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Essex Street Weapons Find

Volume 404: debated on Thursday 8 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the (a) origin and (b) age of the(i) timer/power units, (ii) handguns, (iii) AK47 assault rifle, (iv) ammunition, (v) telescopic sights and (vi) other equipment discovered by the police last weekend in Essex street, Lower Ormeau road, Belfast. [105535]

On 22 March 2003 as a result of a police operation, an AKM assault rifle, a large quantity of ammunition, along with other items were discovered in Essex street, Lower Ormeau road, Belfast. A number of items have been sent for forensic examination, and at this stage it is too early to provide details as to the origin and age of the weapons, timer power units and the other items seized. Two persons have been charged in connection with this incident and police inquiries are continuing.