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Man arrested after sawn-off shotgun found in van
10:38am Friday 18th October 2013 in News
A SAWN-OFF shotgun has been recovered and a 31-year-old man arrested for unlawfully possessing a firearm in Leigh.
As a result of a Titan - the specialist North West Regional Organised Crime Unit task force - investigation, officers from GMP’s Tactical Firearms Unit (TFU) and supported by the Tactical Aid Unit (TAU), stopped the man at the Parsonage retail park at 8.25pm on Thursday.
A subsequent search of his car - a Renault Traffic van - resulted in officers recovering a sawn-off shotgun and ammunition.
He was arrested on suspicion of unlawful possession of a firearm and remains in custody at this time.
Detective superintendent Jason Hudson, from Titan, said: “We believe this man is actively involved in criminality and to think about him in possession of a sawn-off shotgun chills the spine.
“I have no doubt that this weapon would have, at some point, been used in the commission of an offence and for us to recover it before that can happen is a fantastic result.
“This arrest is the culmination of an intense period of work and a forensic examination of the gun is now underway so while we can’t elaborate any more on that for obvious reasons, I want to reassure the public that Titan officers are working day and night – with colleagues from Greater Manchester and other police forces across the north west - to target, disrupt and bring to justice organised crime gangs.
“I would also like to thank the officers from the TFU and TAU deployed in yesterday’s operation for their dedication and professionalism in bringing this matter to a safe conclusion.”
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