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Cumbria farmer wins appeal against shotgun licence revocation

Michael Wentworth Waites pictured outside Carlisle Crown Court last month.
Michael Wentworth Waites pictured outside Carlisle Crown Court last month.

[A] CUMBRIAN farmer has won an appeal against the revocation of his shotgun certificate.

Michael Wentworth Waites, a former City banker who now farms at Thornthwaite Hall, Bampton, near Penrith, was stripped of his permit last year.

That decision was taken by a senior Cumbria police officer amid complaints over Mr Wentworth Waites’ alleged aggression towards others during two incidents on his private land.

Mr Wentworth Waites, 62, lodged an appeal against the officer’s ruling which was heard at Carlisle Crown Court last month. During that hearing, Mr Wentworth Waites vehemently denied allegations that had been made against him.

The court heard neither incident involved a firearm; nor was it suggested Mr Wentworth Waites had ever behave inappropriately or recklessly with a gun.

Delivering the judgment at the crown court today (MON), Judge Peter Hughes QC announced that the farmer’s appeal had been allowed.

Judge Hughes and two magistrates felt there was “no doubt” Mr Wentworth Waites took his shotgun permit-holding obligations “very seriously”. And they found it had not been established he couldn’t possess a shotgun “without danger to the public safety or the peace”.

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