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Firearm amnesty for Londoners

PUBLISHED: 09:08 12 November 2014 | UPDATED: 09:08 12 November 2014

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The amnesty allows people with illegal firearms and ammunition to hand them in anonymously

Londoners are being urged to hand in firearms and ammunition during a two week ‘surrender’ scheme being launched by the Metropolitan Police Service.

The surrender will started on November 10 and will run until 11pm on November 23. It gives Londoners the chance to dispose of firearms or ammunition, by taking it to their local police station and handing it in.

During that period, those surrendering firearms may not face prosecution for illegal possession and they can remain anonymous, however each live weapon will be forensically checked for evidence.

It is six years since the last firearms surrender in London.

Detective Chief Superintendent Dean Haydon, head of Trident Gang Crime Command, said: “In recent years we have seen significant reductions in gun crime offences. The financial year 2013/14 was the lowest annual total in six years.

“Trident and firearms officers every day across London have contributed to these reductions, and last year 300 firearms were seized as a result of proactive operations. However we are not complacent, our primary aim is keeping Londoners safe, we recognise the devastating impact of gun crime on those affected by it.

“The surrender provides an opportunity to significantly reduce the number of firearms in circulation on the streets of London.

“Some gang members have exploited a legislative loophole around antique firearms. Make no mistake, these are live weapons which can be used to hurt or injure someone. We have welcomed the tightening of laws around antique firearms which now means that someone who has served or received a criminal sentence can no longer possess an antique gun. I appeal to anyone who owns an antique firearm or legally owns a gun but whom no longer requires it is, please hand it in.”

Anyone wanting more details about how to surrender firearms or ammunition should contact their local police. If you have any information regarding gun or gang crime you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or access a secure online form via www.crimestoppers-uk.org. In an emergency always call 999.

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