16/02/2011

Pensioner Convicted Of Firearm Possession

A pensioner has pleaded guilty after illegal weapons were discovered hidden within his car scrap yard.

James ('Jimmy') Allen, 78, of Fitzwilliam Road, in Clapham, south west London appeared at Inner London Crown Court where he admitted to offences including: possession of a prohibited firearm (single shot revolver); possession of ammunition whilst a prohibited person; possession of a firearm whilst a prohibited person (air rifle); and possession of a prohibited weapon (stun gun).

Allen is due for pre-sentence reports on 8 March.

He was arrested on 27 May 2010 when, acting on intelligence received, officers from the Central Task Force executed a firearms warrant at the scrap yard in Clapham. Within a locked office at the venue officers discovered a 'Titan Protector' stun gun and a box containing a European American Armoury Corp single action revolver, as well as an amount of ammunition. Allen claimed the revolver was "...a cowboy gun. I bought it to hang on the wall."

A further search also revealed an air rifle.

Allen said he was unaware of the firearms illegality, claiming to have purchased them with the sole intention of protecting himself and his business.

Detective Inspector Steve Ellen, of the Central Task Force, said: "Allen was found in possession of dangerous weapons, which included a live firing revolver with ammunition. His guilty plea today was in the face of overwhelming evidence. The MPS is committed to removing these weapons from the streets of London."

(BMcN/GK)

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