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Children find ammunition on a beach in Co Down

Ammunition found by children on a beach in Killough, Co Down
Marie Louise McConville

AN ammunition find on a Co Down beach which is popular with young families has been branded "incredibly foolish".

Around three dozen bullets, two silencers and four shotgun cartridges were found by a group of children aged between 12 and 14 at a beach in Killough.

The youngsters alerted police who arrived and removed the items for "forensic examination". The haul was discovered at around 7pm on Friday.

A parent of one of the children, who did not want to be named, said the items had been found in an area that was "by no means an isolated spot, in fact it's area where young children and families congregate over the summer months".

"While it was an adventure of sorts for the kids involved, it was nonetheless an incredibly foolish and irresponsible thing for somebody to do. To think this same idiot potentially lives in the Killough area and has dangerous firearms in their possession is unnerving to the say the least."

Colin McGrath, SDLP South Down Assembly member, said he was "very worried about the public location of this find".

"These are not the type of items to be left lying around," he said.

Mr McGrath said while he was "pleased that the items are now out of circulation" he was "concerned about how they may have found their way into the wrong hands".

Sinn Féin MP Chris Hazzard said that while he was "glad" the items had been removed, he was "shocked that they have been found in such a public place that is popular with young families and kids".

A PSNI spokeswoman said: "A quantity of ammunition was discovered on the beach in Killough, Co Down. It has been recovered for examination".

Meanwhile, four suspected firearms were recovered from a house in west Belfast.

The items were seized on Saturday from a property in the Norglen area.

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