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Drunk traveller told police 'you can't arrest me, I'm a gyppo' after he fired gun over mum's grave; Paul Couse said shooting a volley at a graveside was a tradition.

Byline: Toby Meyjes

A self-styled traveller told police they couldn't arrest him because he's "a Gyppo" after he fired a blank firing pistol over his mum's grave.

Paul Couse told officers that shooting a volley at a graveside was a tradition.

He was arrested when officers swooped on a graveyard in Coatbridge, Lanarkshire after they were alerted by a taxi driver who had taken him there.

Despite his excuse he was arrested on various charges including firearms offences which he later admitted in court.

Airdrie Sheriff Court was told cabbie Christopher O'Neill reported seeing a gun and ammo during the ride to Coltswood Cemetery, theDaily Recordsaid.

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Couse, who had been drinking, was cuffed and taken to Coatbridge police office where he told officers: "I've not done anything wrong.

"I'm a 'gyppo' and it's a tradition. I just shot three rounds over my ma's grave and you cannae charge me with anything."

Prosecutor Agnes Meek said Couse, 50, in fact fired five shots in tribute to his late mother, Isabella Forrester, 67.

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He pleaded guilty to carrying the black replica firearm, a self-loading 8mm blank firing pistol, in April last year.

He also admitted scaring Mr O'Neill by firing the gun.

Sheriff Petra Collins deferred sentence for reports until next month and released Couse on bail.

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Paul Couse told officers that shooting a volley was a graveside tradition

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He was arrested after officers were alerted by a concerned taxi driver

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Couse had gone to Coltswood Cemetery in Coatbridge

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Publication:Daily Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jan 27, 2018
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