Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Gun stolen from Southampton university rifle range

A gun has been stolen during a burglary at a university rifle range.

Staff at the University of Southampton Boat Hard in Swathling discovered the burglary had taken place when they arrived at work on Thursday morning.

But police believe the break-in, which also saw computers and 1,000 in cash taken, had happened last Wednesday.

Police said an air arms .22 Black and Woodstock air rifle in a black case and 50 pellets were taken from the boat hard and rifle range in Mead Crescent.

Prison warning

Det Sgt Will Whale of Hampshire Constabulary said: "This sniper-style rifle could prove extremely dangerous in the wrong hands.

"I want this gun back - it should not be on the streets. I'm appealing for anyone who has it or knows of its whereabouts to contact me urgently.

"I have this message for who ever has it - if you are found to have it illegally you could go to prison so I advise you give it back now."

Two Dell laptop computers worth about £850, a projector worth about £650 and £1,000 in cash was also taken.

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