Worthing: Huge Haul Found In Pond

27 August 2014, 13:15 | Updated: 27 August 2014, 13:17

Handguns, a machete and long-bladed knives were among a haul of more than 850 items found dumped in a pond in a seaside town.

A dog scampered away from its owner which led to the discovery of an array of belongings, including necklaces, rings and brooches suspected to have been stolen in burglaries.

The animal first emerged with a jacket and some cufflinks from the pond in Whitebeam Wood, Durrington, Worthing, West Sussex, on July 23.

Sussex Police's specialist search unit then uncovered a huge haul of other items, which have been cleaned, but officers are unable to identify who most of them belong to.

Now pictures have been released on the property section of the force's website in an effort to reunite them with their owners - as police try to link the weapons to crimes.

Detective Constable Emma Fields said: "Many of these items are not particularly expensive but could hold great personal value to the owners.

"We have already identified some of the items as having been stolen in burglaries in Sussex but we want to find out who owns the rest of them.''