How ballistics traced gang guns back to antique arms dealer – The Guardian

Paul Edmunds, 66, was source of weapons and ammunition for murders in Birmingham and London and linked to more than 100 crime scenes

Police found more than 100,000 rounds of ammunition, guns and weapons at Paul Edmunds’s home. Photograph: West Midlands police/PA How ballistics traced gang guns back to antique arms dealer

Paul Edmunds, 66, was source of weapons and ammunition for murders in Birmingham and London and linked to more than 100 crime scenes

There appears to be nothing remarkable about the home of Paul Edmunds in the Gloucestershire village of Hardwicke. The modest red-brick cottage he shared with his partner, a health worker, and a small terrier dog has peaceful views across the Forest of Dean. A Jaguar saloon can sometimes be seen on the drive with Edmunds’ initials – PRE – on the plates but it is a comfortable rather than flashy vehicle. This does not look like a gangster hideaway.

However, when detectives and ballistics experts searched Brook Cottage they found something extraordinary. More than 100,000 rounds of ammunition, guns, and weapons parts were stashed in the garage, a bedroom and the attic. Tools for making or adapting ammunition of almost any calibre, current and obsolete, were recovered.

To the astonishment of Edmunds’ neighbours and friends of the 66-year-old, ballistics experts have linked ammunition and weapons from here to more than 100

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