Firearm discovered in a Jewellery Quarter flat

Following a dawn raid a firearm has been recovered from an address in the Jewellery Quarter.

Officers entered the apartment on Northwood Street at dawn this morning and a revolver, along with ammunition were thrown from the third floor window down onto the street below.

Northwood Street was sealed-off for approximately one hour to allow firearms officers to make the weapon safe enabling the forensic team to carry out a full examination. Sergeant Littler, from the Pan-Birmingham Gang team, said: “This was a pre-planned intelligence led operation designed to take criminals off Birmingham’s streets.”

The 25-year old occupant was arrested at the scene immediately and remains in police custody. The revolver has now been transferred to the laboratories of the National Ballistics Services for an in depth forensic examination.

No narcotics were found in the apartment. The raid follows days of undercover operations where five guns, cash, drugs and ammunition were seized by the police acting on tip offs from informants and their own privately collected intelligence.