Tamworth man charged with possession of a firearm after Birmingham Airport arrest

Sunday, 13th January 2019

A TAMWORTH man arrested as he arrived at Birmingham Airport has been charged with possessing a firearm.

The 51-year-old man has been charged with possession of a Section 5 firearm after he was arrested yesterday (12 January) as part of a National Crime Agency investigation into the supply of drugs and firearms in Ireland and the UK.

Thomas Kavanagh, of Tamworth, was detained as he arrived at Birmingham Airport, and arrested on suspicion of conspiring to import and supply drugs, firearms and ammunition, as well as money laundering.

NCA officers, supported by colleagues from An Garda Síochána and Staffordshire Police, conducted a number of searches, including at a property in Tamworth and recovered a combination torch and stun gun – which is illegal to own and possess in the UK.

NCA officers, supported by colleagues from Staffordshire Police, searched a property in the Tamworth area. Photo Credit: NCA


NCA officers, supported by colleagues from Staffordshire Police, searched a property in the Tamworth area. Photo Credit: NCA

Kavanagh was remanded in custody overnight and will appear at North Staffordshire Magistrates court tomorrow (14 January).

A 20-year old man, who was arrested alongside Kavanagh at Birmingham Airport has been released under investigation.

A third man, aged 19, was also arrested and released under investigation.