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Woman, 95, keeps revolver in Walsall Manor Hospital for eight days

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A 95-year-old patient hid a revolver in her handbag for eight days while in a Black Country hospital, prompting health bosses to review their security measures.

The elderly woman was searched on arriving at Walsall Manor Hospital on September 27, but was admitted without staff finding the gun in her possession.

Police were not alerted to the weapon until 11.10am on October 5.

Officers seized the antique pistol, which was rusty, unloaded and not capable of firing.

Richard Kirby, chief executive of Walsall Manor Hospital NHS Trust, said: "Our priority is the health and welfare of our patients and staff and while this is a serious incident, we would like to reassure the public that it was dealt with appropriately more than a week ago.

"We regularly review our security procedures and will do so again in light of what happened to identify any areas that could be improved."

A trust spokeswoman added: "It is trust policy to check all items on admission to the hospital.

"Unfortunately, it is believed the patient in question had the gun hidden in her handbag at the time these checks were carried out.

"At no point do we believe anyone was at risk. The patient had her wits about her and co-operated fully with the police when they were called."

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Following the incident police searched the woman's home but took no further action.

A West Midlands Police spokesman said: "Police were called to Walsall hospital at around 11.10am on 5 October after an antique gun was found in the handbag of an elderly woman.

"Officers attended and seized the rusty handgun which was not loaded and was not functional.

"The 95-year-old woman spoke with officers who carried out a short search of her house later that day to ensure her safety."

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