On Friday 3 December, a member of the public found four live rounds of ammunition, in the Barkers area of West Bay, which they brought to the attention of Customs and Border Control (CBC) officers who then informed the police.
RCIPS officers together with CBC officers attended the location and conducted an extensive search of the area during which time, a further live round was recovered and a number of spent shell casings.
The recovered ammunition has been examined and identified as two different calibres and used in high powered assault weapons, the ten recovered shell casings were also of the same high calibre ammunition.
“The RCIPS would like to thank the member of the public and the CBC Officers who brought this matter to our attention and collaborated with us in this investigation,” said the Commissioner of Police, Mr. Derek Byrne, “The rounds recovered are used in extremely dangerous and high-powered rifles. I am encouraging anyone with information about these weapons to provide us with information that may assist us in recovering them and getting them safely out of our communities.”
An investigation has been launched by the police to recover these weapons and detectives are encouraging anyone with information regarding these or any other firearms to call the RCIPS Confidential Tip Line at 949-7777 or submit tips through the RCIPS Mobile App or website.