Brighon police try to trace owner of AK-47 washed up on beach 

Posted On 16 Mar 2015 at 2:53 pm



Brighton police are investigating how an AK-47 assault rifle came to be washed up on the beach.

A member of the public found an item on the beach at Peacehaven at the weekend which is believed to be an AK-47 assault rifle. 

After being handed in, the Section One firearm was secured pending further enquiries. 

Chief Inspector Dave Padwick, of the Brighton Neighbourhood Response Team, said: “It is illegal to own such a weapon in the UK.

“It appears it was washed up on the tide. There was no ammunition with it. 

“It will now be subject to a full examination as we try to establish its provenance. However, at this stage it is not believed to be linked to any crimes.”

  1. Mike Reply

    It’s just nitpicking really, but that’s almost certainly the more modern AK-74, not an AK-47. The AK74 style flash hider is a dead giveaway, as well as the modern plastic folding stock, plastic pistol grip and plastic foregrip.

  2. Lee Reply

    That’s actually an AK-74 (the later 5.56mm version).

    You can tell by the muzzle break and plastic furniture.

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