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Divers find a shotgun dumped in a Cornish quarry

Divers find a shotgun dumped in a Cornish quarry

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 5:47pm 23rd September 2019. (Updated at 7:39am 24th September 2019)

Two divers have found a shotgun dumped in a quarry in south east Cornwall.

Divers Luke Craddock and Josh Roberts dedicate their time to keeping the Duchy's beaches, sea, and lakes clean by removing rubbish.

They also spend time helping people find items that they've lost in the water around Cornwall - and run the Facebook page 'Lost and Find'.

During a dive at Minions Gold Diggings Quarry in Liskeard over the weekend Josh found a heavy bag which contained a wrapped up double-barrelled shotgun.

It is not known where the shotgun came from or how it got there.

The pair brought the discovery to the surface and phoned the police before handing it over to officers at the station in Bodmin.

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"We were having a nice dive and all of a sudden I found a bag which weighed an awful lot, through the bag I could see a trigger.

"We went to the surface and found it was a double-barrelled shotgun which we were absolutely astonished about.

"I was just absolutely blown away and couldn't believe it, I just thought 'oh my god I need to ring the police'.

"We were absolutely gobsmacked; we love our diving and are very passionate about cleaning the local area but this is the last thing I thought we'd find".

Josh Roberts

Josh told Pirate FM that police are now going to look for fingerprints and try and work out who owned it.

shotgun Liskeard quarry
Divers have found a shotgun dumped in a quarry in south-east Cornwall and police are trying to work out how it got there. Photo: Lost and Find

"We went there to clear some rubbish we'd found last time, and coming to the end of our dive I got lost from Josh so came up to the surface, usually he comes up straight away but it took him a few minutes, and I thought what's he found, and it was a shotgun.

"It was wrapped up in bags and it looked a bit dodgy so we decided to take it to the police station.

"We were completely shocked and didn't really know what to do.

"We've never found anything as strange as this".

Luke Craddock

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