West Mercia Police support national firearms surrender

Cheryl Sanders
November 14, 2017

From today, Monday November 13, until Sunday, November 26, Gwent Police is joining with forces across the United Kingdom in asking members of the public to surrender unlawfully held or unwanted guns and ammunition to prevent them from getting into criminal hands.

"We are a predominately rural county with large numbers of registered shotgun and firearms holders who have legitimate access to weapons".

Just one gun off our streets could save our lives - that's the message from Thames Valley Police.

Detective Chief Superintendent Jo Chilton, Head of NABIS, added: "Surrendering unwanted or illegal firearms avoids the risk of them becoming involved in crime and means that members of the community can dispose of them in a safe place".

The surrender is giving people the chance to hand in any firearms or ammunition which have come into their possession for whatever reason.

SURRENDER your weapons -that is the call from South Yorkshire Police who kicked off a two-week weapons amnesty today.

Anyone handing in a firearm, ammunition or any other weapon during the surrender is advised to check the opening times of their station by visiting the police website, chat to us over social media or calling 101.

Det Supt Jennings said she knows "people involved in gangs are hardened criminals are unlikely to hand in their weapons" but she urged their loved ones to help make South Yorkshire a safer place.

Following a rise in recorded firearms offences across the United Kingdom in 2017, the National Police Chief's Council (NPCC) has asked all police forces in England, Scotland and Wales to take part in a national firearms surrender in November.

In 2014, a similar appeal was held, and 232 guns were handed in throughout Nottinghamshire, with over 6000 being surrendered nationally.

"We know that the consequences of firearms or replica firearms falling into the wrong hands can be fatal and can cause real fear within our communities".

He said intelligence-led operations have smashed a number of gun-running rings, such as the one in Kent which brought in 31 Skorpion sub-machine guns, the same weapon used during the Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris.

"While crimes involving firearms in both Sussex and Surrey are extremely rare, we understand that every weapon poses a potential threat if not licensed and stored safely".

The amnesty follows a 27% hike in gun crime in the United Kingdom previous year - with nearly 50% of offences recorded by the capital's Metropolitan Police Service, says the London Evening Standard.

People can also hand in the weapons anonymously, and Nottinghamshire's Police and Crime Commissioner, Paddy Tipping, said: "We want people to be safe and secure".

But it is not an amnesty and if further examination of a surrendered firearm reveals a link to a crime, this will be investigated.

Latest crime figures issued last month by the Office for National Statistics show that crime involving firearms in England and Wales had increased by 27% between July 2016 and June 2017.

If someone is unable to travel to a police station they should contact police via 101 and arrange for the firearm to be collected.

Alternatively, you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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