Two Slovakian men have been arrested after police found a loaded machine gun and hundreds of rounds of ammunition concealed in their van.
The weapon, a Slovakian-made Stribog SR9, was found by Border Force officers as they searched a VW refrigerated van on the evening of Monday 30 April.
2 Slovakian men have been arrested following the seizure of a machine gun & hundreds of rounds of ammunition.
The loaded weapon, a Slovakian-made Stribog SR9, was found by Border Force officers in a specially adapted concealment in a van.
— NationalCrimeAgency (@NCA_UK) May 4, 2018
Both men, now living in Anfield, are in custody.
NCA Dover operations manager Richard Bowen said:“There is no question in my mind that had it not been found by our Border Force colleagues the gun would have ended up on the criminal marketplace.
“This is a mass casualty weapon, and the thought of it in the hands of a criminal gang is terrifying.
“In stopping those attempting to import illegal firearms into the UK we have a direct impact in preventing violent crime on our streets.”