Fisherman stunned after finding German submachine gun in Stroud river

A man fishing in a Stroud river was stunned after he ‘caught’ a submachine gun – dating back to 1940.

The fisherman hauled out the German World War Two weapon – along with a number of bullets from a different gun.

The rusty MP-40 was the weapon of choice for the Nazi German Army – known as the Wehrmacht.

But this one was pulled out of the River Frome by an angler – who called the police.

Experts say it is possible that the weapon was ditched by a German spy, who were known to have brought weapons to Britain.

But those were usually pistols such as a German Luger Pistol found in Hull in 2010.

It may have been brought to Britain as contraband by a British soldier after the war – or dumped by a collector.

The gun was recovered by Gloucestershire Police’s Special Ops Unit who attended the scene after being called by the fisherman.

A spokesperson for the police later said: “We were called to help out a fisherman today who pulled something a bit different from the river: This German sub-machine gun is a piece of history, which could be as old as 1940, “We wouldn’t advise eating this one. The weapon is going to be examined by our force armourer”.

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