Cumbria

Thomas Wilkinson-Dover wins appeal over firearms certificate breach

Thomas Wilkinson-Dover leaving Carlisle Crown Court Image copyright Craig McGlasson News
Image caption Thomas Wilkinson-Dover admitted he was "lazy and careless"

A man who admitted breaching his firearms certificate has won his appeal against a suspended prison sentence.

Thomas Wilkinson-Dover, of Beckside near Cartmel, in Cumbria, had kept a shotgun in its case under a bed at his home, while a rifle was found inside a wardrobe at his girlfriend's house.

Magistrates last month sentenced the 24-year-old to an eight-week sentence, suspended for 12 months.

On appeal he was given a community order and 150 hours' unpaid work.

Mr Wilkinson-Dover had admitted two counts of breaching a firearms certificate condition by not keeping the guns secure.

At Carlisle Crown Court, he argued his initial punishment was "disproportionate" although he had admitted to police he was "lazy and careless".

The appeal hearing was told his girlfriend's two young children were not present when the rifle was in the property and ammunition was "nowhere near" either of the unsecured firearms.

His firearms certificate has since been cancelled, the court heard.

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