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Man arrested over loaded shotgun find in Coventry

A man with suspected links to gang activity in Coventry was arrested last night after officers raided an address in the Willenhall area of the city.

Police contained an address in Bridgecote at around 11pm (15 August) before arresting a 26-year-old man on suspicion of firearms offences.

Detectives believe the man was on board a motorbike that crashed in nearby St James Lane on the evening of 25 July – and from where a West Midlands Police dog later tracked to a discarded bike helmet and a loaded shotgun.

The man remains in police custody for questioning on firearms possession plus another allegation of sexual activity with a child.

Two other people were detained at the Bridgecote address but were later released without charge.

A man from Coventry remains in police custody
A man from Coventry remains in police custody

Coventry Police Superintendent Phil Healy, said: “We have an operation running that’s targeting people we believe have links to gang activity and violence in the city…people who run the risk of causing serious harm in our communities.

“This warrant was part of that wider work and represents a significant arrest. 

“We all need to work together and stand up to violence in Coventry; we need to send a clear message to offenders that it won’t be tolerated.

“Anyone who suspects someone is linked to gang activity or carries weapons should contact us so that we can take action. We take information from the public very seriously and will always act on it to protect the public.”

People can contact West Midlands Police via Live Chat at WMP Online or by calling 101. Alternatively call the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 anonymously – callers won’t be asked for their names and calls can’t be traced.

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