Anger as children discover firearm in Co Armagh waste ground
Police have reacted with anger after a firearm, dumped in waste ground in Co Armagh, was discovered by children.
A senior officer described those responsible as "despicable and dangerous criminals".
The air rifle was found by children playing in waste ground to the rear of Jonesborough Market on Monday afternoon.
A gun cabinet and ammunition were also found in the area.
The items had been stolen during a burglary in Lurgan on December 9.
Sergeant Sam Hoey said: “We are extremely fortunate that no one was hurt.
"I cannot describe the actions of a person who would leave a firearm where any member of the public could come across it.
"The fact that a child found it does not bear thinking about and we are grateful that no one was hurt.
“I am asking the local community to help us find those responsible.
"If you have any information which may assist our investigation please phone us on 101, quoting ref: 369 221215.
“I would also ask parents to speak to their children and make them aware that if they come across any object which looks suspicious or dangerous they should never touch it but inform an adult immediately.
"Fortunately in this incident the children were able to do just that.”