Gun disguised as cane given to police

Assistant Chief Constable Ian Wiggett with .410 shotgun disguised as a walking cane
Assistant Chief Constable Ian Wiggett with .410 shotgun disguised as a walking cane

A shotgun disguised as a walking stick has been handed in to UK police.

The .410 bore weapon appears to be a cane walking stick but has a shotgun concealed within the casing.

It was handed in to police during a firearms amnesty being run by Greater Manchester Police (GMP) which has seen more than 150 weapons surrendered.

The walking stick is estimated to have been manufactured in the late 1800s.

Cane guns were commonly carried in the 19th and early 20th century by gentlemen to use on wild game within their grounds. Now, they are strictly prohibited weapons and are mostly held in private collections and museums.

Assistant Chief Constable Ian Wiggett, of GMP, said: “This cane gun is a very peculiar discovery. As a prohibited weapon, not even a licence will cover the possession of this item, so the owner did the right thing in handing it over to us, where it will be processed and safely destroyed.”

The firearms amnesty was launched on July 12 and is due to finish at 11.59pm on Saturday.

Until then, those surrendering firearms will not face prosecution for illegal possession and they can remain anonymous.

During the fortnight there has also been a change in legislation which makes it illegal for certain people to hold weapons such as antique firearms.

Detective Chief Inspector Debbie Dooley, of GMP’s gun crime Xcalibre Task Force, said: “We are delighted with the progress of the amnesty - it’s been a great success so far and the range of weapons we have received has been eye-opening.

“In the wrong hands, firearms are incredibly dangerous and we would urge people to come forward and take advantage of the last few days of the amnesty, no questions asked.”

So far during this amnesty, 164 weapons and hundreds of rounds of ammunition have been handed over to police, with a varying range of shotguns, air rifles and hand held pistols surrendered so far.