Four men arrested by police following the discovery of a loaded gun on a Sheffield street have been bailed pending further inquiries.
The men, all aged in their 20s, were arrested on Wednesday after officers stopped a car and one of the occupants fled.
When police caught up with him on Daresbury View, Arbourthorne, they found a loaded semi-automatic handgun on the ground.
The weapon has been sent off for specialist forensic examination to establish whether it has been used before.
Police pulled over the car after stepping up patrols on and around the city’s Manor estate following a shooting last month, in which a 26-year-old man was shot in his neck.
However, Detective Chief Inspector Bob Chapman stressed Sheffield remains one of the safest cities in the country.
He said: “Sheffield has a relatively low-level of firearms offences, and the public can be reassured that whenever we do have an incident we automatically increase patrols and mount proactive operations to apprehend those involved.”