FOUR firearms including a shotgun and a loaded ‘Bull Dog’ revolver have been taken off the streets in Coventry and Solihull in the space of 12 hours.
A car seized from the Stoke area of Coventry for being un-taxed was searched by police yesterday (January 31).
Officers found it contained the silver pistol – 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 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 for questioning while firearms experts examine the weapon – suspected of being a converted blank-firing pistol – to determine if it’s been transformed into a viable firearm threat.
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.