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Soldier kept bullets under his bed, court told
A SOUTH Lakeland soldier who kept a quantity of ammunition under his bed will be sentenced at Carlisle Crown Court next month.
Christopher Walker, 24, of Kent Close, Bowston, near Kendal, admitted illegal possession of 59 rounds of full metal jacket machine gun ammunition when he appeared at South Lakeland Magistrates Court.
He also pleaded guilty to the possession of a military smoke grenade which was found in a rucksack under his bed.
The ammunition was recovered from his address by police after Walker was found with a pouch of white powder, which after testing was shown to be amphetamine, at Kendal nightclub Loft, on August 23.
Walker said he found the small quantity of powder in a toilet cubicle and put it in his wallet without thinking. After an automatic search of his home, the military property was discovered.
The court was told that the ammunition was taken by Walker from a pre-deployment training camp in Brecon Beacons, Wales, when he failed to empty his day bag after a training session.
It was then transported to his home in a rucksack.
Walker, who has been in the 4th battalion Duke of Lancaster's Regiment based in Weeton, north of Preston, for four years, said the ammunition ‘wasn’t a big deal’ to him and was ‘part of his everyday life.’ The hearing was adjourned for pre-sentencing reports to be carried out.
Walker was given unconditional bail. He will be sentenced on November 1.