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  • Shotguns stolen from parked car

    Danielle Thompson

    TWO shotguns have been stolen from a vehicle parked up in Formby.

    Merseyside Police officers are appealing for the return of the two licensed firearms - a Browning shotgun and a Beretta shotgun - from a Isuzu D-Max 4x4 vehicle parked outside the Sparrowhawk Hotel on Southport Old Road in Formby on Thursday, December 7 between 5pm and 6pm

    Detective Inspector Robbie Moss said: “I would like to reassure the local community that we are doing everything we can to investigate this theft and recover these stolen firearms.

    The weapons were legally-owned shotguns which belong to someone who had correctly registered them with the police. However in the wrong hands they are clearly dangerous and getting them back is our top priority.

    “The people who have stolen them may not fully appreciate the danger they may be putting themselves and others in by handling these weapons. More inside

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    “I would appeal for them to come forward so we can take back possession of them safely.

    “I would also urge anyone who knows the people who have got them to think carefully about the risks and implications of handling a firearm.

    “We do not want anyone to come to any harm due to these weapons being misused or falling into the wrong hands so please, do the right thing and call the police.

    “If you remember seeing anything suspicious around 5-6pm on Thursday close to the Sparrowhawk Hotel and haven’t yet spoken to the police then please call us on 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111."


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