Sawn-off shotgun found in Littleham
PUBLISHED: 14:51 23 March 2015 | UPDATED: 14:51 23 March 2015
An old sawn-off shotgun found in a garden in Littleham could have been used in a robbery, police said.
A sawn-off shotgun found by a grandmother in a garden in Littleham may have been used in a robbery.
Christine Gibbons, 56, who lives on the Littleham estate, discovered the old weapon on Monday while she was raking rubble from the site of an old hedge.
Police will investigate if the shotgun has been used in an unsolved crime before it is destroyed.
Gran-of-four Christine found the rusty gun after a large hedge at the bottom of her garden was removed to make way for a fence.
With the hedge removed, Christine spends time each day raking the ground to rid it of rubble, roots and rubbish.
She said: “I have been raking it for half an hour each day. There’s lots of rubbish in there; cans and bottles.
“I found this bag. It was really heavy. I thought ‘what’s this?’ I had been pulling out black metal bars and I thought it was another one of those.
“It was a big plastic bag. Not a bag I would recognise. It was quiet old. I looked in the bag but couldn’t see what was inside.
“I tipped out the bag and it was a double-barrel sawn off shot-gun.
“I thought’ oh my god’. I am not normally a person to get nervy but the fact it was hidden made me feel a bit weird. It just scared me to be honest, because obviously it’s been hidden there. I didn’t feel good about it. It just looked evil.
“I brought it around the front of the house but I thought someone might see me so I brought it back by the back door. I brushed it off with a dustpan and brush.
“I just didn’t know what to do with it. I didn’t know who to ring.”
Christine spoke to a family friend who took the old weapon to Exmouth police station for destruction.
Police told the grandmother the weapon could have been used in a robbery.
A police spokesman said: “We will asses, depending on the condition of the weapon, whether there’s any forensic value; whether it’s been used in an unsolved crime. Beyond that it will be decommissioned at force armoury.”