Illegal ammunition to scare off thieves

A MAN who tried to warn off would-be burglars from his Whaplode home with shotgun cartridges was found guilty of possessing illegal weapons at court this week.

Police discovered illegal ammunition when they raided the home of Christopher Capes (51), of Stockwell Gate, last September.

A hearing at Lincoln Crown Court on Monday heard how they found two shotgun cartridges which had been adapted and filled with caustic soda.

Capes, who held a shotgun certificate at the time, kept the items in a glass cabinet in his lounge.

He later admitted altering the weapons saying he had done so in a bid to warn off a man he believed had burgled his property.

Capes told officers he had been the subject of a number of raids on his home.

He suspected a person who had visited him was responsible and warned the man that he had the cartridges claiming they contained the horse tranquiliser drug ketamine.

Liz Fell, prosecuting, said: “He said it was a scare tactic and he had no intention of using the cartridges.”

Capes admitted possession of illegal ammunition on September 18 last year. He was given a six-month jail sentence suspended for a year.

Judge Sean Morris told him: “People who have firearms certificates have a great responsibility not to abuse the trust put in them. You don’t muck about with cartridges.”

Charles Snelling, defending, said Capes has since lost his shotgun licence due to his ill-health.