Results 1 to 8 of 8

Thread: High profile?

  1. #1

    High profile?

    Don't normally hear about these things,....
    BASC helps clear rugby ace of firearms charge.

    25 May 2011

    BASC has helped to clear a rugby player of a firearms charge. Matthew Trefor Thomas was cleared by a jury at Mold Crown Court of a charge of possessing a CZ .22 rimfire rifle without a firearms certificate.

    He was represented in court by Peter Glenser who is one of the country’s leading barristers for firearms law and a member of BASC’s council. BASC’s director of firearms, Bill Harriman, was called as a defence expert.

    Mr Thomas, who plays for Chester Rugby Club and Northern England, had argued that he was covered by his father’s certificate.

    The court heard that Mr Thomas had taken his father’s gun to an upstairs window with his father's consent to shoot a rabbit he saw in his parents' garden, where his father had a vegetable plot. His father, Professor Andrew Thomas, was downstairs at Higher Berse Hall, Southsea, Wrexham.

    Professor Thomas said he considered that he was present and would have been able to shout up to his son as he shot the rabbit if, for example, he saw someone approaching the property.

    Mr Thomas shot the rabbit twice but said the shot was very safe because of the back-stop, with the bullets going straight into the ground.

    Armed police arrived and arrested Mr Thomas after members of the public nearby complained.

    Peter Glenser said in court the trial was a “gross overreaction” to what had happened.
    Bill Harriman said after Mr Thomas was cleared: “This case demonstrates what it is that sets BASC aside from the UK’s other shooting organisations.

    "BASC’s expert departments are here and can offer advice to members. We’ve got a long track record of doing this. No other UK shooting organisation does this.

    "Peter Glenser is one of the country’s leading barristers for firearms law who works closely with BASC’s firearms department to ensure that members have the very best possible advice and representation.”
    ENDS
    (The Unspeakable In Pursuit Of The Uneatable.) " If I can help, I will help!." Former S.A.C.S. member!

  2. #2
    Ok, they got the guy cleared, so why did he have to spoil it with this little gem?

    Bill Harriman said after Mr Thomas was cleared: “This case demonstrates what it is that sets BASC aside from the UK’s other shooting organisations.
    Surely all shooting organisations should be pulling together, rather than trying to score petty points off each other?


  3. #3
    High profile case, high profile publicity. I would like to think that Basc took this case on due to merit, and not for publicity. I asked for help when charged with a firearms offence. They point blank refused to get involved. I have no axe to grind, but when the chips were down. Ed.

  4. #4
    I needed help with a difficult firearms officer and BASC had no interest, The NGO, Guy Wallace did step up and give me the wording I required and also offered to come down to sort it if I needed.

  5. #5
    Like the thread title says!
    (The Unspeakable In Pursuit Of The Uneatable.) " If I can help, I will help!." Former S.A.C.S. member!

  6. #6
    I got no help from BASC when I had charges against me and then had to pay mega bucks before the charges were dropped.

  7. #7
    Your right finnbear high profile or there not interested. Like i said before a mate of mine hit hard times and BASC just shrugged him off after years as a members. He dose not shoot any more and the court case cost him 1000,s

  8. #8
    Like I stated before, when i asked for help, they were about as much use as tits on a chicken!

Similar Threads

  1. HIGH seats
    By jaytee in forum Equipment & Accessories
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 13-01-2011, 17:10
  2. New Profile, same guy
    By Holland&Holland in forum Introductions
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 08-03-2010, 08:52
  3. Profile and Selling Stuff
    By jingzy in forum Deer Stalking General
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 04-03-2010, 22:05
  4. How high can you go
    By www.yorkshireroestalking. in forum Videos
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 05-06-2009, 19:20
  5. high seats
    By widows son in forum Equipment & Accessories
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 09-12-2008, 15:42

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •