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Dover: Dublin man charged with 'largest UK port gun seizure'

60 weapons found Image copyright National Crime Agency
Image caption The National Crime Agency said 60 weapons were found concealed in the car

A man from Dublin has been charged with illegally importing firearms after 60 weapons were found in a car arriving in Dover from Calais.

The National Crime Agency (NCA) said the guns were found concealed in a Volkswagen Passat by the Border Force and NCA on Friday.

It is believed to be the largest seizure of lethal-purpose weapons at a UK port.

Robert Keogh, 37, is due to appear at Margate Magistrates' Court on Monday.

The NCA's Andrea Wilson said the removal of a "huge haul" of lethal firearms would make "a significant impact" on the organised crime group which tried to import them.

She said: "There's little doubt that these weapons would have gone on the criminal market and into the hands of seriously dangerous individuals."

Among the weapons discovered in the car was a Sig Sauer P226 blank-firing handgun with a barrel converted to fire live ammunition.

Another 59 firearms were found hidden deep inside the car's bumper and both rear quarter panels.