Bispham teenagers find handgun and bullets on footpath near primary school

Teens found a revolver and ammo half-buried in grass while out near a primary school in Bispham.

Monday, 19th April 2021, 12:33 pm
Updated Monday, 19th April 2021, 2:08 pm

The gun was found near a footpath on land off Moor Park Avenue between a housing estate and the arboretum – a stone’s throw from Moor Park Primary School.

The youngsters called police, with officers seen searching hedges and undergrowth.

One mum, who did not want to be named, said: “My 12-year-old son was out after school on his bike in Bispham and saw some older kids surrounding something on the ground.

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The handgun - reportedly a revolver - was found next to a footpath near Tarragon Drive on the Carleton Lodge Farm estate, off Moor Park Avenue, at around 5pm on Thursday (April 15)
The handgun - reportedly a revolver - was found next to a footpath near Tarragon Drive on the Carleton Lodge Farm estate, off Moor Park Avenue, at around 5pm on Thursday (April 15)

"It was a gun covered in duct tape that had been buried with the bullets."

Lancashire Police said an investigation was opened.

A spokesman said: "We were called to Parsley Close, Bispham, just before 4pm [on Thursday] to reports a firearm had been found by a member of the public.

"Officers attended and found what is thought to be a revolver-type firearm and ammunition. They have been sent off for testing.

The handgun - reportedly a revolver - was found beside a footpath next to Tarragon Drive on the Carleton Lodge Farm estate, off Moor Park Avenue, Bispham at around 5pm on Thursday (April 15). Pic: Google

"While an investigation has been launched to identify the owner of the items, no arrests have been made at this stage."

The land, known locally as the back fields, is a popular spot for dog walkers.

It runs from Moor Park Avenue to Holyoake Avenue, with a number of paths to Runcorn Avenue, Low Moor Road, Greenbanks, and Edmonton Place.

It has several football pitches used by local grassroots teams, including Layton Juniors, has a community orchard, and is on the North Blackpool Pond Trail.

Anyone with information is asked to call 101, quoting 0964 of April 15.