Man caught trying to board plane with shotgun at Southend Airport

Echo: The Southend Airport terminal where the gun was found The Southend Airport terminal where the gun was found

A MAN has appeared in court after trying to board a plane with a shotgun at Southend Airport.

A 65-year-old man from the Canary Islands was arrested at the airport after the disassembled gun was found in his luggage on Friday.

The man, who had a ticket for a flight to Barcelona, was charged with possessing a firearm without a certificate and appeared at Southend Magistrates' Court yesterday.

Security staff uncovered the gun after the man’s luggage was searched at about 10am.

A police spokeswoman said: “He had the component parts of a gun. He had obviously taken it apart.”

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4:52pm Sun 16 Dec 12

Eric Whim says...

he was the decoy while someone else strolled through with several kilos of charlie - probably
he was the decoy while someone else strolled through with several kilos of charlie - probably Eric Whim

5:01pm Sun 16 Dec 12

madmax1 says...

You moan about to many guns in this country. Then someone tries to take one out of the country and your arrest him!

Make your minds up.
You moan about to many guns in this country. Then someone tries to take one out of the country and your arrest him! Make your minds up. madmax1

5:07pm Sun 16 Dec 12

wendiex says...

You sure he was'nt from canvey island!
You sure he was'nt from canvey island! wendiex

5:46pm Sun 16 Dec 12

Max Impact says...

Proves airport security is doing it's job, so much for all those that say it's poor and not up to the job.
Proves airport security is doing it's job, so much for all those that say it's poor and not up to the job. Max Impact

6:12pm Sun 16 Dec 12

BIRLIS says...

wendiex wrote:
You sure he was'nt from canvey island!
Funny you should say that. I Dante article as saying Canvey, and had to check after seeing your post!
[quote][p][bold]wendiex[/bold] wrote: You sure he was'nt from canvey island![/p][/quote]Funny you should say that. I Dante article as saying Canvey, and had to check after seeing your post! BIRLIS

6:16pm Sun 16 Dec 12

Jess14 says...

the headline's a little misleading.....
the headline's a little misleading..... Jess14

7:03pm Sun 16 Dec 12

pirates says...

Probably looking for that numpty DANNY DYER...
Probably looking for that numpty DANNY DYER... pirates

7:17pm Sun 16 Dec 12

jayman says...

Max Impact wrote:
Proves airport security is doing it's job, so much for all those that say it's poor and not up to the job.
yes max... security use metal detector to find an object that is predominately metal...

or

security staff use x-ray machine to find an object that looks remarkably like the stock and barrel of a shotgun.

don't get me wrong max, it was a good result but it was hardly 'incognito' and rather stupid if he thought he could have got through any UK airport with it.
[quote][p][bold]Max Impact[/bold] wrote: Proves airport security is doing it's job, so much for all those that say it's poor and not up to the job.[/p][/quote]yes max... security use metal detector to find an object that is predominately metal... or security staff use x-ray machine to find an object that looks remarkably like the stock and barrel of a shotgun. don't get me wrong max, it was a good result but it was hardly 'incognito' and rather stupid if he thought he could have got through any UK airport with it. jayman

7:56pm Sun 16 Dec 12

Soouthchurch59 says...

Perhaps he grassed himself up so that he didn't have to go through with whatever it was that brought him back to the UK to retrieve a shotgun. Just *one* theory.....
Perhaps he grassed himself up so that he didn't have to go through with whatever it was that brought him back to the UK to retrieve a shotgun. Just *one* theory..... Soouthchurch59

9:53pm Sun 16 Dec 12

asbo industries inc says...

Soouthchurch59 wrote:
Perhaps he grassed himself up so that he didn't have to go through with whatever it was that brought him back to the UK to retrieve a shotgun. Just *one* theory.....
grassed himself up or greased himself up?
[quote][p][bold]Soouthchurch59[/bold] wrote: Perhaps he grassed himself up so that he didn't have to go through with whatever it was that brought him back to the UK to retrieve a shotgun. Just *one* theory.....[/p][/quote]grassed himself up or greased himself up? asbo industries inc

10:31am Mon 17 Dec 12

largo1 says...

what a plonker!
what a plonker! largo1

12:56pm Mon 17 Dec 12

Brunning999 says...

He was trying to take it home in his suit case no risk to anyone there unless he had access to the luggage hold.
He was trying to take it home in his suit case no risk to anyone there unless he had access to the luggage hold. Brunning999

1:55pm Mon 17 Dec 12

r6keith says...

Brunning999 wrote:
He was trying to take it home in his suit case no risk to anyone there unless he had access to the luggage hold.
I think the fact thats it was a hidden dismantled fire arm was more to the point . People die from the use of illegal guns.
All our border agencies do the best they can to stop illegal items from crossing our borders.
[quote][p][bold]Brunning999[/bold] wrote: He was trying to take it home in his suit case no risk to anyone there unless he had access to the luggage hold.[/p][/quote]I think the fact thats it was a hidden dismantled fire arm was more to the point . People die from the use of illegal guns. All our border agencies do the best they can to stop illegal items from crossing our borders. r6keith

1:58pm Mon 17 Dec 12

r6keith says...

Most passengers do not realize that the contents of your case are x rayed for contents after you have checked them in at SEN, this i would imagine is how and why this chap was caught.
Most passengers do not realize that the contents of your case are x rayed for contents after you have checked them in at SEN, this i would imagine is how and why this chap was caught. r6keith

2:44pm Mon 17 Dec 12

loppyears says...

Would it still of being a crime if he had a licence for it?
Would it still of being a crime if he had a licence for it? loppyears

3:44pm Mon 17 Dec 12

r6keith says...

loppyears wrote:
Would it still of being a crime if he had a licence for it?
I would imagine with the correct licence export paperwork and you declare the item during check in it would be no problem. Competitors that compete at international shooting events take their own weapons with them. I do not think that was the case in thit instance.
[quote][p][bold]loppyears[/bold] wrote: Would it still of being a crime if he had a licence for it?[/p][/quote]I would imagine with the correct licence export paperwork and you declare the item during check in it would be no problem. Competitors that compete at international shooting events take their own weapons with them. I do not think that was the case in thit instance. r6keith

5:58pm Mon 17 Dec 12

TherealIndiana says...

So he couldn't have bought it here without a license, therefore he must have brought it in with him! How good was the security then!?
So he couldn't have bought it here without a license, therefore he must have brought it in with him! How good was the security then!? TherealIndiana

7:54am Tue 18 Dec 12

Audioman says...

I bet he was going on a hunting trip,should have gone by Eurostare star
not checks here !!!
I bet he was going on a hunting trip,should have gone by Eurostare star not checks here !!! Audioman

8:45am Tue 18 Dec 12

disenfranchisedpast says...

TherealIndiana wrote:
So he couldn't have bought it here without a license, therefore he must have brought it in with him! How good was the security then!?
Because it's completely impossible to get a gun illegally in this country.....
[quote][p][bold]TherealIndiana[/bold] wrote: So he couldn't have bought it here without a license, therefore he must have brought it in with him! How good was the security then!?[/p][/quote]Because it's completely impossible to get a gun illegally in this country..... disenfranchisedpast

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