danger cache: Dead man’s huge collection of weapons at home

Weapons being removed from the property in Penistone. Pictures: Ross Parry Agency
Weapons being removed from the property in Penistone. Pictures: Ross Parry Agency
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An officer carries out a pair of firearms from the South Yorkshire house of an avid weapons collector whose death sparked a mass evacuation.

Hundreds of Second World War munitions including grenades, bullets, guns and mortar shells were discovered in the property on Sheffield Road in Penistone following the death of 51-year-old Martin Johnson, prompting the evacuation of 100 homes and businesses.

Weapons being removed from the property in Penistone. Pictures: Ross Parry Agency

Weapons being removed from the property in Penistone. Pictures: Ross Parry Agency

The arsenal was safely removed yesterday.

Chief Inspector Andy Hodgkinson said: “In my 26 years of policing I have never seen a collection of firearms or shells as significant as the one we discovered in that house.” pictures: ross parry

Weapons being removed from the property in Penistone. Pictures: Ross Parry Agency

Weapons being removed from the property in Penistone. Pictures: Ross Parry Agency