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Essex County Standard: Get this gun off our streets Get this gun off our streets

THIEVES stole a realistic looking replica assault rifle during a raid on a Colchester shop.

The weapon – an airgun designed to look like a modern German Army-issue Heckler and Koch G36 rifle – was taken from Hanger 39, a militaria and army surplus show in Osborne Street, on Tuesday night.

Owner Mark Watson said: “A tool was used to cut the glass, which then smashed.

“A number of items, including an Airsoft system, in the form of the German-issued assault weapon G36 – were stolen from the window display.”

The weapon is so realistic owners need a licence to have one and police are keen to see it recovered as soon as possible.

Mr Watson said: “We came in on the Wednesday and nobody noticed at first, until we felt a draught.

“Then we saw the weapon was missing.”

The stolen gun and accessories, which are used by enthusiasts for realistic war games, are said to be worth about £300. The raiders did about £100 damage to the window.

Mr Watson said: “You need a licence to buy, sell and own these and people could easily mistake it for a real gun.”

He added the shop sold the guns because it also ran a wargaming venue called Bunker 39, in Rowhedge.

The shop also sells made-tomeasure military uniforms to soldiers serving at the town’s garrison, as well as used military items, such as swords, medals and uniforms.

Mr Watson said he felt crime in an area was a serious and worsening problem. He added: “This is the first time in two years we have had anything like this and it is really frustrating.

“I generally believe people are honest, but more things seem to be happening in Colchester. I’m worried.

“There is supposed to be CCTV in Osborne Street, but what is it picking up?

Police have appealed for information about the break-in, which happened between 5.30pm on Tuesday and 9.20am on Wednesday.

Anyone who can help is asked to call Colchester police on 101.

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1:46pm Mon 13 Jan 14

Ritchie_Hicks says...

I feel for any small business owner facing bills like this, but shouldn't something that requires a licence to own be a little more secure that in front of a pain of glass in plain sight of everyone?
I feel for any small business owner facing bills like this, but shouldn't something that requires a licence to own be a little more secure that in front of a pain of glass in plain sight of everyone? Ritchie_Hicks
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5:17pm Mon 13 Jan 14

stevedawson says...

Call that a business!
Call that a business! stevedawson
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6:25pm Mon 13 Jan 14

Newsandbrews says...

How could you not notice? Or is it a case of a weapon you need a license for can be displayed so carelessly?!
How could you not notice? Or is it a case of a weapon you need a license for can be displayed so carelessly?! Newsandbrews
  • Score: 3

1:37am Tue 14 Jan 14

Boris says...

If these things look so realistic they should be banned, even for overgrown children playing games in the woods.
And, obviously, the shop owner is a fool for displaying it in his window. If we still had bobbies on the beat, one of them might have warned him to bring it inside.
If these things look so realistic they should be banned, even for overgrown children playing games in the woods. And, obviously, the shop owner is a fool for displaying it in his window. If we still had bobbies on the beat, one of them might have warned him to bring it inside. Boris
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4:25pm Fri 24 Jan 14

Nickona says...

You do not need a license to own a realistic imitation firearm. This is a common misconception and is completely false. What you do need a defense to buy (not sell or own, just buy) one which is significantly different to a license. For example it could be for the sports of airsoft, paintball or practical pistol shooting. Film and theatre or even historical reenactment. Provided you can display your genuine need for one, site membership, production papers, reenactment group membership etc etc there is nothing stopping you from purchasing one.
You do not need a license to own a realistic imitation firearm. This is a common misconception and is completely false. What you do need a defense to buy (not sell or own, just buy) one which is significantly different to a license. For example it could be for the sports of airsoft, paintball or practical pistol shooting. Film and theatre or even historical reenactment. Provided you can display your genuine need for one, site membership, production papers, reenactment group membership etc etc there is nothing stopping you from purchasing one. Nickona
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