Councillor dies before court appearance

A Suffolk parish council chairman who was facing criminal charges after a haul of weapons were found at his home has died.

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Suffolk: Councillor facing gun charges dies before court appearance

Weapons were found at Mr Arnold's home in Wyverstone. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A Suffolk parish council chairman who was facing criminal charges after a haul of weapons were found at his home has died.

49-year-old James Arnold was seriously ill with cancer, although the cause of his death isn't yet known.

He was arrested earlier this year after weapons, including an Uzi machine gun and an AK47 assault rifle, were found at his home in Wyverstone.

Police spent four weeks searching the cottage, which was set in four acres of land, and carried out several controlled explosions.

Mr Arnold was on remand in custody due to appear before Ipswich Crown Court on Friday charged with two counts of assault and four of possession of a prohibited weapon.

The exact number of weapons found in the raid in April has not been revealed but is understood to run into three figures.

"We can confirm that James Arnold died on July 14 and that the Crown Prosecution Service has discontinued the case against Mr Arnold."

– Suffolk Police spokesman
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