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Man jailed after alert at airport
Coventry Airport
A flight was delayed for four hours due to the security alert
A gun enthusiast who sparked a major security alert at Coventry Airport after a gun was found in his car has been jailed for five years.

Edward Garofano, 41, from Bromsgrove, was arrested on 25 July after security staff noticed him behaving strangely.

It sparked off a major alert at the airport and a flight to Venice was delayed for four hours. Police later discovered more firearms at his home.

Garofano admitted nine firearm offences at Coventry Crown Court on Friday.

'Morbid curiosity'

Sentencing Garofano, the judge said although the offences were serious, he was imposing the minimum sentence of five years.

He said there was no suggestion Garofano had intended to harm anyone.

The court was told he had the "morbid curiosity of a collector and enthusiast".

On 25 July a midday flight to Venice was delayed as police and airport staff searched the plane and the terminal buildings.

When police searched his home in Bromsgrove, they discovered a semi-automatic pistol, seven rounds of ammunition and a CS gas canister.

Garofano admitted eight charges of possessing weapons and ammunition and one charge of having a firearm in a public place.

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