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Raiders steal antique shotguns and swords from Place Mill at the Quay gallery in Christchurch
ANTIQUE firearms and swords were stolen in a raid at historic Christchurch art gallery.
Police in Christchurch have appealed for information following the burglary at the Anglo-Saxon watermill turned gallery Place Mill at the Quay.
The incident happened between 7.30am on Sunday September 1 and 9.20am the following day.
The unknown offenders forced entry to the premises and stole cash and a number of antique firearms including pistols and shotguns, as well as three swords.
PC Bill Nightingall, of Christchurch police, said: “I am appealing to anyone who may have information about this burglary, or saw any suspicious behaviour prior to or after the incident to come forward. The antique firearms taken are not loaded and do not pose any immediate danger to the public. However, some are over 200 years old and should not be operated.
“The shotguns require gunpowder together with other material in order to be fired, and this will only be sold by specialist outlets. We are very keen to get these weapons returned to their rightful owner.”
Witnesses and anyone with information should call Dorset Police in confidence on 101 or the free and anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111 where mobile phone tariffs may apply.
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