Tyne & Wear

'Wrong hands' fear over stolen firearms

Stolen firearm Image copyright Northumbria Police
Image caption The guns were taken from a locked cabinet

Firearms stolen during a burglary in Sunderland could "fall into the wrong hands" unless found as soon as possible, police have said.

A property in West Park, Herrington, was broken in to some time between Saturday evening and Monday morning.

A bolt action rifle, a semi-automatic shotgun, a 12-bore shotgun and an air rifle were taken from a gun cabinet.

Northumbria Police has appealed for gun dealers who have been offered similar items to get in touch.

The guns taken were a .22 cz2452 bolt action rifle, a Hatsan semi-automatic shotgun, a Lamber double-barrelled over and under 12-bore shotgun and a Webley Vulcan air rifle with scope and silencer.

Det Sgt Steve Wallace said: "It is important we find these firearms as soon as possible before they fall into the wrong hands."

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