Sep 21 2008 by Robert Weatherall, Sunday Sun
CRIMINAL gangs could be using the internet to track down gun owners and break into their homes to steal weapons.
A Sunday Sun investigation has revealed that the names, home addresses and phone numbers of gun owners are widely available on a number of websites.
And, during the last two years, the number of firearms which have been stolen by criminals has almost doubled.
The figures have led one top policing expert to claim people with firearm licences could be at risk of being burgled for their weapons.
During the last four years, more than 100 rifles, shotguns and handguns have gone missing in the North. And Home Office officials have no idea how many, if any, of these weapons were ever recovered.