Mr Ashley-Miller, who runs the gift shop The Present Finder, was stunned when officers descended on his warehouse and confiscated £1,140 of stock.What sort of stock? Whoopee cushions? Fake dog poo?
They were seized after someone saw the toys on sale on The Present Finder's website and made a complaint to firearms police.What sort of weapons….sorry, ‘weapons’ are we talking about?
Detectives are currently in the process of assessing the 'weapons' to decide whether they must be destroyed or returned to the shop.
The £6.50 'gun' calculator is in the form of a black pistol but clearly has a calculator keypad on the butt and an LCD display on the barrel. The user has to pull the trigger to calculate their sum.*speechless*
Mr Ashley-Miller said two ‘burly’ police officers turned up at his premises and confiscated the toys, telling him it was illegal to sell a realistic imitation firearm under the Violent Crime Reduction Act 2006 before carrying £1,140 worth of stock to their police car.Well, any competent solicitor worth his salt should be able to overturn that one then!
The 49-year-old, who has run The Present Finder in Sherborne with his wife Fiona for 11 years, said: 'It seems to me like an enormous waste of police time. We have been selling these toys for more than a year and we’ve never had any complaints about them.Yes, only someone really, really simple could possibly mist…
'As far as I know they have never been mistaken for a real weapon. They are toys.'
Why, hi there!
Sergeant Ged Want, from Sherborne Police, said: 'Officers attended the Present Finder to liaise with staff and the two products were seized by us.No. No, it really, really isn’t.
'We are in the process of liaising with our firearms licensing department in Dorchester to confirm the exact details of those weapons.
'It has not yet been decided how we are going to take it forward. The actual gun does look quite realistic. It may be that, on receipt of advice, we find there’s not a problem and they can be returned.
'Or they may be committing an offence. It’s always difficult to work out if our time is being wasted.'
'If we have concerns over a potential imitation weapon then we have to act. If it gets in the hands of someone who wants to use it in an illegal act, then it’s not wasting our time.'Yes. Yes, it is.