Fake gunman sentenced

William Kay
William Kay

A South Ribble man who caused a half-day siege with a fake pistol has been sentenced to two-and-a-half years in jail.

William Kay, 58, of Kingsfold Drive, Penwortham, was today sentenced by His Honour Judge Baker at Preston Crown Court to thirty months’ imprisonment, less time already spent on remand.

Kay had previously pleaded guilty to possession of an intimation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.

Officers from Lancashire Police attended to Kay’s home on December 13, 2011, after reports of a man in possession of a firearm.

Trained negotiators and an armed response unit were sent to the scene and tried for almost 12 hours to persuade Kay, who was alone in the house, to hand himself over to them.

At 10pm, the incident was resolved and Kay was restrained outside the premises and arrested without further incident.

The weapon was later examined by firearms experts and found to be a realistic looking gas powered air pistol, identical in appearance to a Smith and Wesson revolver.

DC Will Hogan, of Lancashire Police’s CID, said: “During the siege William Kay made a number of threats that he had a loaded gun.

“Kay caused considerable worry and inconvenience to the local community by his conduct and the sentence reflects the severity with which the court viewed his actions.

“Although this is an isolated incident, Lancashire Constabulary will deal robustly with offenders making threats with firearms.”