North Yorkshire Police received a call from a teenager on the evening of Saturday, July 30, 2022. The teenager reported being approached by a man with a gun near Filey Brigg, north of Filey.
Armed police responded to the call and approached a motorhome in the area. They arrested James Edge, 41, and found an Airsoft BB gun and an air pistol inside the vehicle.
Edge, of Swadlincote, Derbyshire, pleaded guilty to possessing an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence at York Crown Court on Tuesday, November 14. He was sentenced to eight months’ imprisonment, suspended for 18 months, 80 hours of unpaid work, and a £187 victim surcharge on Wednesday, December 13. The two guns were ordered to be forfeited.
Investigator Doug Stanway, of North Yorkshire Police, stated that Edge’s actions caused “considerable fear and panic” among the group of young people. He emphasized that the weapons recovered could pass as real firearms in the dark and heat of the moment.
Stanway stressed the importance of understanding that Edge’s behavior was unacceptable and required a robust and proportionate police response.