‘Hand in your firearms and avoid prosecution’, say police cracking down on illegal possession

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A crackdown on firearms and ammunition is offering offenders the chance to hand in their weapons without facing prosecution.

To date, a total of 121 firearms have been surrendered to stations across the Thames Valley - six of which were handed into Milton Keynes police station.

Thames Valley Police launched the campaign at 8am on Monday, November 24, but it runs until 10pm on Sunday, December 7.

Leading the campaign, Ch Insp Lindsay James said: “We are extremely pleased with the amount of firearms and ammunition that the public have handed in.

“I would like to thank the public for the excellent response. Every weapon handed in is one less that could end up in the wrong hands.

“There are five days left of the surrender and I would encourage the public, particularly those who haven’t surrendered any firearms, to take any unwanted firearms, ammunition, antique or old weapons, stun guns, CS Gas or pepper spray to the nominated stations”.

The police have also received 16 lots of ammunition and a grenade.

Weapons handed in to front counters will be forensically examined and information sent to National Ballistics Intelligence Service (NABIS) where appropriate.