Two men are being questioned by police in Leicestershire as part of an investigation into weapons being smuggled into the UK.
The operation was launched after Border Force agents intercepted international packages containing pepper spray, which is classed as a firearm.
The men, aged 30 and 31, were arrested after officers raided two addresses in Leicester and one in Stony Stanton.
Police in Nottinghamshire have asked for help in finding a girl who has been missing since Saturday.
Gypsy Brown was last seen by her mum at around 3pm on Saturday 15 February 2014.
She left her Selston home with a packed bag claiming to be staying over a friend’s house that night.
When the 15-year-old did not return home the next day and it became clear she had not stayed with her friend the alarm was raised.
Officers are making enquiries into two unconfirmed sightings of Gypsy in Mansfield and Nottingham. They are appealing to her to call home to let her family know she is safe.
Gypsy is white, around 5ft 3ins tall with long black hair.
She was last seen wearing a pink hooded sweater, a blue body warmer with a fur hood and black trousers. She may also have a gold handbag with her.
Gypsy, who is believed to have little money on her, has links to Mansfield and Heanor.
Collision investigators have launched an inquiry following the death of a man in Coventry over the weekend.
Emergency services were called to Beake Avenue at around 4.50am on Sunday 16 February after a car left the road and collided with a house and parked cars.
The driver, a man in his 40s, was pronounced dead at the scene.
The road was closed for around five hours whilst the damage to the building was assessed. Enquiries were made at the scene and the car, a red Volvo, was recovered.
The man’s family has been informed and specially trained officers are supporting them at this time.
A pensioner duped out of hundreds of pounds by a phone con has warned other residents to be wary of thieves posing as police officers.
The 85-year-old from Birmingham handed over his bank card and PIN to "convincing" bogus detectives who called claiming his account had been hacked by card cloners
Many local people are helping us out by reporting incidents and local farmers have been helping us at some incidents and clearing roads. We would like to thank you all for your support.
The weather conditions are exceptional so please stay safe, stay at home and only make essential journeys if you have to. If you do need to drive, take extra care and reduce your speed.
Staffordshire Police are dealing with an unprecedented number of calls as weather conditions continue to affect the country.
Last night 425, emergency calls were made in the area and 691 calls to the non-emergency number.
The police say they have had more calls than a typical New Years Eve.
They have now set up a multi-agency response team to keep people safe during the floods involving:
- Staffordshire Police
- Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service
- Staffordshire Civil Contingencies Unit
- Stoke-on-Trent City Council
- Staffordshire Council
- Highways Agency
Protect yourself against courier fraud:
1) Your bank or police will never send a courier to your home to collect bank cards
2) Your bank or police will never ask for your PIN number
3) If you receive one of these calls end it immediately.
Fraud investigators have reported a surge in reports from residents in the West Midlands who have been stung by a "Courier Scam" which sees tricksters talking vulnerable people into handing over bank cards and PIN numbers.
The scam involves callers posing as police officers and panicking targets into believing their bank account has been hacked and that they need to seize the cards and security details, including PIN numbers, to stop further fraudulent transactions.
A man found dead in a Wolverhampton canal has been formally identified as father-of-two William Brittain.
The 64-year-old was rescued from the water on Saturday in the canal off Horseley Fields, but could not be saved by paramedics.
Mr Brittain, who lived in the Heath Town area, had been out in the city the night before and was spotted on CCTV at around 1.25am in the early hours of Saturday.
He was seen walking towards Willenhall Road and Horseley Fields.
Officers say his distinctive stoop would make him noticeable and have appealed for anyone who spotted him that night to get in touch.