Mystery man’s weapons stash

THE owner of a removal and storage firm has told how staff were left stunned after opening trunks which should have contained clothes – and instead found guns and ammunition.

Armed police were called to Atlas Removal Services on the Major Industrial Estate off Middleton Road, Heysham, following the chilling find at 3pm on Tuesday.

Owner Andrew Whitehead told how the 12 metal trunks, which belonged to a customer who had passed away, contained four high-calibre handguns, hundreds of rounds of ammunition in containers, a stun gun, pepper spray and even a surveillance device.

There was also a book which had been hollowed out to conceal a gun.

“It’s like something from a spy film,” said Mr Whitehead.

The drama unfolded when the company tried to pursue money owed by an elderly customer from Texas, USA, who had not been in touch for a year.

Mr Whitehead said he had contacted the guest house in Lytham St Anne’s where the man, who was in his seventies, stayed on trips to the UK, earlier on Tuesday.

Staff there told him that the man had died at the Blackpool Victoria Hospital in September 2010 after an illness. It is understood he was originally from Britain and had been trying to arrange a move back to this country at the time.

See the Lancaster Guardian (27-10-11) for full story.