Handgun and sword seized as armed police swoop on Druids Heath flat

A handgun has been recovered from a flat after armed West Midlands Police officers were called to reports of a man brandishing a firearm.

Police were deployed to a property in Kimpton Close, Druids Heath, at 2.20pm yesterday (29 Jan) following a 999 call from a man saying he’d been threatened with weapons.

Armed officers contained a flat and quickly arrested two men and a woman.

A Samurai-style sword and a loaded 8mm handgun – found under a water tank wrapped in a sheet – were both seized following a search of the flat and will be forensically examined.

Men aged 32 and 36 – from Nechells and Druids Heath – and a 28-year-old woman from Crewe remain in police custody this evening on suspicion of possessing a firearm.

Detective Sergeant John Mawhinney from West Midlands Police Force CID, said: “Any seizure of an illegally-held firearm is significant as it means we’ve potentially saved a life – and even more so when that gun is loaded.

“Armed officers were deployed to the scene and managed to swiftly negate any threat.

“Our armed police units are on hand around the clock 24-7 to respond to emergency incidents such as this.”