A 16 year old youth and a 34 year old man was arrested, following a search of a Homerton home, at 7am Wednesday, 16 June, on suspicion of possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life and possession of cannabis. They were taken to an east London police station for further questioning.
The search and arrest was carried out by officers, from Hackney Borough Police’s Operation Bantam proactive firearms unit, in co-operation with Hackney’s drugs squad, who found the following:
– 1 shotgun
– 1 revolver
– 1 self-loading pistol
– a substantial quantity of shotgun cartridges
– small amount of cannabis
DCI Gary Bruce, in charge of proactive operations on Hackney Borough, said:
“These seizures are the result of intensive and ongoing intelligence-led police work under Operation Hassium, Hackney’s response to gang crime. They demonstrate our intention to remove firearms from the streets of Hackney and officers will continue to identify, target and recover firearms to make the borough a safer place. Today’s result will undoubtedly have a real impact on tackling gang and gun-enabled crime in Hackney.”
Operation Bantam is a proactive firearms unit created to target gun crime within Hackney borough.