The components were discovered during a raid in north London as part of the Metropolitan Police anti-gun crime initiative Operation Viper.
12 October 2022
One of the UK’s largest hauls of guns and ammunition made using a 3D printer has been seized by police.
Metropolitan Police officers raided a suspected gun factory in north-west London on Friday and made two arrests.
They found boxes of components that investigators believe were parts of firearms that were being made to sell.
Commander Paul Brogden said: “This operation demonstrates how we continue to relentlessly target those who attempt to put lethal firearms on the streets of London.
“We found a large number of components that could be used to create weapons and believe 3D-printed firearms were being manufactured to sell.
“This highlights how the emerging threat of 3D firearms continues to evolve.”
The raid was carried out by officers from the Met’s anti-gun crime initiative Operation Viper.
Two men, one in his 20s and one in his 40s, were arrested on suspicion of firearms offences and have been bailed until November.