Luton gun crackdown brings arsenal of weapons to police

Seized weapons Some of the weapons recovered by police in a crackdown on violence and gun crime

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A crackdown on gun crime by police in Bedfordshire has resulted in an arsenal of weapons being seized or handed in.

Police said they increased patrols and strengthened links with local communities in Luton in May after eight violent attacks and 10 shootings since January.

Information received in 295 tip-offs led to 63 people being arrested, four being charged and 27 guns seized.

Serious incidents fell from 18 before May to two since then, police said.

Police said one key to the reduction in gun crime was the response of the community.

Residents had been reluctant to provide information to police about gun crime but appeals by civic and religious leaders after so many attacks in a short time had brought a change of heart, they said.

'Proud of Luton'

Police patrols had stopped and searched 231 people as part of the crackdown. There has been only one shooting incident since May and no-one was hurt.

Four people have been charged with firearms or weapons offences and are in custody while 12 others are on bail pending further inquiries.

Ch Supt Mark Turner said: "We need the help of the communities to tell us what is happening and working with all the different agencies across Luton we can win this battle."

Montell Neufville of the Luton Youth Network said more had to be done to tackle the causes of violence and to prevent youngsters graduating into a life of crime.

Naseem Ayub, the council's portfolio holder for community safety, said: "Luton Borough Council is doing everything it can to help the police stamp out criminal activity.

"We are in constant contact with the police to monitor the situation and we are reassured with the measures that are currently in place including increased patrols.

"We are proud of Luton and don't want to see our reputation ruined by the actions of a few criminals."

Map of 11 shootings in Luton
Key Date Location What happened?


30 January

Junction of Wellington Street and Russell Street

Woman, 36, sitting in a car with her partner, suffers shrapnel wounds to her hand after shots fired


3 February

Arrow Close, Marsh Farm

Man suffers leg injuries in a shooting. Three suspects spotted riding away on bikes


9 April

Brunel Road, Lewsey Farm

Paul Foster, 46, shot dead outside a house


16 April

Burnham Road, Stopsley

Shots fired at a house


24 April

St Michael's Crescent

Shots fired at a house


30 April

Tudor Road

Man, 33, shot in the leg by two men on a dark blue motorbike


5 May

Culverhouse Road

Motorcyclist fires two shots at a BMW


7 May

Kirby Drive

Shots fired during attempted robbery at Premier News


11 May

Thricknells Close, Marsh Farm

Boy, 16, shot in the back in "targeted" attack


20 May

Junction of Leicester Rd and Dunstable Rd, Luton

Man, 27, shot in the leg after a car crash


10 July

Park close to The Moakes and Purley Centre

Shots fired in a park, nobody injured

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