Anti-gun campaigner Stephen French jailed for firearms offence

Containment scene
Image caption A gun was found in the River Mersey

An anti-gun campaigner who admitted possessing an imitation gun after a dispute that saw part of Liverpool city centre sealed off, has been jailed.

Stephen French, 53, of Eleanor Park, Prenton, was held after armed officers were called to Water Street in March.

Police sealed off the Liverpool One complex for two hours in the incident.

French also admitted possessing a bladed weapon and was jailed for three years, after a hearing at Liverpool Crown Court.

In a BBC interview in 2008, French said he wanted to stop the spread of guns in Merseyside and he had become an anti-gun campaigner after members of his family had been shot.

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