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Gunman is held near Blairs' home.

A SUSPECTED Albanian gangster carrying a loaded pistol and silencer has been arrested outside the home of former Prime Minister Tony Blair.

The man, 56, was stopped in his car as he drove in Connaught Street, central London, on Monday at 11.15pm.

Officers on patrol became suspicious and arrested him for several traffic and documentation offences.

About 25 minutes later, a passer-by approached a uniformed officer on guard outside Mr Blair's pounds 3.5 million Connaught Square townhouse.

He handed the officer a black pistol, loaded with several bullets and fitted with a silencer, saying he found it in the gutter.

The officer raised the alarm and notified members of the Diplomatic Protection Group, who are responsible for Mr Blair's safety.

Investigators quickly linked the discovery of the gun with the arrest of the Albanian.It is understood that there was no threat to Mr Blair's safety and the location of the arrest was entirely coincidental.
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Dec 10, 2009
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