TWO men have been charged following a seizure of four firearms, ammunition, a CS gas canister, and cannabis plants and hydroponics equipment.

Cousins, Darren Sexton, from Westcliff, and Nicholas Sexton, 32, from Southend, were arrested on the June 6, by officers from the joint National Crime Agency (NCA) and Metropolitan Police’s Organised Crime Partnership (OCP) assisted by the NCA’s Armed Operations Unit.

Searches conducted at an address in Westcliff recovered three handguns and around 90 rounds of ammunition.

A separate search at an address in Canvey resulted in the seizure of a number of cannabis plants, hydroponics equipment, a CS gas canister and a fourth hand gun.

On the June 7, Darren Sexton was charged with firearms offences in relation to the seized handguns and ammunition.

Nicholas Sexton was charged with being concerned with the production of cannabis and possession of a CS gas canister.

Matt McMillan, OCP operations manager, said: "Removing weapons like these handguns from the criminal market is a priority for both the NCA and MPS.

"It is key to protecting our communities from the harm they could have caused.

Our investigation into this seizure continues."