Posted on 24th April 2017
Our officers have issued a warning after a number of BB guns and air weapons have been stolen from a shed in Allenton.
The theft happened last week between 4.30pm Wednesday, April 19 and 5pm, Thursday, April 20 when a shed in the back garden of a house on Merrill Way was broken in to. Six BB guns and 11 airsoft weapons, that were used by the victim in his hobby as an airsoft player, were stolen.
Airsoft is a sport, similar to paintballing where participants use BB guns and air weapons to fire pellets in different settings and simulations.
Inspector Greg Hunt, who is in charge of policing for the area, said: “As well as issuing an appeal for witnesses to either anything suspicious in the area or for anyone who has been offered such equipment for sale, I would also wish to issue a general warning to anyone who comes into possession of such items.
“Although they are not illegal to own per-se there are circumstances where it would be illegal to have them in your possession in public.
“Perhaps more importantly though is how realistic they are to the appearance of a real firearm and as such could cause significant fear to a member of the public. If our armed officers were called to an incident involving someone carrying such an item they may have only a very short time to decide whether that person was a danger to them or the public, with potentially serious consequences.
“I would therefore urge anyone who knows anything about the incident or the whereabouts of these items to contact us.”
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