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

PUBLISHED: 15:03 23 June 2008 | UPDATED: 08:30 02 June 2010

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..

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.

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


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