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Leicester man admits huge weapons haul

25th Apr 2014
Leicester man admits huge weapons haulParwinder Baning, admitted charges involving the importation and possession of nearly 100 banned weapons (Photo: Leicestershire Police)

 

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A 21-year-old Leicester man has admitted importing and possessing a haul of prohibited weapons.

Parwinder Baning, of Kitchener Road, off Uppingham Road, appeared at Leicester Crown Court on April 9 charged with possession of a bladed article, importation of three sets of knuckledusters, importation of an extendable baton, importation of a pepper spray, purchase of a stun gun, purchase of a concealable stun gun and purchase of a two concealable stun guns.

Officers swooped on his home last December, and then again in February this year.

They found a variety of stun guns, including one which administered a 100,000 volt shock – twice the power of police tasers.

Officers discovered 37 knives at his address including hunting, martial arts and throwing knives. Although these are not illegal, unless carried in public, all of the weapons were confiscated and will be destroyed.

Together with the prohibited weapons, officers identified Baning had ordered or possessed a total of 92 weapons.

As well as the seized items, officers also intercepted a number of parcels from abroad, and found receipts found showing Baning had paid for and received further weapons.

Evidence was also discovered relating to the orders of three concealable stun guns.

These were either never dispatched or were intercepted but were advertised as being around a million volts.

Baning came to police attention through intelligence sources. Detective Inspector Martin Smalley who led the inquiry, said: “This was clearly a significant haul of weapons, and I can only speculate on why Baning was collecting it.

“In the wrong hands it could have resulted in significant injuries.

“I am also concerned a number of weapons Baning had ordered were not found during our searches. I would appeal to anyone who has information about where these weapons are to contact Leicestershire Police.”

Baning will be sentenced on June 13.

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