GUN Grandmother sent machine gun in the post that was meant for nearby police HQ

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Grandmother sent machine gun in the post that was meant for nearby police HQ
http://www.mailonsunday.co.uk/news/...-machine-gun-post-meant-nearby-police-HQ.html
By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 4:28 PM on 10th December 2008

A grandmother was left petrified when she was sent a police machine gun in the post by mistake.

The package was delivered by a courier to Catherine Roots when it should have been sent to firearms officers at the nearby police HQ.

Mrs Roots had been expecting a horse harness in the post so opened the package thinking it was that.

Instead, she found the Heckler & Koch black sub-machine gun staring back at her.

She called the police and two armed officers turned up and took it away.

Red-faced officers later explained a gun supply company made a one-digit mistake with the postcode when they sent it to Dorset Police HQ in Winfrith near Dorchester.

Mrs Roots, who is her 50s and runs a small-holding at Winfrith, said: 'I was absolutely and totally shocked, and petrified.

'I get a lot of packages and I signed for it thinking it was a harness for one of my horses.

'I just plonked it down and didn't think about it, but when I later opened it up I was terrified.

'You don't expect something like that to to arrive. I was petrified and I didn't touch it - I didn't know if it would go off.

'I couldn't believe my eyes. Later I found underneath it a letter addressed to the Dorset Police firearms unit with the correct address.

'I don't blame the police but whoever sent it must have seen that they were delivering it to a private address.

'They had made a mistake with the postcode and somebody really ought to be taken to task.

'If it had got into the wrong hands the consequences wouldn't bear thinking about.

After I contacted the police two armed officers turned up and they were as shocked as I was.

'I think something as a big and as serious as a sub machine gun shouldn't be sent by a domestic courier that just travels around the roads and delivers to ordinary private addresses.'

Mrs Roots was later told the weapon was in fact a frighteningly realistic training gun that fires infra-red beams.

It teaches firearm officers to make split-second decisions on whether to shoot or not without using live rounds.

Mrs Roots added: 'I'm told it had been converted to be used with a laser, but someone could probably convert it back.'

Assistant Chief Constable Adrian Whiting, of Dorset Police, said: 'Because this item isn't actually a firearm it is lawful for the company, the suppliers, to use a courier as they did.

'I hasten to add if it was a real firearm we would transport it by hand, making sure that no such error like this could occur.

'The item is perfectly safe and can't cause anyone any harm but it does look like one of our firearms.'

'Yes, if somebody wanted to misuse it and pretend it was real as you could perhaps a a toy firearm then it could be quite a distressing item.'

Dorset Police are now seeking assurances from its unnamed supplier that such a mistake could never happen again.

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spankaveli

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Grandmother sent machine gun in the post that was meant for nearby police HQ
http://www.mailonsunday.co.uk/news/...-machine-gun-post-meant-nearby-police-HQ.html
By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 4:28 PM on 10th December 2008

A grandmother was left petrified when she was sent a police machine gun in the post by mistake.

The package was delivered by a courier to Catherine Roots when it should have been sent to firearms officers at the nearby police HQ.

Mrs Roots had been expecting a horse harness in the post so opened the package thinking it was that.

Instead, she found the Heckler & Koch black sub-machine gun staring back at her.

She called the police and two armed officers turned up and took it away.

Red-faced officers later explained a gun supply company made a one-digit mistake with the postcode when they sent it to Dorset Police HQ in Winfrith near Dorchester.

Mrs Roots, who is her 50s and runs a small-holding at Winfrith, said: 'I was absolutely and totally shocked, and petrified.

'I get a lot of packages and I signed for it thinking it was a harness for one of my horses.

'I just plonked it down and didn't think about it, but when I later opened it up I was terrified.

'You don't expect something like that to to arrive. I was petrified and I didn't touch it - I didn't know if it would go off.

'I couldn't believe my eyes. Later I found underneath it a letter addressed to the Dorset Police firearms unit with the correct address.

'I don't blame the police but whoever sent it must have seen that they were delivering it to a private address.

'They had made a mistake with the postcode and somebody really ought to be taken to task.

'If it had got into the wrong hands the consequences wouldn't bear thinking about.

After I contacted the police two armed officers turned up and they were as shocked as I was.

'I think something as a big and as serious as a sub machine gun shouldn't be sent by a domestic courier that just travels around the roads and delivers to ordinary private addresses.'

Mrs Roots was later told the weapon was in fact a frighteningly realistic training gun that fires infra-red beams.


It teaches firearm officers to make split-second decisions on whether to shoot or not without using live rounds.

Mrs Roots added: 'I'm told it had been converted to be used with a laser, but someone could probably convert it back.'

Assistant Chief Constable Adrian Whiting, of Dorset Police, said: 'Because this item isn't actually a firearm it is lawful for the company, the suppliers, to use a courier as they did.

'I hasten to add if it was a real firearm we would transport it by hand, making sure that no such error like this could occur.

'The item is perfectly safe and can't cause anyone any harm but it does look like one of our firearms.'

'Yes, if somebody wanted to misuse it and pretend it was real as you could perhaps a a toy firearm then it could be quite a distressing item.'

Dorset Police are now seeking assurances from its unnamed supplier that such a mistake could never happen again.

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MaximaDrvr

Member
Sep 29, 2006
575
Raleigh, NC
This is another reason why I love the US.
Anything sent to you via post is yours. You are under no obligation to return it to sender or notify anybody. I've gotten some cool stuff this way from companies.

I do call the companies, to tell them that they need to send an item to the correct address, and occasionally let them pay to have it sent back to them.
 

T0nyGTSt

New Member
Dec 29, 2004
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i like the scaremongering

she was a sent an airsoft type toy/deactivated weapon

who says it can be converted back?

the UK has some of the harshest deactivation methods anywhere
 

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From what I've learned from reading UK papers they're a bunch of macgyvers and can convert anything into a functioning firearm apparently.

the UK govt has done a good job at vilifying weapons.

dumbasses
 

Slick26

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Jul 28, 2006
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This is another reason why I love the US.
Anything sent to you via post is yours. You are under no obligation to return it to sender or notify anybody. I've gotten some cool stuff this way from companies.

I do call the companies, to tell them that they need to send an item to the correct address, and occasionally let them pay to have it sent back to them.
Where do you get your info on this? Seems a little too good to be true.
I'm sure there's some kind of Federal law that states you still have to give it back. All mail is Federal.
 

johan

Active Member
I think she ought to be investigated and held accountable for her role in this.

Just the plain fact that a package was simply mislabeled and sent to her by mistake, MUST constitute some kind of criminal action or intent on her part, even if only unconscious intent, in this Brave New Britain I keep reading about.
 

D-FENS

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Nov 13, 2002
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If I was delivered such a package, I'm not sure what I'd do. But returning it to the police would be one of the last things on my mind. I'd probably end up throwing it in a lake just for the sake of wasting the police's money, considering how much BS I've had to deal with from them.
 

Burmonster

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Jan 8, 2005
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Mrs Roots, who is her 50s and runs a small-holding at Winfrith, said: 'I was absolutely and totally shocked, and petrified.

'I just plonked it down and didn't think about it, but when I later opened it up I was terrified.

'You don't expect something like that to to arrive. I was petrified and I didn't touch it - I didn't know if it would go off.

'If it had got into the wrong hands the consequences wouldn't bear thinking about.

'I think something as a big and as serious as a sub machine gun shouldn't be sent by a domestic courier that just travels around the roads and delivers to ordinary private addresses.'

Mrs Roots was later told the weapon was in fact a frighteningly realistic training gun that fires infra-red beams.

'The item is perfectly safe and can't cause anyone any harm but it does look like one of our firearms.'

'Yes, if somebody wanted to misuse it and pretend it was real as you could perhaps a a toy firearm then it could be quite a distressing item.'

Jesus Christ :ugh:
 

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