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Barrow duo in court over cemetery shooting

TWO Barrow men faced court after shooting in a cemetery.

Steven Craig Culleton, of Amphitrite Street, Walney, and Steven Alan Singleton, of Low White Close, Barrow, both pleaded guilty at Furness Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday March 4 2014 to possession of a loaded air weapon in a public place.

The pair had been shooting their air rifles in Barrow Cemetery on December 15 last year after recently buying the guns when a former council employee spotted them in the undergrowth.

Mrs Lisa Hine, prosecuting, told the court how a witness had seen a group of four young men and two were carrying what appeared to be air rifles. They were seen to climb over the wall into the cemetery.

She said: “They settled into a wooded area and on this started taking the rifles out of their cases about 100m away.

“He said they were definitely up to no good, they had no right to be in the cemetery with firearms.”

The man called the police who, after a long search of the cemetery, found the youths and Culleton, 20, and Singleton, 28, were both holding their rifles. They told police they had fired “a couple of times” at bottles.

Mrs Hine added: “Mr Singleton said he was just trying it out because he had just bought it.”

Mrs Maureen Fawcett, defending, said: “PC Potter said he thanked the two for their cooperation before escorting them from the grounds.

“They both felt they had gone into woodland away from the cemetery and thought it was an area no one would go. They accept they did not have permission.”

District judge Mr Gerald Chalk said: “I suspect neither of you realised you were breaking the law but the reason it is the law is because you would potentially cause fear for third parties.

“They would not know it was an air rifle, they would see two young lads with what they would see as a weapon.”

Culleton and Singleton were both ordered to carry out 80 hours of unpaid work, and to pay £85 court costs and a £60 victim surcharge. Mr Chalk ordered for the air rifles to be destroyed.

Have your say

I have respect for every person i meet thankyou and i have a full time job in construction so beat it you little hippies!

Posted by steven culleton on 12 March 2014 at 00:40

Steven - I hope one day if you ever bother to visit a member of your family in the cem and see mindless idiots playing around with firearms - think you'll have a different opinion then! That said you seem the type who wouldn't bother paying your respects anyway!

Typical barrow chavs trying to defend your selfish, idiotic behaviour!

Enjoy your community service - probably the only days "work" you'll ever have done! That's if you even turn up!

Posted by Relative on 10 March 2014 at 07:55

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