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Firearms amnesty launches in Milton Keynes

14 November 2017, 11:19 | Erica Roy

The Webley Mk VI is often found in the third drawer down

The Webley Mk VI is often found in the third drawer down

During the surrender, those surrendering firearms will not face prosecution for the illegal possession upon surrender, and can remain anonymous. "They also have the potential of being used against our own officers who could find themselves confronted with someone wielding a weapon in public".

Det Supt Jennings said she knows "people involved in gangs are hardened criminals are unlikely to hand in their weapons" but she urged their loved ones to help make South Yorkshire a safer place.

He said 3D-printed guns have not yet surfaced in Britain but he technology is there to print them not just in plastic but also in metal, which is more "robust".

"I would also like to urge members of the public to take part in this campaign by telling us if they have any information about anyone in their area who may illegally own a gun".

Cmdr. Gyeford said this was a gun surrender, and not an amnesty, and the weapons which were handed in would be forensically tested to see if they had been used in any crimes and individuals would be prosecuted if they were linked to shootings.

Mr. Gibbins warned people not to try printing or testing out 3D-printed guns as they could lose a finger or even a limb.

The surrender started today and runs until November 26.

A weapons surrender is being held across Cumbria over the next two weeks to prevent guns, knives and ammunition from getting into the wrong hands.

Warwickshire Police and Crime Commissioner Philip Seccombe said: "Gun crime is still thankfully rare in Warwickshire, but protecting people from harm is key commitment in my Police and Crime Plan, so this gun surrender campaign is welcome news".

In Caerphilly County Borough, firearms and ammunition can be handed in at police stations in Blackwood (open daily between 8am and 8pm), Caerphilly town (between Monday and Friday 9am to 5pm), and Ystrad Mynach (Monday to Friday 8am to 4pm).

Illegal possession of a firearm can mean five years behind bars and if you are found guilty of possession with intent to supply it can lead to a life sentence.

This year's is once again being co-ordinated by the National Ballistics Intelligence Service (NABIS).

Superintendent Glyn Fernquest said: "Whilst we don't experience a high level of gun crime in Gwent, we are joining forces with our partners in Wales and across the United Kingdom to support the national NABIS Fire Arm Surrender 2017".

According to data from the National Office of Statistics, more than two-thirds of police forces recorded a rise in offences involving firearms in the year from June 2016.

Firearms and ammunition must not be left outside any police building if it is closed, nor handed in before or after the surrender period.

"Every gun and knife given up is one less that can end up in criminal circulation, and can potentially save a life".

If you know of anyone involved with illegal firearms call police on 101 or independent charity Crimestoppers (anonymously) on 0800 555 111.

Anyone needing advice on how best to transport the weapon or ammunition to their nearest police station should ring the force on 101.

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