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Northumbria Police launches firearms amnesty

Northumbria Police are encouraging people to hand in weapons in a week-long firearms amnesty.

The force is asking people to give them unlawfully held or unwanted guns and ammunition after a recent change in firearms legislation.

The amnesty is between November 24 and December 1.

Those handing in weapons or ammunition will not face prosecution for any illegal possession.

People are also encouraged to hand in any replica firearms, ball bearing guns and air weapons, as well as imitation weapons and antiques.

"Northumbria doesn't have the same issue with firearms as some other areas of the country – serious crimes involving firearms don't happen very often.

"However, with the recent change in legislation there was a national agreement that an amnesty would be an appropriate way of removing weapons from circulation.

"Similar amnesties are being held right across the country and we're taking part to encourage people to hand in weapons to prevent them from falling into the wrong hands.

"It gives people the opportunity to safely dispose of firearms with peace of mind in a secure environment."

– Assistant Chief Constable Winton Keenen

Items can be handed in at police stations in each area command – Gilbridge in Sunderland, Millbank at South Shields, High Street West in Gateshead, Middle Engine Lane in North Tyneside, Etal Lane in Newcastle and Bedlington in Northumberland.

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Unions accuse Government of lies as NHS staff strike

Dave Prentis Credit: PA Wire

Unions have accused the Government of lying over NHS pay as health workers across the country take to the picket lines.

The Government said it had put forward plans to guarantee all staff would get at least 1% this year and next, but they had been rejected by the unions.

Unison leader Dave Prentis said: "It's ludicrous that the Government is keeping up the pretence that all staff are getting a 1% pay rise, and it doesn't matter how often they say it; it's simply not true."

He said the 1% pay rise recommended by the independent NHS Pay Review Body for all NHS workers had been rejected by the Government.

A Department of Health spokesman said: "NHS staff are our greatest asset and we want to make the current pay system fairer - which is why we have put forward proposals that would guarantee all staff would get at least a 1% pay rise this year and next, but these have been rejected by the unions.

"We have taken tough decisions to increase the NHS budget, but we can't afford a consolidated pay rise in addition to increments without risking 10,000 frontline jobs."

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NHS: 'Robust plans' in place to deal with strike

"Robust plans" are in place to protect patients during a four-hour strike by thousands of health workers today, NHS England said.

Around 150 police officers will drive or help crew ambulances in London as part of the plans, with paramedics among those walking out in the row over pay.

NHS organisations have tried and tested plans to deal with a range of disruptions including industrial action.

We are working with the NHS to ensure there are robust plans for November 24 that protect the safety, welfare and service provided to patients.

– NHS England spokeswoman
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NHS workers to stage four-hour strike in pay row

NHS workers will stage a four-hour strike today in a row with the Government over pay.

Members of 11 unions will walk out for four hours today in the row over pay. Credit: PA Wire

Midwives, nurses, radiographers, paramedics and psychiatric staff will walk out from 7am in England and 8am in Northern Ireland in protest at the Government's refusal to accept a recommended 1% wage rise for all NHS employees.

Unison leader Dave Prentis said the second strike in a month should "sound alarm bells" in Westminster as the "anger is spreading".

A Department of Health spokesperson said the government "can't afford a consolidated pay rise in addition to increments without risking 10,000 frontline jobs".

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