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Friday, 31 October 2014

Man in court over gun incident

A Workington man charged with possessing an imitation firearm will appear at crown court next month.

Nicky James Horsfall, 30, of Hillcrest, Northside, appeared at West Cumbria Magistrates Court today charged with possessing an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear or violence and using racist or religiously aggravated language causing fear or provocation of violence at a construction site near Northside Road on Saturday morning.

A replica gun was recovered by the police.

Horsfall did not enter a plea and only spoke to confirm his name, age and address.

His case will now be heard at Carlisle Crown Court on November 4.

Andy Travis, prosecuting, said Horsfall, who works for Morgan Sindall in Whitehaven, should be remanded in custody due to the serious nature of his offence, of the fear of committing further offences or being able to influence witnesses.

David Purcell, defending, who said the seriousness of the offence was not grounds to refuse bail and said Horsfall would not interfere with witnesses.

As Horsfall lived close to the site where the incident took place Mr Purcell said he could either stay at his parents’ or friends’ houses away from Workington.

He was remanded in custody.

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