Guns, ammunition and cigarettes uncovered at port

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Eight hand guns, plus 200 rounds of ammunition and 9,600 cigarettes were uncovered by customs officials hidden inside a lorry arriving at a major British port.

The weapons discovery was made by UK Border Agency (UKBA) officers searching a vehicle arriving at the Port of Dover in Kent on a ferry from Calais on Tuesday 10 November.

Malcolm Bragg, HM Revenue and Customs' assistant director of criminal investigation, said: "HMRC investigators and their UK Border Agency colleagues are determined to stop weapons and any other smuggled goods reaching the UK's streets."

Lithuanian national Vitalijus Tauskela, 48, was arrested and subsequently charged with attempted smuggling.

Tauskela, appeared at Folkestone Magistrates' Court on Wednesday November 11 and was remanded in custody to appear at Dover Magistrates' Court on December 10.