Man faces firearms charges
Nov 25 2002
By Peter Taylor, Evening Chronicle
A man arrested after a stash of nearly 40 weapons was allegedly found in his home is to appear before magistrates facing nine charges.
Joe Waddell, 56, of Seaton Delaval, is due before Bedlington magistrates on Thursday.
He made the headlines in April when police swooped on his flat in Astley Road and allegedly uncovered a haul of 38 pistols, shotguns and rifles plus ammunition and equipment for re-activating weapons.
He was released on police bail without charge pending forensic examination of the weapons but now has been charged with a string of firearms offences.
All allegations are connected with the possession of prohibited firearms without a firearms certificate.
Two of the charges relate to reproduction .45 calibre mussle loading percussion rifles.
A further two charges relate to .36 calibre imitation revolvers modified to discharge lead balls.
One of the charges involves a reproduction flintlock pistol and another a modified bolt action air rifle derived from a 303 calibre military rifle.
Mr Waddell said today: "I don't really want to say anything as it's in court next week and it will go to Crown. There's enough talking being done already.
"I will be denying some of the charges and they have still got between £1,000 and £1,500 worth of my gear which I want back."
The alleged uncovering of the firearms haul at Mr Waddell's home by police acting on a tip-off shocked neighbours living around him.