Man jailed for firearms offences
A man has been jailed for five years for the unauthorised possession of firearms, including a prohibited sawn-off shotgun, and thousands of rounds of ammunition.
Andrew Tipling, 48, pleaded guilty to firearms offences at a hearing on 4 June 2018 at Hull Crown Court.
The charges related to the possession of a prohibited modified shotgun with a shortened barrel, the unauthorised possession of a semi-automatic pistol, and a large quantity of ammunition, some of which was capable of being fired by the seized guns.
Police discovered the weapons during a raid on Tipling’s Bridlington, property in March this year.
Catherine Ainsworth from the CPS said:
“Andrew Tipling brought these weapons into the UK from Europe knowing they were dangerous and unauthorised. One of these guns was illegally modified.
“The CPS worked closely with Humberside Police and used expert ballistics evidence and witness testimony to build the case against Tipling, leading to his guilty pleas.
“Today’s sentence shows the possession of illegal and unauthorised weapons and ammunition will not be tolerated and those that flout the law will rightly be prosecuted.”
Notes to editors
- Catherine Ainsworth is DCCP with CPS Yorkshire and Humberside
- Andrew Tipling was sentenced to five years.
- He pleaded guilty to:
- One count of possessing a prohibited firearm contrary to section 5(1)(aba) of the Firearms Act 1968.
- One count of possessing an altered firearm without a firearm certificate contrary to section 1(1)(a) of the Firearms Act 1968
- One count of possessing ammunition without a firearm certificate contrary to section 1(1)(b) of the Firearms Act 1968.