Gun crime

'Bring me a gun and I'll give you a trumpet, no questions asked'

Musician Shamarr Allen has a plan to get guns off the streets of New Orleans
Over the last few months, the US has experienced a surge in gun crime. 

The recent killing of a nine-year-old boy in the city of New Orleans has prompted jazz musician Shamarr Allen to mobilize a remarkable response to the tragedy. 

He is offering young people trumpets in exchange for guns. Mr. Allen told Newsday's James Copnall more about the project.

At the end of the interview we hear Shamarr's song 'Ruin My Day'.

(Photo: Shamarr Allen with his trumpet. Credit: Shamarr Allen)

'Historic investigation' disrupts murder plots and recovers £13m

Sam Francis

BBC News, London

£5m recovered
Metropolitan Police

Guns, class A drugs and more than £13m have been recovered in the "most signficant operation" the Metropolitan Police Service has ever launched.

The opeartion comes after a top-secret communications system used by criminals to trade drugs and guns has been "successfully penetrated" by the National Crime Agency (NCA).

"International" organised cirminals are among 171 people arested after messages on EncroChat were intercepted and decoded.

Officers disrupted murder plots, arrested some of London’s longest-standing and most dangerous criminals, Police said.

More than £13.4m in cash has been siezed, including £5m in one operation alone - the largest single cash seizure the Met has ever made.

Officers have recovered 16 firearms, including Scorpion submachine guns and revolvers, seized more than 500 rounds of ammunition, 37 encrypted devices, 620kgs of Class A drugs and 19kgs of Class B drugs.

The NCA worked with forces across Europe on the UK's "biggest and most significant" law enforcement operation.

One investigation "clearly demonstrates the link between international organised crime and serious violence across London," police said.

Met Police Commissioner Cressida Dick said: “This operation is the most significant activity, certainly in my career, we have ever carried out against serious and organised criminality across London.

"Through this work with our international partners, we have significantly developed our understanding of organised criminality in London and the ways in which some of our most prolific and dangerous offenders operate.

This is just the beginning, there are many more people we are investigating. We know who they are and we have seen what they are doing and who they are doing it with."

A Scorpion machine gun seized under Operation Venetic
Metropolitan Police
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