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Nottinghamshire Police launch gun amnesty

Gun amnesty launched Credit: Nottinghamshire Police

Nottinghamshire Police is holding a fortnight long amnesty to appeal for the surrender of firearms and ammunition.

It is a decade since the last firearms amnesty in Nottinghamshire and the force is asking for people to surrender unlawfully held or unwanted guns and ammunition.

Officers said many firearms were held in innocence and ignorance of their illegality or were overlooked and forgotten in people's homes.

To provide members of the community with a safe place to dispose of any firearms or ammunition an amnesty is being held for two weeks from Monday 3 March.

During that period, those surrendering firearms will not face prosecution for the illegal possession and they can remain anonymous.

However, the history of each live weapon will be checked for evidence of its use in crimes.

Gun possession and gun crime in the county have both fallen by 37% and 34% respectively in the last five years.

Anyone handing in a firearm, or a stun gun, during the amnesty is advised to check the opening times of the 15 police stations participating in the amnesty and where possible phone 101 before travelling.

They will then be advised on how to best transport the weapon responsibly from home to the police station.

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Nottinghamshire Police hold two week gun amnesty

Police in Nottinghamshire are holding a two week amnesty appealing for people to hand in illegal weapons and ammunition.

It has been ten years since the last weapons amnesty was held following the shooting of 14 year old Danielle Beccan in St Anns, as she walked home from the Goose Fair.

The force says though gun crime in Nottingham has significantly reduced in recent years, they want to ensure there are less firearms on the street:

Police search for missing family of five

Eustace Okere and Clara Anyanwu Credit: Nottinghamshire Police

Nottinghamshire Police are searching for a missing family with links to Halifax.The young boy has a serious heart condition requiring hospital treatment, but he and his family have not been seen since last year.

Police are attempting to locate Eustace Okere and Clara Anyanwu, and their three children, Nelson, aged six, Krystal, aged four, and Jason, aged one.

Krystal, 4 and Nelson, 6

Concerns were raised after the couple failed to attend a hospital appointment for Nelson in September 2013.Further enquiries reveal that while Mr Okere had picked up Nelson’s medication in August, the family had not been seen at their home in Bestwood Park, Nottinghamshire since May.

Everything pointed to them having left the country, but officers say they can't rule out that the family are still in the UK and are appealing for anyone who has information to contact them.

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condition of shooting victim improves

Shani Cockerell Credit: Ross Parry

The condition of a woman who suffered gunshot injuries in Bircotes, North Nottinghamshire, on December 27th has improved. Thirty-three-year-old Shani Cockerell was found with critical injuries at a house in Galway Road in the early hours.

She was taken to hospital where she remains in a serious but stable condition showing further improvement in the last few days. Police believe she was shot by her partner, 37-year-old Paul White, whose body was also discovered at the property.

Detective Inspector Ash Wilson is leading the investigation. He said: “This incident happened over the Christmas period at a house in which two very young children slept. It has devastated two families, who now face a new year having to try to come to terms with what has happened.”

Gunshot victim's condition improves

The condition of woman who suffered gunshot injuries in Bircotes on Friday 27 December 2013 has improved.

33-year-old Shani Cockerell was found with critical injuries at a house in Galway Road in the early hours of the morning.

She was taken to hospital where she remains in a serious but stable condition showing further improvement in the last few days.

The body of a man, Paul White, was also discovered at the property.

Police believe Mr White shot her before turning the gun on himself.

Bircotes shooting: pictures of couple

Seriously injured: Shani Cockerell Credit: Ross Parry

Pictures have been released of the man killed and the woman injured in a shooting at a house in Bircotes, North Nottinghamshire. The dead man has been named locally as 37-year-old Paul White. Police believe he shot his partner, 33-year-old Shani Cockerell before turning the gun on himself.

They say they are not looking for anyone else in connection with the shooting - and that Ms Cockerell was a "victim".

Fatally shot: Paul White Credit: Ross Parry

A post mortem examination on Mr White will be held next week. Ms Cockerell is described as being ''serious but stable" in hospital. Local residents say the couple had been together for many years.

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