RAF Marham airman John Yelland jailed for guns hoard

  • 2 July 2014
  • From the section Norfolk
John Yelland
Image caption A Taurus handgun was among the weapons found at John Yelland's home during a police raid

An RAF airman has been jailed for six years for a string of weapons offences, including attempting to manufacture a sub-machine gun.

John Yelland, 28, who was based at RAF Marham in Norfolk, admitted eight charges, which also included possessing a handgun, Taser and pepper spray, at Norwich Crown Court.

His wife, Maimie Yelland, admitted assisting in the posting of one of the weapons.

She was jailed for six months.

A number of illegal firearms were found at Yelland's home in Marham, including stun guns and a deactivated Sten sub-machine gun.

Image caption Maimie Yelland was jailed for six months for transferring criminal property

Documents relating to the recommissioning of firearms and moving them within the UK and abroad were also found.

Ch Supt Nick Davison said: "Yelland thought nothing of making and storing the weapons and it is pleasing to see this man behind bars with a lengthy custodial sentence."

The RAF said Yelland had been a motor transport driver with the rank of senior aircraftsman.

A spokesman said: "In accordance with Queen's Regulations for the Royal Air Force, when a serving member of the RAF is sentenced by a civil court to a custodial sentence, notwithstanding any appeal lodged against conviction, they will not be retained in the service."

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