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North Belfast machine gun alert leads to replicas find

The replica weapons were uncovered during follow-up searches of a man's house. Picture by PSNI
John Monaghan

REPLICA firearms were discovered in Belfast after police made an arrest following reports of a man seen with a machine gun.

It followed reports that a man was spotted with the weapon in north Belfast's Whitewell Road area shortly after 7am on Saturday.

Police said a man was arrested "without incident or injury" due to the "quick response" of its armed response unit.

A subsequent search of the man's house revealed he had multiple replica firearms, police said.

In a Facebook post, police said: "Please be mindful that these guns look like the real deal to both members of the public and police officers alike.

"They can cause injury and certainly put people in fear – ownership is a privilege, not a right."

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