A MAN found with an arsenal of weapons and ammunition at his home address was told only a custodial sentence will follow.

Appearing via video link from Durham Prison to the nearby crown court, John James MacLeod admitted two charges of possessing a prohibited firearm, relating to a semi-automatic pistol and a revolver.

But the court was told he will also admit possessing a converted paint ball gun and a shotgun, once ballistics tests on those recovered weapons are completed by a police firearms expert.

MacLeod, 26, of Sevenacres, Great Lumley, also admitted three counts of possessing ammunition without a firearms certificate.

Jane Waugh, for the defendant, asked for a probation report to be prepared on her client prior to sentence.

She confirmed he will, in due course, admit the two other charges.

Remanding him in custody, upto sentence on November 22, Judge Jonathan Carroll told MacLeod: “Custody is inevitable in this case. There’s absolutely no alternative.”