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Ex-soldier drops gun licence challenge

A former soldier refused a firearms certificate amid claims he impersonated a police officer to have sex with prostitutes has dropped his legal challenge to the denial.

The Lisburn man, who faced allegations of rape before all charges against him were withdrawn, was seeking to overturn a decision taken by the Secretary of State. But his judicial review case was dismissed yesterday after new information was supplied to back claims that he pretended to be in the RUC.

His application in 2006 to be allowed a shotgun again for sporting purposes had been turned down by the Chief Constable because he was classed as unsuitable. That assessment was upheld on appeal by the Secretary of State, leading to proceedings being brought at the High Court.

After a further affidavit was supplied to the court, Mr Justice Treacy was told yesterday that the judicial review application was being withdrawn.

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