Watch: armed police raid a gunman’s home in Erdington as he tries to stash weapon in a toilet

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Video footage released by West Midlands Police today (Monday, January 17 ) shows the moment officers swooped on the shared property Erdington on June 15 last year

Dramatic body-cam footage shows the moment armed police stormed a naked gunman’s home as he tried to hide a loaded revolver - in a toilet.

Helder Darame, 23, stashed the firearm and bullets in a manbag before concealing it in a bathroom during a police raid in Erdington, Birmingham.

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Video footage released by West Midlands Police today (Mon) shows the moment officers swooped on the shared property on June 15 last year.

Cops can be seen smashing their way into the address at 4am while officers train their guns on an upstairs window where Darame appears.

They shout: "Armed police, shows us your hands Helder, stay at the window, do not move."

Bodycam footage of police raiding the Erdington flat of gunman Helder Darame Bodycam footage of police raiding the Erdington flat of gunman Helder Darame
Bodycam footage of police raiding the Erdington flat of gunman Helder Darame

But Darame runs off to try and hide his weapon before police found the gun, which was loaded with two live rounds, along with another bullet and six casings.

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He can seen being cuffed after officers scream at him "get your hands up, stand up and turn around" before officers fetch him some clothes.

Darame later admitted possessing a prohibited firearm and possession of ammunition without a certificate and was jailed for five years in October.

Helder Darame tried to stash a gun in a toilet at his home when police raided it in June 2021Helder Darame tried to stash a gun in a toilet at his home when police raided it in June 2021
Helder Darame tried to stash a gun in a toilet at his home when police raided it in June 2021

A West Midlands Police spokesperson said: “We later recovered CCTV from the flat which showed him getting rid of the loaded gun.

“The CCTV was shown as evidence in court, helping to seal his inevitable fate.”

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West Midlands Police released the footage after revealing they had seized more than 100 firearms across the force area during 2021.

Officers recovered a total of 132 guns, including sawn-off shotguns, pistols and revolvers, plus a stash of ammunition.

This gun was hidden behind the toilet of an Erdington flat during a dawn raidThis gun was hidden behind the toilet of an Erdington flat during a dawn raid
This gun was hidden behind the toilet of an Erdington flat during a dawn raid

Assistant Chief Constable Claire Bell said: “We’re working around the clock to identify and arrest people linked to guns and gangs.

“Our specialist gangs units are continually reviewing the intelligence picture to understand the make-up and threat of OCGs (Organised Crime Gangs), disrupting their activity and carrying out regular enforcement.

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“We’re making regular arrests of people who pose a serious danger to our communities.

“The work is really important and every single one of these guns we’ve recovered represents a potential life saved.

“I’d urge everyone to work with us and provide information on suspicious activity or people suspected to have access to weapons.

“We really appreciate information passed to us about gun possession or suspicious activity and will act on it swiftly to protect the public.”

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