Catterall man pleads guilty to gun charge

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A MAN from Catterall involved in an armed security van robbery in which a guard was shot has pleaded guilty to carrying a gun.

Mark Cain, 48, of Ashfield Rise, Catterall, was charged with attempted murder, possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life and attempted robbery in connection with the shooting.

At a hearing at Preston Crown Court, the attempted murder charge against Cain was dropped.

But he pleaded guilty to the other two charges.

Witnesses at the time reported that the 27-year-old Securicor worker had crawled into the grounds of Longsands Community Primary School after being shot with a handgun outside the Tesco Express off Longsands Lane, Fulwood, Preston, at around 12.30pm on Friday, March 26, last year.

The man and a fellow guard, had just delivered money to the Tesco cash machine when the incident happened.

The victim was taken by ambulance to the Royal Preston Hospital where was treated for a bullet wound in his right thigh.

He later had to undergo surgery to the wound.

Craig Bulger, 50 of Scotland Hall Road, Newton Heath, Manchester, is also charged with attempted robbery, conspiracy to rob and possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life in connection with the incident.

He faces trial on May 3 at Preston Crown Court.

Another defendant, Stephen Sheil, 29, of Amos Avenue, Newton Heath, is also charged with conspiracy to rob and also faces trial on May 3, although that does not relate directly to the Fulwood incident.

Wayne O’Day, 24, of Baytree Lane, Middleton, has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to rob, again not linked to Fulwood. Cain and O’Day will be sentenced at a later date.