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Chief constable warns that weapons arriving through a "fast parcel system" are on the rise Chris Radburn/PA Wire

Guns in the post: Criminals are now using internet shopping to smuggle weapons and ammunition into UK

WT24 Desk

CRIMINALS are using internet shopping to smuggle guns into Britain – prompting fears that firearms could fall into terrorists’ hands. Cop chiefs warn today weapons arriving through the “fast parcel system” are becoming increasingly common. Dave Thompson, Chief Constable of West Midlands Police, said crooks are finding new ways to get firearms into the country – including using the online postal system to send them through in small parts.

 He told the Guardian: “What’s become more of a feature is weapons through the fast parcel system, individual items coming through,”.”We have to watch a trend of disassembling the weapons and sending them in component parts.”He added that since the terror attacks on Paris, police have ramped up efforts to stop weapons being available for sale in the UK.

Guns and ammunition coming in from Germany and Balkan countries are causing the most concern. Mr Thompson, who has headed up a 2010 review of National Counter Terrorism, added: “We can’t safeguard ourselves by relying on criminals who might have access to firearms to have benign intent.”

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