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Grave plot dug up in Birmingham guns search

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Image caption Weapons were thought to be just a couple of feet below the surface of a plot at Brandswood End Cemetery, police said

A grave plot was dug up in Birmingham by police searching for firearms, it has emerged.

However, no weapons were found in or near the plot at Brandwood End Cemetery in Kings Heath.

West Midlands Police said it had received "credible evidence" that firearms were near the grave.

A spokesman stressed the coffin remained untouched throughout, the family of the deceased were informed and no machines were used.

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Image caption The grave is thought to be that of a stabbing victim who was buried several years ago

The intelligence had been corroborated by a scan of the ground before the search was made, the spokesman said.

The grave is thought to have been that of a stabbing victim who died several years ago. It was examined while the cemetery was closed on May 27, police said.

"West Midlands Police obtained a licence from the Ministry of Justice earlier this year to excavate a grave plot in Birmingham," a spokesman said.

"The excavation happened in private, behind a screen, while the cemetery was closed and the team carried out the search with the utmost sensitivity and respect.

"We suspected potential weapons were just a couple of feet below the surface of the ground and it's our duty to ensure they don't end up in the wrong hands."

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Image caption The intelligence that guns had been buried in or near the plot had been corroborated by a scan of the ground, police said

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