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Father and son on firearms charges make fresh bail plea

Policed remained outside the property in Bridgewood Road until last Wednesday  Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Policed remained outside the property in Bridgewood Road until last Wednesday Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

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A Woodbridge father and son charged with firearms offences have been denied bail for a second time.

Crispin Richards, 58, and Philip Richards, 24, have been charged with possession of a firearm disguised as a walking stick and possession of a shortened shotgun under the Firearms Act.

The registered gun dealer and his son, a “servant” on the firearms licence, were arrested after a search of their Bridgewood Road home on Friday, October 16.

Police remained on scene until last Wednesday, when about 30 homes were evacuated as the bomb squad carried out a controlled explosion in a nearby field following the discovery of “unknown chemicals”.

Bail was denied during the father and son’s appearance at magistrates’ court last Monday.

A week on, at Ipswich Crown Court, Judge Emma Peters again refused to grant the pair bail before a plea and trial preparation hearing on November 16.


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