Police clampdown on gang crime continues

Six guns seized and five arrested in space of 24 hours.

Five people have been arrested and six firearms recovered by West Midlands Police across Birmingham in the space of 24 hours as the force intensifies its focus on anyone linked to gang crime in the city.

The seizures include a loaded revolver found in a 16-year-old youth’s waistband. He was one of three people detained from a BMW 1-Series in Old Horns Crescent, Great Barr, just after midnight on Wednesday after they were spotted by officers acting suspiciously.

The 28-year-old driver and passengers aged 16 and 17 were arrested; all three remain in custody for questioning. A loaded Colt pistol, a knife, gloves and a balaclava were all recovered from the car.

It follows a dawn raid by the force’s Organised Crime & Gangs Team on Tuesday morning that resulted in an 8mm Baikal handgun, 36 rounds of ammunition, and a sawn-off double barrelled shotgun being recovered from a flat in Billesley. A 47-year-old man has since been charged with possessing guns and bullets.

Armed WMP officers also teamed up with the Regional Organised Crime Unit to swoop on an address in Kings Norton yesterday afternoon where they arrested a 26-year-old man and uncovered a revolver and drugs. He is also in police custody for questioning.

Elsewhere, a 26-year-old man was arrested at 2.45pm from an address in Westfield Road, Kings Heath, and a sawn-off shotgun recovered, while another shotgun was seized by police after a member of the public found it at a property in Wood Lane, Erdington.

West Midlands Police Chief Superintendent Rachel Jones said the seizures and arrests send out a strong message to anyone involved in gun crime. She added: “We’ve taken six viable firearms off the streets of Birmingham in a single day…that’s six less lethal barrelled weapons in the hands of criminals. In all likelihood this work will have prevented serious criminality and potentially a fatal shooting.

“This activity should people in no doubt over our commitment to tackle people who pose the greatest threat to our community. If you have a gun, if you’re storing a gun out of mis-placed loyalty, we will come after you. And there are no excuses; you face many years in jail. We are currently supporting a national firearms surrender and I’d encourage anyone in possession of a firearm, or knows where one is being kept, to contact us so that it can be disposed of safely.”

To report suspicions of organised crime, or for help and advice on exiting gangs, visit the West Midlands Police Website