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Rugby man jailed for illegal possession of a longbow

A man from Rugby has been jailed for possession of an offensive weapon in a public place after he was arrested in the town last month for illegally carrying a longbow.

Andrzej Adrian Wisniewski, 33, of Avon Street, Rugby, appeared at Warwickshire Magistrates' Court on Wednesday (8 August) where he was sentenced to 16 weeks imprisonment.

Wisniewski had previously appeared at the same court in July where he pleaded guilty to the offence.

On 18 July, at 7.17pm, officers responded to a report of a man near the railway station with what was initially described as a crossbow.

Armed officers were deployed and the man was located at his home on Avon Street and arrested. It transpired he had been carrying a longbow and arrow, and these were seized by officers.

In interview, Wisniewski admitted carrying the bow and arrow in a public place having brought it two weeks earlier. He was taking them back from his brother's house to fire in his garden. He stated he did not realise he was committing a criminal offence.

Inspector Dave Kettle said: "I don't know if Mr Wisniewski fancied himself as a bit of a modern day Robin Hood, but I do know that his actions led to a significant armed police response and to parts of Rugby being locked down."


Posted by Sam Cook, Communications Officer

Published 10/08/18