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Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels star stashed weapons haul

PUBLISHED: 09:50 10 December 2009 | UPDATED: 17:24 25 August 2010

LONDON - SEPTEMBER 05:  (UK TABLOID NEWSPAPERS OUT) Dave Courtney attends the premiere of 'Rise of the Footsoldier' at the Vue West End on September 05, 2007 in London England.   (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)

LONDON - SEPTEMBER 05: (UK TABLOID NEWSPAPERS OUT) Dave Courtney attends the premiere of 'Rise of the Footsoldier' at the Vue West End on September 05, 2007 in London England. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)

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GANGLAND celebrity Dave Courtney was caught with a small arsenal of weapons at his home after police were called in by administrators, the Old Bailey heard.

GANGLAND celebrity Dave Courtney was caught with a small arsenal of weapons at his home after police were called in by administrators, the Old Bailey heard.

Officers recovered a bolt-action air rifle, a small gold-coloured revolver and a banned Brocock air pistol during a search of Courtney's 'castles and King Arthur' themed home.

Police obtained a search warrant for 'Camelot' in Plumstead after Courtney was declared bankrupt earlier this year.

Courtney starred in the hit film, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels.

Administrators from Baker Tilly assessing his assets spotted the weaponry 'littered around' the house and reported it to the authorities, the court was told yesterday (Wednesday).

"He is not on trial for being bankrupt and he is not on trial for his taste," said prosecutor Paul Cavin.

"But littered around the house, festooned around his house, on walls in various rooms are a collection of weapons, imitation firearms, samurai swords and various things like that."

The court heard police began a search of Courtney's 'extraordinary property' on July 29 this year after obtaining a warrant from the magistrates.

They seized a large number of 'ornamental' weaponry from various rooms in the house, including a James Bond-style gun spray-painted gold.

Jurors were told weapons were of 'all shapes and sizes', many of them displayed on the walls, and included an AK47 assault rifle, an American M16 and sub-machine guns.

There were also flintlocks, muskets and Wild West revolvers.

But Courtney, 50, claims the guns belonging to his wife, who ran a theatrical props business.

Jurors were shown a video of the inside of his house which included a picture of Courtney as an angel, complete with wings and halo.

Courtney, 50, has had a series of bit parts in films and wrote the best selling autobiography Stop the Ride, I Want to Get Off.

His left foot is in a plaster cast and he came into court on crutches.

Courtney, of Chestnut Rise, Plumstead denies three counts of a possession of a prohibited firearm on July 29 this year.

The trial continues

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