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29th June, 2015. Bradford Coroners' Court:
live and deactivated weapons at deceased's home.
The Coroner's Court heard this morning, on day four of the Inquest into the death of Mr Colin Berry, of live and deactivated weapons found at the home of the deceased. Live and blank ammunition were also uncovered, during a search which took place after Mr Berry had died. The weapons were unlicensed.
The detective constable from the homicide and major crimes' unit of West Yorkshire Police, who gave evidence about items found at the deceased's home, said also that there was no cannabis farm on the premises. Mr Terry McGuiness, Counsel for Mrs Joan Berry, had asked. The context of the question is that unarmed officers of West Yorkshire Police were on the premises because they had a warrant to search for a cannabis farm [see Indigo database items about the first three days of the Inquest, dated 23rd, 24th and 25th June, 2015, accessible from www.sciencepeopleandpolitics.com/indigodatabase.html].
Outside the Court I had asked the detective constable where the weaponry came from, and how so much weaponry and ammunition - so much of it live - could have accumulated in a private individual's possession without the police being aware. The detective had no answer.
The interests of the deceased's mother, Mrs Joan Berry, were represented by barrister, Mr Terry McGuinness. Solicitor, Mr Andrew Garthwaite, represented the chief constable of West Yorkshire Police.
The Inquest continues tomorrow, 30th June, 2015.