A SHOCKED walker found a gun in woodland in Sunderland.
Police were called to a wooded area near Pallion Industrial Estate after the man made the discovery.
Specialist firearms support officers were drafted in to retrieve the weapon, which has been taken away for examination.
Police are not able to say if the gun was ready for use or is linked to any specific incidents.
Officers were called to the wood just before 2pm on Friday
A police spokesman said inquiries are ongoing.