‘Gun factory’ in south London leads to arrest

May 23, 2023


A ‘gun factory’ in South London, which is suspected of turning blank-firing weapons into lethal ones, has been busted.
The alleged underground operation in Merton, which used 3d printer parts, was raided by the National Crime Agency’s armed operations unit.
A 47 year old man has been arrested and remanded in custody charged with offences under the Firearms Act.

The haul included parts for the manufacture of weapons and 1,00 rounds of live ammunition.
An NCA spokesman said: “his was a significant operation which uncovered a suspected firearms conversion factory being used to convert blank-firing weapons into lethal guns.
“We know that these types of weapons are in demand by criminals. They are often used in acts of serious violence, as well as being used by crime groups to coerce and intimidate.
“This is why stopping them reaching the streets is a priority for the NCA.
“Our investigation continues and I’d like to thank Metropolitan Police and military partners for their support throughout the searches.”


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