Firearms including a loaded including a loaded Bull Dog revolver have been taken off the streets as West Midlands Police continue their crack down on gun crime.
Yesterday (31/01) a car seized by police in Coventry for no tax was searched by officers and was found to contain the silver handgun with two bullets in the chamber, alongside a sawn-off shotgun and a small black handgun.
More than 250 shotgun cartridges and other ammunition of various calibres were also recovered, plus a quantity of suspected heroin and a set of weighing scales.
And in the early hours of this morning armed West Midlands Police officers raided a flat in Oxford Grove, Chelmsley Wood, where a man was arrested after a handgun was found hidden under his bed.
The 30-year-old remains in police custody whilst firearms experts examine the weapon, which is suspected of being a converted blank-firing pistol.
West Midlands Police Detective Chief Inspector Ian Ingram, said: “These are some really notable seizures… firearms and ammunition that at the very least could have been used to threaten but potentially kill. These recoveries may well have saved lives.
“Enquiries are on-going into who had links to the seized car; the vehicle and firearms have all been seized and will be forensically examined.”
Anyone who suspects someone has access to illegal firearms can call the charity Crimestoppers free and anonymously on 0800 555111. Callers won’t be asked for their name and calls can’t be traced.