Police find loaded shotgun in dumped bag after chase
A LOADED shotgun has been found on the streets of Coventry in a bag discarded following a footchase.
Officers patrolling the Stoke area on Tuesday night chased after a man who fled upon seeing their car.
He was chased down two roads where he made off after climbing over a garden fence.
However he lethal weapon.
A search of gardens uncovered a bag that was found to contain a loaded shotgun.
The weapon has been seized for forensic examination.
A spokesman for West Midlands Police said it was one of three incidents
left the in three days which saw three guns seized.
The force said: “It follows the recovery of a loaded shotgun on Tuesday night that was found in a bag discarded by a suspect following a footchase in Coventry.
“Officers patrolling in Carter Road, in the Stoke area of the city, at 10.30pm gave chase after a man ran off on seeing their marked patrol car.
“He was pursued into Roundhouse Road and Princess Close where he made off after clambering over a garden fence.
“However, a search of gardens uncovered a bag that was found to contain a loaded shotgun; the weapon has been seized for forensic examination and efforts are on-going to try and identify the man.”
The discovery of the loaded shotgun is one of three incidents in three days.
A handgun was found in a Ford Fiesta in Overfield Road, Russells Hall, Dudley, after the car was intercepted by armed police.
A man bolted from the car and, in a botched attempt to evade capture, leapt into a canal.
The 22-year-old was quickly plucked out and arrested on suspicion of possessing a firearm.
He remained in police custody for questioning.
And a Birmingham man has been charged with possessing a .45 selfloading pistol - with five bullets in the magazine after cops on early morning burglary patrols stopped a car in Edgbaston that had jumped two red lights.
Officers pulled the Honda Civic over in Hannafore Road at 3.15am and a search of the vehicle revealed a silver handgun.
A man was charged with possessing a firearm and drink driving.