1. ITV Report

Over 130 weapons handed in as part of surrender campaign

Credit: Merseyside Police

A total of 131 weapons and over 2,000 rounds of live ammunition were handed into Merseyside Police during a two-week firearms surrender.

The number of those handed in exceeds on the amount handed in during the last firearms surrender in 2017.

The campaign is designed to allow people to hand in unlawfully held or unwanted guns and ammunition to stop them getting into the wrong hands.

The hand-ins received by Merseyside Police included:

  • 22 viable guns
  • 36 air weapons
  • 9 blank firers including an Olympic 38
  • 19 imitations and de activated items
  • 17 lots of ammo – including at least 2000 viable rounds
  • 23 items of miscellany including crossbows, pellets, blanks, an ornamental shell form a Harrier Jump jet; toy guns and home load ammo accessories

Detective Superintendent Richie Salter said:

We have a commitment to our communities to protect them from criminals and criminal behaviour and by getting rid of weapons such as this helps us to fulfil that commitment but is not the only thing we are doing.

I would like to thank members of the public who supported this surrender and handed in their unwanted or unused weapons for safe disposal.

I would also continue to ask people that if they know where weapons are being stored or who is using them to let us know so that we can take action.

– Merseyside Police

The campaign, which other UK police forces also took part in ran from July 20 to August 4.