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Classroom assistant is jailed over arms stash

By Kim Pilling

A teaching assistant has been jailed for eight years after she helped hide a stash of firearms at her home.

Kimberley Bray was said to have used her job at St Paul's Catholic High School in Greater Manchester as a cloak of respectability.

Police raided her home in Newall Green in January as part of an ongoing investigation into a shooting in Wythenshawe in which a 24-year-old man suffered a wound to the leg.

Bray (45) answered the door to officers and her boyfriend, Paul Taylor (46), was found in bed.

Underneath the duvet next to him was a 12-gauge Benelli semi-automatic shotgun and a 9mm Glock pistol thought to have been imported from the United States. Officers also recovered a 9mm Tariq pistol and a Skorpion submachine-gun from a wardrobe, and also found a cannabis farm.

Taylor pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing at Manchester Crown Court to possession of firearms and ammunition, possession of firearms with intent to endanger life and production of a class B drug. He was jailed for 17 years.

Bray, of Burbage Road, was convicted of firearms possession following a trial. She had claimed she was unaware the weapons were in her house.

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