A Stowmarket Neighbourhood Response Team sergeant has been recognised at an awards ceremony after his initial enquiries led to the discovery of more than 400 unlicensed firearms in Wyverstone last year.
Sergeant Jonathan Turner received the Chief Constable’s Certificate of Merit at the Suffolk Constabulary Awards last night.
James Arnold, of Potash Lane, Wyverstone, was arrested in 2014 and charged with four offences of being in possession of a prohibited weapon.
The case was discontinued when he died in July of that year while in custody.
He had been suffering with a terminal illness.
A spokesperson for Suffolk Police said: “In April 2014, Sgt Turner’s initial enquiries into incidents occurring at a farm in Wyverstone ultimately led to the discovery of over 400 unlicensed firearms.
“The initial find became Operation Cannington which was of the largest ever seizures of unlicensed firearms in mainland UK.”