Ice Cream Boss Jailed After Guns Found At His Home

6th April 2017

An ice cream farm boss has been jailed after police discovered a stash of illegal guns at his home.

John Ashworth-Holt, who runs the popular Birch Farm, in Heywood, was jailed for three years after officers visited his home and discovered a terrifying haul of firearms and ammunition.

A hearing at Minshull Street Crown Court was told how the weapons - some of them vintage - including a Thompson sub machine gun, Gatling Gun, and a Luger pistol were found alongside a number of rounds of live ammunition.

Police discovered the weapons after visiting his home on an unrelated matter in early October 2016. The businessman was later arrested and charged.

At a court hearing earlier this week, the 63-year-old, of Doctor Fold Lane, Birch, was jailed for three years.

He had admitted three counts of possessing a firearm without a certificate, two counts of possessing a pistol with a barrel less that 30cms, four counts of possessing ammunition with no certificate and four counts of possessing prohibited ammunition.

The Thompson sub machine gun is a US weapon that became famous during Prohibition era, prized by collectors, while the Gatling is an early form of machine gun.


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