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Give up the gun appeal to take weapons off the streets

Police launched the appeal after a spate of shootings in the north west Credit: PA

People across the north west of England have been urged to "look to their consciences" and hand in firearms under a weapons amnesty.

The "Give up the Gun" appeal will allow residents to turn in firearms and ammunition with no questions asked and no threat of prosecutions over the next two weeks.

Police forces in Greater Manchester, Merseyside, Lancashire, Cheshire and Cumbria launched the amnesty from 7am today until midnight on Monday April 18.

It comes after a spate of shootings in the Salford over the past year.

They included the murder of so-called "Mr Big" Paul Massey outside his home last July in a suspected gang war between rival crime groups.

Cheshire police superintendent Bev Raistrick told the Chester Chronicle that many of the weapons they had received in past appeals were wartime relics inherited from relatives.

Often people are unsure what to do with them so they simply end up being put up in the loft or buried under all of the tools in sheds and outbuildings.

– Superintendent Bev Raistrick

Greater Manchester Mayor and Police and Crime Commissioner Tony Lloyd urged anyone holding an illegal gun to "look to their consciences" and hand it in.

One less gun on the streets is one less gun causing damage to young lives and to our communities.

– Tony Lloyd