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UPDATED: Elderly man charged following guns raid in Oldham

Date published: 10 August 2018


A man has been charged after several guns were seized from a property in Oldham.

John Dobb, aged 72, of Bardsley Vale Avenue, has been charged with firearms offences including failing to comply with the conditions of a firearm certificate, possessing a shotgun without a certificate and four counts of possessing ammunition for a firearm without a certificate.

He has also been charged with possessing a self-loading pump action smooth bore gun and possessing firearms without a certificate.

He appeared at Manchester Magistrates’ Court today (Saturday).

On Tuesday August 7, 2018 at around 7.30am police executed a warrant at a property on Bardsley Vale Avenue after a cat caught its paw in a snare at a property on the same street.

An investigation continues into this.

Detective Inspector Claire McGuire, from Greater Manchester Police’s Xcalibre Task Force, said prior to the charge of Dobb: “I understand that this incident may cause concern in the community.

"However, I want to reassure local residents that we have a team of officers working hard on this investigation.

“People may notice an increased police presence in the surrounding area as we carry out our enquiries, and I would encourage anyone with concerns to please approach one of our officers.”


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