UK seizes dozens of hand­guns

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - WORLD -

LON­DON — Au­thor­i­ties of the United King­dom have seized dozens of hand­guns at a bor­der check on the French side of the Chan­nel Tun­nel in the largest such haul on record, po­lice said on Mon­day.

The 79 guns were hid­den along with am­mu­ni­tion in­side en­gine parts on a trailer on the back of a van. Po­lice have charged one man with firearms of­fenses and re­leased with­out charge six other peo­ple, who were with him in the van in the town of Co­quelles.

A sec­ond man was ar­rested in the Bri­tish port of Dover and also charged. Both men ap­peared in court in Lon­don on Mon­day.

Na­tional Crime Agency deputy di­rec­tor of in­ves­ti­ga­tions, Gra­ham Gard­ner, said an in­quiry had started but the guns were most likely in­tended for use by crim­i­nals in Lon­don or else­where in the coun­try.

“They are eas­ily con­ceal­able and lethal in the hands of any­one pre­pared to use them,” he said.

The NCA said it had worked with Lon­don’s Met­ro­pol­i­tan Po­lice on the op­er­a­tion.

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