Police have described criminals who dumped a firearm in Jonesborough in south Armagh as “despicable and dangerous”.
A PSNI spokeswoman said children playing in waste ground to the rear of Jonesborough Market on Monday afternoon (December 21) found an air rifle.
A gun cabinet and ammunition was also found in the area. Inquiries revealed that the items had been stolen during a burglary in Lurgan on December 9.
Sergeant Sam Hoey said: “We are extremely fortunate that no one was hurt. I cannot describe the actions of a person who would leave a firearm where any member of the public could come across it. The fact that a child found it does not bear thinking about and we are grateful that no one was hurt.”
He appealed for the local community to help find those responsible.
“If you have any information which may assist our investigation please phone us on 101, quoting ref: 369 221215,” he said.
“I would also ask parents to speak to their children and make them aware that if they come across any object which looks suspicious or dangerous they should never touch it but inform an adult immediately. Fortunately in this incident the children were able to do just that.”