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Air rifles, shotguns and flares handed in during weapons surrender

Knives and ammunition have also been handed in to police stations across the county Photo: Cumbria Police

Nearly 50 weapons have been handed in to Cumbria Police during the first week of a surrender campaign.

It comes as part of a nationwide effort to stop firearms from getting into the wrong hands.

The weapons surrender started on Monday 13 November and will come to an end on Sunday 26 November.

Cumbria Police says every weapon handed in is one less that can be used to cause harm or carry out criminal acts.

Deactivated submachine gun Credit: Cumbria Police

In the first week police have received:

  • Six air rifles
  • Six air pistols
  • Six shotguns (one deactivated)
  • Four pistols
  • Three BB/Airsoft guns
  • One submachine gun (deactivated)
  • One self-loading pistol
  • One blank firing pistol
  • 12 consignments of ammunition
  • Three flares
  • 15 knives

The campaign is organised by the National Ballistic Intelligence Service (NABIS), which says many guns are held in innocence or are overlooked and forgotten in people's homes.

Members of the public are given the chance to surrender guns or other weapons safely by taking them to a police station.

Illegal possession of a gun can lead to five years in prison and if found guilty of possession with intent to supply a life sentence can be faced.

Last year more than 300 weapons were handed in to Cumbria Police Credit: Cumbria Police

Superintendent Mark Pannone said:

The number of weapons handed in is proof that people in Cumbria take the issue of guns and knives in our communities very seriously.

If you have a gun that is not licensed or not needed please bring them into one of the six police stations during the next week and hand it in.

The same goes for knives and other weapons. Every single weapon taken off the street can only be a good thing for our county and the people that live within it.

Cumbria has a large number of people who hold licensed firearms and store them appropriately. However we are very aware that there is a number of people who have collected firearms over years that sit unused.

If you are one of these people why not take advantage of this surrender period - it could save somebody’s life.”

– Superintendent Mark Pannone, Cumbria Police