West Norfolk farmer Tony Martin will not face any charges over a raid at his home in Emneth by police looking for illegal firearms.
A statement from Norfolk Police said a 71-year-old man arrested and bailed in connection with firearms offences after a planned police operation in Emneth Hungate in December, will face no further action.
The statement continued: “Officers, who carried out searches on Thursday 31 December, acted on credible intelligence of illegal firearms at a property resulting in a man being arrested in Wisbech and taken into police custody, where he was questioned. He was subsequently bailed until February 2016 pending further enquiries.”
Detective Chief Inspector Andy Coller said: “Public safety is paramount and Norfolk Constabulary takes all reports of firearms seriously.
“Following the arrest a thorough search, under Section 18 of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (PACE), was conducted and officers seized a firearm, which was believed to be an air weapon. However following further enquiries, it was deemed not to be a viable weapon due to its condition.”
Mr Martin shot Fred Barras dead in August 1999 as the 16-year-old burgled his home in Emneth with another man. He was convicted of murder, later reduced to manslaughter on grounds of diminished responsibility, and served three years in prison