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Shrewsbury man jailed for C21 nightclub gun threat

A hotel worker who threatened two men with an air pistol outside a nightclub in Shrewsbury has been jailed for 18 months.

Tomasz Szymanski, 25, from Grosvenor Green in the town, held the gun to the head of one man and threatened to shoot another in the chest.

Szymanski took the weapon into the C21 nightclub in Abbey Foregate last June, Shrewsbury Crown Court was told.

He admitted possessing a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.

The court heard Szymanski had taken the unloaded gun to the nightclub to impress people.

Clubbers 'terrified'

In the early hours of 25 June, he shouted and swore at people outside the club, pointing the weapon at one man's chest and holding it to another's head.

West Mercia Police arrested Szymanski on 5 July at his home after he was identified on CCTV footage.

Judge Peter Barrie said he had "no choice but to impose a prison sentence".

He said: "You claim to have taken it to the nightclub to impress someone, but you had a weapon and were so drunk that you could not act sensibly.

"You terrified people who were attending the nightclub and this was a very serious incident."

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