TWO MEN ARRESTED AND FIREARM SEIZED IN INLA CRIME PROBE

DETECTIVES from the Paramilitary Crime Task Force investigating the criminal activities of the INLA have arrested two men following the recovery of a firearm and ammunition in west Belfast.

Detective Inspector Hamilton said: “Following a proactive policing operation, a vehicle was stopped at the Falls Road area of Belfast shortly after 9:20 pm on Friday, September 11.

“A subsequent search of a property in the Whiterock area of west Belfast resulted in the recovery of a firearm and a quantity of ammunition, which have been taken away for further forensic examination.

“Two men aged 35 and 34 years old were arrested on suspicion of possessing firearm and ammunition in suspicious circumstances. Both men remain in police custody.

“The seizure of this firearm and ammunition has made the community of west Belfast, and indeed the wider community a safer place following this investigation.

“The Paramilitary Crime Task Force will continue to listen to the community and act on the information they provide.

“This result is testament to our continuing commitment to target the activities of criminals badged as paramilitaries.

“I would ask anyone with any information in relation to criminal activity to contact police on 101 or alternatively, call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime.”

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