Redhill police operation: Officers seized a Glock 17 from a house in Redhill after a resident reported seeing a man in the street with a gun

February 13, 2018

A tip-off from a member of the public led to armed police being deployed in Redhill and police recovering a gun and a large stash of suspected drugs.

Two men were arrested in the impromptu operation, which was sparked by a resident reporting that their son had seen a man with a black handgun in the street in Observatory Walk at about 8.10pm on Monday (February 12).

The suspects were arrested on suspicion of possession of a firearm with criminal intent.

A blank firing Glock 17 hand gun was recovered along with a large amount of cash, and large quantities of suspected cocaine and herbal cannabis.

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The woman who reported the incident had heard a loud bang before her son had told her about seeing the man carrying a gun. A second resident also called police to report a loud bang.

Armed officers entered the cul-de-sac, which is one of a small network of roads just off the A25 and accessed via Chapel Road, and saw two men going into one of the homes.

They surrounded the property and, as they were doing so, a man left and was arrested. A further five men were called out of the address and detained while the officers, with assistance from a firearms recovery dog and a scenes of crime officer, carried out a search.

A second man was subsequently arrested.

The police helicopter was also deloyed. The two men, one aged 24, from Horley , and one aged 21, from Redhill, were still in custody as of Tuesday (February 13) lunchtime.

Neighbourhood Inspector for Reigate and Banstead, Angie Austin, said: “We would have never recovered the firearm or found the significant amounts of cash and suspected drugs without the information from local residents.

“Information from the public is vital to our work and can help us enormously in making progress on our investigations. As the eyes and ears of the local community, residents often have key information which can help us identify offenders and ensure they are brought to justice.

“I would like to thank everyone who called us last night and reassure everyone that two men are in custody and that we are continuing with our enquiries.”

The incident was the second time within a week there has been a major police response in Redhill, after “unidentified materials” found at a house in Colesmead Road led to homes being evacuated.

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Alternatively the independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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