Police raid nets shotgun

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A sawn-off shotgun has been recovered after armed police stopped a man at a Wigan retail park.

GMP officers were acting on information supplied by Titan – the specialist North West Regional Organised Crime Unit task force.

And last night (Thursday, October 17) at 8.25pm as a result of a Titan investigation, officers from the force’s Tactical Firearms Unit (TFU) and supported by the Tactical Aid Unit (TAU), stopped the 31-year-old man at the Parsonage retail park in Leigh.

A subsequent search of his car - a Renault Traffic van - resulted in the recovery of a sawn-off shotgun and ammunition.

He was arrested on suspicion of unlawful possession of a firearm and remains in custody.

Detective Superintendent Jason Hudson, from Titan, said: “We believe this man is actively involved in criminality and to think about him in possession of a sawn-off shotgun chills the spine.

“I have no doubt that this weapon would have, at some point, been used in the commission of an offence and for us to recover it before that can happen is a fantastic result.

“This arrest is the culmination of an intense period of work and a forensic examination of the gun is now underway so while we can’t elaborate any more on that for obvious reasons, I want to reassure the public that Titan officers are working day and night – with colleagues from Greater Manchester and other police forces across the north west - to target, disrupt and bring to justice organised crime gangs.

“I would also like to publically thank the officers from the TFU and TAU deployed in yesterday’s operation for their dedication and professionalism in bringing this matter to a safe conclusion.”