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Ex-soldier given suspended term

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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