Pals go snake hunting...and find rifle in bushes

Praised by police – Kane Blackmore and Callum Wallis-Sheldon

Praised by police – Kane Blackmore and Callum Wallis-Sheldon

First published in News

TWO schoolboys got a shock when their hunt for grass snakes ended up with them finding a gun.

Kane Blackmore and Callum Wallis-Sheldon, both 11, found the Czech rifle in bushes while searching for the snakes on fields behind Vange Community Centre, in Mapleford Sweep.

Fortunately the weapon wasn’t loaded and the boys alerted some nearby teenagers who handed it over to police.

The boys’ parents are proud their sons did the right thing.

Callum’s dad, Carl Sheldon, 34, a former soldier, of Eastbrooks Place, Pitsea, said: “It is the first time Callum’s ever really played in that park. He doesn’t normally go there.

“As a former soldier myself I have handled firearms and I have to say this is very concerning.

“But, as far as I’m concerned, the boys did the right thing by informing the police.”

Kane’s dad, Darren Blackmore, 42, of Pitseaville Grove, Vange, added: “I’m so proud of my son. It’s just so lucky the gun didn’t end up in the wrong hands. I was shocked when he told me what he found. I thought he was mucking about.”

Officers arrived to take away the Ceskazbrojovka VZ.52 self-loading rifle at about 6.30pm on Wednesday.

PC Alan Conran, of Pitsea police, said officers were still baffled about how the gun ended up in the bushes.

He added: “The boys were searching for snakes, as they had seen a TV programme that said the best place to find them was under old carpets.

“They actually came across the rifle under a carpet inside a brown leather case.

“The boys did the right thing by getting someone to call police, and left the rifle alone until police attended.

“I would like to thank them for behaving in such a grown-up way and helping police.

“As of yet, we haven’t found an owner to this, so if you think it is yours, then please get in contact.

“We are not sure how it ended up there, but I would like to point out it is incredibly important weapons and firearms are disposed of correctly, and not just dumped somewhere.”

The weapon, which was developed after the Second World War, has been made safe by police and is currently being stored at a police station.

Anyone who recognises the weapon can contact police at Pitsea on 0300 3334444.

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10:41am Mon 11 Apr 11

PJR says...

Well done boys for doing the right thing and alerting someone. Maybe it was stolen, dumped, whatever, but a hell of a thing to find...
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And also, after some were getting a hard time on this site a couple of weeks ago - well done to teh teenagers who the boys alerted, for doing the sensible thing and calling police. Just goes to show, not all teenagers can be tarred with the same brush, many are respectible, level-headed individuals who will do the right thing whenever they are called upon to do so.
Well done boys for doing the right thing and alerting someone. Maybe it was stolen, dumped, whatever, but a hell of a thing to find... ... And also, after some were getting a hard time on this site a couple of weeks ago - well done to teh teenagers who the boys alerted, for doing the sensible thing and calling police. Just goes to show, not all teenagers can be tarred with the same brush, many are respectible, level-headed individuals who will do the right thing whenever they are called upon to do so. PJR
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11:52am Mon 11 Apr 11

geezer, innit says...

good lads. Nice to see some kids who have a grasp of the right thing to do in situations like this. A credit to their parents. :-)
good lads. Nice to see some kids who have a grasp of the right thing to do in situations like this. A credit to their parents. :-) geezer, innit
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4:03pm Mon 11 Apr 11

andyh says...

That's an interesting rifle (just looked it up on wiki) - a serious piece of military weaponry. Unless it was one of the deactivated ones on the collectors market it's not the sort of gun an "armed-robber" or similar non-terrorist criminal would be expected to possess. Yet a terrorist could be expected to prefer an AK47 (or later derivative).
Where on earth did it come from and what was it used for?
That's an interesting rifle (just looked it up on wiki) - a serious piece of military weaponry. Unless it was one of the deactivated ones on the collectors market it's not the sort of gun an "armed-robber" or similar non-terrorist criminal would be expected to possess. Yet a terrorist could be expected to prefer an AK47 (or later derivative). Where on earth did it come from and what was it used for? andyh
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4:29pm Mon 11 Apr 11

Last Poster says...

Doesn't Tony Ball live near there? Surely people can't feel that bad about his stealing all their parkland, .....could they?
Doesn't Tony Ball live near there? Surely people can't feel that bad about his stealing all their parkland, .....could they? Last Poster
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5:03pm Mon 11 Apr 11

buttonbaggins says...

Well done to the boys and the teenagers for being so responsible! A credit to their parents. Good to hear not all the youth are total idiots as so often said on here!
Well done to the boys and the teenagers for being so responsible! A credit to their parents. Good to hear not all the youth are total idiots as so often said on here! buttonbaggins
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9:16pm Mon 11 Apr 11

addenough says...

Darren, thinks we are all stupid!
Darren, thinks we are all stupid! addenough
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12:12am Tue 12 Apr 11

Trainman says...

WELL DONE to all involved.

IF people So much feel the Need to shoot others, then for crying out loud, JOIN THE ARMED FORCES AND DO SO LEGALLY when required, NOT just for the 'Fun' of it.
WELL DONE to all involved. IF people So much feel the Need to shoot others, then for crying out loud, JOIN THE ARMED FORCES AND DO SO LEGALLY when required, NOT just for the 'Fun' of it. Trainman
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