Elderly man convicted of supplying guns and ammunition to criminal gangs – Metro

Elderly man convicted of supplying guns and ammunition to criminal gangs Paul Edmunds turned antique weapons back into lethal weapons (Picture: SWNS)

A elderly gun dealer convicted of illegally supplying pistols and ammunition to criminals has left a legacy of lethal weapons on Britain’s streets.

Detectives said the seizure of 50,000 rounds of ammunition and guns imported or brought back into service by Paul Edmunds was a ‘major victory’ on gun crime, which had undoubtedly saved lives.

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But while 17 pistols linked to Edmunds have been taken out of circulation, police are still looking for 207 weapons.

Meanwhile, officers have also recovered about 1,000 of his hand-crafted rounds from crime scenes, but shells are ‘still coming in’ more than two years after his arrest.

His manufacturing operation spread the length and breadth of the country, from Nottingham and Birmingham to London, Manchester and Sheffield.

Elderly man convicted of supplying guns and ammunition to criminal gangs Edmunds left a legacy of potentially lethal weapons on Britain’s streets (Picture: SWNS)

At least nine police forces came across weapons and ammunition linked through forensic testing to the 66-year-old and his garage workshop.

He side-stepped UK laws on importing old guns for which ammunition was commercially available, by falsely declaring that they were obsolete ‘antiques’.

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The guns, whose importation is subject to complex rules, were not checked in any detail at UK customs.

Trial judge Richard Bond described how he had been ‘aghast to hear evidence of one dealer being waved-through on occasion by

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