An SAS sniper jailed for illegally possessing a pistol and ammunition today thanked the "great British public" after winning an appeal and walking free.
Father-of-two Sgt Danny Nightingale, 37, who lives near Crewe, Cheshire, said he had been "humbled" by public reaction to his plight.
He had been sentenced to 18 months' military detention earlier this month by a judge sitting in a military court after admitting illegally possessing a Glock 9mm pistol and more than 300 rounds of ammunition.
But three appeal judges today concluded that the sentence was too harsh, after a hearing at the Court Martial Appeal Court in London.
They cut the term to 12 months, said it should be suspended, and ordered Sgt Nightingale's release.