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Co Antrim man sentenced after pointing firearm at police officer

Antrim Crown Court

A 37-year-old man was today, Monday 10th June, sentenced at Antrim Crown Court for possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear or violence.

Alan McMaster was handed down a 20 month sentence, 12 months of which is to be served on licence, and eight in custody.

Detective Inspector Crothers said:

“In the early hours of Saturday 4th June, 2023, police attended a report of a concern for safety of Alan McMaster at a property in the Torr Gardens area of Larne.

“After becoming verbally abusive towards attending officers, he produced what appeared to be a firearm and aimed it at one of the officers.

“When he exited the property, he was searched, and a knife was located on his person.

“Police seized the firearm, and McMaster was subsequently arrested and charged with possession of a firearm or imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence, and possession of an article with a blade or point in a public place.”

Detective Inspector Crothers added:

“The possession or use of firearms, imitation or otherwise, is unacceptable in any modern society.

“I would ask anyone who is a victim of crime to contact police on the non-emergency number 101, or 999 in an emergency.”

A report can also be made using the online reporting form via

Alternatively, information can be provided to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at   


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