A THIRD man has been arrested after a shotgun was stolen from a south Wiltshire home.

As reported, the weapon, which it is understood the owner has a licence to own, was stolen during a burglary in Berwick St James on Tuesday.

Now Wiltshire Police has confirmed a 38-year-old man from Hampshire has been arrested on suspicion of burglary and assisting an offender.

He was detained last night.

It comes after armed officers were forced to stop a car on the A36 which was seen near the house at the time of the incident.

The driver, a 54-year-old from Salisbury was arrested on suspicion of burglary, possession of an offensive weapon and possession of criminal property.

A 17-year-old teenage boy was later arrested on suspicion of burglary, theft and possession of criminal property.

All three have been released under investigation.

Officers confirm their enquiries are continuing, but at this stage the shotgun has not yet been recovered.

Speaking yesterday, Sergeant John Hutchings, sector deputy for Wiltshire South Community Policing Team, said: "Unfortunately the shotgun is still outstanding and I would urge anyone with any information regarding its whereabouts or if you have been approached within the last 24 hours by someone selling a shotgun in suspicious circumstances, to please contact us.

"It is vital that such a weapon does not remain outstanding and any information however small, could assist us in the successful recovery of the property."

Anyone with information should call Wiltshire Police on 101, quoting crime reference number 54190034633.