Nine guns taken off the streets by police as the fight against gun crime continues

Eight firearms have been recovered in Birmingham in a month as West Midlands Police’s fight against gun crime continues.

Yesterday (21/11) Officers from Birmingham Organised Crime and Gangs Team recovered a large quantity of suspected Class A drugs and a suspected live firearm during an unrelated arrest enquiry in Solihull.

Two men, aged 20 and 18, and a 39-year-old woman were arrested in connection with the discoveries. The teenager has since been recalled to prison, while the other two have been released on bail while investigations continue.

Revolvers and shotguns have been among the deadly weapons seized. Several people have been arrested in connection with the discoveries with weapons seized in Digbeth, Stirchley, Northfield, Castle Vale, Druids Heath and the city centre. Two were found in Balsall Heath.

Last week, four men were remanded in custody after being charged in connection with the recovery of a sawn-off shotgun in Castle Vale.

Gun recovered by police in Solihull
The gun recovered by yesterday by Birmingham Organised Crime and Gangs Team

Ch Insp Phil Cape, who leads a team dedicated to tackling organised crime and gangs, said: “Our work to take guns and those who use them off the streets is progressing at a really rapid pace.

“Around the clock, officers are developing intelligence, working with people and partners, searching addresses, cars and public spaces.

“We are absolutely dedicated to reducing the harm or potential harm caused by serious and organised crime and work with many agencies to do that.

“We are very aware of the huge impact that shootings have, not just on those directly affected, but whole communities and the wider West Midlands.

“But we can’t do it without the help from those communities. Young people are especially at risk from exploitation and we rely on intelligence about who is trying to control them, who has access to guns, where they are kept and who is using them.

“If people suspect something, we’d urge them to get in touch. Police and partners are here to help prevent crime and protect our young people. If you have a concern, call us.”

You can get in touch with police via Live Chat on the West Midlands Police website between 8am and midnight or call 101 any time. Alternatively, ring Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. Calls will have complete anonymity. No-one will ever know you’ve called.