Loaded Pistol Among Three Guns Seized In Three Days 

Loaded Pistol Among Three Guns Seized In Three Days 


Wednesday 19th Jun 2019


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, in a botched attempt to evade capture, leapt into a canal.

The 22-year-old – who is wanted for skipping bail and other offences – was quickly plucked out and arrested on suspicion of possessing a firearm. 

This handgun was found in a car stopped in Edgbaston in the early hours of Monday
This handgun was found in a car stopped in Edgbaston in the early hours of Monday

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.

The recovered handgun was found loaded with five bullets
The recovered handgun was found loaded with five bullets

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.