A man who was found with 160 firearms including machine guns, rifles and shotguns at his home in Kent has been jailed for five years today (15 November).
The weapons, along with 126 rounds of ammunition, were found by firefighters who were called to tackle a blaze at the property in Gillingham on 7 May this year.
Police recovered weapons including machine guns, sub machine guns, revolvers, pistols, rifles and shotguns.
Paul Bushell, 74, pleaded guilty to six charges of possessing a prohibited weapon, one charge of possession of a prohibited firearm and six charges of possessing ammunition without a firearms certificate at an earlier hearing at Maidstone Crown Court.
Sarah Dineley, from the CPS, said:
“These weapons were not locked away and were kept loaded in a house that children visited regularly. The possible consequences were obvious and serious. Had the property been burgled, they could have easily fallen into the hands of criminals.
“They also posed a serious risk to the firefighters who attended the home, given the weapons were recovered from inside the fire-damaged room.”
Notes to Editors
· Sarah Dineley is a Senior District Crown Prosecutor with CPS South-East