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Man tried to import stun guns into Scotland

Stun guns
Image caption Officers found the stun guns after intercepting a parcel at a postal hub

A man who tried to import 20 stun guns from China has been sentenced to community service and a curfew.

Thomas Rieley, form Carluke in South Lanarkshire, was caught when Border Force officers working at a postal hub intercepted a suspicious parcel.

At Lanark Sheriffs Court, Rieley, 27, pled guilty to the illegal importation of prohibited weapons.

The 20 stun guns were hidden in boxes wrapped in bubble wrap inside a parcel which was marked Kids Sports Toys.

Rieley was given 240 hours community service and had a six months curfew imposed on him between the hours of 19:00 and 06:00.

John McGowan, of the Border Force, said: "These items are undoubtedly incredibly dangerous.

"Border Force officers work around the clock at ports and airports to keep these kinds of weapons and other illegal items like drugs, counterfeit goods and firearms, out of the UK."

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