POLICE seized more than 100 lethal firearms last year as part of a crackdown to keep the streets safer.
During 2021 West Midlands Police recovered a total of 132 viable firearms, including sawn-off shotguns, pistols and revolvers, plus a stash of ammunition.
Many of the recoveries were on the back of planned operations targeting gang members or people we believe are holding firearms for other people.
Assistant chief constable Claire Bell said: “We’re working around the clock to identify and arrest people linked to guns and gangs.
“Our specialist gangs units are continually reviewing the intelligence picture to understand the make-up and threat of Organised Crime Gangs (OCGs), disrupting their activity and carrying out regular enforcement.
“We’re making regular arrests of people who pose a serious danger to our communities.
“The work is really important and every single one of these guns we’ve recovered represents a potential life saved.”
Anyone with information on suspicious activity or people suspected to have access to weapons should contact police on 101 or via live chat at www.west-midlands.police.uk or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.