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Gun amnesty prompts pensioner to hand in small arsenal inherited from late uncle

POLICE were left speechless after a retired butcher handed in an arsenal of guns he had inherited from his military-mad uncle.

Ray Wilkinson, 68, told officers he discovered the haul while clearing out a flat belonging to his late uncle Reg, who died four years ago aged 80.

The stash included ten pistols, a hunting knife and 16 bullets.

The father-of-two handed the weapons into a police station in Coventry after hearing about a gun amnesty on the radio.

Firearms experts revealed the guns were in fact replicas but because they were so close to the real thing they were illegal to own without a relevant licence.

Mr Wilkinson, of Nuneaton, Warwickshire, said: ‘They are replica guns, but really you wouldn’t know the difference if they were pointed at someone in the street you’d take them as genuine firearms so it was a concern on finding out what to do with them.

‘My uncle was in the army himself, he was always interested in military history, he was a smashing chap, a really nice guy.

‘So although when we found the guns I couldn’t say I was shocked altogether but we didn’t expect to find ten.’

Police praised Mr Wilkinson’s actions, adding it was the largest haul of weapons it had ever received from one person.