Residents of Elsie River have been urged to be on high alert, as deadly criminals now device hideous means to use  guns  to commit horrible havoc by hiding their weapons in television sets.

Wonders shall never cease, as strange and unimaginable deadly vices continue to spring up in South Africa. Officers acting on a tip-off entered the house in Uranus Way‚ Elsies River‚ this week found a 44-year-old man watching television.

But on closer inspection‚ they found a .38 special revolver and six rounds of ammunition hidden in the back of the television‚ an older model whose components were under a cover at the back of the set.

Police spokesman Captain FC van Wyk said the serial number had been filed off the weapon.

“It is not the first time this suspect found himself on the wrong side of the law. He has formerly been convicted for possession of drugs and assault‚” he said.

The man was charged with the possession of an illegal firearm and ammunition. He was due to appear in court on Friday.