Mum tried to sell ‘gift-wrapped’ shotgun

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A MUM was arrested after she tried to sell a shotgun she found in a gift-wrapped box, Chesterfield magistrates heard.

Mandy Mottram phoned Brampton Gun Room and asked if the dealers wanted to buy the Browning Medallist shotgun.

Mottram, who did not have a firearms certificate, took it there.

Police were later called and she was arrested.

Jon Barber, mitigating, said she found the shotgun boxed and covered with wrapping paper after her ex-partner moved out.

He said: “It had been left by him. She opened it and wanted rid of it, but decided she wanted money for it. It was unloaded and without ammunition. There is no suggestion it had been used for nefarious purposes - it was still in its box.”

Mottram, aged 45, of Darley Close, Staveley, admitted possessing a shotgun without a certificate last September.

She was given a one-year conditional discharge, with £85 costs, and the shotgun must be forfeited.