South East Wales

Shot sheep gun appeal in Rhydyfelin, Pontypridd

Revolver similar to the one police are trying to trace
Image caption Police say the revolver may have live ammunition

Police are appealing for help to trace a revolver after two sheep were shot dead near Pontypridd in Rhondda Cynon Taf.

A man and a 12-year-old boy have been arrested on suspicion of possession of a firearm and criminal damage.

The sheep were killed on land in Rhydyfelin and properties in the area have been searched, say police.

Officers have issued a picture of a revolver similar to one they want to trace, which may have live ammunition.

Police said the gun, last seen in the Rhydyfelin area, many have been in the possession of local youths.

Det Insp Lee Porter, of Pontypridd CID, said: "This illegal handgun could be dangerous if it is not handed in to the police at the earliest possible opportunity.

"I am appealing for any information which will lead to the safe recovery of this weapon.

"I have a large number of officers investigating the circumstances and I am sure the answer for its safe return lies within the community.

Gun crime

"We believe that no person has been threatened with this weapon but it may have been in the hands of local youths and as such I want to ensure that no accident occurs."

He said anyone finding the weapon should not handle it, but contact police immediately so trained officers could recover it safely.

"This is a very unusual incident. I would like to reassure the public that we do not experience gun crime or gun related incidents in the area as a rule," he said.

Police said indications were that the sheep had been shot, and officers were awaiting further test results.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Pontypridd police station on 101 or anonymously via independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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