This morning at around 6am, officers executed a warrant at an address in the Bishop Close area of Ashton-Under-Lyne. During a search of the property, an amount of cocaine was located, along with a loaded converted firearm and extra ammunition hidden next to a rabbit hutch. A 23-year-old woman was arrested at the scene and is currently in police custody A loaded gun was found hidden in a rabbit hutch during a dawn raid in Ashton this morning. Police joked that she must have been ‘hopping mad’ in a social media post.
“What’s up glock!?,” the Facebook post said.
“This suspect must have been hoppin’ mad when we discovered a gun at a house in Tameside earlier today.” Detective Sergeant Ian Toole, from GMP’s Tameside Organised Crime Unit, hailed the ‘great result’. “The seizure of this firearm located during the warrant this morning is a great result for not only our team but for the local community as it means we have one less potentially deadly weapon removed from our streets,” he said. “It is completely unacceptable for these weapons to be on our streets and we are doing all we can to crack down on those individuals who think that they can disobey the law by owning an illegal weapon.
In other news recently, Officers arrested a man and a woman after a suspected firearm and ammunition were seized from an address in Bury.
Shortly before 1pm on Tuesday (18 November), police conducted a warrant at a property on Stephen Street, Bury. As a result of the search, officers located a prohibited firearm and two rounds of ammunition. The action forms part of Operation Challenger, a dedicated operation into tackling serious organised crime across the Greater Manchester districts. A man, aged 29, and a woman, aged 26, were arrested at the property on suspicion of possession of a firearm and ammunition without a certificate. They have since been released on bail pending further enquiries. Detective Sergeant Graham Whittaker, of GMP’s Bury division, said: “One of our main priorities is to ensure the public is safe from harm and, thankfully, the hard work put in by officers throughout this operation has resulted in us being able to remove another lethal weapon off our streets. “Firearms have the power to cause serious damage. They have no place in our society and we are dedicated to getting them off our streets.