Shotgun and rifle stolen in Lewes burglary

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A shotgun and a rifle were stolen from a home in Lewes on New Year’s Eve by burglars who knew the firearms were there.

The firearms were taken between 12 noon and 4pm on Monday December 31 from a flat in Lancaster Street which was broken into by forcing the door.

Sussex Police are appealing for anyone with information to come forward.

Detective constable Gary Baker of the East Sussex Priority Crime Team said; “We think that the burglary was carried out by someone who knew that there were firearms there, but enquiries are at an early stage.

“There have been no other such thefts recently and the motive for this crime is not clear at this stage.

“If you were in the Lancaster Street area on New Year’s Eve and saw any suspicious activity, or if you have any other information about the burglary, in particular where the guns may be now, please call us.”

A secured and locked gun cabinet, containing the Brno make double barrelled shotgun, a 22 rifle, and 50 shotgun cartridges, was forced off its fastenings in a concealed space in the flat, and removed. Keys to the cabinet were not taken.

The shotgun is a side-by-side, with black barrels and a brown stock and bears the serial number 100974979.

Both weapons are properly licensed and held by the owner, who lives in the flat.

Call Sussex Police on 101 quoting serial 0798 of 31/12/12.

You can also call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.