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Police appeal after shotgun stolen during burglary

Police are appealing for information after a shotgun was stolen during a burglary in Kingswinford.

At sometime between 1.30pm and 9.00pm on Wednesday 20 January, burglars gained entry to a house on Ploverdale Crescent.

Amongst items stolen during the burglary, a Browning Super Sport 325 shotgun, similar to the one pictured, along with approximately 70 shotgun cartridges was also taken.

The gun is missing a forearm, a part beneath the barrel which means it cannot be fired.

However, it still has the appearance of a working shotgun.

Thankfully incidents like this are rare and I would like to reassure the public that we have a dedicated team of officers working on this investigation.

We are determined to find who is responsible and the stolen firearm that they took and I would urge anyone with any information to contact us.

– Detective Constable Nick Slym
A Browning Super Sport 325 shotgun was stolen, similar to the one pictured Credit: West Midlands Police

Thousands of pounds worth of jewellery and cash were also stolen during the raid along with iPads, a mobile phone and a games console.

Anyone who has information relating to the burglary or current location of the firearm is urged to contact Det Con Slym at Brierley Hill police station on 101.

Alternatively Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111.


Elderly man beats burglar with walking stick

The man hit the burglar with his walking stick. Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Archive/PA Images

An elderly man has been injured after defending himself when a burglar broke into his Kingswinford home at the weekend.

The 88-year-old had fallen asleep in a chair when the man forced his way through a bedroom window of the property in Marley Road just after midnight on 26 July.

After searching the room, the man moved to the living room where he disturbed the occupant who hit out at him with his walking stick.

The elderly man suffers with poor vision and has frail skin which tore during the struggle.

Fortunately his injuries will heal and he shouldn’t suffer any long term ill effects. He is quite resilient, but it was still a shocking experience for him.

"Nothing was stolen during the break-in, but we need to catch the offender to prevent this happening to anyone else, so I am asking anyone who saw anything suspicious to contact me on 101.

"Equally if anyone has any information about who might be responsible, I would ask them to examine their conscience and do the right thing."

– Investigating officer Detective Constable Richard Hall

Forensic experts have gone over the property for clues and house to house enquiries have been carried out.

Npower to close office where 300 people work

The energy firm Npower have announced it is to close its office in Dudley where almost 300 people are employed.

The company said some staff would be relocated to other branches from the Kingswinford office:

"Following a strategic review of our sites, it was identified, last July, that the Kingswinford office will be closing at some stage this year.

Some of our people will be relocated . There is an ongoing review with RWE IT staff who will also be affected by this closure.

We will update our people first on any changes that will affect them, as they are our number one priority."

– Npower spokesperson