Arms Stored to Keep the Russians out; Weapons Stockpiled during Cold War

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Arms Stored to Keep the Russians out; Weapons Stockpiled during Cold War


AN Englishman accused of storing guns in Northern Ireland told police he had them to repel a Russian invasion, a court heard yesterday.

Leslie Cyril Barstow, 58, from Manchester, said he built up his armoury and a stockpile of food to equip a small resistance unit.

Barstow, a part-time telesales employee with United Airlines in Dublin, was arrested last week after police found the guns and ammunition in a house at Dromore Road, Banbridge, Co Down.

He appeared at the local court last Friday charged with possessing 11 firearms and approximately 4,000 rounds of ammuntion in suspicious circumstances. He was remanded in custody.

When he applied for bail in the High Court in Belfast yesterday, DPP lawyer Christine Smith said the police were alerted after Barstow's ex- partner told them that her home help had found ammunition within his belongings.

''Police found 10 weapons, two flare guns and approximately 6,000 rounds of ammunition along with a substantial quantity of American-style military equipment,'' said Ms Smith

''All the weapons were in good condition. Nine were carefully packed and each package had a self-adhesive label describing the contents.''

She said Barstow went to Banbridge police station and read from a prepared statement in which he said: ''At the height of the Cold War I felt I should be prepared to take a 'Minuteman' role. …

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