Members of the Cork public have been commended for possibly saving a life after a call to gardaí led to a gun seizure in the early hours of the morning.
Gardaí have arrested a man in his early 40s and seized a suspected handgun in the Knocknaheeny area of the city early this morning.
At approximately 1.30am, Gardaí received a report of a suspicious car in the Knocknaheeny area. Gardaí from Gurranabraher Garda Station carried out a patrol of the area and found a car matching the description.
The car was searched and Gardaí discovered a suspected handgun and a jerry can of petrol. The car was also found to be using false registration plates. The suspected handgun will now be sent for analysis.
Speaking at Mayfield Garda Station, Superintendent Michael Comyns of the Serious Crime Investigation Unit in Cork city said: "I want to thank the members of the public who picked up the phone and called us when they spotted something they didn’t think was normal.
“The community should be commended for their actions and as a result, we have possibly saved a life here today.” A man, aged in his early 40s, was arrested at the scene and brought to Mayfield Garda Station where he is currently detained under Section 30, Offences Against the State Act, 1939.