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Assault rifle seized following vehicle stop in Peckham

News   •   Mar 08, 2019 14:37 GMT

Armi Jaegar AP80 .22

Officers have seized an assault rifle following a vehicle stop in south London.

At about 17:00hrs on Thursday 7 March, officers from the Trident and Area Crime Command and armed response vehicles stopped two vehicles in Peckham, south London.

Officers recovered an Armi Jaegar AP80 .22 rifle with a loaded magazine from the boot of one of the vehicles. This is believed to be a fully automatic assault rifle.

Two males, aged [A] 50 and [B] 77, were arrested on suspicion of possession of a firearm and ammunition with intent to endanger life.

The 50-year-old resisted arrest; a taser was deployed and discharged by armed officers. He was treated for minor injuries in hospital and has since been released and taken into custody.

[B] also remains in custody at a local police station.
 
Detective Chief Inpsector James Harper of the Trident and Area Crime Command, said: “I have no doubt that removing this weapon from circulation has prevented death or serious injury. Trident officers will continue to work tirelessly to disrupt and detect such criminality.”