Fenland councillor and former Wisbech mayor enters plea at Cambridge court on firearms charge

11:47 13 June 2014

Cllr Jonathan Farmer. Picture: Steve Williams.

Cllr Jonathan Farmer. Picture: Steve Williams.


A Fenland councillor and former Wisbech mayor pleaded not guilty when he appeared on a firearms charge at Cambridge Crown Court.

Jonathan Farmer, 56, made a brief appearance in the dock at Cambridge yesterday to answer one charge under the 1968 Firearms Act.

He is charged with possessing a Walther PPP hand gun which had a barrel less than 12 inches in length.

Farmer appeared before Mr Justice Hawkesworth and was represented by Stephen Harvey, QC.

A trial – expected to last two days- was fixed for July 10 but the judge said the date could be altered if expert witnesses were unavailable at that time.

Farmer was arrested at his South Brink, Wisbech, home during an early morning police raid in January.

He remains a member of both Wisbech Town Council and Fenland District Council although he has been suspended from the Conservative group on both and currently sits as an independent member.

More news stories

Yesterday, 00:21
One of the images being used by Cambridgeshire County Council as part of their 'cuts consultation'

Less than a month after the county council’s annual report warned to prepare for the “unthinkable” in terms of cuts, a consultation has begun to determine where £114million can be saved in the next five years.

Yesterday, 13:03
Vehicles set alight in Wisbech arson attack

Arsonists torched two cars and a van in Wisbech which were in a locked compound at the front of a breakers yard.

Yesterday, 10:31
Holly the bunny

A female grey and white rabbit now named Holly was found dumped by the side of a street last week with teeth so overgrown she could not eat.

Mon, 20:13
Mesh used in operations can twist, shrink or degrade. Also paticles can break off during insertion causing chronic pain

Three out of four mesh products used in women’s gynaecology operations will no longer be used in Scotland after new measures were outlined to protect patients.

Most read stories

Most commented stories

Digital Edition

Read the Cambs Times e-edition E-edition