Pensioner stored three shotguns without a licence

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A Rastrick pensioner who stored three unlicenced shotguns in a warehouse ordered to pay costs.

Michael Lloyd, 71, of Rosemary Close, stored the weapons, none of which had valid firearms certificates, in a locked cabinet in a unit at Clifton Mills, Bailiff Bridge.

Bradford Crown Court heard how police had raided the warehouse on Bradford Road on November 12 last year and found a single barrel Webley shotgun, a single barrel Russian shotgun and a Mossberg shotgun.

Lloyd had held licences for the Russian and Webley shotguns since 1994, but they had expired the day before the raid. He didn’t have a licence for the Mossberg and said he was looking after it for a friend who died in 2006.

His Honour Judge David Hatton said he believed that Lloyd had done everything he could to keep the weapons away from the criminal underworld and had simply been naive. Lloyd was given a conditional discharge for two years and ordered to pay £120 costs. The Mossberg was confiscated and Lloyd must apply for a licence for the others.