A “sophisticated” illegal gun factory has been discovered in Sussex, southern England, the National Crime Agency said, adding they have made three arrests as part of the inquiry.
A site with a sign outside saying it was a gearbox repair business contained machinery and components suspected to be used to make firearms and ammunition, the National Crime Agency (NCA) said.
Head of the NCA’s National Firearms Threat Centre, Rob Hickinbottom, said the investigation was continuing. He told reporters that around 30 handguns “in various stages of production” had been seized.
“We believe we have disrupted a group involved in the criminal production of firearms and as a result have prevented a potentially large quantity of weapons getting into the hands of criminals and being used in violence on our streets,” added.
The site has been cordoned off while investigations continue.