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Wyverstone parish chairman charged with firearm offences is denied bail

Police and bomb squad were called to a property in Potash Road in Wyverstone on April 13

Police and bomb squad were called to a property in Potash Road in Wyverstone on April 13

A parish council chairman accused of firearms offences has failed in a bid to be allowed out of jail.

Today, James Arnold, 49, of Potash Road, Wyverstone, applied at Ipswich Crown Court to be granted bail.

His barrister, Joanne Eley, told the court that Arnold was suffering from poor health and asked that bail be granted on compassionate grounds.

But after hearing submissions from the Crown Prosecution Service, Judge Rupert Overbury rejected the application and said Arnold would remain in custody.

Arnold is charged with four offences of being in possession of a prohibited weapon.

The charges relate to the alleged possession of an Uzi machine gun, an AK47 assault rifle, a bolt action shotgun and a self-loading rifle.

Arnold, who is chairman of Wyverstone Parish Council has been held in custody at HMP Belmarsh in south London since his arrest at Wyverstone on March 27.

 
 
 

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