Connor Guyatt jailed for St Ann's 'munitions factory'

Connor Guyatt
Image caption Connor Guyatt accepted having already sold two guns

A former clay pigeon shooting champion has been jailed for turning his Nottingham home into what police described as a "munitions factory".

Connor Guyatt kept one weapon in a tub of chocolates at his home in St Ann's.

He made his weapons by converting deactivated pistols so that they fired again.

Guyatt, 24, pleaded guilty to ten offences and was given concurrent sentences totalling 12 years at Nottingham Crown Court.

He admitted selling two converted pistols but told police he was too scared to identify his customers.

'Aspiring Olympian'

Sentencing him, Judge Michael Stokes QC said: "You may be too scared to tell the police what happened to the guns that were sold on but those weapons and ammunition are in circulation somewhere.

"No-one would require them other than for serious crime."

Police pulled over Guyatt's Mercedes CLK while he was driving on the A453 near Ratcliffe-on-Soar power station on 27 February.

They found 12 rounds of ammunition in his car before he was arrested and his home searched.

Police found a full magazine of bullets in the tub of chocolates, alongside a converted Glock 19 semi-automatic pistol.

A de-activated barrel from a Tokarev self-loading pistol and firing pins from other pistols were also recovered.

Other items included a large quantity of ammunition and fired cartridge casings.

Det Sgt John Armstrong, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: "He was essentially running an illicit manufacturing enterprise, possessing all the relevant component parts and tools to potentially make thousands of rounds of ammunition."

Guyatt was at one point a British shooting champion but had more recently suffered some ill-health, the court heard.

Det Ch Insp Mick Luke said shooting was Guyatt's hobby and he had aspired to be an Olympic competitor.

"At what point he changed from being an aspiring athlete to running a munitions factory from St Ann's, we don't know why," he said.

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