Firearms amnesty launches in Milton Keynes

Surrender firearms during national campaign

Fortnight-long firearms amnesty begins on November 13

People surrendering firearms will not be required to leave any information but if police suspect a weapon may have been involved in a crime, they will examine it for evidence.

Police in England and Wales have begun a two-week gun surrender in an attempt to reduce the number of firearms on the streets, after a 27 percent rise in gun crime in the United Kingdom a year ago.

During the last surrender in 2014, more than 6,000 items were handed into police nationally.

South Wales Police is calling on the public to hand in unwanted guns as part of a national two-week surrender of firearms and ammunition, starting on Monday, November 13, 2017.

Detective Superintendent Steve Williams, North Wales Police said: "Given the largely rural setting of our area, it may well be that people hold unlicensed firearms that have been handed down to them from relatives for example".

Richard Kennett, firearms licensing manager for Norfolk and Suffolk Constabularies, said the campaign had got off to a good start, with 14 guns already collected before lunchtime on Monday at police sites in Ipswich and Martlesham.

If you surrender firearms you will not face prosecution for illegally possessing them. This is an opportunity to dispose of them safely.

"Instead, the surrender gives us the opportunity to take any guns people should not have, or do not want, out of circulation and help to make County Durham and Darlington a safer place to live".

"Fortunately Northumbria has a low number of firearm related crimes however, we want to do all we can to get these types of weapons off our streets and out of our communities".

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"While crimes involving firearms in Hampshire are rare, we know that every firearm poses a potential threat if they are 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.

The amnesty comes less than a month after national figures revealed the number of crimes involving firearms in England and Wales increased by 27% to 6,696 in the year ending June 2017.

Guns and ammunition, including replica firearms, BB guns and antique weapons, can be surrendered at designated police stations during the surrender.

Detective chief superintendent Jo Chilton, head of Nabis, said: "Perhaps you have a gun that has been handed down through the family or you have found a firearm in your loft or shed which has been gathering dust and you had forgotten about".

McMillan said, 'I am urging anyone with an unwanted firearm to hand it over to police. If you are found guilty of possession with intent to supply, it could lead to a life sentence.

NABIS and police forces across the United Kingdom are working with partners such as the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) and the Local Government Association (LGA), to ensure the surrender fortnight of action is a success. Anyone handing an item in is advised to call 101 and notify police of the time and station they will be attending.

If you know of people involved in illegal firearms activity contact the police as above or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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