Eight guns discovered in major Abbey Wood and Thamesmead operation

A major police operation earlier this week in south east London unearthed eight firearms alongside ammunition according to police.

The major operation saw around 20 police vehicles and a helicopter launch a major search at Thislebrook site in Abbey Wood on Harrow Manorway in the early hours of Wednesday 21st December, alongside a site at Southmere Park.

Police state: “During a thorough search of the area, two boxes were found containing eight guns – six handguns, a shotgun and a slam gun – and an assortment of various types of ammunition. Further searches in nearby woodland revealed additional ammunition.”

Detective Chief Inspector Gavin Collins, from the Met’s Specialist Crime Command stated “This operation has removed a significant number of deadly firearms from circulation, preventing any number of potentially dire outcomes. Violent crime has a devastating and lasting impact on victims and the wider community, which is why officers are working day in, day out, to dismantle organised criminal gangs facilitating the importation, manufacture and transportation of firearms around the UK.

“I would like to thank the local community for their patience, understanding and assistance during this operation. I don’t underestimate the impact such activity has on those living nearby. The majority of shootings in London are linked to street gangs and organised crime groups, so the likelihood of being a victim of gun crime, if you are not connected to these groups, is low.

“Communities can help us reduce gun crime by providing information about those involved in gun crime and where firearms are being stored. If you do not want to report to police, you can report to the independent charity Crimestoppers 100% anonymously. You could save a life.”


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