Rifle fished out of Thames

Detectives are tonight investigating whether a high-powered rifle accidentally fished out of the river Thames by two teenagers could be linked to a major crime.

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Typical 'hit man's gun kit' fished from the Thames

When two teenage boys went fishing from a river bank in Oxford, they didn't set out to catch a rifle.

But when Alex Weller and Josh Cooks fishing line snagged on a briefcase, they hauled it ashore and found exactly that.

The briefcase contained a rifle, a pistol and ammunition which has been described as a typical hit man's gun kit.

Detectives are now investigating whether the high-powered gun could be linked to a major crime.

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