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Hello - I'm Allen Sinclair, with the late news from South Today.
On the programme tonight: Caught trying
to sell powerful guns, ammunition and explosives that he'd
stolen from his base in Dorset - the Royal Marines reservist jailed
could this man's conviction for drug smuggling be about to cost
his family their home - after they were landed with a huge
Nobody ever says that he has done the line committee will get a bill
seven days to pay it. He was caught in an undercover sting
- attempting to sell weapons including an assault rifle
and explosive grenades which he'd Tonight a Royal Marine reservist
who served in Iraq and Afghanistan is starting a 14-year prison
sentence. The judge said Martin Shannon
from Hythe in Hampshire was guilty This was the moment that officers
apprehended Martin Shannon. The 43-year-old Royal Marines reservist
was known to have stolen a haul of weapons and explosives and have been
a tempting to supply them on the black market. One detained. Among
the items Martin Shannon had stolen was an automatic assault rifle and a
semiautomatic handgun, both weapons used by the special forces. He had
also taken 1400 rounds of ammunition along with hand grenades, a plastic
explosive. Upon his arrest, Shannon admitted stealing from the base of
the four years. In August Michael Shannon met an undercover officer
from the National Crime Agency who was posing as a potential buyer.
During their meeting in a pub car park, Martin Shannon rented out to
the weapons as well as selling the officer explosives and ammunition in
exchange for ?10,000 cash. Martin Shannon later told officers that he
had been hoarding the stolen guns and ammunition in watertight
containers buried in the new Forest. After a search by specialist
officers, they recovered another gun, this time a sawn off shotgun,
along with ammunition from his three hiding places in the woods. Officers
also recovered more ammunition and explosives from his home in hive.
The case has raised questions over how often weapons the money to the
Armed Forces may end up in the hands of criminals. Lots of different
supply lines the criminals, by Ron dealers... We tackle all the
different areas of supply. This is rigidly infrequent but it is
recognised that there is a vulnerability is we're working with
the MoD to look at whether there is more kinky. Shunin, who pleaded
guilty to 15 offences, described himself as a broken man. He said he
was suffering from post, the Spurs disorder -- post-traumatic stress
disorder. A short time ago she told me
the fact weapons and ammunition had gone missing WAS noticed
and investigated. Back in 2012 the disappearance of
the victims was noticed and the MOD launched an investigation then but
failed to locate the weapons, despite Martin Shannon being
questioned at the time. The MoD told us it takes security were generally
very seriously and has procedures to prevent theft from its bases. The
MOD hasn't commented on exactly how Martin Shannon was able to amass
this horde of very dangerous weapons over and above years.
The family of an Isle of Wight jailed for drug smuggling fear
they could lose their home - after being handed
Jon Beere was sentenced to 24 years in prison five years ago.
He's still protesting his innocence, and the case is being reviewed.
But meanwhile a debt recovery firm is chasing his family for more
I was just completely shocked, surprised... She says her legal aid
bill for over ?71,000 came out of the blue. And the timing, just
before Christmas, has been very upsetting. We had never been told
that this could happen. Nobody ever said that he's done the line, you
will get a bill with seven days to pay. John Beer has been imprisoned
away from his three children for six Christmases. A scaffolder, John was
jailed for 24 years for his role in smuggling cocaine valued at ?53
million. The persecution said he organised a complex operation based
on the Isle of Wight to smuggle a quarter of a tonne of the truck into
the UK, involving sacks of cocaine being dropped off from a container
ship and being picked up by a fishing boat and then tied to a boy
to be collected later. For rock -- for other men received jail terms.
Are you utterly convinced of his innocence? Absolutely, absolutely,
all of them. John's case and those of the four the men I know being
considered by the criminal cases review commission but even before a
decision is made, the legal aid bill is being pursued. This story that is
playing out for the family, Dickens couldn't have written it. They
already have lost their father and husband, the prison, for a crime he
didn't commit and now the bailiffs are knocking on the door. Deloitte
has written to the debt collection agency challenging the legal aid
bill -- the lawyer. So says the only asset is their home stop the
children, I have fought like mad to keep this as best ability, our
stability. And John and I fought really hard for the house before
this wrongful conviction. Sue and her family I know hoping the demand
for the legal aid fees will be lifted and that the criminal cases
review commission makes a decision about jumpers macro case as quickly
A father who won a legal challenge against the Isle of Wight Council
after taking his daughter out of school for a family holiday,
will have to re-state his case before the Supreme court.
Jon Platt made national headlines in May,
the penalty fine imposed by the local education authority.
The case will be reconsidered at the end of January.
Mr Platt says it means "uncertainty and distress" for parents
who've subsequently taken holidays in term-time.
Their dream homes have been beset by structural problems.
Neighbours on a new housing development near Reading have
appealed to their MP, after running out of patience
The company's denied it's done little to put things right.
In this area here, the plasterboard has had to be removed because they
had detected... This was meant to be windy's dream home. 12 months old,
that dream is a nightmare. It's being propped up by the ceramic
tiles I have got fitted on the wall in the downstairs loo, that's what
holding up the RS J that supports the entire brickwork above, front
door. Wendy says there is problems with the installation, heating and
the windows. She's so fed up she has taken her for stretching out so all
can see. If you saw the show house you thought, if I buy this house, I
can have that. It's been anything but. Yes, I live unable to cite but
I didn't expect to have the builders living with me. -- I live in a
building site. One, I would say, didn't buy a house here. No one from
Taylor Wimpey awarded to appeal camera but in a statement today they
say they regretted any inconvenience caused the residents, and are
committed to caring at remedial works and inside job should be
considered by the end of January and all of them is fixed by the end of
April next year. The development here still being built for the local
MP says work should have stopped. But they haven't done that, they
have robbed of residence and me, to be honest, as well, time after time
and we have reached a point where this really can't go on much longer.
Wendy is now been told that she and the family will have to move out in
January whilst repairs are made. At a time which should be packing
Christmas presents, she's packing boxes instead.
That's it for tonight - thanks for your company.
We're back with bulletins in BBC Breakfast tomorrow -
right now Alexis Green's here with our regional weather.
We have some rain clearing is the woods and when to do is clear, we
race patchy frost and Mr frog. Temperatures in the countryside may
well fall to around minus one Celsius. A frosty and foggy started
tomorrow, the fog may be slow to lift but what does clear, it's
cloud may start to build into high lovely day, staying
clear during the afternoon and temperatures will fall. A decent day
in store tomorrow. Tomorrow night we are expecting clearing skies but
then the wins will start to increase, that should keep the frost
at bay, this is the storm affecting the north of the country through
Friday, the wins. The increase in the South, we will have a spell of
rain, a few bright spells Friday morning but they will be a good deal
of cloud and the winds could cost between 40 and 50 mph. A lovely day
in store tomorrow, strengthening winds through Friday with raiding
the afternoon, a decent day for Christmas
good for us. Mild by the time we reach Christmas Day.
Hello there, there is wet and very windy weather on the way in the
run-up to Christmas. The worst of the weather to the northern half of
the UK. We have a strengthening jet out of North America that is
propgating across the Atlantic. Rushing our way. Picking up low
pressure, deepening them, tracking them to the north-west of Scotland,
hence the wind and rain. Tonight, we have gale force winds in the
north-west of Scotland. Wintry showers here. There is still come
rain to clear from the south-east.