Shotgun recovered in Ashington

A shotgun and ammunition have been recovered from bushes in Ashington.

At 1.10pm on Tuesday, March 18, police received a call from a member of the public walking their dog, that a weapon had been found in bushes in Woodhorn Road, near to Woodhorn Colliery Museum.

Officers attended and recovered the items.

Now police are asking anyone who may have seen anything suspicious in the area over the past week or so to contact them as it may help in their enquiries.

Northumberland Chief Inspector Peter Reeve said: “On Tuesday, we responded to a report a firearm had been found in bushes in Ashington.

The weapon has been recovered and we’re now carrying out enquiries to ascertain the owner and establish the circumstances of why it was there.

“We’re asking for the public to help us and want to hear from anyone who may have seen anyone acting suspiciously or anything that seemed out of the ordinary in the area over the past week or so.

“Information can be reported in the strictest of confidence or through the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously.

“We recognise that people may be concerned about this and I’d like to reassure residents that the firearm was quickly made safe and has been recovered.

“Anyone who is concerned can contact either an officer on patrol or contact the Ashington Neighbourhood Policing Team on 101.”

A police spokesperson said officers are keeping an open mind as to whether it is linked to an incident in Maple Street on Sunday March 16, where a window was shot out, and it is included in their lines of enquiries,

Anyone with information is asked to contact Northumbria Police on 101 ext 69191 quoting reference 531 180314 or crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.