The British “FBI agency” is preparing for an influx of deadly automatic weapons coming from the war in Ukraine.
Officials fear some of the 100,000 rifles being handed out on the streets of the war-torn nation are being smuggled across the borders and eventually into Britain by gangsters.
Sources at the National Crime Agency – often referred to as Britain’s FBI – are “alive” from arms being smuggled in, as happened during the Balkan Wars in Eastern Europe in the late 1990s.
Alarm bells are ringing after a spate of shootings in the Northwest and other violent crimes across the country this summer.
An NCA source warned they would be “foolish to assume that with the Ukrainian government giving our 100,000 automatic weapons, every single one of them would stay in Ukraine.”
They added: “As with any conflict, weapons can leak from the sides, whether through trophies or deliberate movements by organized crime or other groups
“Although we had not yet seen it, we were aware of the fact that arms from the conflict zone could ‘leak’ into Europe and Britain, as was the case in the Balkan War.”
The Balkan Wars left large stockpiles of deadly weapons in the hands of militias, civilians and gangsters after the partition of the former Yugoslavia.
Criminal gangs and terrorists have since misused the cache for their illegal means.
It comes weeks after a report in Border Force revealed officers tasked with searching for smuggled weapons were diverted from ports to deal with the small boat crisis.
Alexander Downer’s report said last month that crossbreeds are “now consuming almost all available resources” from the organization,
He added: “Another frustration is that in order to maintain the Border Force operation in the English Channel, officers are being drafted into Naval Command from elsewhere, which distracts from other important activities that should be carried out in ports across the country.”
A Home Office spokesman said: “Keeping the safety of the public is of paramount importance. Hundreds of firearms are confiscated at the UK border every year, helping to keep the country safe.
“Border Force has a number of options to supplement its permanent workforce to respond to pressure.
“Through information and data, resources are dynamically deployed and prepared to meet any emerging threats. We work closely with law enforcement partners in the UK and abroad, including the NCA, to ensure border security is our top priority.”
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