London, Dec. 19 (Reuters): London gangsters are arming themselves with handguns modelled on the famous Walther PPK used by James Bond as the British capital experiences a worrying surge in gun crime, the city’s police chief said today.
“There is no ‘street cred’ in a sawn-off shotgun for the majority of today’s armed criminals,” London police commissioner Sir John Stevens said.
“Handguns, particularly those modelled on the James Bond Walther PPK — real and replica — are the weapons of choice for today’s modern gunman.”
Stevens was speaking out as gun crime rockets in the capital with gangsters more readily shooting rivals and the police. Most shootings are related to drug-fuelled turf wars between Jamaican-based “Yardies” and, increasingly in some areas, Turkish and Kurdish gangs.