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Handguns discovery on ferry at Dover ‘not terror-related’

PUBLISHED: 12:38 31 October 2017

Handguns were discovered on Saturday

Handguns were discovered on Saturday

(c) Thomas Quack

The weapons were found in a toilet bin on Saturday

The discovery of two handguns on board a ferry is not believed to be part of a terrorist plot.

Officers were called on Saturday morning after reports the weapons were found in a toilet bin on board the Spirit of Britain shortly after it had arrived in the Port of Dover from Calais.

It is not yet clear how the guns passed through security.

A Kent Police spokesman said: “(The guns) have been safely removed by police and an investigation has been launched.”

It is understood the discovery is not being treated as a terrorist incident.

A spokesman for P&O Ferries, which operates the vessel, said: “We will continue to liaise closely with the relevant authorities in regard to security arrangements at the ports at which we operate and will of course act on any suggestions they make to ensure the safety of our passengers.”

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