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Police recover ‘biggest ever haul’ of eight improvised firearms in St Ann’s search

Police removed eight potentially lethal ‘slam guns’ from circulation and arrested a suspect after proactive work by officers.

The improvised guns – where metal pipes are used and hammered to discharge a cartridge – were found during the search of a property in Thomas Close, St Ann’s, yesterday (Thursday 3 November 2022). A number of shotgun cartridges were also recovered.

As a result of the investigation a 38-year-old man is due to appear at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court today charged with possession of a prohibited firearm and possession of a firearm when prohibited for life.

He was additionally charged with possession of a prohibited firearm after officers seized a pistol after searching an address in Barry Street, Bulwell, on 23 October 2022.

Ammunition was also recovered along with quantities of cash, cannabis and drugs paraphernalia.

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Three other suspects have already appeared in court following the police’s enforcement activity at this address.

A 29-year-old woman appeared at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court on 25 October 2022 charged with possession of Class B drugs with intent to supply, possession of criminal property and possession of a firearm.

She was granted conditional bail and will next appear before Nottingham Crown Court on 22 November 2022.

A 30-year-old man from Sherwood, has been charged with possession of Class B drugs with intent to supply, possession of criminal property, possession of a firearm and possession of ammunition without a certificate.

He was also charged with possession of drugs with intent to supply and being concerned in the supply of drugs after a further quantity of drugs was found at an address in Knowles Walk, Arnold, on 26 October as part of the wider investigation.

He appeared at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court on 28 October where he was remanded in custody and is next due to appear at Nottingham Crown Court on 22 November.

A 26-year-old woman was also charged with possession with intent to supply drugs and possession of criminal property.

She was granted conditional bail and is next due to appear at Nottingham Crown Court on 22 November.

Detective Inspector Chris Berryman, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “I’m pleased we’ve charged a further suspect in connection with our investigations which remain ongoing.

“As our recent activity demonstrates the force is continuing to work relentlessly to crack down on weapon-enabled and drug-related crime and to reduce the availability of firearms and drugs in our communities.

“We treat all reports of firearms and drugs offences with the upmost severity and will always do everything in our power to keep people safe and take action against anyone found to be breaking the law.”

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