16/08/2018

Firearms Seized During Search Operation In West Belfast

Detectives from the PSNI's Terrorism Investigation Unit (TIU) have recovered a number of firearms during a search operation in West Belfast.

Three suspected handguns were seized in the Lagmore area during the operation on Wednesday, 15 August. The weapons have been taken for forensic examination.

Four people – two women aged 24 and 55, and two men, aged 20 and 55 – were arrested during the operation, but have since been released on bail pending further enquires.
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The 20-year-old man is also to be reported to the Public Prosecution Service for Possession of a Class B controlled drug.

Detective Inspector Andrew Hamlin from TIU said: "The seizure of these suspected firearms demonstrates our commitment to removing harm from our community and I would encourage anyone with information regarding criminality to contact police on 101. Alternatively, information can be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime."

(MH/CM)

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