Residents' shock after huge arsenal of weapons found in flat in Golden Grove area of Southampton

Daily Echo: Residents shock after huge stash of guns and ammunition of weapons found in flat Residents shock after huge stash of guns and ammunition of weapons found in flat

RESIDENTS have told of their shock after a huge haul of guns and ammunition was found at a flat in Southampton.

As reported by the Daily Echo yesterday, Peter Castle and Thomas Graham were jailed for a combined 13 years yesterday at Southampton Crown Court for 24 firearm and ammunition offences.

The haul, including a sawn-off shotgun and more than 1,500 rounds of ammunition, was seized from Graham’s flat in Albion Towers, Golden Grove.

Castle, 46, of Alder Road, and Graham, 43, of Golden Grove, both admitted eight counts each of possessing firearms and two counts each of possessing ammunition without a firearms certificate and a count each of possessing expanding ammunition.

Castle also admitted two counts of possessing ammunition when prohibited.

Local resident Paul Crossett, 38, from Golden Grove, said: “It’s very shocking – you don’t expect it in this country. I’m glad they’ve been able to take them off the street.”

Neighbour Bill Lockhead, 66, from James Street, added: “I am very surprised. It’s enough for someone to start their own war.”

The court heard how Castle, 46, received two holdalls containing the weapons from drug dealers he owed debts to.

Prosecutor James Kelland said: “He had run up a debt for cocaine and was given the guns by the people who gave him the drugs.

“But he was worried about having them at his flat where his mother lived so gave them to Mr Graham.”

The court heard Castle told his friend not to look in the bag when delivering it to his flat.

Graham later peeked in the bag and assumed they were “wrecked guns” because of their poor state.

Police raided the flat several weeks later on October 29 after seeing Castle visit earlier that day. Both Graham and Castle were arrested.

Barrister David Richards, for Castle – who has a string of previous convictions for assault, criminal damage and drugs possession – said his client had no choice but to take the stash from the dealers and said: “He wanted to get rid of it and he didn’t know what to do.”

Barrister Mark Ashley claimed his client Graham had very little involvement in the dealings and said: “The world of weapons isn’t him.”

But Judge Linda Sullivan, sentencing Castle to eight years and Graham to five, said: “Anyone attaining possession of them could endanger life and use them to threaten to kill and maim.

“The sentence imposed is to deter others from behaving in a way to cause danger to the community.”

Joan Fogerty, 75, from James Street, said: “It’s disgusting. You don’t expect it in Southampton and they should have more bobbies on the beat to stop it.”

Taha Ali, 38, from Golden Grove, said: “Guns should only be for soldiers or policemen. It’s very wrong people should have them.”

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10:48am Tue 25 Feb 14

hulla baloo says...

And I thought all these new gun laws Liebour brought in would eliminate this. Ah yes, only the law abiding and gun clubs were affected.
And I thought all these new gun laws Liebour brought in would eliminate this. Ah yes, only the law abiding and gun clubs were affected. hulla baloo
  • Score: 4

11:40am Tue 25 Feb 14

townieboy says...

Normal orniments in SO14. Shooting just up the road why are people so surprised there are guns about ???????????????
Normal orniments in SO14. Shooting just up the road why are people so surprised there are guns about ??????????????? townieboy
  • Score: 6

12:57pm Tue 25 Feb 14

RED & WHITE..RED & WHITE says...

townieboy wrote:
Normal orniments in SO14. Shooting just up the road why are people so surprised there are guns about ???????????????
"Normal orniments in SO14" Do you live in SO14 ? Thought not ! Iits not normal and the comments made by local residents shows how disgusted they are by it all, you idiot !
[quote][p][bold]townieboy[/bold] wrote: Normal orniments in SO14. Shooting just up the road why are people so surprised there are guns about ???????????????[/p][/quote]"Normal orniments in SO14" Do you live in SO14 ? Thought not ! Iits not normal and the comments made by local residents shows how disgusted they are by it all, you idiot ! RED & WHITE..RED & WHITE
  • Score: 0

1:04pm Tue 25 Feb 14

bigfella777 says...

What does orniment mean?
What does orniment mean? bigfella777
  • Score: 8

1:21pm Tue 25 Feb 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

townieboy wrote:
Normal orniments in SO14. Shooting just up the road why are people so surprised there are guns about ???????????????
Are you saying that weapons capable of being used are OK as ornaments then?
[quote][p][bold]townieboy[/bold] wrote: Normal orniments in SO14. Shooting just up the road why are people so surprised there are guns about ???????????????[/p][/quote]Are you saying that weapons capable of being used are OK as ornaments then? OSPREYSAINT
  • Score: 1

1:23pm Tue 25 Feb 14

massimoosti says...

SHOCK !!!! Guns in Golden Grove Area !

Next you'll be dropping a bomb that there's also drug dealers, addicts and prostitutes in the area !
SHOCK !!!! Guns in Golden Grove Area ! Next you'll be dropping a bomb that there's also drug dealers, addicts and prostitutes in the area ! massimoosti
  • Score: 21

1:40pm Tue 25 Feb 14

kiddynamite says...

This is a bit like reporting 'Sausage Roll Found in Greggs'.
This is a bit like reporting 'Sausage Roll Found in Greggs'. kiddynamite
  • Score: 21

4:29pm Tue 25 Feb 14

bigal007 says...

People need. To open there eyes long gone the days of just a punch on the nose. They are out there to hurt you really. Bad the cps. And the courts need to hand out punishments that fit one of these chaps will be out in 2half years we. Think about the rights. Of these people. But not the rights of Joe public
People need. To open there eyes long gone the days of just a punch on the nose. They are out there to hurt you really. Bad the cps. And the courts need to hand out punishments that fit one of these chaps will be out in 2half years we. Think about the rights. Of these people. But not the rights of Joe public bigal007
  • Score: -3

4:59pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Bobs Your Uncle ? says...

too many layabouts with closed curtains to notice,the horror.
too many layabouts with closed curtains to notice,the horror. Bobs Your Uncle ?
  • Score: -1

5:44pm Tue 25 Feb 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

The only shooting I want to see in that area is at St.Marys, been in short supply lately.
The only shooting I want to see in that area is at St.Marys, been in short supply lately. OSPREYSAINT
  • Score: 0

5:44pm Tue 25 Feb 14

bigfella777 says...

Just for the record there were 81 crimes reported in St Mary's in January, 175 in Millbrook, 112 in Thornhill, 123 in Shirley and 78 in Weston.
These figures are from the Police.uk website ,so it's quite obvious where the highest crime areas are.
Just for the record there were 81 crimes reported in St Mary's in January, 175 in Millbrook, 112 in Thornhill, 123 in Shirley and 78 in Weston. These figures are from the Police.uk website ,so it's quite obvious where the highest crime areas are. bigfella777
  • Score: -5

6:23pm Tue 25 Feb 14

SotonLad says...

Most rediculous out of date comment goes to:

Joan Fogerty, 75, from James Street, said: “It’s disgusting. You don’t expect it in Southampton and they should have more bobbies on the beat to stop it.”
Most rediculous out of date comment goes to: Joan Fogerty, 75, from James Street, said: “It’s disgusting. You don’t expect it in Southampton and they should have more bobbies on the beat to stop it.” SotonLad
  • Score: 1

6:14am Wed 26 Feb 14

townieboy says...

massimoosti wrote:
SHOCK !!!! Guns in Golden Grove Area ! Next you'll be dropping a bomb that there's also drug dealers, addicts and prostitutes in the area !
Bomb factory was discovered in the 70's in Albion Towers, so a few guns arnt much to worry about. I was at school at St marys, cant get more SO14 than that.
[quote][p][bold]massimoosti[/bold] wrote: SHOCK !!!! Guns in Golden Grove Area ! Next you'll be dropping a bomb that there's also drug dealers, addicts and prostitutes in the area ![/p][/quote]Bomb factory was discovered in the 70's in Albion Towers, so a few guns arnt much to worry about. I was at school at St marys, cant get more SO14 than that. townieboy
  • Score: 1

6:19am Wed 26 Feb 14

townieboy says...

RED & WHITE..RED & WHITE wrote:
townieboy wrote: Normal orniments in SO14. Shooting just up the road why are people so surprised there are guns about ???????????????
"Normal orniments in SO14" Do you live in SO14 ? Thought not ! Iits not normal and the comments made by local residents shows how disgusted they are by it all, you idiot !
sorry massimoosti meant to quote this idiot.
[quote][p][bold]RED & WHITE..RED & WHITE[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]townieboy[/bold] wrote: Normal orniments in SO14. Shooting just up the road why are people so surprised there are guns about ???????????????[/p][/quote]"Normal orniments in SO14" Do you live in SO14 ? Thought not ! Iits not normal and the comments made by local residents shows how disgusted they are by it all, you idiot ![/p][/quote]sorry massimoosti meant to quote this idiot. townieboy
  • Score: 0

6:38am Wed 26 Feb 14

skeptik says...

And I thought all these new gun laws Liebour brought in would eliminate this. Ah yes, only the law abiding and gun clubs were affected------------
-very odd argument - all laws are broken does that reflect on the party who proposed the laws? When have we had a party in government named 'liebour' perhaps Gove is right on edukashun.
And I thought all these new gun laws Liebour brought in would eliminate this. Ah yes, only the law abiding and gun clubs were affected------------ -very odd argument - all laws are broken does that reflect on the party who proposed the laws? When have we had a party in government named 'liebour' perhaps Gove is right on edukashun. skeptik
  • Score: 2

11:51am Wed 26 Feb 14

ShirleyLad says...

bigfella777 wrote:
Just for the record there were 81 crimes reported in St Mary's in January, 175 in Millbrook, 112 in Thornhill, 123 in Shirley and 78 in Weston.
These figures are from the Police.uk website ,so it's quite obvious where the highest crime areas are.
What does that prove........
[quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: Just for the record there were 81 crimes reported in St Mary's in January, 175 in Millbrook, 112 in Thornhill, 123 in Shirley and 78 in Weston. These figures are from the Police.uk website ,so it's quite obvious where the highest crime areas are.[/p][/quote]What does that prove........ ShirleyLad
  • Score: 0

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