Morecambe gun raid accused in court

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A man charged with seven firearms offences following police raids in Holme, Milnthorpe and Morecambe is due to appear at Carlisle Crown Court.

Paul Holmes, 49, of Station Road, Holme appeared before magistrates in Barrow on November 6 charged with:

* two counts of possession of a prohibited handgun (Sec 5 offence) * two counts of possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life

* two counts of possession of a prohibited firearm (a sawn off shotgun)

* one count of possession of Section 1 ammunition without a certificate.

His arrest followed a joint operation by ‘Titan’ the North-west’s regional organised crime unit, Cumbria Constabulary and the National Crime Agency which resulted in ten weapons and ammunition being seized from a house in Holme and a farm in Milnthorpe on November 4.

Mr Holmes was remanded in custody to appear at Carlisle Crown Court on November 23.