A former gamekeeper who stole more than 7,000 rounds of ammunition and gun cartridges from his ex-employer in Swaffham has been given a suspended jail term.
Andrew Knights, 47, was sentenced to 15 months in prison, suspended for 18 months, at Norwich Crown Court yesterday, after admitting the theft at an earlier hearing.
He also admitted possessing more than 5,000 rounds illegally, after his firearms certificate expired and an application for a new one was refused, as well as more than 30 canisters of a pesticide called Talunex, which is used for pest control.
Police said Knights’ guns and some ammunition were seized last January following a domestic incident at his former home in Swaffham.
But he continued to obtain ammunition as part of his work, falsely claiming his guns had been returned.
When he left the job in April 2012, he agreed to return property belonging to his ex-employer.
But the haul was uncovered during searches of his home in Sandy Lane, Dereham, in November and December.
Det Sgt Martin Clabon said after the hearing: “Knights’ actions put himself, his family, neighbours and visitors to his home in danger.”