A gun and bullets have been discovered near the front steps of a church in Manchester, UK. The weapon, along with several bullets, was found by a member of the public at 6.30 am on Saturday January 2nd outside the Levenshulme Baptist Church, according to Greater Manchester Police.
The firearm, a Retay handgun, in a black carrier bag with ammunition, was found by a member of the public in the area at the time.
Following the discovery, Detective Constable Martha Walker of GMP’s City of Manchester division said: “We extend our thanks to the gentleman who discovered the firearm and handed it in to police – it is thanks to him that we have been able to remove this potentially lethal weapon from our streets.
“This was left on a residential street so we’re appealing to anyone in the area who may have witnessed anyone behaving suspiciously or carrying a black bag recently to speak with police. Any information, no matter how small, could greatly assist our investigation.
“There is absolutely no place for weapons such as this across Greater Manchester and we want to ensure that the owner is identified.”
Greater Manchester Police requested that anyone with information in relation to the firearm should come forward immediately.
Anyone with information should contact police on 0161 856 6063 quoting incident number 764 of 02/01/21.
Alternatively, details can be passed on in the UK anonymously via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
(Picture Courtesy: Manchester Evening News)