Machete and shotgun found in search Orpington caravan site

A loaded shotgun and machete were found as hundreds of police searched a caravan site in Orpington.

Officers from across the Met Police executed a series of search warrants at the site on Star Lane in the early hours of Wednesday (September 9).

Searches have now been ongoing for more than 24 hours.

Police said they have so far found:

  • A loaded shotgun
  • 17 air weapons as well as a rifle, a BB gun and a musket
  • CS gas
  • A machete
  • Rounds of ammunition – some homemade.

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A number of caravans and quad bikes on the site have been identified as stolen, according to police.

Around £112,000 in cash and Class A drugs was also reported to have been recovered.

Officers move in at the scene of the raid
(Image: Met Police)

The air weapons will now be tested. Only air weapons that use, or are designed or adapted for use with a self-contained gas cartridge system are prohibited under the Firearms Act.

Seven people have been arrested on suspicion of offences including possession of criminal property, possession of ammunition, handling stolen goods and burglary.

Two people found at the site are being supported by the Met’s Modern Slavery Team, the Met said.

A total of 17 dogs were seized from the site, some of which have since been reportedly been identified as stolen.

Commander Kyle Gordon, the Gold Commander for the operation, said:   “We have already found a number of weapons and other items of interest following this significant operation, and our searches at the site will continue.

“A firearm seized by police represents a weapon that is not in the hands of someone who might use it to harm others, and commit crime. 

“Every officer across the Met – from local neighbourhoods teams all the way up to our specialist crime investigators – is focused on bringing those responsible for violence on the streets of London to justice, to keep our communities safe.”

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