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Weapons collector caught smuggling stun guns and CS gas through Birmingham Airport

A WEAPONS fanatic has admitted smuggling in a small arsenal of weapons, from stun guns to CS gas, back from a family holiday.

A WEAPONS fanatic has admitted smuggling in a small arsenal of weapons, from stun guns to CS gas, back from a family holiday.

George Blake had been returning to Birmingham Airport from Bulgaria with his wife and two young children on June 16 when he was stopped at 5.20am by customs officers.

On searching his luggage, they found three stun guns disguised as mobile phones, three CS gas canisters, two telescopic police-style batons and a knuckle duster.

Malcolm Stoddart, prosecuting, said the 37 year-old, of Grazebrook Road, Dudley, had bought the high quantity of weapons because they had been cheap and hadn’t realised they were banned.

“They were intended to be left at home. When he purchased the stun guns he asked if it was something he could have in England and he was told yes.

“He didn’t have any knowledge that the weapons were illegal in the UK.”

The court heard that Blake already owned an array of weapons including crossbows and air guns.

But magistrates were told the defendant had forgotten to ask the holiday rep if he could bring the weapons back to the UK.

Sanjit Sanghara, defending, said their ten year-old daughter had a serious accident which had cut the holiday short.

“They rushed back to the hotel and packed up everything they had.

“Their daughter was taken straight from hospital to the airport.

“He had completely forgotten about the items.

“Mr Blake has learned that ignorance of the law is not an defence.

“It’s brought a huge amount of stress to the family.”

The case was deemed too serious for the magistrates and was sent to Birmingham Crown Court for sentencing on March 14.

 

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