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26 March 2012, 13:15
Five people - including a 14 year old boy - have been charged after police seized three guns in a raid in Northumberland.
On Saturday, March 24th, armed officers stopped a Vauxhall Vectra in the North Seaton area of Ashington.
They searched the car and found what's believed to be a rifle and handgun in the boot of the car - both of the weapons were seized.
Officers went on to search houses in the North Seaton and Newbiggin areas which led to them seizing what's believed to be an air weapon and a quantity of firearms ammunition.
Northumberland Superintendent Dianne Winship said:
"This was a preplanned intelligence led operation that has led to a number of arrests and potentially dangerous weapons being seized by officers.
"We take reports of firearms and weapons extremely seriously and will always take action if we have reason to believe people are in possession of illegal weapons.
"Enquiries into the incident are ongoing and officers from the local neighbourhood teams will be carrying out extra high visibility patrols in the North Seaton and Newbiggin areas - speaking to and reassuring residents."
36 year old Anthony Cox, of Belmont Street, Walker, has been charged with possessing a firearm without a certificate.
60 year old Keith Taylor, and 56 year old Ellen Taylor, both of Emmerson Road, Newbiggin, have been charged with possessing a firearm and ammunition for a firearm without a certificate.
32 year old Nicola Taylor, of King Georges Road, Newbiggin, has been charged with possessing a firearm without a certificate.
A 14-year-old boy has also been charged with possessing a firearm without a certificate.
All those charged will appear before South East Northumberland Magistrates' Court on Thursday, April 12th.
A 51-year-old man has been bailed pending further enquiries and a 32-year-old woman will receive no further action.