Operation Aztec, a national police campaign encouraging people to hand in firearms, has received one weapon disguised as a walking stick and police are now investigating how it came to be in circulation.
The lethal shotgun, which appears on the outside as a harmless mobility aid, can be turned into a weapon in seconds by removing the metal handle.
It was received by Northumbria Police following the launch of the firearms surrender campaign and the force is now investigation whether the weapon was homemade or manufactured and sold as a weapon.
Heading up Northumbria Police’s surrender campaign is Chief Insp Dave Gould, who described the weapon as unusual and dangerous, according to a local paper.
He told the Chronicle Live: “It has been examined and made safe and it is a viable weapon. It is particularly dangerous because it is easy to conceal.
“It will probably be one we will have to do some work on to determine where it has come from. It is a lethal weapon and the fact that it’s concealed in this way creates even more concerns.”