67-year-old David Lench has been given an 8 month prison sentence, suspended for 18 months, following an incident which sparked Armed Police to descend on the village of Godshill back in June.

On the afternoon of 6th June Armed Police moved in on a property in Freshwater where 4 officers surrounded a residential address. It soon emerged that Police were at the wrong location resulting in the specialist officers being re-deployed to Godshill.

The Armed response came as a result of cold caller Mr Kriss Oaki-Koi alerting Hampshire Constabulary to a man armed with a gun at Jubilee Close – a gun that was later found to be a replica. A blank round was fired, causing a bang and smoke.

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For the charge of possessing an imitation Revolver handgun with intent to cause fear of violence, Lench has been handed down a 8 month prison sentence, suspended for 18 months and ordered to pay £600 in court costs and complete 15 days of rehabilitation.

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