Former Wisbech Mayor Sentenced For Owning Pistol

29 August 2014, 16:36 | Updated: 29 August 2014, 17:06

The former Wisbech Mayor has been given a suspended prison sentence for possessing a World War II pistol.

Officers discovered the German Walther PPK firearm at Jonathan Farmer's home in South Brink, Wisbech, on January 10.

The 57-year-old former town mayor was charged with possessing a firearm, but he denied the charge claiming he had been told the weapon was deactivated.

However he was convicted following a trial at Cambridge Crown Court.

He was sentenced to 21 months in prison, suspended for two years, today (Friday).

Detective Constable James Bennett said: "This should serve as a warning that anyone who finds, or is given a gun, should alert police at once.

"While there is no suggestion that Farmer planned to use this gun for any criminal purpose, the law is there for a reason - to prevent such weapons ending up in the wrong hands."

Firearms manager for Cambridgeshire Constabulary, Ralph Barker said: "The message is clear - if you come into possession of a firearm, call police immediately.

"People should be assured that if they notify us, they will not get into any trouble. An officer will come round to collect and assess the weapon and advice will be given on how to proceed.

"Often, guns which hold sentimental or historical value can be deactivated and returned to the owner."