Man caught with ballbearing gun

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A MAN who had got into the habit of carrying a ballbearing gun with him, has appeared at Skegness Magistrates Court charged with possessing offensive weapons.

Lee Wilding, 20, of no fixed address but who previously lived at Vicarage Lane, Wainfleet St Mary, was seen by police on Roman Bank in Skegness at 8.40pm on November 6.

They found an orange ballbearing gun tucked into the waistband of his jogging bottoms. He was arrested and told police he carried the weapons as he had been beaten up about two weeks previously. However, said Mr John Mitchell, prosecuting, that assault had never been reported to the police and Wilding admitted that the danger of another attack had passed.

In mitigation, Ms Andrea Wilkes said Wilding had mental health issues but the pre-sentence report recommended a custodial sentence.

District Judge John Stobart adjourned the case until June 8 and ordered the defence to produce a medical report specifically dealing with how much of a danger Wilding was to the public.

Wilding was granted bail until that date on condition he does not live anywhere where someone under 18 is living.