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Over 70 firearms handed in during surrender campaign

Officers are thanking members of the public for their support after a two week firearms surrender campaign led to more than 70 weapons being handed in to police stations across Warwickshire.

The campaign, which started on Monday 13 November and ended on Sunday (26 November), gave anyone with a firearm the opportunity to surrender it at their local designated police station. A total of 74 firearms and 32 lots of ammunition were surrendered across Warwickshire. 

All of these have now been made safe and most of them will be taken away to be cut up and melted down. Exceptionally rare weapons or those with high historical value may be donated to a museum. 

Following the surrender, Chief Inspector Mark Colquhoun said: "We have been really pleased with the public response to this campaign and we'd like to thank every person who has taken this opportunity to surrender a firearm for us to dispose of safely. It is great to see that there are so many people as committed as we are to making our region even safer. 

"Although we don't have a significant gun crime problem within the region, we do have a large number of legally owned firearms and other older firearms in people's possession and unfortunately these sometimes fall into the wrong hands and end up being used in crime. Every single one of these weapons handed in is one less opportunity for this to happen. Thank you to everyone who took part."

Warwickshire Police and Crime Commissioner Philip Seccombe said: "I'm pleased with the response to the gun surrender in Warwickshire, as it means there are 74 weapons and 32 lots of ammunition which can now be safely disposed of to ensure they cannot cause harm in our communities. These cannot now inadvertently fall into the wrong hands, all of which should help to make Warwickshire more safe and secure."

The campaign may be over but if anyone has any concerns regarding firearms in the community they should call the 101 non-emergency number or 999 in an emergency. Alternatively, you can make a report anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or via their website - www.crimestoppers-uk.org

Even though this campaign is over, members of the public are still able to hand in any firearms or ammunition they no longer want. This can be done at your local designated police station - please call 101 for more information.

Station                     Total number of firearms surrendered 

Leamington Spa       45
Nuneaton                  11
Rugby                       18
Total                         74

Issued: 3.55pm, Wednesday 29 November, Holly Claydon-Bevan, Corporate Communications

Published 29/11/17