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Machine guns among hundreds of weapons handed in during amnesty

Hundreds of guns have been handed into police during an annual police amnesty - including a belt-fed WWII machine gun.

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The Metropolitan Police says 143 firearms have been handed in at police stations across the capital in just seven days, including two antique machine guns.

These include 31 shotguns, 23 imitation guns, 11 pistols, ten handguns, nine revolvers, six rifles and five automatic guns, two deactivated World War II machine guns.

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The force has also had 3859 rounds of ammunition handed in, with still a week left of the surrender, which launched on November 13.

Detective Superintendent Mike Balcombe, of the Met's Trident and Area Crime Command, said:

We are very pleased with the public response to the first week of the gun surrender.

Every firearm handed in to police makes the city safer as it prevents them from falling into the hands of criminals.

The Met's Trident unit is committed to reducing gun crime in the capital and I would urge anyone else who is in possession of an illegal firearm to visit their local 24-hour police station during the final days of the gun surrender.

– Detective Superintendent Mike Balcombe, of the Met's Trident and Area Crime Command