[A] TEENAGER found in possession of a fake firearm has been sentenced at Carlisle Crown Court.
Christian Newland fell foul of the law when police stopped his car, between Penrith and Greystoke, in the early hours of July 10.
During a search of the vehicle, a small tub containing cannabis and a plastic handgun were among the items recovered. It emerged the painted-black gun was “very much a replica, made entirely of plastic components”. It was capable neither of firing – nor being loaded with – live ammunition.
But 18-year-old Newland later pleaded guilty to a charge of having an imitation firearm in public, and also possessing cannabis. He was sentenced by Judge Peter Davies, who heard the teen bought the gun when he was younger “to mess about with”.
After hearing mitigation, Judge Davies suspended a 12-month custodial sentence for two years and ordered Newland, of Greystoke, to complete 75 hours’ unpaid work.
“The problem about a firearm like that – imitation or not – is what it looks like,” Judge Davies told him. “Guns are dangerous, no matter what the gun lobby say.”