Officers find a handful of guns stolen off the back of a lorry in Basildon

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COPS have tracked-down a handful of guns stolen off the back of a lorry in Basildon.

It is believed the firearms were mis-sold as air-rifles to people in Thurrock in the run up to the Bank Holiday weekend.

Police say the finds have given them “hope and encouragement” that the shot guns and rifles are still in the Grays, Tilbury and Chadwell St Mary areas.

They are warning the public, that anyone who has one of the guns and does not contact police could be arrested and prosecuted.

The maximum sentence is five years in prison.

The 24 shot guns and 59 rifles- used for sports such as clay pigeon shooting- were stolen off the back of a lorry as it was parked in Swinbourne Road on the Burnt Mills Industrial Estate in Basildon at about 1am on April 18.

Four people appeared at Basildon Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, charged with conspiring to steal the guns, and have been remanded in custody until July.

A further six people, arrested in connection with the theft are on police bail until later this month.

Cops have raided every flat in a tower block in Godman Road, Chadwell St Mary, but have been unable to find any of the firearms.

However following a media appeal on Saturday, a number of people have contacted police to say they bought some of the guns, believing they were air weapons.

A police operation to find the rest of the weapons continues and officers say they are ready to respond to any information given to them.

Anyone who who has bought or believes they may have one of the stolen guns is urged to contact Essex Police on 999 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 and officers will arrange to meet with them.

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1:27pm Mon 5 May 14

supermadmax says...

I wonder who owned or had purchased the 24 shotguns ?
I wonder who owned or had purchased the 24 shotguns ? supermadmax
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1:56pm Mon 5 May 14

pembury53 says...

supermadmax wrote:
I wonder who owned or had purchased the 24 shotguns ?
they were probably the confiscated one's, which were legally owned by people, considered 'unfit' to be in posession of them.... if so, i hope essex police are handing all theirs in with immediate effect..... don't want any more lives put at risk......
[quote][p][bold]supermadmax[/bold] wrote: I wonder who owned or had purchased the 24 shotguns ?[/p][/quote]they were probably the confiscated one's, which were legally owned by people, considered 'unfit' to be in posession of them.... if so, i hope essex police are handing all theirs in with immediate effect..... don't want any more lives put at risk...... pembury53
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3:09pm Mon 5 May 14

Chris Flunk says...

pembury53 wrote:
supermadmax wrote:
I wonder who owned or had purchased the 24 shotguns ?
they were probably the confiscated one's, which were legally owned by people, considered 'unfit' to be in posession of them.... if so, i hope essex police are handing all theirs in with immediate effect..... don't want any more lives put at risk......
Looks like you've got one inadvertently resting on your full-stop key.................
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[quote][p][bold]pembury53[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]supermadmax[/bold] wrote: I wonder who owned or had purchased the 24 shotguns ?[/p][/quote]they were probably the confiscated one's, which were legally owned by people, considered 'unfit' to be in posession of them.... if so, i hope essex police are handing all theirs in with immediate effect..... don't want any more lives put at risk......[/p][/quote]Looks like you've got one inadvertently resting on your full-stop key................. ............... Chris Flunk
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4:33pm Mon 5 May 14

GrumpyofLeigh says...

Didnt a report the other day suggest that the rifles were worth up to £20,000 each (ie to an observer, specialised stuff probably capable of sustaining a small war)? Today's explanation doesnt appear terribly consistent with that.
Didnt a report the other day suggest that the rifles were worth up to £20,000 each (ie to an observer, specialised stuff probably capable of sustaining a small war)? Today's explanation doesnt appear terribly consistent with that. GrumpyofLeigh
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7:30pm Mon 5 May 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

GrumpyofLeigh wrote:
Didnt a report the other day suggest that the rifles were worth up to £20,000 each (ie to an observer, specialised stuff probably capable of sustaining a small war)? Today's explanation doesnt appear terribly consistent with that.
you can say that again,...yesterday(a
nd from the start) it was £100000 worth of guns along with a value of up to £20000 each, that makes 5 guns total 100k...now its turned out the amount is 84 guns,.! and a handful have been recovered, how many guns can you get in your hand..?
[quote][p][bold]GrumpyofLeigh[/bold] wrote: Didnt a report the other day suggest that the rifles were worth up to £20,000 each (ie to an observer, specialised stuff probably capable of sustaining a small war)? Today's explanation doesnt appear terribly consistent with that.[/p][/quote]you can say that again,...yesterday(a nd from the start) it was £100000 worth of guns along with a value of up to £20000 each, that makes 5 guns total 100k...now its turned out the amount is 84 guns,.! and a handful have been recovered, how many guns can you get in your hand..? DogsMessInLeigh
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