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Two men charged with firearms offences following property searches

PUBLISHED: 11:52 18 October 2020 | UPDATED: 15:15 18 October 2020

An officer outside a property in Bridgewood Road, Woodbridge  Picture: ARCHANT

An officer outside a property in Bridgewood Road, Woodbridge Picture: ARCHANT

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Two men have been charged with firearms offences following searches of a property in Woodbridge.

A tent in front of a property in Bridgewood Road, Woodbridge  Picture: ARCHANTA tent in front of a property in Bridgewood Road, Woodbridge Picture: ARCHANT

Both men were charged with possession of a disguised firearm – namely a walking stick – and possession of a shortened shotgun.

A forensics van in Bridgewood Road, Woodbridge  Picture: ARCHANTA forensics van in Bridgewood Road, Woodbridge Picture: ARCHANT

A forensic scene had been in place at a property in Bridgewood Road, Woodbridge, over the weekend.

Bridgewood Road in Woodbridge  Picture: ARCHANTBridgewood Road in Woodbridge Picture: ARCHANT

One local resident said they had seen “lots of forensic activity” taking place around a tent in the front garden of a house since Saturday morning.

Police said the searches were part of an ongoing investigation.

Two men were arrested and taken into custody for questioning at Martlesham Heath police investigation centre.

A 24-year-old man and a 54-year-old man have since been charged with firearms offences.

A spokesman for Suffolk Constabulary said: “Police executed a search warrant at an address in Bridgewood Road, Woodbridge, in connection with an ongoing investigation.”

Later on Sunday morning, police confirmed two men had been charged as part of the investigation.

A spokesman said: “Police have charged two people in connection with firearms offences in Woodbridge.

“It follows a police search warrant conducted at an address on Bridgewood Road, in Woodbridge, on Friday, October 16. It also follows a licence visit and check on October 15 to the same premises.

“58-year-old Crispen Richards, of Bridgewood Road, in Woodbridge, was charged early this morning, Sunday, October 18, with possession of a disguised firearm namely a walking stick – and possession of a shortened shotgun in contravention of section 4(1) of the Firearms Act 1968.

“24-year-old Philip Richards, of the same address, was also charged with the same two offences.

“They have been remanded to appear before Suffolk Magistrates’ Court tomorrow, Monday, October 18.

“Enquiries are ongoing and police remain at the scene to continue their investigations at the property.”


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