BENWICK: Man charged after firearm incident in Fenland village involving prisoner on leave

A FENLAND farmer has been arrested on suspicion of possessing a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence after an incident at his home involving a prisoner on weekend leave. Police firearm specialists and the Cambs Police helicopter were called to Be

A FENLAND farmer has been arrested on suspicion of possessing a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence after an incident at his home involving a prisoner on weekend leave.

Police firearm specialists and the Cambs Police helicopter were called to Benwick on Saturday afternoon following a 999 call made by farmer Barry Smith.

The 30 year farmer and heating engineer was at his Plantation Farm home when the incident - which involved damage to Smith's pick up truck- happened.

The day release prisoner, Lee Elmer also Benwick, has been charged with criminal damage and will appear before magistrates in Peterborough on July 8..


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Smith was released pending further investigations and was bailed to return to Wisbech Police Station on July 7.

Eye witness accounts report that a gun was fired during the incident and a stray pellet hit one of the occupants of a blacked out people carrier that had arrived outside Smith's home.

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Smith is understood to have made the 999 call to police.

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