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255 weapons handed in during gun amnesty in Thames Valley

255 firearms - including rifles, handguns and shotguns have been handed into police stations across the Thames Valley during a two week amnesty. It was set up so that people can hand over weapons with no questions asked. During the 14 days - 60 guns were handed over at Abingdon police station, 35 firearms have been surrendered to police in Maidenhead and 32 guns were dropped off at Newbury police station. The haul also included almost 130 rounds of ammunition and a grenade. Here's our report from Rachel Hepworth

Massive haul of guns, bullets and weapons

More than 300 firearms and thousands of bullets and shotgun rounds have been handed in during a police campaign in Sussex and Surrey.

Between 10 November and 21 November Sussex Police and Surrey Police ran a surrender during which locals were encouraged to take any unwanted weaponry to a police station to be disposed of.

In Sussex, 58 handguns, 17 rifles, 53 airguns and 104 shotguns were handed in, along with almost 1,000 shotgun cartridges and more than 4,000 bullets and other types of ammunition.

In Surrey, 37 handguns, ten rifles, 10 airguns, eight shotguns and a further 19 other firearms such as imitation weapons were handed in, along with more than 600 shotgun cartridges and more than 300 other rounds of ammunition.

Three hundred guns and weapons handed in Credit: PA

Each of them has been examined and made safe by trained firearms officers.

The surrender was launched as an opportunity for those whose licence had lapsed or who do not hold a license to dispose of their weapons and ammunition safely and without prosecution.

However each weapon may be analysed to determine if it has been used in crime and, if it has, it will be investigated.

The surrender has led to more than 300 firearms being taken out of circulation and although there's no suggestion that any were involved in crime, all of them had the potential to be dangerous if they fell into the wrong hands. I am grateful to all those who handed in firearms and ammunition. They have helped us make Sussex and Surrey even safer by reducing the chance of criminals getting their hands on weapons."

– Chief Superintendent Paul Morrison


Dozens of weapons handed in during amnesty

More than 70 weapons were handed in Credit: ITV

Kent Police’s firearms surrender has been hailed as a success after more than 70 weapons were handed in to officers.

The two-week scheme came to an end on Friday 21 November and coincided with an ACPO-led national campaign.

In total, 73 firearms and a quantity of ammunition were handed in by members of the public including 16 shotguns, 21 air rifles and eight handguns.

Ammunition including pellets and shotgun shells were also given in.

In Kent, officers were on hand at all front counter police stations to accept firearms handed in during the scheme . Gun owners, unable to visit, were able to call 101 and arrange a time for an officer to collect their unwanted weapon.

Kent Police hold firearms surrender

19 weapons and ammunition have been handed in to Kent Police Credit: Kent Police

Gun owners have been taking advantage of Kent Police’s firearms surrender with 19 weapons and a quantity of ammunition handed in during the first week of the scheme.

On Friday 7 November, the force launched the two-week surrender to coincide with the ACPO-led national campaign.

In Kent, officers have been on hand at all front counter police stations to accept firearms handed in during the scheme. Those who are unable to attend front counters are able to call 101 and arrange a time for an officer to visit them to collect their unwanted weapon.

Succesful first weekIn the first week, a total of 19 weapons have been handed in by members of the public, including seven shotguns, a deactivated sub-machine gun, four air rifles and a number of revolvers.

Ammunition, including two boxes of 7.62 rounds, has also been handed in.

"The first week of the surrender has proved to be a success with many people taking the time to contact us to safely dispose of their unwanted firearms. In some cases someone’s gun licence may have expired and in others people have organised clear outs and discovered firearm items they no longer wish to keep. Our focus is to make our communities safer. By removing firearms which are no longer wanted, it stops them from falling into the wrong hands and as we enter the final week of our scheme, I would encourage anyone who owns an unwanted gun or ammunition to hand them into us. Any weapon handed into Kent Police is one which can no longer be used in a crime."

– Assistant Chief Constable Jo Shiner from Kent Police