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Police hit out after suspected gun found by child in Lisburn

The gun was found on grassland close to the headquarters of Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council. Credit: Google
The gun was found on grassland close to the headquarters of Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council. Credit: Google

Police have hit out after a suspected gun was found by a young boy in Lisburn.

The suspected weapon was found on grassland near Gregg Street, close to the headquarters of Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council on Thursday evening.

Chief Inspector Jonathan Wilson said: “The suspected weapon was recklessly abandoned and was discovered by a number of children who had been playing in the area. Police recovered the item and it was taken away for examination."

Alliance councillor for the area, Alderman Stephen Martin, slammed the "callous disregard" of whoever left the suspected firearm in a public space.

"I am just grateful that this item has been recovered safely and the young boy in question should be praised for being so responsible in reporting what he found so quickly," he said.

“At my request, an all party group of councillors met recently with local PSNI officers, who assured us of the efforts they are making to combat this type of activity.

"They can’t do it alone - it takes community involvement and all strategic agencies putting their shoulder to the wheel to make sure our streets are as safe as they can be.

“Rest assured we are going to keep making sure public safety is at the top of the agenda,  because it’s only by the quick thinking of a youngster in this case we aren’t dealing with something much more serious."

Anyone with any information regarding the incident has been urged to contact police on 101.

Information can also be provided anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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