Dublin man remanded in custody after 60 guns found in car at Kent port

Border Force officers recover firearms hidden in car bumper and back panels

A handout photo made available by the British National Crime Agency showing guns recovered hidden in car after it arrived at the Port of Dover from Calais. Photograph: EPA

A handout photo made available by the British National Crime Agency showing guns recovered hidden in car after it arrived at the Port of Dover from Calais. Photograph: EPA

 

A 37-year-old man has been remanded in custody after appearing in court in connection with the discovery of 60 firearms in a car arriving in the UK from France.

Robert Keogh, from Dublin, appeared at Margate Magistrates’ Court on Monday charged with illegally importing firearms.

His case was sent for trial at Canterbury Crown Court with a preliminary hearing to be held on September 2nd.

A spokeswoman for the court said that Mr Keogh did not indicate a plea at the magistrates’ court hearing.

Mr Keogh was charged after Border Force officers stopped a Volkswagen Passat arriving at the Port of Dover from Calais on Friday, August 2nd and found a Sig Sauer P226 blank firing handgun with a barrel converted to fire live ammunition.

Subsequent searches found another 59 firearms concealed inside the car’s bumper and both rear quarter panels, according to the National Crime Agency.

The find is believed to be largest seizure of lethal purpose weapons at a port in the UK. – PA