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Son forgives father over tip-off


Mr Metcalfe said the decision to call the police was easy for him

A teenager says he has forgiven his father for informing police after bullets were found in his bedroom.

Paul Metcalfe, 19, from Nelson, Lancashire, now faces up to five years in jail after he was convicted at Burnley Crown Court.

His father discovered 11 bullets in the room and called the police - who found a firearm under the bed.

Neil Metcalfe, 43, says he has no regrets about telling the police. His son will be sentenced later.

The 19-year-old appeared in court on Wednesday but the case was adjourned.

Mr Metcalfe told the BBC it was not really much of a dilemma for him after finding the ammunition.

He said: "How would you feel if you hadn't done that and then you came back home and found your son with a bullet hole in his head?

"You just have to realise that these are weapons - they are dangerous."

Paul Metcalfe said: "I wasn't very happy at the time but I've forgiven him now because it helped get the gun off the streets."

Mr Metcalfe's daughter, Jacquie, did not agree with her father at first and felt he had betrayed the family - but has since changed her mind.

"I'm glad in a way that he did it but I wasn't very happy at the time," she said.

"But it's got him out of the bad gang he was in and it will do him good. We've spent more time together and it's brought us closer together as a family."

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