A firearms dealer from Norfolk has gone on trial accused of selling prohibited weapons to a parish council chairman who hid hundreds of guns at his home in Suffolk.
65-year-old Anthony Buckland from Stoke Holy Cross near Norwich denies 20 firearms-related charges.
The jury at Norwich Crown Court heard how police and bomb disposal experts spent four weeks uncovering the arsenal of weapons in the Suffolk village
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A firearms dealer from Norfolk has appeared in court in connection with the discovery of a secret gun room in a Suffolk village.
The prosecution claim 65-year-old Anthony Buckland from Stoke Holy Cross near Norwich was selling prohibited guns. Some were section five firearms which are banned in Britain. He's charged with 20 firearms - linked offences.
Prosecuting barrister Andrew Oliver told the jury at Norwich Crown Court that Mr Buckland has a section five licence which allows him to deactivate weapons but not sell them in this country.
He said the alleged offences came to light after police discovered a large stash of weapons at a house in the Suffolk village of Wyverstone in 2014. They included machine guns, rifles, shotguns and ammunition.
The owner of the property was parish council chairman James Arnold who was arrested in connection with the find but died while awaiting trial.
The prosecution say that five of the firearms found in Mr Arnold's secret gun room were on Anthony Buckland's licence.
When arrested, he said he didn't know how the weapons had ended up in Mr Arnold's possession.
Mr Buckland has denied all the charges against him.
The trial's expected to last up to three weeks.
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Essex Fire Service have issued a safety warning after a number of tumble dryer brands announced they are reviewing the safety of their products.
Fire staff are warning people not to leave running tumble dryers unattended after checks by manufacturers found that excess fluff was coming into contact with heating elements and causing potential fire risks.
The brands affected are Hotpoint, Indesit and Creda.
They have issued this advice.
- Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
- Don’t use tumble dryers at night or while unattended.
- Clean the filters regularly to ensure they do not become blocked with fluff.
- Items should be removed from the dryer immediately after the cycle and shaken loose to assist cooling.
- Don't overload plug sockets.
- Ensure that no more than 13 amps are in any one plug socket.
For more information about which appliances are affected, visit: https://safety.hotpoint.eu/
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There's a warning of further strong winds affecting parts of the Anglia region during Monday. It follows a weekend of blustery weather with winds in East Anglia gusting in excess of 60 mph.
The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning with the risk of disruption to travel.
This weather warning is in force from 9am until 6pm on Monday 30 November. It covers parts of Cambridgeshire, Lincolnshire, Norfolk, Northamptonshire and Rutland.
The Met Office says: "Southwesterly winds will increase later on Monday morning, with gales extending eastwards across Wales along with much of southern and central England, and severe gales likely on exposed western and southern coasts.
"Gusts of 50 mph are likely inland whilst gusts of 60 mph will affect some exposed coasts in the west and south. Winds will will gradually ease from the west on Monday afternoon."
"A further depression will move quickly east across the UK on Monday, crossing northern England in the afternoon. A swathe of gales is expected to the south of the depression's track.
"Although wind strengths will probably be slightly less than Sunday's system there is still the possibility of some localised low level impacts."
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