Officers from the Metropolitan Police have recovered a sub-machine gun following a vehicle search in south London.
As well as the deadly firearm, officers found a silencer and ammunition.
At approximately noon on Monday 16th November, detectives from the Specialist Crime Proactive Syndicates found a vehicle that was parked on Appach Road, Brixton.
The Specialist Crime Proactive Syndicates consist of officers who are tasked with tackling serious violence in the capital.
A search of the vehicle found a bag containing an Uzi sub-machine gun, a silencer and ammunition.
The firearm will now be sent off for forensic examination to determine if the weapon has been used.
The analysis of the weapon will also identify who it belonged to, who handled it and how it got into the country.
Detective Superintendent Steve Ellen, from Specialist Crime South, said:
“This is a significant recovery; a loaded machine gun has been taken off the streets thanks to the ongoing work of our officers tackling gang violence in the capital.
“Our investigation is in its early stages but we will be working to establish who left the firearm in the vehicle and whether it has been used in any criminality.
“I would encourage anyone with information about violent crime to contact police or Crimestoppers.”
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