Former nurse and soldier, Joanne Morris, admits bomb-making charges and possessing shotgun

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By Brett Gibbons 

Largest haul of explosives and ammunition uncovered in region during last decade found at home of Joanne Morris

Wolverhampton Crown Court

A transgender former nurse from Walsall has admitted bomb making charges after the largest haul of ammunition and explosives discovered in the West Midlands in the past decade was found at her home.

Ex-soldier Joanne Morris, of Ivy Cottage, Station Street, Bloxwich, appeared at Wolverhampton Crown Court charged with unlawful possession of explosives and ammunition.

She was arrested following a firearms warrant at her home on November 14 last year, which led to nearby residents, including parts of Bloxwich Police Station, being evacuated after a large amount of military style ammunition and explosives were uncovered.

A cordon remained around the 48-year-old’s property for three days as specialist officers carried out an extensive search, during which the Ministry of Defence were forced to carry out a controlled explosion of a cache of detonators that were too fragile to move safely.

Morris appeared at Wolverhampton Magistrates Court last year as Paul Morris, charged with four counts of unlawfully possessing ammunition and one count of possessing a shotgun.

Morris pleaded guilty to all five charges and further charges of four counts of unlawful possession of an explosive substance and one count of making an explosive substance after an application to the Attorney General was granted to bring the charges under the Explosives Act.

She was remanded for sentencing at the beginning of July.

Source May 07, 2014 15:21

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