Page last updated at 16:54 GMT, Monday, 9 June 2008 17:54 UK

Publican jailed for bedside gun

A pub landlord has been jailed for three years for keeping a sawn-off shotgun by his Carlisle bedside.

Armed police swooped on Michael Charlton's home in Richmond Green, following a tip-off in March.

He told officers he needed the weapon to defend himself after a masked gang had raided his house in 2002.

The 44-year-old, who until arrest ran the Golden Lion in Botchergate, was jailed at Carlisle Crown Court after admitting two firearms offences.

The court heard that police had also seized an imitation pistol, which fired only blanks, after finding it hanging in a holster from his bedpost.

Charlton, referring to what he would have done with the shotgun if any intruders had broken into his home again, told officers he would have "used it on them".

On Monday, he pleaded guilty to possessing the sawn-off shotgun with intent to endanger life, and possessing an altered firearm without a certificate.


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