Manchester

Loaded pistol found by River Irwell in Salford

A loaded firearm has been seized after a police officer spotted three people trying to empty a bag on the banks of a river in Greater Manchester.

The suspects were seen by the River Irwell in Lower Broughton, Salford on Sunday morning.

After calling for back-up, the officer arrested a man and two women. A 9mm loaded pistol was recovered.

Det Sgt Simon Akker said: "The officer's actions means one less gun on the streets, which is a great result."

The three suspects were arrested on suspicion of possessing a firearm and remain in police custody for questioning.

Mr Akker added: "We may never know what this gun was intended for, the fact remains that guns rob families of their loved ones and have caused a lot of misery in Greater Manchester."

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