‘Large-scale’ illegal gun factory discovered on the edge of Sussex market town

A ‘sophisticated’ illegal gun factory has been discovered on the edge of a market town, the National Crime Agency said.

Investigators found what they believe to be a ‘large-scale’ operation in a warehouse describing itself as a gearbox repair business on an industrial estate in Hailsham, East Sussex.

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Officers arrested three men found leaving the building and had to use a Taser on one of them, an NCA spokesman said.

Two handguns and ammunition were found.

The site has been cordoned off while investigations continue.

Greg Akehurst, 29, of no fixed address, and Mark Kinman, 63, of Bramwell Mews, Hailsham, were both charged with possessing a firearm.

Kyle Wood, 30, of Gratwicke Drive, Littlehampton, was charged with the same offence as well as possessing ammunition.

The trio were remanded in custody and are due to appear at Kingston Crown Court on September 17.