Councillor guilty of firearms charge over WW2 gun

A Wisbech councillor has been found guilty at Cambridge Crown Court of firearms offences after a German Second World War pistol was found at his home. Jonathan Farmer says the gun is an antique trophy of war given to him by a former British officer but if convicted he could face five years in prison.

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Councillor faces five years in jail for keeping WW2 pistol

A former mayor has been found guilty on firearms charges by a jury at Cambridge Crown Court after a German Second World War pistol was found at his home in Wisbech.

Jonathan Farmer, 56, denied the charges saying the gun was an antique trophy of war, given to him by a former British officer. He told the court that he believed the gun had been deactivated.

The jury took just 30 minutes to convict him of possessing an illegal weapon. Farmer is due to be sentenced on 29 August but the offence carries a minimum sentence of five years in prison.

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Former mayor guilty of firearms offence over WW2 gun

Cambridgeshire councillor Jonathan Farmer found guilty of a firearms offence. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A former Conservative councillor in Cambridgeshire has been found guilty of a firearms offence after a Second World War pistol was found at his home.

Jonathan Farmer, a former mayor of Wisbech, was found guilty at Cambridge Crown Court after a two-day trial.

Farmer had argued the weapon was an antique and that he didn't know it was in working order. He could now face a prison term when he is sentenced.

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Former Mayor of Wisbech charged with possessing a firearm

Jonathan Farmer, former Mayor of Wisbech.

A 57-year-old former Mayor of Wisbech in Cambridgeshire has appeared in court charged with possessing a firearm.

Fenland district councillor Jonathan Farmer was at King's Lynn magistrates court having been arrested at his home on January 10th.

He's been bailed to appear at Cambridge Crown court on April 22nd. The charge carries a maximum sentence of five years in jail.

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