Geordie Shore star Scotty T was arrested in connection with a firearms offence.
Scotty – real name Scott Timlin – was pictured leaving Newcastle police station in the early hours of Monday morning, reports The Sun.
The 28-year-old was arrested for possessing an air weapon in public, while also allegedly trying to get fans to pose with him for photos.
A police spokesman confirmed:
On Monday, May 30, a 28-year-old man was arrested and given a caution for possession of an air weapon in a public place.AdvertisementAdvertisement
The reality star was released with a caution, but his apartment was reportedly searched by officers following the offence.
Scotty was quick to share his thoughts on the incident with fans on social media…
Well that was a horrendous 6 hours 😩
— Scotty T MBE (@ScottGShore) May 31, 2016
The caution could have seriously negative consequences for his international career, with numerous countries now able to deny the MTV celebrity entry.
Timlin, who admitted common assault after hitting a Welsh club-goer in February 2014, being fined £265 and ordered to pay £100 compensation plus £72 costs, can consider himself lucky though.
Police guidelines state that possession of a self-contained gas cartridge weapon without the necessary firearm certificate is punishable by ‘a minimum of 5 years and a maximum of 10 years imprisonment’.
So even if he has to be content with domestic fame, that is certainly preferable to a decade behind bars.