Haverhill: Man Imprisoned For Three Years

A man's been sentenced to three years in prison after a number of hand guns, rifles and a grenade were found at a house in Haverhill in Suffolk.

48 year old, Karl Dowling of Bramble Close Haverhill was arrested on 10 February 2012 after police went to his home address and recovered a number of weapons and ammunition.

During searches of the premises officers found a grenade and were forced to set up a cordon and evacuate neighbouring properties as a precautionary measure whilst the Bomb Disposal Squad attended and made the item safe.

While Mr Dowling was a firearms licence holder many of the weapons found were not covered under it and therefore were not being kept legally.

On 30 March Mr Dowling was subsequently charged with 21 firearms offences and at Ipswich Crown Court in July he pleaded guilty to a number of offences including unlawful possession of prohibited automatic firearms, hand guns and rifles as well as numerous ammunition offences which covered the 4000 rounds of assorted ammunition found in his home. This resulted in his sentencing today.

Suffolk Police Firearms examiner Allan Cole who attended the scene and subsequently examined and classified the 250 exhibits in this case said:

"We would like to take this opportunity to urge anyone who has a firearm and does not have a licence or is concerned that one or more of their firearms is not covered by a current licence to contact the Firearms Licensing Department and avoid something like this happening again."

Norfolk & Suffolk Police collaborated Firearms licensing units would also like to add that they actively encourage this type of enquiry, and stress that these genuine approaches will always be dealt with in a sympathetic and professional manner.

Anyone who wishes to contact the Firearms licensing unit can do so on 101.

Rabbit Think Before Buying An Easter Bunny

A local animal rescue centre who take in abandoned bunnies from across Norfolk and Suffolk are urging people to think before committing to buy one this Easter.

chickens Former Bernard Matthews Owners Under Fire

Private equity firm Rutland Partners has come under fire for rejecting a buyout offer for Bernard Matthews that would have protected the turkey meat producer's pension scheme.

Recently Played Tracks

On Radio: Toby Anstis

10am - 1pm

Email the show

Text 'HEART' to 82122

Toby Anstis

Stay tuned...

Watch heart TV

  • Now playing: Non-stop hit music

Heart VIP


Autumn Weather

Find your local four day weather report here.

Listening To Radio Win With Heart

Make Heart the soundtrack to your day and you could be a winner with great prizes up for grabs throughout the day.

Follow Heart on Twitter