A FORMER police officer has been spared a prison sentence after a gun was found in his home.
PC Rob Swift-Simmonds, 42, based in Havant, was charged on November 29 after a revolver and ammunition was found in a safe.
He served in the force for eight years.
He said he was given the weapon in the Philippines when serving for the Royal Navy, as a present by a bodyguard.
Tim Cole, senior district crown prosecutor for the CPS, said: ‘Police officers attended his home address because they had received information that he was in possession of a firearm which was believed to be in a safe. He said he had a safe but he couldn’t gain access to it. It was taken away and a revolver and ammunition was found inside it.
‘It was due to the nature and seriousness of the offence – you aren’t allowed to possess a weapon.’
A spokesman for Hampshire Police, added: ‘Hampshire Constabulary can confirm that an officer sentenced at Portsmouth Crown Court for possession of a firearm and ammunition is a former police constable with Hampshire Constabulary.
‘The officer, who served with the force for eight years, was suspended in November while an investigation into the offence was carried out. He was dismissed from the force on December 20.’
At Portsmouth Crown Court, he was given a two-year suspended sentence and ordered to pay £300 in prosecution costs and a £100 victim surcharge.