Home raided as part of firearm in­ves­ti­ga­tion

Il­le­gal weapons seized by Metropoli­tan Po­lice

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - by TOM HER­BERT tom.her­bert@trin­i­tymir­ror.com Twit­ter: @TRHer­bert

AN ad­dress in Iver has been searched as part of a joint op­er­a­tion in which 79 vi­able firearms were seized.

In­ves­ti­ga­tions by the Na­tional Crime Agency and the Metropoli­tan Po­lice re­vealed an im­por­ta­tion of firearms was im­mi­nent over the week­end.

This in­for­ma­tion was shared with Bor­der Force of­fi­cers based at Co­quelles, France, who were able to stop a ve­hi­cle be­fore it en­tered the Chan­nel Tun­nel en-route to the UK on Satur­day (July 1).

Searches of the ve­hi­cle’s trailer re­vealed a large cache of vi­able 4mm and 6mm hand­guns and a quan­tity of am­mu­ni­tion, all hid­den in spe­cially adapted con­ceal­ments in engine blocks.

Of­fi­cers from the joint NCA-Metropoli­tan Po­lice Or­gan­ised Crime Part­ner­ship (OCP) searched an ad­dress in Iver with sup­port from Thames Val­ley Po­lice and en­quiries are on­go­ing.

Gra­ham Gard­ner, NCA Deputy Di­rec­tor of in­ves­ti­ga­tions, said: “This joint op­er­a­tion has re­sulted in a large num­ber of vi­able firearms be­ing taken out of cir­cu­la­tion be­fore they could reach the UK.

“Our re­cent threat as­sess­ment high­lights that hand­guns are still com­monly favoured by some crim­i­nal groups in the UK.

“They may not be the largest firearm, but they are eas­ily con­ceal­able and lethal in the hands of any­one pre­pared to use them.

“Firearms re­lated crime across the UK poses a sig­nif­i­cant threat to the public and the NCA are work­ing with part­ners in the UK and around the world to com­bat this threat.

“The in­volve­ment of mul­ti­ple agen­cies in this op­er­a­tion demon­strates the col­lec­tive com­mit­ment to keep­ing peo­ple safe and main­tain­ing the rel­a­tive rar­ity of gun crime in the UK.”

De­tec­tive Chief Su­per­in­ten­dent Michael Gal­lagher, the Metropoli­tan Po­lice Ser­vice Or­gan­ised Crime Part­ner­ship said: “This joint op­er­a­tion high­lights how we can work ef­fec­tively with other agen­cies to com­bat se­ri­ous and or­gan­ised crime.

“The seizure of these il­le­gal firearms shows what can be achieved through cross-agency col­lab­ora- tion and we will con­tinue to work to­gether to pro­tect com­mu­ni­ties, en­sur­ing that we dis­rupt crim­i­nal groups from hav­ing ac­cess to these weapons.”

Two men have been charged as part of the op­er­a­tion into the at­tempted im­por­ta­tion of il­le­gal firearms.

Janusz Michek, 59 and De­nis Ko­len­cukov, 23, have both been charged with know­ingly be­ing con­cerned in the fraud­u­lent eva­sion of a pro­hi­bi­tion or re­stric­tion on a pro­hib­ited weapon or am­mu­ni­tion, and con­spir­acy to pos­sess a firearm with in­tent to en­dan­ger life or en­able an­other to do so. They ap­peared at Uxbridge Mag­is­trates Court at on Mon­day (July 3) and were re­manded in cus­tody.

Mem­bers of the public with pos­si­ble in­for­ma­tion on il­le­gal firearms can re­port it to their lo­cal po­lice force, or anony­mously to CrimeStop­pers on­line or by call­ing 0800 555 111.

Some of the 79 vi­able firearms that were seized. They were found hid­den in spe­cially adapted con­ceal­ments in engine blocks, left

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