Police investigate bolt gun theft

A police investigation is under way following the theft of a captive bolt gun from Vion’s Broxburn plant.

The gun was taken from the West Lothian-based plant just before Christmas, and carries the serial number 12445.

A spokesman for Lothian and Borders Police said: “A full investigation is under way to trace this gun, which is used in controlled conditions in the abattoir.

“It is a lethal weapon if used against humans, so it is vital anyone with any information contacts police urgently on 0131 311 3131.

“Anyone caught with this gun is risking a prison sentence, as it would be considered a firearm if in the possession of the general public.”

A spokesman for Vion said: “We are co-operating fully with the police and their investigation into the incident.”