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Redbridge man who imported stun guns avoids jail

Anthony Walker was sentenced today

A man from Newbury Park has been handed a suspended sentence for importing a stun gun disguised as a torch to the UK.

Anthony Walker came to the attention of police in March 2018 when a package, from China and addressed to him, was intercepted by Border Force officials.

It was found to contain a stun gun and police discovered another of the devices when they searched the 44-year-old’s home, in Springfield Drive.

Counter terror police were informed of the incident and began investigating.

Walker voluntarily attended a police station and was arrested for possession of firearms without intent, importation of weapons, and offensive weapons.

He admitted he had imported the stun devices and was released under investigation.

The stun gun was disguised as a torch

Walker was later charged by postal requisition and appeared at Snaresbrook Crown on Monday, 10 July 2019, where he pleaded guilty.

He appeared at the same court today, and was sentenced to two years’ imprisonment, suspended for two years.

Commander Richard Smith, head of the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command, said: “The Met works in partnership with other police forces and security agencies in a joined up approach to spot and challenge any suspicious behaviour or activity.

“Working with colleagues in the Border Force, who intercepted Walker’s parcel, we were alerted to his attempt to obtain a proscribed dangerous device.

“Police then acted decisively to curtail any threat he might have posed, ensuring there were no other suspects involved and no danger to Londoners.”

Any suspicious behaviour or activity can be reported via the Action Counters Terrorism (ACT) website at www.gov.uk/act or alternatively, call the Anti-Terrorist Hotline in confidence on 0800 789 321.

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