Antique guns and swords stolen in Christchurch burglary
ANTIQUE guns and swords were stolen during a burglary in Christchurch.
Dorset Police are appealing for witnesses after the break-in at Place Mill Gallery at The Quay between 7:30am on Sunday 1 September and 9:20am on Monday 2 September.
After forcing their way in, offenders stole cash and a number of antique firearms including pistols and shotguns - along with three swords.
Police Constable Bill Nightingall of Christchurch police said: "I am appealing to anyone who may have information about this burglary, or saw any suspicious behaviour prior to or after the incident to come forward.
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"The antique firearms taken are not loaded and do not pose any immediate danger to the public. However, some are over 200 years old and should not be operated.
"The shotguns require gunpowder together with other material in order to be fired, and this will only be sold by specialist outlets. We are very keen to get these weapons returned to their rightful owner.
"It is possible members of the public may be offered these items for sale in strange circumstances at unusually low prices, and if this happens we would like to hear from you."
Witnesses and anyone with information should call Dorset Police on 101, quoting incident number 02:98.