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Firearms dealer, 68, arrested after police seize 70 prohibited guns and ammunition near Craven Arms

A firearms-dealing pensioner has been arrested after more than 70 banned guns were seized by police.

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The firearms were discovered in Craven Arms. Pictures: West Mercia Police

Officers from West Mercia Police's firearms licensing unit removed the guns from a property in Corfton, near Craven Arms, in a two-day operation last week, following information that a licensed firearms dealer was in possession of prohibited weapons.

Officers visited the home on Thursday, January 11, which led to the removal of the firearms along with other related items, including insecure ammunition.

The firearms were discovered in Craven Arms. Pictures: West Mercia Police

The two-day operation, in partnership with the neighbourhood crime fighting team, saw the arrest of a firearms dealer, a 68-year-old man, on suspicion of possession of prohibited firearms offences. He has been released under investigation while enquiries continue.

Inspector Kerri Monaghan, the force's firearms licensing unit manager, said: “This operation serves as a timely reminder for people to adhere to the terms of their license. Firearms and ammunition should always be stored safely, appropriately, and legally. Licence holders should also only hold firearms which they are licensed for.

“This is a great example of a joint operation where firearms have been removed before they get into the wrong hands. The firearms licensing team don’t simply process applications; as demonstrated by this case, we can and do investigate, enforce and prosecute where necessary.”

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