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1) Don't touch it...the gun could have been used in a crime and could have vital forensic evidence on it and if you pick it up, then you could remove any evidence such as DNA, GUN POWDER RESIDUE, FINGERPRINTS, FIBRES, BLOOD etc.

2)  Move to a safe distance - if the person who owns the gun returns to it, then they may use it on you. After all, you don't know where the gun has come from or what it has been used for. People that use guns to carry out crime pay a lot of money for them, so if they put them in a place that they think is safe and you find it, then they will want it back and may not be scared to use it on you.

3) Ring 999 and ask for policeOnce you are at a safe distance, possibly at about 50 metres, then ring 999.  This will mean that you can talk to the police safetly and if someone does return to the GUN, then you will be able to possibly give a description without putting yourself in danger. ALL 999 CALLS ARE FREE.

4) I haven't got a mobile phone.......DON'T WORRY.....use a phonebox, go to a nearby house and ask the occupant to ring the police on your behalf.  DO NOT GO INTO THE HOUSE.  If they ask you to go in, politely explain that you need to stay outside to see in case anyone comes back to the gun and the police will need to speak to you.

5) There are no houses close by.....If you are in a situation where there are no houses close by then look out for private hire taxis, buses and other public service vehicles.  These vehicles have radios so that they can contact their control and inform the police on your behalf.  If you cannot find any of these then leave the gun where it is, cover it up with a plastic bag or piece of rag - whatever is lying around, then go to the nearest location and ring the police from there, remembering where you last saw it so you can tell the police exactly where they can find it.

6) I have rung the police but the gun has now gone and I am now worried.... Don't be, if the police get a report that a gun has been found and when they get there it has gone, they would rather turn up to no gun than someone that has been seriously injured.  The police will investigate any call made to them.

If you make a call to the police about finding a gun, the Police officers will need to speak to you, as you are an important link in what could be a serious investigation.  You don't know where the gun has come from or what it has been used in but the police may be looking for this weapon and you could have found the missing piece of a very important puzzle.