Weapons haul found in local river

POLICE searching a river in Marshland have found a haul of weapons.

Officers from Norfolk Constabulary were given information that suggested a shot-gun had been thrown into the Middle Level Drain in the St John’s Fen End area at some point in the past.

Lincolnshire Diving Squad were called in for an operation on Tuesday (10 January) and found four firearms and a sword.

The weapons are now being investigated and checked to see if they can be linked to any historic crimes.

The weapons and ammunition are:

A loaded Beretta semi-automatic 12 bore shotgun

A 12 bore double barrelled over-under shotgun

A loaded .22 rim-fire rifle with telescopic sight and silencer

A loaded .22-250, very high velocity hunting rifle with telescopic sight and silencer

A reproduction short sword (similar to those used by Viking/Saxon battle re-enactors).

Over 300 12 bore shotgun cartridges.

• Anyone who may be able to provide any information on any of the weapons or their histories is asked to contact PC Mallett at Downham Market Police Station on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800-555-111.