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Vigilante farmer in weapon probe

Tony Martin
Mr Martin shot dead a burglar in his home in 1999

Farmer Tony Martin has been arrested and questioned by police in Cambridgeshire for allegedly possessing an offensive weapon.

Mr Martin, 64, was arrested when police stopped his car and found what was believed to be a farm sickle.

A police spokeswoman confirmed a man had been arrested for allegedly possessing an offensive weapon, but said no further action was being taken.

Mr Martin shot dead a burglar he found in his Norfolk home in 1999.

The police spokeswoman said the man in question had been given a fixed penalty notice for not wearing a seatbelt following the incident earlier this month.

Mr Martin was freed from jail in 2003 after serving two thirds of a five-year sentence for the manslaughter of 16-year-old Fred Barras.

The farmer shot the teenager and his fellow burglar Brendan Fearon, 33, after confronting them in his home at Emneth Hungate, Norfolk, in August 1999.

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