Guns stolen from car in Sunderland

Old Mill Road, Southwick, Sunderland.
Old Mill Road, Southwick, Sunderland.
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FIREARMS snatched from a car parked on a Sunderland street remain missing today.

A shotgun and two rifles were stolen from a car parked in Old Mill Road, Southwick.

The owner of the car contacted police shortly before 12.50pm on Saturday to report the guns had been stolen, along with some ammunition.

The firearms were legally held by the owner.

Officers have now stepped up patrols in the area as they try to track down the weapons and those responsible for the theft.

They have appealed for witnesses, or anyone who has any information, to contact them.

Yesterday, residents of Old Mill Road said they knew nothing about the stolen guns.

One woman, in her 60s, said: “I had no idea. What is the world coming to?”

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Detective Inspector Paul Woods, of Northumbria Police, said: “At this stage there is no information to suggest any danger to the public.

“However, we recognise the theft could cause concern and I’d like to reassure people in the area we are doing everything possible to trace the firearms and the people involved.

“I’d urge anyone with information to contact police as soon as possible. There is an extra police presence in the area.”

But ward councillor Rosalind Copeland, who is involved in Sunderland’s Safer Cities Initiative, said she thought people would be worried by the theft.

“I think residents will be concerned to think maybe someone in their neighbourhood has these guns.

“Or it could be that someone has come into the neighbourhood.

Anyone with information can contact police anonymously on 101 ext 69191 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.