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Police search finds shocking haul of weapons on Telford estate

By Dominic Robertson | Telford | Crime | Published: | Last Updated:

A shocking haul of weapons, including what appeared to be a Molotov cocktail, has been found by police in an operation on a Telford housing estate.

Some of the items found, including what appeared to be a DIY petrol bomb. Picture: Telford Cops

Telford & Wrekin Police carried out the search in bushes and undergrowth around the Brookside estate on Monday afternoon.

Those recovered ranged from knives, pipes and golf clubs, to a bottle with a rag inside – a common form of DIY petrol bomb.

A knife found during the search. Picture: Telford Cops

A spokesman for the police said: "The Brookside Safer Neighbourhood Team, and wider South Telford Safer Neighbourhood Teams have today worked together with Telford & Wrekin Council and completed a weapons sweep in Brookside.

"This involved searching bushes and overgrown areas for anything that could be used as a weapon. A number of items were recovered."

Some of the items found during the search. Picture: Telford Cops

The force has urged people with information about criminal activity in the area to contact them.

A spokesman said: "We will continue to proactively Police Brookside and make the area safer for everyone. If you wish to contact the Brookside Safer Neighbourhood Team please call us on 101 or email us on Brookside.snt@westmercia.pnn.police.uk."

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Earlier this year it was confirmed that the government had set aside £500,000 to be spent on helping to cut down on crime in Brookside.

Officers being briefed ahead of starting their search. Picture: Telford Cops

The funding came from the Ministry of Justice's 'Safer Streets Fund' after an application by West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner John Campion.

The money will be used for a number of measures such as improved street lighting and CCTV, a new neighbourhood watch scheme, and protections for "the most vulnerable properties".

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