Soldier pleads guilty to gun offences

A soldier who was caught with a hold-all full of guns after he got off a train at Carlisle station has been warned he faces an inevitable prison sentence.

28-year-old William Dempsey was arrested wearing army combat uniform near the station on Friday August 21.

Dempsey is based in Canterbury with the 5th Battalion Royal Regiment of Scotland,

At Carlisle Crown Court he pleaded guilty to seven firearms offences including unlawfully possessing a shotgun, an Uzi sub-machine gun and a pistol.

He was remanded in custody until December 18 for background reports.The judge, the Hon Mr Justice Singh, said that under the government's statutory minimum sentence provisions a jail sentence would be inevitable.