Police discover assault rifle during Peckham vehicle search
The Met Police have revealed that a vehicle stop in Peckham yesterday afternoon resulted in an assault rifle being discovered and a taser used to arrest one man.
Two males aged 50 and 77 were arrested at the scene and taken to a south London police station where they remain in custody.
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According to police:
“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.”