Elvis impersonator admits gun charges

Derrel Weaver with two dogs Image copyright (C) British Broadcasting Corporation
Image caption Derrel Weaver admitted charges in connection with firearms and ammunition

An Elvis impersonator who sparked a police manhunt in Cornwall has appeared in court and admitted firearms charges.

Derrel Weaver, 60, was at the centre of an armed police search after a domestic incident at his farmhouse home in Widegates in June.

At Truro Crown Court, he pleaded guilty to 11 out of 14 charges put to him via video link.

He will be sentenced at Exeter Crown Court in October.

The charges related to the possession of prohibited firearms and ammunition without certificates.

During the search for him, police locked down the village for about 24 hours and the local primary school was also shut.

After he handed himself to the police, Weaver was charged with the unlawful possession of a firearm - a revolver - without the permission of the Secretary of State.

After he was arrested, two firearms were recovered nearby, officers said at the time.

The tree surgeon, who is also a motorbike fanatic, has been receiving medical treatment while on remand in Exeter Prison.

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