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Grandparents’ horror as armed police raid home searching for machine gun

An elderly couple was left terrified when a team of 15 armed police turned up at their home searching for a machine gun.

Debra Richards, 57 and her husband Kenneth Richards, 67, were told by South Wales Police that they had reason to believe the couple were in possession of a "semi-automatic weapon".

Home security camera footage shared by Debra and Kenneth shows the armed officers, all equipped with bulletproof vests and helmets, walking up the front yard and heading to their home in Pontycymer, Bridgend of Wales on the morning of September 3.

Gran-of-five Debra told Wales Online : "They said they had a warrant but they hadn't shown it.

"They didn't show us until after all the search. There have been no explanations."

But she said the police left without making a mess in the house.

She added: "They were properly armed police, they had all the guns. The counter-terrorism police you could only see their eyes they were all covered up in masks and everything.

"There were around 15 of them all together that went inside our house.

They put us in the van when they did their search.

"I must say they were fine, they didn't damage anything and they were wonderful with our dogs, there's nothing to fault with them."

South Wales Police confirmed that they searched two homes on Oxford Street, Pontycymer, in Bridgend that day and a BB gun was found at one of the addresses.

A spokesman for South Wales Police said: "Search warrants were carried out at two addresses in the street by officers who were acting on information that a firearm had been seen.

"The call was made in good faith but it was a BB gun which was found at one of the addresses, so no further action was necessary.

"Armed officers were deployed as a precaution, for the safety of officers and potentially the public, because of the nature of the incident.

"Our position has been explained to all those involved."

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