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Eight guns and 22 grenades found during Aveley police raid

Police recovered the items after obtaining a search warrant for the farm (Picture: Met Police)

A haul of weapons have been seized by police during a raid at an industrial estate in Aveley.

Officers carried out the search of 70 shipping containers at a yard in an industrial estate near Bretts Farm in Romford Road early yesterday morning.

Three AK47 assault rifles, one submachine gun, two shotguns, one revolver, one self-loading pistol, hundreds of rounds of ammunition and 22 grenades were recovered by police.

A large number of stolen vehicles, several kilos of Class A drugs and a cannabis farm were also found.

Hundreds of rounds of ammunition were seized during the raid (Picture: Met Police)

“I have no doubt that removing these weapons from circulation has prevented death or serious injury,” said Detective Chief Inspector James Harper, of the Met’s Trident and Area Crime Command. “Trident officers will continue to work tirelessly to disrupt and detect such criminality.”

A 31-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of possession of firearms, ammunition and explosives with intent to endanger life.

He is in custody at a police station in central London.

Police say the incident is not terror related and officers remain at the farm as investigations continue.

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