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Thursday, 9 February 2012

Re-enactment enthusiast swooped on by armed police and dragged to court for having fake Nazi machine gun in the back seat of his car

As a history buff and vintage car fanatic John Smith does not really have the look of a hardened criminal.
But after a member of the public reported seeing the butt of his replica machine gun and bayonet on the backseat of his vintage car, he was swooped upon by armed police.
Despite Mr Smith's protestations that the gun was only a prop for a battle re-enactment society, he was hauled off to a police station and eventually charged with possessing an imitation firearm in a public place.

Worrying time: John Smith was swooped upon by armed police after a member of the public reported seeing the butt of his replica machine gun and bayonet on the backseat of his vintage car
Worrying time: John Smith was swooped upon by armed police after a member of the public reported seeing the butt of his replica machine gun and bayonet on the backseat of his vintage car
After five costly court appearances, the 1940s enthusiast finally received justice and the return of his beloved deactivated Steyre MP34 German machine gun.
Judge Michael Murphy told Mr Smith it would be 'an act of vandalism' to destroy it.
He added: 'I am quite satisfied that you are not a criminal and this is part of your hobby.'

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2098755/Re-enactment-enthusiast-swooped-armed-police-dragged-court-having-imitation-Nazi-machine-gun-seat-car.html#ixzz1luc4YDlL

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