I hold a shotgun certificate and i own a shotgun which is kept properly in a gun safe and has been approved by the Police. I had a raid at my house by customs officers in Feb 2013 and police removed my shotgun without explanantion and they will not now return smae. The officer concerned refuses to return my gun until the supposed criminal charge against me is dropped. We have issue a Judicial Revue waiting court date. iam represented by QC Alun Jones who says we will win hands diown as there is no case to answer. My life has been turned uposide down by this but I find it incredible the Police have the right to retain my shotgun undfer these circumstances. I have never been in any trouble before and I am completly innocent. What can i do? XXXX XXXX
What are you accused of?
Why is the gun so important?
I am charged with avoiding duty on the sale of alcohol. This is untrue. I have obtained copy emails sent by a person unknown to us who has then used our letterehead to prepare an invoice in our name supplying these goods to him.The goods were seized by Customs in a raid at an address in Birmingham, unknown to us last july but they didnt contact us at all until the raid at my house in Feb 2013.The warrant is deemed by my lergal guys to be illegal in any event. The invoice is nothing like ours and this has been agreed by HMRC. All our transactions were through bonded warehouses and all are properly documented. The case has nothing to do with the shotgun.
I use the gun to shoot clay pigeon mostly as a guest on corporate dyas but i am aslo a mrember of a fully licence shooting club called Garlands where i have been a member for a number of years. I am missing out on my bobby but also a number of business opportunities may also have been lost.
I amgoing to opt out of this for one of my colleagues. They will be along shortly Iam sure. The question is now open to all experts. Meanwhile please don't replyor it comes back to me. Thanks
The licence has not been revoked