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Another weapons sweep in Salford, another stash uncovered - including this fake gun, a revolver and a shotgun

Manchester Evening News logo Manchester Evening News 27/11/2020 Neal Keeling

A shotgun, a revolver and an imitation handgun have been found by police in Salford.

Cops found them during a fifth sweep for weapons in the city.

Sniffer dog Tia discovered the revolver less than a week after she found a stash of bullets.

The latest search was around the Great Clowes Street area of Higher Broughton.

The finds represent a big win for a team set up to disrupt organised crime in Salford.

The revolver was found in a church yard.

A shotgun and imitation handgun were found in a wooded area.

a close up of a device: Eleven 9mm bullets found in the woods next to the River Irwell in Lower Kersal by a police sniffer dog © GMP Eleven 9mm bullets found in the woods next to the River Irwell in Lower Kersal by a police sniffer dog

It was the fifth in a series of action days. Last Friday (November 20), Tia led officers to a holdall hidden in an area of undergrowth and trees close to the River Irwell in Kersal.

Under the bag was a live shotgun cartridge and a fabric bag containing 11 live 9mm bullets.

In Weaste earlier this month, 4kg Class A drugs and 30 unspent shotgun cartridges were found.

All of the recovered weapons and ammunition have been submitted for forensic evidence for ongoing investigations as part of GMP’s dedicated Operation Naseby.

Searches have also taken place on Buile Hill Park and Weaste Cemetery and the area of Stanton Avenue.

a dog sitting on the branch of a tree: Police dog Tia during a search river bank woodland off Littleton Salford on November 20 © M.E.N. Police dog Tia during a search river bank woodland off Littleton Salford on November 20

A 'disruption hub' was set up as part of the operation in April to reduce the activity of local organised crime groups.

Since its launch, there have been 134 arrests, 126 vehicles recovered, and 51 house searches.

Det Supt Chris Packer said: "What we have developed as part of Operation Naseby is proactive search capabilty. Search is normally associated with reactive investigations.

"So when a crime has taken place that is one of the things we would want to do, search the crime scene for evidence.

"What we have done is turn that on its head and used searches as a proactive tool. If we use it sporadically, linked to intelligence, it could provide us with a real opportunity to try and recover items that could be used in organised crime.

a close up of a gun: An imitation handgun found in Higher Broughton © GMP An imitation handgun found in Higher Broughton

"We are looking for items that may have been hidden or discarded. When we find them we will do the forensic investigation to link them to individuals."

The searches come after a recent spike in shootings in the city.

There have been five since September, but they are not thought to be linked. In each one, a person has suffered gunshot wounds.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call police on 101, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555.

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