YouTuber Tom “Syndicate” Cassell has revealed that his recent purchase of Elon Musk’s ‘Not-a-Flamethrower’ device has got him into a serious spot of bother with the law.
During a recent vlog on a trip in the United States, Syndicate explained that police had shown up at his home in Manchester while he was away, attempting to confiscate the flamethrower.
On August 10, Syndicate posted an image from his door camera, showing a number of police officers at his home, saying the ‘heat were on him’.
The police had been made aware of his possession of the flamethrower as it was in one of Syndicate’s previous vlogs.
Upon his return to the UK, Syndicate has given an update on the situation, having been told by Manchester police that the possession of the ‘Not-a-Flamethrower’ is illegal.
It breaches section 5 of the UK firearm act:
Section 5 firearms act. Section 5.1b.
(b)any weapon of whatever description designed or adapted for the discharge of any noxious liquid, gas.
Breaching section 5, leads to breaching section 1, which means Syndicate is left with two choices. Either hand the Not-a-Flamethrower over to police, or they will search his house and take it.
Syndicate says he has discussed with the police and a third option may be feasible. Removing a certain mechanism in the flamethrower could possibly render it in compliance with the firearms act.
However, he then explains that there is currently a seal in place, which means the flamethrower is not operational anyway.
Syndicates lawyer is apparently in Africa, but the police aren’t giving him much time, saying that they will “escalate” matters if need be.
Since then, there hasn’t been any more updates from Syndicate, but we will keep this story updated as more information is made available.
Update: Syndicate has now uploaded a full video to his channel explaining the situation in more detail.