Cumbrian Man admits firearms and pesticides offences to appear at Preston Crown Court for sentencing 6 January 2012

Allan Armistead aged, 74, appeared at Furness Magistrates’ Court today charged with a string of offences concerning the illegal storing of pesticides, firearms and ammunition.

Armistead pleaded guilty to seven counts of illegally storing a pesticide, which included Strychnine, Cymag, Phosdrin and Rentokil Phostoxin, without approval under regulation five of the Control of Pesticide Regulations 1986.

The substances were all discovered after police executed searches at Armistead’s home at Hulleter Farm, Oxen Park, Ulverston on July 5 and July 21.

Armistead also entered guilty pleas to possessing a rifle and a quantity of ammunition without a certificate.

Armistead entered not guilty pleas to three offences of storing a pesticide without a licence under regulation five of the Control of Pesticide Regulations 1986.

He denies one charge of storing a product of an unknown name containing sodium cyanide and another of storing Strychnine on July 5, and a further charge of storing a product containing lead arsenate on July 21.

Armistead will appear for sentence for the offences he entered guilty pleas to at Lancaster Crown Court on January 6 next year.

He will appear at Furness Magistrates’ Court for committal proceedings on January 31 next year.

Armistead was released on unconditional bail until his next court appearance.

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