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Gloucestershire man who supplied weapons linked to 100 crimes imprisoned for 30 years

Paul Edmundds supplied weapons including guns and ammunition that have been linked to 100 crimes. Photo: ITV West Country

A rogue firearms dealer who supplied illegal handguns and home-made bullets linked to more than 100 crime scenes including three murders has been jailed for 30 years.

Paul Edmunds, 66, imported a Colt pistol used in a fatal shooting at a London nightclub and supplied ammunition used in two other killings and an attempt to shoot down a police helicopter.

Edmunds, of Bristol Road, Hardwicke, Gloucestershire, was arrested at his home in 2015, where he had three armouries and made bullets to fit antique weapons.

The registered gun dealer, who said in an interview he did not care who he sold to, was found guilty in November of conspiracy to supply firearms and ammunition and smuggling banned Colt handguns into the UK from the United States.

Jailing "cavalier" Edmunds, Judge Richard Bond told the pensioner: "You ran roughshod over your legal responsibilities as a registered firearms dealer."

In wider remarks calling for tighter firearms regulations, directed at MPs, the judge added: "Unfortunately it takes just one person, as this case shows, to act in breach of the trust placed in them.

"Death and mayhem follow."