Air pistol lands Mildenhall dad in jail for six months

Ipswich Crown Court
Ipswich Crown Court

A father-of-10 who took an air pistol into a pub has been jailed for six months.

Herman Crouch, 54, of Emmanuel Close, Mildenhall, pleaded guilty to a charge of affray on April 28 when he appeared at Ipswich Crown Court on Wednesday.

The court heard that armed police were sent to an address in Newmarket after customers at the town’s Palomino pub in Valley Way reported having been shown what appeared to be a handgun tucked into the waistband of Crouch’s trousers.

Christopher Paxton, prosecuting, said Crouch admitted having taken an air pistol into the pub when officers found him.

The weapon had the appearance of a real handgun, the court heard.

In mitigation, Mark Roochove said the father-of-10 regretted his actions and had been remanded in custody since his arrest in April.

Crouch was sentenced to six months’ imprisonment.