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Police Called To Film Director's Home Over Gun Fears

Friday 29th August 2014

Police have been called to the home of film director Sam Taylor-Wood after a member of the public reported seeing a machine gun on a desk inside.

Sam Taylor-Wood and her husband Aaron Taylor-Johnson

Met police confirmed officers from the firearms unit were called after the gun was spotted shortly before midnight last night.

Taylor-Wood, who is helming the upcoming Fifty Shades of Grey film, said that she had been given the deactivated M16 assault rifle as part of an art project.

A spokeswoman for her and her husband, the actor Aaron Taylor-Johnson, confirmed that officers had been called to the house by a concerned passer-by - but the couple had not been at home at the time.

The spokeswoman continued, "the firearm was located in Sam Taylor-Johnson's basement studio and has been confirmed as a certified and fully decommissioned M16 assault rifle that was provided to Mrs Taylor-Johnson by the international charity Peace One Day as part of an art project entitled 'Peace One Day M16'.

"The project, curated by Jake Chapman, consists of new works by some of the most celebrated names in contemporary art all of whom are transforming fully decommissioned M16 assault rifles."

No arrests have been made.

A spokesman for Peace One Day confirmed the gun would be auctioned at Bonhams in London on October 17 to raise money for the charity.

"The M16 art project is an incredible way to raise awareness of the campaign that we are presently running in the Great Lakes Region of Africa. I am delighted to be working with Sam Taylor-Johnson again. She is a huge supporter of our work, and I can't wait to see her finished piece."

A similar project two years ago, when Taylor-Johnson refashioned an AK47, made 10,000 at auction.

Other artists taking part in this year's project include Jeremy Deller, the Chapman Brothers and Peter Doig.