Monday, 3 July 2017

Huge gun haul heading for UK stopped at Channel Tunnel

Seventy-nine viable guns have been discovered in a vehicle which was about to enter Britain.
Border Force officers seized the weapons, along with ammunition, from the vehicle's trailer on the French side of the Channel Tunnel at Coquelles, near Calais.

The 4mm and 6mm handguns and bullets were hidden in specially adapted engine blocks.

Seventy-nine "viable" weapons were recovered from the trailer of the vehicle

Officers were acting on intelligence gathered over a number of days.

Two men, Janusz Michek, 59, and Denis Kolencukov, 23, have been charged in connection with the raid, which was part of a joint operation by the National Crime Agency (NCA) and detectives from Scotland Yard's organised crime unit.

Michek, a Polish national, was one of seven people in the vehicle and was held at the scene.

The vehicle was stopped on the French side of the Channel Tunnel as it prepared to enter Britain

Kolencukov, originally from the Czech Republic but residing in Slough, was arrested as he arrived in Dover from Dunkirk.
The pair were charged with 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.

Both were remanded in custody and are due to appear at Uxbridge Magistrates Court.

No further action will be taken against six Polish nationals arrested in Coquelles - four women aged 58, 41, 17 and 15 and two men aged 26 and 22.

Graham Gardner, the NCA's deputy director of investigations, said: "Our recent threat assessment highlights that handguns are still commonly favoured by some criminal groups in the UK.

"They may not be the largest firearm, but they are easily concealable and lethal in the hands of anyone prepared to use them."

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