Po­lice find loaded shot­gun in dumped bag after chase

Warwickshire Telegraph - - NEWS - By LAURA HART­LEY

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.

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