Shock after young boy finds gun in Lisburn
A councillor has expressed his shock after gun was reportedly found by a young boy in Lisburn.
The suspected firearm was found on grassland on Thursday evening close to Lagan Valley Island, the headquarters of Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council.
Police were informed of the discovery and the area was sealed off.
Alliance councillor Alderman Stephen Martin said he was alarmed by the news, which comes following "a number of troubling incidents" in Lisburn over the last three months.
"On this occasion, yet again, we have had a young person potentially put into harms way due to the callous disregard of whoever left the gun in a public space," he said.
"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.
“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."
Alderman Martin said if it wasn't for the quick thinking of the young boy the situation could have been "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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