The Metropolitan police have launched a London wide gun amnesty. They are urging firearm owners to hand them over to prevent them falling into the wrong hands.
The amnesty will run for two weeks and will allow owners of illegal guns to hand them in anonymously, without fear of prosecution.In particular, the force says it is looking to stop antique guns falling into the hands of gang members, who have previously exploited a loophole in the law.
Three men have been charged today with firearms offences after armed police had to fire rounds to stop a car on the A27 near Sussex on Friday.
25 year old Noah Ripley from East Sussex was charged with offences including possesion of a firearm with intent to endanger life. 19 year old Luke Kelly from Catford and 24 year old Tyrone Salih from Orpington's charges included conspiracy to possess a firearm.
All three have been refused bail and will appear at Bromley Magistrates Court later this afternoon.
Two men have been arrested in Ealing on suspicion of firearms offences.
Armed officers stopped a vehicle in Hanwell earlier today and arrested a 23-year-old man. A firearm, believed to be an imitation, was recovered from the vehicle.
A short time later, a warrant was executed at an address in Southall. A 26-year-old man was arrested. A CS gas canister and a further firearm, also believed to be an imitation, were recovered from the address.
Both are now in custody.
Three men have been jailed for a combined 33 years for being involved in the supply of firearms to gangs in south London.
Hume Bent, 47, Carlos Moncrieffe, 47, and Christopher McKenzie, 26, were sentenced at Croydon Crown Court for conspiracy to supply firearms and ammunition.