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Council chief on firearms charges

A parish council chairman has been charged with firearms offences after a hoard of weapons was found in a village home.

Police spent the weekend searching a home in Wyverstone, Suffolk, and bomb disposal experts were called in to carry out a controlled explosion after initially being alerted to reports of a woman in her 40s being assaulted on Thursday, Suffolk Police said.

The village's parish council chairman, James Arnold, 49, of Potash Road, Wyverstone, was arrested and charged with two counts of assault and four of possession of a prohibited weapon.

The charges related to weapons including an Uzi machine gun, AK47 assault rifle, a bolt-action shotgun and a self-loading rifled gun.

Magistrates remanded Arnold in custody yesterday to appear at Crown Court next month.

A police cordon remains in place at the property.

A 45-year-old woman from the Stowmarket area, who was arrested on suspicion of possession of a prohibited firearm, was interviewed by officers and has now been released on police bail.

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