Arms cache warning

Arms cache warning

Arms cache warning

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A CACHE of Second World War guns and grenades in a Brighton home is just the tip of an iceberg, according to one of the UK’s leading criminologists.

Sussex Police officers uncovered a secret haul of 70 rifles, handguns and a grenade from the home of a deceased collector in Larkfield Way in Brighton last Tuesday.

University of Brighton’s professor of criminology Peter Squires said secret caches of weapons hidden in homes are more common than people think.

Professor Squires said the case of the anonymous Brighton resident raised questions about how someone could amass a stock of weapons in a country which apparently has some of the toughest gun controls in the world.

The criminology expert said world war weaponry can still have fatal consequences.

He also said the revolver used to shoot Lee Rigby in London last year was a 1912 Belgian infantry officer’s pistol from the First World War.

Mr Squires said: “Guns are owned by collectors, people who are just fascinated by them, and there are those who like to have them for security.

“They feel reassured that they have a weapon they could turn to if they found themselves threatened.

“While most will never come into the public domain, some often find their way into the hands of criminals.”

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12:06pm Wed 9 Jul 14

Numptyone says...

Is this the same arms cache that the Police stated that the rifles were all 'DEACTIVATED'?

There has been no mention of the hand grenade being 'live' ordinance.

There as been no mention as to whether the 'live' revolvers and pistols were an obsolete calibre and therefore legal to own as per HO regulations.

From all the news reports and also the Argus repository for information (wikipedia), it states that Lee Rigby was murdered with bladed instruments not shot,

http://en.wikipedia.
org/wiki/Murder_of_L
ee_Rigby

From the BBC http://www.bbc.co.uk
/news/uk-25298580

The gun, a 90-year-old 9.4mm-calibre Dutch revolver, was not loaded.

Professor Squires as an academic I would have thought your research facilities / resources would be better than my five minutes with google.

If you are going to scare monger please do it with correct facts rather than just getting your name in the paper again

So to round it up, careful peeps, theres lots of deactivated and obsolete calibre weapons that are legally held and cannot be shot without a lot of specialist work.

Most of the weapons in criminal hands are smuggled into the UK with border control being cut back.
Is this the same arms cache that the Police stated that the rifles were all 'DEACTIVATED'? There has been no mention of the hand grenade being 'live' ordinance. There as been no mention as to whether the 'live' revolvers and pistols were an obsolete calibre and therefore legal to own as per HO regulations. From all the news reports and also the Argus repository for information (wikipedia), it states that Lee Rigby was murdered with bladed instruments not shot, http://en.wikipedia. org/wiki/Murder_of_L ee_Rigby From the BBC http://www.bbc.co.uk /news/uk-25298580 The gun, a 90-year-old 9.4mm-calibre Dutch revolver, was not loaded. Professor Squires as an academic I would have thought your research facilities / resources would be better than my five minutes with google. If you are going to scare monger please do it with correct facts rather than just getting your name in the paper again So to round it up, careful peeps, theres lots of deactivated and obsolete calibre weapons that are legally held and cannot be shot without a lot of specialist work. Most of the weapons in criminal hands are smuggled into the UK with border control being cut back. Numptyone
  • Score: 16

12:39pm Wed 9 Jul 14

still waiting says...

As soon as I saw "one of the UK's leading criminologists " I just knew the Argus had got a quote from Peter Squires. Actually, Numptyone is quite right, but that doesn't stop "experts" from offering an opinion on the probable basis of guesswork.
As soon as I saw "one of the UK's leading criminologists " I just knew the Argus had got a quote from Peter Squires. Actually, Numptyone is quite right, but that doesn't stop "experts" from offering an opinion on the probable basis of guesswork. still waiting
  • Score: 13

12:53pm Wed 9 Jul 14

Numptyone says...

Even the statement in the article 'The revolver used to shoot Lee Rigby in London last year was a 1912 Belgian infantry officer’s pistol from the First World War", is incorrect regarding the country of origin of the was Holland not Belgium and it was also a revolver not a Pistol! I see that no Argus reporter has put there name to this article
Even the statement in the article 'The revolver used to shoot Lee Rigby in London last year was a 1912 Belgian infantry officer’s pistol from the First World War", is incorrect regarding the country of origin of the was Holland not Belgium and it was also a revolver not a Pistol! I see that no Argus reporter has put there name to this article Numptyone
  • Score: 8

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