SOMERSET NEWS: Firearms parts found in pool

SOMERSET NEWS: Firearms parts found in pool

GUN parts which have been found in a stretch of water in Somerset are to be examined by experts.

Police received a call on Friday (September 1, 2017) evening from a man who had been magnet fishing and discovered what appeared to be parts of firearms.

The items were found in the Grey Lake at Kingsweston Sluice, near Street.

A police spokesman said: “There appears to be between 20-30 parts of firearms all of which are badly rusted.

“In February 2015 a number of similar items were found in the same pool by boys who were magnet fishing.

“All the items were in various states of repair and badly rusted beyond use on that occasion and the items were taken to the force armoury where they were destroyed.”

It was thought that the weapon parts could have originated from various weapon factories which were operating during the Second World War.

The spokesman added: “Suggestions that the previous find contained weapons such as Kalshnikovs and Uzis were dismissed as Avon and Somerset’s force armourer confirmed the badly rusted parts were thought to date back to between 50-60 years and therefore not those type of guns.

“It is believed that this is the case this time and the weapons are to be examined by the armourer prior to destruction.

“The latest weapon parts discovered appear to be part of same cache found two years ago.”

Members of the police underwater search team were at the pool on Tuesday (September 5, 2017) checking to see if there were any further items.