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Wildfowler wins licence appeal

A keen wildfowler and clayshooter has had his shotgun licence restored after an appeal to Gloucester Crown Court. Dean James, from Alvington, near Chepstow, had his licence revoked by Gloucestershire police after allegations of disorder,
harassment or domestic conflict were made against him, many of which stemmed from his time as a pub and club owner in the barracks town of Chepstow.

Though he had been cleared of all criminal charges, police believed that he posed a potential danger to the public if allowed to keep his guns.

Recorder Ben Browne QC said his decision to uphold the appeal did not imply criticism of the police, who had not met Mr James or had access to as much information as the court.