Arsenal of 79 hand guns seized at Channel Tunnel from van preparing

first_imgThe intelligence was shared with Border Force officers based at Coquelles in France, who stopped the van before it entered the tunnel on Saturday. Det Ch Supt Michael Gallagher, of the Met’s Organised Crime Partnership, said: “I have no doubt that a number of these weapons were destined for the streets of London, where they would have caused misery and unspeakable damage to the community.” The firearms, wrapped in blue plastic, were hidden in engine block compartments One of the guns recovered from a vehicle on the French side of the Channel Tunnel Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The haul of “viable” 4mm and 6mm handguns was found in specially adapted compartments in engine blocks being pulled on a trailer by a yellow Mercedes van.Two men – Janusz Michek, a 59-year-old Polish national, and Denis Kolencukov, a 23-year-old originally from the Czech Republic but living in the UK – have been charged.Both are accused of knowingly being concerned in the fraudulent evasion of a prohibition or restriction on a prohibited weapon or ammunition, and conspiracy to possess a firearm with intent to endanger life or enable another to do so. The officers found a huge stash of 79 gunsCredit:STIAN ALEXANDER Border Force officers stopped a transit van as it approached the Channel Tunnel in Coquelles, France, on Saturday (July 1) after receiving information from a joint operation by the National Crime Agency and Metropolitan Police One of the guns recovered from a vehicle on the French side of the Channel Tunnel Credit:NCA/PA Ammunition found in the vanCredit:NCA/PA The officers found a huge stash of 79 guns Ammunition found in the van An NCA spokesman said: “Our officers believe these weapons were destined for criminals in London and across the country.“Because of the number of guns, it’s inevitable that over time they would be associated with all types of violent crime.” The weapons were seized in a joint operation by Scotland Yard and the National Crime Agency (NCA), Britain’s equivalent of the FBI.An NCA source said investigations “over a number of days” suggested that a gang would try to smuggle the weapons into Britain over the weekend. An arsenal of 79 handguns bound for Britain’s gangs and violent criminals has been found hidden in engine blocks being ferried by van through the Channel Tunnel.Police seized the weapons cache after a tip off the pistols were to be smuggled into the UK over the weekend.One senior officer said there was “no doubt” the firearms and ammunition were headed to the streets of Britain, where they “would have caused misery and unspeakable damage”.last_img

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