a 12-month sentence, suspended for one year at Reading Crown Court on 18 December.

Paul Clarke from Surrey was previously convicted by a jury of possession of the gun, which he said he had found in a bag in his garden. Mr Clarke had faced the prospect of a five-year prison term when he was sentenced.

The rest of this article appears in 6th January issue of Shooting Times.

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  • Bill Sephton

    If the Law is going to pillory the public for handing in weapons they will just leave them where they are perhaps for others with more sinister ideas to find.

    This sort of nonesense realy gives the public faith in the law and the police. Yet another nail in the PR coffin.