A gun, cash and large quantities of suspected cocaine and herbal cannabis were found in Redhill on Monday (12 February), thanks to information from local residents.
Two men were arrested for possession of a firearm with criminal intent.
A member of the public contacted Surrey Police around 8.10pm, saying she’d heard a loud bang and that her son had seen a man with a black handgun in the Observatory Walk area. Another person also called in to report a loud bang.
Armed officers attended and saw two men going into a property. As police surrounded the address, a man was seen to leave and he was arrested.
A further five men were called out of the property and detained while the officers, assisted by a firearms recovery dog and a scenes of crime officer, carried out a search. A second man was subsequently arrested.
The police helicopter was also deployed. As of Tuesday lunchtime, the two men, one aged 24 from Horley, the other 21 from Redhill, were in police custody.
Borough Inspector Angie Austin said on Tuesday:
“We would have never recovered the firearm or found the significant amounts of cash and suspected drugs without the information from our local residents.
Information from the public is vital to our work and can help us enormously in making progress on our investigations. As the eyes and ears of the local community, residents often have key information which can help us identify offenders and ensure they are brought to justice.
I would like to thank everyone who called us last night and reassure everyone that two men are in custody and that we are continuing with our enquiries.”
Anyone with information about suspected criminal activity in their area, is asked to call police on 101 or report it online at https://www.surrey.police.uk/contact-us/report-online/
Alternatively, the independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111.