Two held after police raid on Gorton house
Saturday 9th September 2017 09:14 Community Gorton & Openshaw News Posted by Nigel P.

A machine pistol type firearm, later found to be imitation uncovered in the garden of a house in Gorton yesterday.

Two  imitation firearms  and  a suspected stolen car are among items uncovered following a police raid on a Gorton house.

Police raided the house on Shelford Avenue, Gorton at 12.30pm yesterday, Friday 8 September 2017, officers  were executing a search warrant aiming to uncover drugs at the property .

As part of an ongoing investigation, the house had been identified as being a major source of antisocial behaviour and suspected drug dealing.

During the search, officers found two guns in the garden of the house, which after being assessed by specially trained firearms officers were categorised as being imitation weapons..

A car found parked outside the house was also seized by police officers as it is suspected of being stolen.

A 52-year-old man was arrested at the house as he was wanted on recall to prison along with a 42-year-old woman who was arrested for being in breach of a court order.

They both remain in police custody.

Officers from the local neighbourhood team will be patrolling the area and local people are encouraged to approach them if they have any concerns.

Police Constable Alex Vernon of GMP’s City of Manchester Team, said: “I can understand that seeing a group of officers and a police dog going into a house in the middle of the day can be extremely alarming for local people in the area but I want to say how important it is to act on the information we receive.

“Prior to the warrant, we didn’t know that there were any guns at the address so it’s fortunate we’ve taken this positive action and seized them before any harm was caused.

“We will always take information relating to serious crime passed onto us with the utmost severity and will treat it with the strictest of confidence but, we need you to make that call – if you know about crime in your area, do the right thing and let us know.”

Anyone with information should contact police on 101 quoting reference number 868 of 08/09/17 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.