Morecambe man jailed for possessing firearms and making explosives

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A 29-year-old man has been jailed for five years at Preston Crown Court for possessing a stun gun firearm and making an explosive device at his home on Harrington Road in Morecambe.

AJ Porter-Shaw was reported to the police after a neighbour saw him using a stun gun at his address on the afternoon of June 11 2015.

Police found firearms, an explosive device and plans for making further weapons at his home.

Brett Gerrity, senior crown prosecutor for CPS North West, said: “AJ Porter-Shaw is a man with an unhealthy obsession with firearms and explosives making him an extremely dangerous man.

“He was seen using the stun gun in full public view by a neighbour on a summer afternoon. When police searched his home they found numerous firearms, some of which were home-made along with a stun gun disguised as a mobile phone, a samurai sword, a ‘molotov cocktail’ style bomb and various sketch designs for making further weapons and explosive devices.

“The defendant clearly had the means to cause significant harm to a large number of people.

“We should all be extremely grateful to his neighbour who had the presence of mind and bravery to alert someone to his suspicious activities, which allowed a successful prosecution to follow.

“Their actions have neutralised the risk that the defendant clearly posed to members of the public.”