A LOADED shotgun has been seized after a police chase in Coventry.
Police recovered the firearm on Tuesday night (January 8) after it was found in a bag discarded in a garden after the pursuit.
A West Midlands Police spokesperson said: “Officers patrolling in Carter Road, in the Stoke area of the city, at 10.30pm gave chase after a man ran off on seeing their marked patrol car.
“He was pursued into Roundhouse Road and Princess Close where he made off after clambering over a garden fence.
“However, a search of gardens uncovered a bag that was found to contain a loaded shotgun; the weapon has been seized for forensic examination and efforts are on-going to try and identify the man.”
The force says it is stepping up its patrols in search of armed criminals.
Three firearms have been taken off the streets by West Midlands Police in the last three days.
Another man in Birmingham, carrying a loaded handgun, tried to escape a police pursuit by jumping into a canal yesterday, the force added.