Shrewsbury man jailed for making weapons 'as hobby'

A man who manufactured guns and ammunition as a "hobby" has been jailed for six years.

Philip Jones, 34, of Mount Street, Shrewsbury, admitted six charges, including manufacturing weapons.

He was sentenced at Shrewsbury Crown Court to five years for possession of firearms without a licence.

Jones received a consecutive sentence for creating an improvised explosive device (IED) and attempting to convert an imitation weapon.

Andrew Barkley, prosecuting, said the IED grenade contained low explosives and that experts had said it was not powerful enough to fragment the outer casing.

The court heard Jones had manufactured the weapons and ammunition as a hobby and had fired them on hills near Church Stretton.

Defending lawyer Mike Sherwood-Smith said Jones' interest in guns had started after links with the Air Training Corps and Army Cadets.

He said the weapons, including a homemade pistol and sub-machine gun, had been kept in a locked and secure cabinet.

The discovery was made in May, after the UK Border Agency alerted West Mercia Police about a package, addressed to Jones, containing three magazines of ammunition.

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