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Weapons found dumped in pond in Worthing

More than 800 objects - including guns, knives and jewellery - have been found dumped in a pond in West Sussex.

Police believe they may have been stolen or used by criminals.

The discovery was made by a dog walker in Longcroft Park on the edge of Worthing,

The weapons and personal belongings are now being examined to establish where they came from. Malcolm Shaw reports.

Weapons discovered in Worthing pond

Police are hoping to reunite burglary victims with their possessions after finding hundreds hidden in a pond in Worthing.

Officers from Sussex Police's specialist search unit have recovered more than 850 items that are believed to have been stolen in burglaries in the county.

Among the items recovered have been necklaces, brooches, rings and trinkets.

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Police are hoping to reunite these items to their owners Credit: Sussex Police

There are also handguns, a machete and knives in the haul that are being examined to see if they are linked to any other crimes.

The search was carried out after a dog that left its owner and jumped into the pond in Whitebeam Wood, Durrington, emerged with a jacket and some cufflinks on 23 July.

The recovered items have been cleaned and examined but officers have been unable to identify who many of them belong to.

If they have been stolen, they can be returned to their owners and officers may be given more evidence that could help catch and prosecute those responsible for taking them.

"Many of these items are not particularly expensive but could hold great personal value to the owners. We have already identified some of the items as having been stolen in burglaries in Sussex but we want to find out who owns the rest of them. If you recognise any of the items, or think some could belong to you, please get in touch with us."

– Detective Constable Emma Fields

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Army of weapons seized at Heathrow

A man has been arrested after Border Force officers at Heathrow Airport seized an array of weapons, including stun guns and flick knives.

Officers carrying out customs checks in Terminal 3 on Tuesday 28 January made the discovery in an item of luggage.

Three stun guns, a throwing star, two knuckledusters, an extendable baton, a pair of nun-chucks and two flick knives were recovered.

A 57-year-old man from the Cockett area of Swansea, who had just arrived on a flight from Bangkok in Thailand, was arrested.

He was interviewed by officers from the National Crime Agency’s Border Policing Command and bailed pending further investigation until April.

In the wrong hands these items could be potentially lethal, which is why the controls on bringing them into the UK are so strict. Although items like stun guns and knives are more readily available in some countries we would urge people to think twice before attempting to bring them back into the UK. Border Force officers are on constant alert to stop offensive weapons entering the UK. The penalties for smuggling can be severe and ignorance of the law is not an excuse."

– Marc Owen, Border Force Heathrow Director

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