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12-month community order for man found in possession of imitation firearm after dispute in Bromley

PUBLISHED: 17:27 13 March 2015 | UPDATED: 17:31 13 March 2015

Ade Jess-Marsh,

Ade Jess-Marsh,

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AK47-style assault rifle, a Second World War machine gun and a rocket launcher/rocket propelled grenade (RPG) seized

A man has been handed a community order for possession of an imitation firearm in a public place, after a dispute between a group of men in Bromley.

Ade Jess-Marsh, aged 32, of Broadfield Road, Lewisham, was given a 12-month community order, with a requirement to undertake 150 hours unpaid work, at Bromley Magistrates’ Court yesterday, (Thursday), after pleading guilty to possession of an imitation firearm in a public place.

He was also ordered to pay court costs of £145. The court also ordered he destruction of the imitation firearms.

At around 4.30am on Sunday, January 25, police were called to reports of a fight involving a group of what was believed to be around 10 men, in East Street, Bromley.

As officers were attending CCTV operators observed that one man appeared carrying what looked like an assault rifle, and a sergeant attending the scene was alerted similarly by a member of the public.

The group fighting had dispersed upon arrival of officers at the scene, but using CCTV the man with the suspected firearm was traced to a nearby address in Market Square, Bromley.

Firearms officers entered the address and five men were arrested and three weapons seized. Three of the men were released, but Jess-Marsh and a 41-year-old man were taken into custody on suspicion of firearms offences.

The weapons were an AK47-style assault rifle, a Second World War machine gun and a rocket launcher/rocket propelled grenade (RPG). Following examination by firearm specialists it was established that the weapons are incapable of firing and have been decommissioned.

The 41-year-old man was later released without charge.

Detective Constable Dan Simpson, from Bromley Police’s CID, said: “This was an excellent collaborative effort between Bromley Borough officers, CCTV operators, and Specialist Firearms Command officers, that quickly led to three imitation firearms being seized and the arrest of Jess-Marsh.

“Although the weapons were not capable of firing, the presence of these firearms in a public place had potential to cause major panic and fear of violence”

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