Mask and toy gun dumped outside flats in London Road, Stoneygate, Leicester
Police are examining a toy gun and balaclava mask found in a bush outside a block of flats.
Caretaker John Bradley was picking up litter from the front of the apartments in London Road, Stoneygate, Leicester, yesterday morning when he made the discovery.
He said: "I saw a plastic bag stuffed in a bush and I pulled it out.
"It felt as if it was a jumper inside."
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The 65-year-old former firefighter added: "I looked inside and saw the handle of a pistol sticking out.
"The rest of the gun was wrapped in a glove.
"I immediately called the police because I feared it could have been used in a crime or was about to be."
Police arrived shortly afterwards and recovered a toy gun, a glove and a balaclava from the bag.
Firearms officers arrived and confirmed it was a toy and they took it away for forensic tests.
A police spokeswoman said they received a call at 10.10am about the dumping of an imitation gun.
She said the contents were being examined and that inquiries were continuing.