Friday, 24 November, 2017

Residents in Cumbria urged to surrender unsafe weapons

Some of the more interesting items that were handed in during the last firearms surrender in 2014 Some of the more interesting items that were handed in during the last firearms surrender in 2014
Melinda Barton | 14 November, 2017, 10:22

The surrender, which is being co-ordinated by the National Ballistics Intelligence Service (NABIS), will run for two weeks from Monday 13th November to Sunday 26th November 2017.

The national effort involving forces across the United Kingdom is giving members of the public the opportunity to hand in any illegal or unwanted weapons - without prosecution.

The goal of the surrender is to reduce the risk of harm to the public as well as protecting our communities.

This is a surrender not an amnesty.

Detective Chief Insp Rayland added: "I'd like to clarify that this is a firearms surrender and not a general firearms amnesty for the lifetime of the firearm; an amnesty will be granted for police possession of an item only at the point of handover (surrender)".

Halton's father, Halton McCollin Snr, and close friends Umer and David are calling on people to surrender their firearms in the hope it will stop anyone else going through the same pain.

"Surrender them now and we can dispose of them safely, making sure that they do not fall into the hands of criminals".

Mums, sisters and girlfriends of boys and men who carry guns and knives are being handed in the weapons in a bid to save their lives. "No firearm will be refused".

Launching the appeal a Mansfield Police Station, Assistant Chief Constable Steven Cooper said: "Firearms are a big problem in any major city, but firearms criminality is extremely rare".

Det Supt Una Jennings, armed criminality lead for South Yorkshire Police, said: "Weapons do not recognise boundaries which makes the national firearms and regional weapons surrender this month an ideal opportunity for people to anonymously hand in any guns, ammunition, knives and bladed articles".

West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner John Campion said: "I am committed to building communities where people are safe and feel safe". Officers just want to get as numerous items out of circulation. However others are acquired and distributed by criminal networks to threaten or harm their local communities.

The surrender gives members of the public the chance to dispose of a firearm or ammunition by simply taking it to a local designated police station and handing it in.

"This highlights the importance that our communities place on the issue of illegal possession of weapons".

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".

"Handing in these potentially fatal weapons is an important step and I would urge residents to make the right decision and hand over any illegal firearms they are in possession of". "This way you can be confident you have got rid of a firearm safely".

The previous national surrender was in 2014 when nearly 100 firearms were handed in across South Wales.

The last national firearms surrender took place in 2014 and more than 6,000 firearms and thousands of rounds of ammunition were recovered by police forces across the UK.

Weapons should be handed to police station front counter staff.

Items can not be handed in at police headquarters, Aykley Heads.