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Guns amnesty hailed a success by South Yorkshire Police

A guns amnesty in South Yorkshire has been hailed a success by police after 52 guns were surrendered across the county.

The weapons handed in were:

  • 15 shotguns
  • 10 air rifles
  • 7 revolvers
  • 7 air pistols
  • 7 imitation guns
  • 4 rifles
  • 2 muskets
  • 300 ammunition rounds
  • 300 shotgun cartridges

"Taking these weapons off the streets and out of circulation means they will not fall into the hands of criminals and be used in any form of criminality.

Thankfully gun crime is relatively low in South Yorkshire and with the public taking advantage of this opportunity to safely dispose of these firearms, we can continue to keep the figure low and keep our streets safe from this type of crime."

– DCI Zaf Ali, Armed Criminality and Gangs

The last amnesty in South Yorkshire was in March 2007 ran for 30 days. There were 78 weapons handed in over the month.

In comparison to the 12-day amnesty this month, just over four weapons a day have been handed in compared to just two and half weapons a day in 2007.


Three people injured in South Yorkshire crash

An investigation is underway after three people were injured in a crash in Ecclesfield in South Yorkshire.

It happened on Friday night around 10.10pm (Friday November 21, 2014) when a black Mini travelling towards Ecclesfield and a red Astra travelling in the opposite direction were involved in a collision near to the junction of Deep Lane.

The 26-year-old female driver of the Mini and a 29-year-old female passenger were taken to hospital suffering serious injuries.

The 17-year-old driver of the Astra and 19-year-old male passenger escaped with minor injuries. Another female passenger suffered serious injuries.

Anyone who witnessed the accident is urged to contact police.

Scarborough man sentenced to 15 years in jail for historic sexual abuse

A 59-year-old man from Scarborough has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for the historic sexual abuse of a young girl.

Peter Philip Wallis, now of Thornden Buildings, Selby appeared at York Crown Court on Friday November 21, 2014, when he pleaded guilty to six counts of rape, three counts of indecent assault and one of gross indecency.

The offences took place between 1985 and 1994 in Scarborough.

"Wallis is an evil man who subjected his victim to sustained abuse over a number of years.

He has thankfully been imprisoned for a substantial length of time for his utterly appalling crimes.

“I would like to take the opportunity to praise the victim for her courage in coming forward and reporting these distressing crimes she was subjected to by Wallis.”

– Det Cons Nadine Evans of North Yorkshire Police


New measures will force schools to play part in terrorism crackdown

New measures are to be brought in which will force schools, councils and prisons in the region to play their part in the crackdown on terrorism.

The Home Secretary's announcement came ahead of a new bill to be introduced in parliament later this week, and at a time when the UK's terror threat level is at severe.

Police forces across the region are playing their part in raising awareness and enocuraging people to be vigilant, especially in crowded places and on public transport. Frazer Maude reports.

Teachers and pupils attend first of five funerals for teenage crash victims

The first of five funerals for the teenagers who were killed in a crash in South Yorkshire last week was held today Monday November 24, 2014.

The service for Bartosz Bortniczak who was eighteen was held in Doncaster. He died along with four others on the A630 at Conisbrough.

Pupils and teachers from his former school, Danum Academy were among the mourners.

The academy is also preparing for the funerals of the other victims who were still at the school. David Hirst reports.

More than 50 firearms handed in during amnesty

More than 50 guns and 600 rounds of ammunition have been handed in during South Yorkshire police's firearms amnesty .

It ran over 12 days with the public urged to bring in any unwanted or illegally owned guns without fear of being prosecuted for possession.

"I am very pleased with the number of firearms that have been handed in and want to thank the public for taking the time to bring in these weapons."

– DCI Zaf Ali, Armed Criminality and Gangs
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