SEVEN people were arrested and three firearms were seized in Ashington and Newbiggin at the weekend.
Armed police stopped a Vauxhall Vectra in North Seaton at 1.35pm on Saturday and found a rifle and handgun in its boot.
The two weapons were seized and a 36-year-old man and 32-year-old woman were arrested.
Subsequent inquiries led officers to addresses in North Seaton and Newbiggin areas, and a further two men, aged 51 and 60, two women, aged 56 and 32, and a juvenile were arrested on suspicion of firearms offences.
Anthony Cox, 36, of Belmont Street, Walker, Newcastle, and Nichola Taylor, 32, of King George’s Street in Newbiggin have been charged with possessing a firearm without a certificate, as has a 14-year-old boy who can’t be named for legal reasons.
Keith Tayor, 60, and Ellen Taylor, 56, of Emerson Road, Newbiggin, have been charged with possessing a firearm and ammunition without a certificate.
Two of the others arrested have been released without charge.
All five facing charges will appear before South East Northumberland magistrates on Thursday, April 12.
Superintendent Dianne Winship, of the police’s Northumberland area command, said: “This was a pre-planned operation that has led to a number of arrests and potentially dangerous weapons being seized.
“We take reports of firearms and weapons extremely seriously and will always take action if we have reason to believe people are in possession of illegal weapons.
“Inquiries into the incident are ongoing.”