Replica gun seized after east London road rage incident

Two replica guns seized by London police during a search of a home on Salisbury Street, September 21, 2022. Photo courtesy of London police.

A 22-year-old London man is facing charges after a driver was threatened with what turned out to be a replica gun in an apparent road rage incident in the east-end earlier this month.

The man was driving along Mornington Avenue south of Oxford Street with two passengers in the car just before 6 p.m. on September 11 when a man in a Mercedes passed him before turning around and following him into a nearby parking lot.

The Mercedes proceeded to cut the man off before stopping abruptly in front of him. The driver of the Mercedes got out of his vehicle and began arguing with the man. He then went back to his vehicle where he allegedly pulled out a handgun and pointed it at the man and made threats. He then left the area.

No injuries were reported.

An investigation into the incident by London police saw officers with the guns and gangs section search a home on Salisbury Street on Wednesday.

A replica 1911 firearm and a replica UZI machine gun were seized.

A London man has been charged with two counts of pointing a firearm and one count of uttering threats to cause death or bodily harm. He is scheduled to appear in court in relation to the charges on November 3.

The two men were not known to each other prior to the incident, police said.