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Jail for 'gunman' with fake pistol

A MAN has been jailed after he was convicted of carrying an imitation pistol.

A MAN has been jailed after he was convicted of carrying an imitation pistol.

Warren Patrick Edwards, 33, was found guilty of the offence following a two-day trial at Chester Crown Court last week. A further charge of going equipped for theft, which had also been denied, was left to lie on file.

Judge Roger Dutton gave Edwards a four year term for the offence and ordered he serve an additional 700 days of a previous unexpired sentence.

He ordered that the imitation gun be forfeited.

Opening the case last Thursday, Mark Connor, prosecuting, said: 'The prosecution case is that the defendant in Hoole Road had with him an imitation gun and a change of clothing.

'The prosecution say it was his intention on that day to commit a robbery and change clothes to avoid detection.'

Mr Connor said Edwards, of Rhuddlan Road, Blacon, was stopped by DS Kevin Bennett and two other detective constables as he made his way along Hoole Road at about midday.

The court was told that Edwards, carrying a blue Puma holdall, was sweating profusely and appeared 'agitated'.

'DS Bennett took the bag off the defendant and searched it. Inside was a grey coat, a sports carrier bag and inside that a black imitation pistol,' he said.

Edwards said he was on his way to visit a relative in Alder Grove, also Hoole, but was arrested and taken to Chester Police Station, where it was discovered he was wearing two pairs of trousers.

'He stated the first time he saw the gun was when the police took it out of the bag,' said Mr Connor. 'He said he was sweating because it was a hot day and he would quite often wear two pairs of trousers.'

Warren Patrick Edwards appeared before Chester magistrates on September 2 charged with theft of property from another person on April 18.

Prosecutor Jackie Lamb asked that in light on the jail term imposed on Friday, the offence be discharged.


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