Crackdown on organised gangs

Greater Manchester Police and Trading Standards have carried out a number of raids in their biggest ever operation to tackle organised crime.

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3D 'printed gun' components seized by police

A plastic magazine and trigger, which could have potentially been fitted together to make a gun, were seized by police in Manchester along with the 3D printer that created them.

A plastic magazine was one of the components seized by police. Credit: Greater Manchester Police

The components are now being examined to see if they could have been fitted together to make a viable 3D gun.

The 3D printer seized by police in Manchester. Credit: Greater Manchester Police

The technology works by allowing anyone with a 3D printer - which can be bought on the high street for £1,200 - to download designs for guns or components.

A 3D trigger was also found. Credit: Greater Manchester Police

A man has been arrested on suspicion of making gunpowder and remains in custody for questioning, Greater Manchester Police said.

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Greater Manchester's biggest ever crackdown on organised gangs

Greater Manchester Police crackdown Credit: Greater Manchester Police

Greater Manchester Police and Trading Standards officers have carried out a number of raids in their biggest operation yet to tackle organised crime.

More than 50 arrests have been made in a week long crackdown on illegal money lenders, drug dealers and counterfeit goods suppliers.

Challenger is the largest ever multi-agency response to tackling organised criminal gangs in Manchester's history.

More than £330,00 worth of drugs were recovered, £25,000 in cash seized along with weapons including high powered air rifles and a Taser.

Operation Challenger targeting organised crime gangs Credit: Greater Manchester Police
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