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Gun used for NI murders found in London museum

Northern IrelandBy Jamie McDowell
The rifle was on display in the Imperial War Museum
The rifle was on display in the Imperial War Museum

A gun which was used in murders in Northern Ireland has been found in the Imperial War Museum in London.

The assault rifle was used in seven unsolved murders during the Troubles.

The victims' families had been told by police that the gun had been disposed of.

But a BBC Panorama programme last night revealed that the gun was in fact on display at the Imperial War Museum in London in an exhibit on the Troubles.

The rifle was used in the attack on the Sean Graham bookies shop on the Ormeau Road in 1992 in which five people were murdered.

It has also been linked to other murders that took place in the late 80s.

Assistant Chief Constable Will Kerr said: "I have been made aware that investigators from the Police Ombudsman's office have recovered a weapon on loan from police in Northern Ireland to the Imperial War Museum in London as part of a permanent exhibition relating to 'the Troubles'.

"In the interests of public confidence and transparency, I accept that it merits further investigation."