Royal Marine reservist charged with possessing a sawn-off shotgun, 1,400 rounds and seven high explosive grenades

Martin Shannon, 43, of Hythe in Southampton and a Royal Marine reservist,  has appeared in court charged with firearms offences – including alleged possession of seven grenades.

The serving Royal Marine reservist was charged with offences relating to the sale of a prohibited weapon, possession of a shortened shotgun, purchase of 1,400 rounds of ammunition, and possession of seven HE grenades. He was arrested near Winchester on September 1 following a covert operation by the NCA’s armed operations unit.

Shannon was remanded in custody after the hearing at Reading Magistrates’ Court, the National Crime Agency (NCA) said.

Rob Lewin, head of specialist operations at the NCA, said: “At this time, there is no link to terrorism nor is there any link to the arrest made last week by our colleagues in the Metropolitan Police Service.”

Shannon will next appear at the Old Bailey on September 30.


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