Controlled explosion in Wyverstone after parish council chairman charged with firearms offences

Police in Wyverstone on Wednesday

Police in Wyverstone on Wednesday

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A controlled explosion was carried out in a quiet Suffolk village after a parish council chairman was charged with possessing weapons including an AK47 assault rifle and Uzi machine gun.

Suffolk Police say the procedure on Sunday afternoon was a ‘precautionary measure’ following the discovery of a number of weapons at a home, in Wyverstone.

The village’s parish council chairman James Arnold, 49, of Potash Road, has been charged with two counts of assault and four counts of possession of a prohibited weapon and appeared at Ipswich Magistrates’ Court on Monday.

The weapons are a self loading rifled gun, bolt action shotgun, Uzi machine gun and AK47 assault rifle.

Entering no plea, he was remanded in custody to next appear at Bury Magistrates’ Court for the assualt charges on April 28 and at Ipswich Crown Court for the firearms offences on May 1.

Officers were called to the village after receiving a report on April 13 that a woman had been assaulted at a property on March 27.

A 49-year-old man from the Stowmarket area was arrested on suspicion of assault. Police carried out a search warrant at the property and discovered a number of weapons.

A 45-year-old woman from the Stowmarket area was arrested on suspicion of possession of a prohibited firearm. She has been bailed to return to police on May 21.

The controlled explosion was to ensure ‘some items found at the premises are safe’.

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