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Men in court after gun and live ammo seized in Rochester by National Crime Agency

Two men have appeared in court after a gun and live bullets were seized in a night-time operation.

An armed National Crime Agency unit descended on Rochester on Monday.

Helicopter searches Corporation Street, Rochester
Helicopter searches Corporation Street, Rochester

The officers helped by a helicopter scoured the historic town into the early hours of Tuesday.

They found the gun and several rounds of live ammunition after searching a vehicle and a property.

Five men were arrested and taken into custody.

Three were released under investigation.

However two, who were arrested in Gillingham, were charged with firearms offences.

Kristiyan Hristev, 30, a Bulgarian national living in Rochester, was charged with possession of ammunition and transferring a weapon - this includes selling, hiring, lending, or gifting it.

Kristiyan Romanov, 24, a Bulgarian national living in Gillingham, was charged with possession of a firearm and ammunition.

Both appeared before Medway Magistrates' Court yesterday.

They were remanded in custody to appear at Maidstone Crown Court on Thursday, January 2.

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