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Enfield police 'shop' nets 16 guns and criminal network

Guns seized during Operation Peyzac
Eighteen people were arrested in dawn raids

Sixteen guns and drugs have been recovered by police during an 18-month covert operation to target gang activity and gun crime in north London.

Officers set up a shop in Haringey, north London, to serve as a front where people could hand over weapons after using them.

A suspected gun conversion factory in Haringey was also discovered by police.

Eighteen people have been arrested in Enfield, Haringey and Redbridge over suspected firearms and drugs offences.

Officers made the arrests during dawn raids at 22 addresses in north-east London and one property in Leeds on Wednesday morning, following Operation Peyzac.

'Criminal networks'

Several knives, a samurai sword, two air rifles and Class A drugs and money were found at another address during the raids, police said.

The firearms along with drugs were recovered before the arrests.

During the operation police found components of firearms and ammunition at the suspected gun conversion factory.

Enfield's Chief Supt David Tucker said the operation was aimed at "criminal networks within the borough after concern was raised by the local community some time ago."

He added: "Significant resources have been devoted to Operation Peyzac over many months."

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