Police are continuing in their efforts to make the streets of the West Midlands safer by cracking down on those that choose to use or carry guns

A number of arrests have been made over the last few days in connection with firearm use and police are planning more operations in the coming weeks to tackle the recent number of incidents the force has been called to deal with.

On Friday morning (21/07), a man, aged 24, was arrested from an address in Acocks Green, Birmingham after officers carried out a firearms warrant at his address.

He was arrested on suspicion of possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life at a house in Douglas Road. He was also arrested in connection with shots fired from a handgun in Warwick Road, Acocks Green in May.

Also on Wednesday last week (19/07), officers arrested a man, aged 19, from Sparkhill on suspicion of importation of a section 5 firearm and recovered six torch type stun devices from his address (pictured below).

The man has been released under investigation while enquiries continue.

Over the past couple of weeks there have been enhanced patrols of Birmingham, with officers carrying out stop checks on vehicles at a number of locations. These are part of series of on-going operations aimed at increasing public safety and are not as result of any specific threat or intelligence.

Superintendent Mat Shaer, who is leading on the crackdown, said: “The increased patrols and activity is to offer reassurance to or communities and we remain hugely grateful to the overwhelming support the public have given to our officers and their mission to prevent crime. The force continues to have significant resources on the streets and on standby to respond to emergency incidents.

“We will not tolerate people who carry firearms or knives on our streets. It is really important that we tackle all violence together so if you see something or hear about someone who is planning to use violence against others, we need to know so we can try to do something about it.”

There are many ways you can report – through local police on 101 or in an emergency 999. Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111.