Man in court af­ter rocket launcher and ri­fles found

Kent Messenger Maidstone - - FRONT PAGE - By Tom Py­man tpy­man@thek­m­ @TomPy­manKM

A Maid­stone man charged with pos­sess­ing a cache of weapons, in­clud­ing a rocket launcher and four as­sault ri­fles, has ap­peared in court.

Ge­orge Flisher, 34, of Pope Street, ap­peared at Maid­stone Mag­is­trates Court on Fri­day, ac­cused of a string of firearms of­fences.

Among these was pos­ses­sion of a rocket launcher ca­pa­ble of pro­ject­ing a sta­bilised mis­sile, and four AK47 ri­fles, all adapted so that am­mu­ni­tion could be suc­ces­sively dis­charged with­out re­peated pres­sure on the trig­ger.

He was also charged with pos­sess­ing am­mu­ni­tion, in­clud­ing four .357 Mag­num rounds and two .38 Spe­cial rounds, with­out a cer­tifi­cate, and sell­ing an SA80 as­sault ri­fle.

The charges were made af­ter a bomb dis­posal unit was called to a house in Pope Street on Novem­ber 24, 2016.

Wit­nesses re­ported see­ing of­fi­cers car­ry­ing ev­i­dence bags as well as men in cam­ou­flage.

It was un­der­stood to have been an op­er­a­tion led by the Min­istry of De­fence and was the sec­ond time in three years the bomb squad had been ac­tive in the same street.

In De­cem­ber 2013 of­fi­cers at­tended a prop­erty af­ter a res­i­dent raised con­cerns about plas­tic ex­plo­sives and mil­i­tary mem­o­ra­bilia.

Also ap­pear­ing in court last week were Do­minic Vir­jee, 45, of Ton­bridge Road, Maid­stone, and Adam Turner, 35, of Firhill Road, Lewisham.

Mr Turner is charged with pos­sess­ing an SA80 as­sault ri­fle and an Ar­gen­tinian ri­fle and Mr Vir­jee is charged with sell­ing an SA80 as­sault ri­fle.

No pleas were en­tered for any of the charges and the three men were granted un­con­di­tional bail to ap­pear at Maid­stone Crown Court on March 2.

Pic­ture: Gary Browne

Ge­orge Flisher, of Pope Street, is charged with pos­sess­ing weapons

The bomb dis­posal unit at the house in Pope Street in Novem­ber

Pic­ture: Kent Po­lice

Ja­son Wood, 31

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