A school boy has found a stash of guns and bullets in Manchester with a metal detector. The 14 year old was out hunting for scrap metal near his home in Crumpsall when he discovered the haul which included four shotguns, a semi-automatic rifle and ‘thousands of bullets.’ The guns were wrapped in black bin bags buried under wasteland off Bowker Vale Avenue.
Police are currently forensically testing the weapons and ammunition to discover if they could have been used in previous shootings.
The dad of the schoolboy - who asked not to be identified for fear of reprisals - told the M.E.N of his shock after his son found the firearms at around 4pm on Saturday afternoon.
He said: “There were thousands and thousands of bullets. My son phoned me up and said he’d found some bullets. I thought he meant old lead bullets that you can get some scrap money for.
“When I went to pick him up I couldn’t believe what was in the bags. At first I thought they were sledge hammers or baseball bats. I took it all home, then I saw the guns. I started panicking and just called the police. It was pretty scary.”
Officers say the guns had been buried a long time and could not be used.
Thirty-six people have been arrested following a crackdown on the supply of drugs in Cheetham Hill and Crumpsall.
Forty warrants were executed at addresses across north Manchester as part of Operation Cairo, which forms part of GMP’s spring clean to sweep up criminals.
Thirty-six people were arrested in relation to drugs offences and are currently in police custody. Drugs have also been recovered.