Arrest after loaded gun found in Wolverhampton
A man has been arrested and a loaded gun was recovered as police officers swooped on reports of a gang gathering in Wolverhampton.
Officers from Wolverhampton police's dedicated gangs team were on plain-clothes patrols in the city centre on Tuesday following intelligence about gang members gathering.
They arrested a man in Lichfield Street at around 5pm, on suspicion of making threats to security staff at a Wolverhampton bar in the early hours of last Friday. But when officers searched an address in Stafford Road linked to the man, they uncovered a loaded revolver.
The handgun – which officers believe is a converted blank-firing revolver – will be forensically examined to determine if it is linked to any shootings.
The 36-year-old man remained in police custody on Wednesday evening on suspicion of making threats to kill and firearms offences.
Wolverhampton Police Chief Inspector Hasson Shigdar said: "Our officers acted very swiftly to incoming intelligence there was the potential for disorder and it’s resulted in a lethal weapon being taken out of circulation.
“We always take intelligence and information passed to us seriously and handle it with the utmost confidence. If anyone suspects someone has access to firearms or carries weapons then please tell us so we can take action.”
Anyone with information can call West Midlands Police on 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.
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