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A shotgun was discovered concealed in a hedge after three men were spotted acting suspiciously.

Police have arrested three men after a gun was found hidden in a a hedge in Newcastle, Co Down.

The firearm was found after a passing police patrol noticed a group of men acting suspiciously at around 2am on Sunday morning.

After an examination of the area where they had been standing a shotgun was discovered, concealed in a hedge.

Three men aged 20, 26 and 41, have bee arrested on suspicion of possession of a firearm in suspicious circumstances.

All three remain in custody helping police with their enquiries.

Police believe there may be a link between this incident and a burglary at a nearby property.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact detectives at Downpatrick on 101.

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