Three people were arrested and 16 firearms found during searches in Luton and Dunstable on Thursday.
A 52-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of bringing an imitation firearm into the UK after a search warrant was executed at an address in Plaiters Way, Dunstable.
The second warrant was executed at an address in Arundel Road, Luton where 16 firearms plus ammunition were seized and two juveniles were also arrested on suspicion of ‘Bringing an Imitation Firearm into the UK’, under the Violent Crime Reduction Act 2006.
Specialist firearms officers and an Explosive Ordnance Disposal Unit attended the scene to ensure all the weapons were safe before they were seized for further forensic tests and to clarify if they are illegally held.
Detective Inspector Sandra Evans, leading the Operation Boson Team, said: “We are continuing to listen and respond to community concerns. All information given to the police is used and kept confidentially, so if anyone has information that can help in the fight against those who are involved in gun crime, I would encourage them to speak to officers now.”
The three people arrested have been released on police bail pending further investigation.
> Anyone with information about gun crime can contact detectives on the direct confidential reporting line 01582 394281, or use the 24 hour non-emergency number 101; text force control direct on 07786 200011 or contact the independent crime fighting charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.
Up to £2000 worth of reward money is available for information about gun crime in Luton.