Three firearms – including a loaded pistol and loaded shotgun – have been recovered by West Midlands Police in the last three days as the force vows to keep pressure on armed criminals.
A handgun was found in a Ford Fiesta just before 7pm yesterday in Overfield Road, Russells Hall, after the car was intercepted by armed police.
A man bolted from the car and hid in the canal.
The 22-year-old – who is wanted for skipping bail and other offences – was quickly found submerged in the water and arrested on suspicion of possessing a firearm.
He remains in police custody today for questioning.
It follows the recovery of a loaded shotgun on Tuesday night (8 Jan) that was found in a bag discarded by a suspect following a foot-chase in Coventry.
Officers patrolling in Carter Road, in the Stoke area of the city, at 10.30pm gave chase after a man ran off on seeing their marked patrol car.
He was pursued into Roundhouse Road and Princess Close where he made off after clambering over a garden fence.
However, a search of gardens uncovered a bag that was found to contain a loaded shotgun; the weapon has been seized for forensic examination and efforts are on-going to try and identify the man.
And a Birmingham man has been charged with possessing a .45 self-loading pistol – with five bullets in the magazine – after cops on early morning burglary patrols stopped a car in Edgbaston that had jumped two red lights.
Officers pulled the Honda Civic over in Hannafore Road at 3.15am and a search of the vehicle revealed a silver handgun.
Matthew Coke, aged 41 from Selwyn Road in Edgbaston, was arrested and later charged with possessing a firearm and drink driving.
He appeared at Birmingham Magistrates Court yesterday where he was remanded into prison ahead of his next court appearance on 5 February.