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Three firearms handed in after launch of firearms surrender

Webley gun was handed in at a police station in Wirral Credit: Merseyside Police

Three firearms were handed in to police stations on Merseyside just hours after the two week firearms surrender began.

All three weapons, which were handed in on Saturday, included a ball bearing pistol, a Webley air pistol and pellets, and an Olympic pin revolver and blank cartridges.

The weapons were found in the attics of residents and were believed to have previously been owned by elderly family members.

Olympic gun was handed in at St Anne Street police station. Credit: Merseyside Police

Detective Chief Inspector Mark Baker said:

Although the three weapons consisted of a blank firer, an air pistol and a BB gun it is nonetheless important that they are handed over.

I am pleased that our message is already getting out there and that within hours of our surrender people were already handing in weapons so they can be correctly disposed of.

I would continue to appeal for anyone who has weapons they no longer use or have discovered – perhaps in the property of an elderly relative or forgotten in a garage or shed – to hand them in at our designated police stations or contact us so we can arrange for their collection.

I would also continue to appeal for anyone who knows where weapons are being stored, or believes that a vulnerable person is being threatened or intimidated into storing a weapon, to let us know so we can take action.

– Merseyside Police

This year’s national firearms surrender started on Saturday 20th July and runs until Sunday 4th August.