Loyalist paramilitaries have been dealt a "severe blow" following the recovery of a heavy duty machinegun in County Antrim, police have said.
A Bren gun was seized following the search of a house
The Bren machinegun was seized during a search of a house at Ballyclough Road near Bushmills on Tuesday.
A police spokesman said it was found as part of ongoing investigations into current and past loyalist paramilitary activity in the Ballymoney and Moyle areas.
Detective Inspector Nicholas McCaw said, "I firmly believe that this morning's weapon find has dealt a severe blow to loyalist paramilitaries operating in the north Antrim area."
He said he was "delighted that this firearm has been taken out of the hands of ruthless people who would readily use it to inflict death and injury".
Police are continuing inquiries into the matter.