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Police seize two 'Scorpion' MACHINE GUNS and 40 bullets after arresting teenager at Tube station 

Two 'Scorpion' machine guns and 40 rounds of ammunition have been seized by police after arresting a teenager at a Tube station. 

The 19-year-old man was arrested at Chiswick Park station in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

He was held on suspicion of possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life and possession of ammunition. 

Two 'Scorpion' machine guns and 40 rounds of ammunition have been seized from a teenager at a Tube station

Officers recovered two 'Scorpion' automatic weapons - capable of firing 1,150 rounds per minute - and 40 bullets (pictured)

The 19-year-old man was arrested at Chiswick Park station in the early hours of Tuesday morning

Deadly machine gun favoured by terrorist groups 

The Scorpion is a machine pistol developed in 1959 by Czechoslovkia.

It was made for security forces but was adopted by the Czech army and can fire up to 850 rounds a minute.

The select-fire straight blowback-operated firearm was later used by armed groups including the IRA and the Italian Red Brigades who used a Scorpion in the 1978 kidnapping of Aldo Moro.

It has also been linked to a series Al Qaeda attacks in France while police in Sweden estimated 50 weapons were in circulation there. 

Officers recovered two 'Scorpion' automatic weapons - capable of firing 1,150 rounds per minute - and 40 bullets.

The teenager remains in custody at a west London police station.

The arrest was made as part of an operation by officers from the Met’s Specialist Crime Command and Specialist Firearms Command. 

Met Police Detective Chief Superintendent Craig Turner said: 'The machine guns and ammunition seized could have undoubtedly led to the loss of life had they not been recovered in this operation.

'Tackling violent crime remains our absolute priority and operations like this are crucial in removing lethal weapons from the streets and restricting the ability of those intent on causing violence.

'This is one of our main focuses as we approach coming out of lockdown and we will be relentless in our activity.'

He added: 'Anyone who believes they can walk the streets of London with horrific weapons in their possession should think again.

'We will continue to make London a hostile place for gangs to operate in and carry firearms.'

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