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Met find shotgun in children's play park in Hackney

A working shotgun has been found hidden in a children's play park in east London, it has emerged.

Police responding to a tip-off used a metal detector and sniffer dog to search the Apples and Pears play area in the park on Pearson Street, Hackney.

The metal detector gave a strong reading in one part of the park and officers dug 20cm (8ins) down to reveal the Browning firearm with ammunition.

It was wrapped in cloth and broken into three working parts.

Police are now examining a database of firearms incidents to check if the gun was used in any crimes.

Det Sgt Dave Coxall said: "In the last 12 months over 40 firearms have been recovered in Hackney, helping prevent serious injury and death on our streets.

"This success shows how responsive officers are to the intelligence we receive and I would urge anyone with information about firearms in the borough to contact us."

The find was made on 23 November but details have only recently emerged.

There have been no arrests.

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