Eight rifles stolen in Sunderland shop raid

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POLICE are appealing for information after eight rifles were stolen during a break in at a Sunderland shop.

Thieves smashed the shutters and double glazed windows at Sunderland Scuba Centre, in Atkinson Buildings, at about 10pm on Saturday and made off with the air weapons.

The rifles stocked by the shop which have been stolen are eight of the below:

•ASG Dragonov SVD 6mm BB Gun

•Air Arms S410, Beech stock wood, 0.177 calibre air rifle

•Air Arms S200, 0.22 calibre air rifle

•BSA Lightning SE, 0.22 calibre air rifle

•BSA Ultrashot, 0.22 calibre air rifle

•Weihrauch HW100S, 0.22 calibre air rifle

•Weihrauch 99S, 0.22 calibre air rifle

•Weihrauch HW97K, 0.177 calibre air rifle

•Weihrauch HW100JT, 0.177 calibre air rifle.

Northumbria Police Superintendent Dave Byrne, said: “There is no suggestion of any danger to the public in relation to the stolen firearms. However, we understand this may cause concern and I’d like to reassure the public that we are doing everything we can to locate them and trace those responsible for this burglary. I’d urge anyone with any information about the burglary or who may know where the stolen items are, to come forward.”