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Special guilty of possession of handgun and ammunition

The Devon and Cornwall Special Constable was sentenced for the offences last week.

Devon and Cornwall Special Constable, Anton Calvert, had previously pleaded guilty to possession of a prohibited firearm (pistol) and two counts of possessing a weapon for the discharge of a noxious liquid/gas/electrical incapacitation device.

He was due to become a full time officer later this year, according to the BBC. 

The 40 year old has now been handed a 12 month community order with 200 hours unpaid work as well as court costs.

Officers attended his address to conduct a search on April 24 2022. The search included several outbuildings.

Officers found a handgun with ammunition and a hand-held electrical incapacitation devices. In other searches, his operational police equipment was located – including his personal issue incapacitant spray and extendable baton which should have been stored in his locker at work. He was off duty when the items were located.

Further searches of his address also found live rifle ammunition in a jar and a metal “swordstick” disguised as a walking cane.

The BBC reported that Calvert had inherited the revolver from his stepfather- Captain Martin Phelps an explorer on British Antartic Survey research ship RRS John Biscoe. 

Calvert was subsequently arrested for being in possession of a firearm, possession of ammunition and possession of an offensive weapon in relation to the swordstick.

He further stated that he had never used the handgun for anything other than as a commemorative item and that he had never used or discharged it.

He accepted that he had a dedicated locker to store his equipment and that he had not used it.

He was suspended from duty upon his arrest. Misconduct proceedings are due to take place now court proceedings have finished.

Calvert was arrested and suspended from duty immediately.

DI Dave Pebworth said: “Calvert’s actions have fallen well below what is expected of a Special constable and we welcome the sentence handed to him today.

“As soon as the allegations against him came to light, Calvert was suspended from the force.”

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