Man Arrested In Dawn Raid In Luton

11 June 2013, 16:10 | Updated: 11 June 2013, 16:15

A sawn-off shotgun and ammunition has been recovered today (Tues June 11) in a dawn raid in a house in the Runfold area of Luton.

Armed officers, along with detectives working on Operation Boson, the force’s investigation into gun related crime, executed the warrant after receiving information directly from a member of the public.

The sawn-off shotgun was found concealed outside the house along with the ammunition. It’s believed the weapon had been stolen from its legitimate owner during a house burglary in Hertfordshire two years ago.  

A man aged 19 was arrested from the house on suspicion of being in possession of a section one firearm and ammunition and is currently in Luton police station for questioning.

Det Insp Sandra Evans, who is heading one of the teams assigned to Operation Boson, said: “This is an excellent result which shows exactly what can be done when the public work with the police to  combat serious crime. We were able to react quickly from public-lead information and prevent this weapon being used on the streets. It will now be forensically examined to establish if it has been used in previous serious crime. I hope that this encourages people to come forward and use our confidential reporting line. We have had some good results recently with arrests for weapons and drugs offences. Despite this good result, I urge people to continue to work with us in this way.”

Information can be left for Operation Boson detectives on their direct confidential reporting line 01582 394281, or use the 24 hour non-emergency number 101; text force control direct on 07786 200011 or contact independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555111. A £1000 reward is available for information about gun crime in Luton.