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Police found lethal gun ammunition at drug dealer’s Carlisle home

Christian Lord

[A] DRUG dealer has had eight months added to a prison sentence he received for heroin peddling after police also found lethal gun ammunition at his Carlisle home.

In February, Christian Edward Lord was given a 64-month jail term at the city’s crown court. Lord, 43, had admitted possessing heroin with intent to supply, and having criminal property, after police found he had large quantities of the class A drug and cash in both June, 2017, and January this year.

But on the latter occasion, officers also discovered fifty-nine .22 long rifle calibre unfired cartridges – filled with hollow-point bullets – within a locked outside cupboard at his Welsh Road home. Lord knew he should have had a licence for ammunition he said he had “found” on an allotment, but was not in possession of any firearm.

Lord – said to have an “appalling” criminal record – was brought back to court this week. He was given a separate and consecutive eight-month prison sentence after he admitted acquiring ammunition without a firearms certificate.

“The public are rightly concerned when this type of ammunition is illegally ‘on the streets’, as it were, even if the person concerned can’t discharge it,” Recorder Mark Ainsworth told him.

“I have to bear the public disquiet in mind.”

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