Police attended an address in Sutton Leach yesterday morning (10th December) to conduct a warrant under the offensive weapons act.
Inside a shed at the back of the property they located numerous weapons including 57 firearms/air weapons, 40 large knives/machetes, 38 air pistols, 20 folding knives, ten swords, three crossbows, two axes, two wooden handled flick knives, two knuckle dusters, a zombie knife and a Taser.
The occupier, a 56 year old man, was arrested for firearms offences. He was taken to custody for further investigation.
A large number of the weapons were surrendered to the Police and taken away to either be destroyed or sent to our clearing house for further examination.
Inspector Neil Birkett said: “Although a large number of these weapons were legally held by the occupier, we were hugely concerned about the sheer amount of weapons we found and the risk to the community if they fell into the wrong hands.
“Storing weapons anywhere, let alone a garden shed, whether they are legally held or not, is worrying to say the least. However we are thankful for any information relating to the storage of weapons and I would continue to encourage the community to provide information.”
Anyone with information about this incident should contact us quoting ref: 19100721378.
Alternatively, if you know someone storing, buying or carrying weapons, please get in touch – either DM @MerPolCC, contact @CrimestoppersUK anonymously or call 101.
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