Shotgun disguised as walking cane handed into police

A shotgun disguised as a walking cane has been handed into Greater Manchester Police as part of a firearms amnesty.

Assistant Chief Constable Ian Wiggett holding the cane gun. Credit: Greater Manchester Police

The cane is estimated to have been made in the late 1800s and has a shotgun concealed in the casing. The weapon was often carried during the 19th and early 20th century by men hunting wild game on their grounds.

Assistant Chief Constable Ian Wiggett, pictured with the cane gun, said: “This cane gun is a very peculiar discovery.

"As a prohibited weapon, not even a license will cover the possession of this item, so the owner did the right thing in handing it over to us, where it will be processed and safely destroyed.”

The shotgun was handed into police as part of the ‘Give Up The Gun’ amnesty which is due to finish at 11.59pm on Saturday 26 July. So far, 164 weapons and hundreds of rounds of ammunition have been handed over to police.