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Suspected Second World War firearm and ammunition unexpectedly unearthed at farm near Lavenham

A small piece of history was discovered at a farm near Lavenham this week, when workers unexpectedly unearthed a suspected Second World War firearm.

Officers from Suffolk Police were called out to Thorpe Morieux on Tuesday afternoon, following reports that a gun and several rounds of ammunition had been found by contractors, whilst digging a hole during whilst carrying out building work on the farm.

The heavily-rusted and disassembled firearm has not been specifically identified, but it is believed to be a service weapon that was buried on the site, along with its bullets, back in the 1940s.

The gun and ammunition found in Thorpe Morieux on Tuesday. (39574213)
The gun and ammunition found in Thorpe Morieux on Tuesday. (39574213)

A spokesman for Suffolk Constabulary said: "Police were called at 4.30pm on Tuesday, July 28 to reports that a small firearm and ammunition – which appeared to have been underground for some time – had been discovered during building works at a farm in Thorpe Morieux.

"Officers from the Roads and Armed Policing Team attended the location and recovered the items, making the firearm safe in the process."