Jail for man who had gun and bul­lets

Sunderland Echo - - Front page - By Karon Kelly copy­desk.north­east@jpress.co.uk Twit­ter: @sun­der­lan­de­cho

A ware­house worker who stored a gun and am­mu­ni­tion has been put be­hind bars.

Daniel Tin­dle, who was out on li­cence from a pre­vi­ous prison sen­tence, had a pis­tol and six 9mm bul­lets, which had been adapted, stashed in a plas­tic bag.

Po­lice also found a meat cleaver hid­den un­der the pas­sen­ger seat of his car.

A ware­house worker who stored a gun and am­mu­ni­tion at his home has been put be­hind bars.

Daniel Tin­dle, who was out on li­cence from a pre­vi­ous prison sen­tence, had a pis­tol and six 9mm bul­lets, which had been adapted, stashed in a plas­tic bag at his house.

Po­lice also found a meat cleaver hid­den un­der the pas­sen­ger seat of his car when they car­ried out a search at his prop­erty on May 18.

New­cas­tle Crown Court heard the firearm was ca­pa­ble of dis­charg­ing live am­mu­ni­tion and gas rounds.

Tin­dle, of Coach Road Es­tate, Us­worth, Wash­ing­ton, pleaded guilty to pos­sess­ing a firearm and am­mu­ni­tion with­out cer­tifi­cates.

He also ad­mit­ted pos­sess­ing an of­fen­sive weapon in re­la­tion to the meat cleaver.

The court heard the 33-year-old has pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions for drugs of­fenc- es and was out on li­cence from a 40-month prison term for ar­son at the time.

Tin­dle ini­tially claimed he had “found” the gun and bul­lets.

How­ever, he later ad­mit­ted the firearm and am­mu­ni­tion charges on the ba­sis he had been look­ing af­ter them for some­one else, had pos­ses­sion of them for a lim­ited time and had not used or adapted them him­self.

Judge Sarah Mal­lett said the firearm was a “se­ri­ous” weapon and told Tin­dle: “There is a clear pub­lic need to dis­cour­age un­law­ful pos­ses­sion of firearms, even in the cir­cum­stances put for­ward in your ba­sis of plea.

“There is jus­ti­fi­able pub­lic con­cern caused by firearms like this.”

The judge jailed Tin­dle, who had a job and pos­i­tive ref­er­ence from his em­ployer, for two years and eight months.

Judge Mal­lett told him: “You have fam­ily sup­port and a sta­ble re­la­tion­ship.

“Per­haps be­cause of the con­tacts you have from the time you spent in cus­tody you also have fallen back into in­volve­ment with se­ri­ous of­fend­ing.”

Gavin Doig, de­fend­ing, said Tin­dle had been work­ing hard and do­ing well af­ter be­ing re­leased from the last jail term, but got “mixed up” in the lat­est of­fend­ing.

Daniel Tin­dle has been jailed for two years and eight months.

New­cas­tle Crown Court.

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