Arms dealer trial draws to a close

AN Ipswich jury is expected to decide if a Suffolk gun dealer was set up by police later this week. Today, the last of Timothy Richard Ashley's defence evidence was to be heard at Ipswich Crown Court.

AN Ipswich jury is expected to decide if a Suffolk gun dealer was set up by police later this week.

Today, the last of Timothy Richard Ashley's defence evidence was to be heard at Ipswich Crown Court.

The former police armourer has denied five offences of possessing prohibited weapons without authority.

The 57-year-old, of Pakenham, claims police assembled legal gun parts to form illegal weapons when his home was raided by police and customs and excise officers in February.

He says many of the other weapons seized were antique fire arms which made up part of his vast collection he had accumulated over many years. Among the weapons found at Ashley's home were rocket and grenade launchers and weapons capable of firing CS gas and rubber bullets.

Craig Rush, prosecuting and Martyn Levett, defending are expected to deliver their closing trial speeches tomorrow.

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Judge David Goodin will sum up the entire case to the jury and then it will be up to the jury to return its verdicts, either on Friday or early next week.

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