Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 5°C

min temp: 0°C

Search

Wyverstone: Village is shocked by bomb squad drama

13:12 22 April 2014

Police are continuing investigations at an address in Wyverstone following the discovery of a number of weapons at a home earlier this week.

Police are continuing investigations at an address in Wyverstone following the discovery of a number of weapons at a home earlier this week.

Archant

Controlled explosions were carried out yesterday in the Suffolk village at the centre of a firearms investigation which has shocked the community.

shares

Suffolk Constabulary’s Sergeant Jon Taylor said the bomb squad had been called to “dispose of some produce” that had been found at the property in Wyverstone, near Stowmarket, following investigations, which began last Sunday, April 13.

Several loud bangs echoed across quiet countryside shortly after 4pm as residents neighbouring the home of parish council chairman James Arnold looked on in disbelief.

Arnold, who has been diagnosed with terminal cancer, is facing two charges of assault and four counts of possession of a prohibited weapon. The weapons charges relate to an Uzi machine gun, AK47 assault rifle, a bolt-action shotgun and a self-loading rifled gun.

Appearing before magistrates in Ipswich yesterday, the 49-year-old husband and father entered no plea to the weapons charges and was deemed too ill to enter pleas over the assault charges.

Police first attended the address in Potash Road on Sunday, April 13, following reports of an assault.

Officers arrested Arnold and searched the property.

Neighbours say the days which followed have been a “nightmare” of uncertainties.

One, who gave his name only as David, said: “No-one is telling us anything, they won’t say how long it’s going on for, whether there’s any danger or anything,” he said.

“It’s been like this for the past week, it all goes quiet then all of a sudden everything kicks off, the police move in and all hell breaks loose.

“It’s been a total nightmare.”

Anne and Rob Hornsblow, who live with their children just metres from the property, said the police had told them what information they could, although they still felt unsure of exactly what was going on.

“Everyone in the village is wondering what’s going,” said Mrs Hornsblow.

“There’s a lot more talking going on and everyone seems to be taking their dogs for a walk outside our house to see what’s been happening.”

Other villagers, who refused to give their name, say they have been told to expect the heavy police presence to remain in the village for another fortnight while further searches are carried out of Arnold’s four-and-a-half acre garden.

“We are mystified really,” said one man.

Sgt Taylor said the investigation had “far reaching implications” for the whole force, with officers drafted in from across the county.

Although he said there was some information that could not be made public, he added that officers had carried out “an awful lot of work” with the local community to keep them informed where possible.

Arnold will appear before Bury St Edmunds Magistrates’ Court on April 28 for a further hearing on the assault charges.

He is due before Ipswich Crown Court on May 1 for a hearing into the weapons charges.

shares

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Ipswich Star visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Ipswich Star staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Ipswich Star account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

East Anglian Air Ambulance. Library image.

Emergency services were sent to a serious two-car crash in Ipswich last night.

St Elizabeth Hospice launch of a brand new challenge to win your wedding at Glemham Hall

Couples waiting to tie the knot can enter a competition run by St Elizabeth Hospice to have their big day all paid for.

An Abellio Greater Anglia train at Colchester. Library image.

Late running engineering works are causing residual delays to rail services in Suffolk and Essex this morning.

30mph sign in Brantham on A137

A man in his 80s has died following a crash on the A137 in Brantham last night.

Mick McCarthy, Manager of Ipswich Town shouts instructions Bristol City v Ipswich Town

Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy says he is as frustrated and agitated as supporters after this afternoon’s 2-1 defeat at relegation-battling Bristol City made it four losses from five games in all competitions.

Eve Riches' guide dog Jet was attacked while walking from Colchester station to the Sixth Form College where she works.

A blind woman has described the “frightening” moment a Husky attacked her guide dog in Colchester.

The Belstead House in Pinweood, Ipswich.

Frustrated councillors who object to plans to build 155 homes in their parish are threatening legal action against planners.

Former Met police officer Colin Sutton with his dog Jasper

Many might describe Colin Sutton as a ‘proper copper’ - the sort with blue blood running through his family’s veins.

A file  picture of the A14.

A man was taken to hospital after he came off the motorcycle he was riding.

Ellen and her family

There is a nasty rumour going round the playground, writes Ellen Widdup.

Most read

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Streetlife

Great British Life

Great British Life
MyDate24 MyPhotos24