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More than 500 firearms handed in during gun surrender run by police

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High Wycombe Police Station. (Archive picture)

More than 500 firearms have been handed in as part of a two week gun surrender run by Thames Valley Police along with Hampshire Constabulary.

Launched on Monday 13th November 2017 the Firearms and Ammunition Surrender urged people to take the opportunity to hand in any unwanted or illegal firearms to police, so that they could be disposed of safely.

387 items (including firearms and ammunition) were handed in across the Thames Valley. Including nineteen at High Wycombe police station, thirty one at Aylesbury police station and thirty eight at Amersham police station.

Items surrendered included antiques, starter pistols, deactivated and imitation firearms and BB guns.

Thames Valley Police joined police forces across the country to take part in the national campaign run by the National Ballistics Intelligence Service (NABIS). During the campaign, those surrendering firearms did not face prosecution for the illegal possession upon surrender and can remain anonymous. However, the gun surrender was not an amnesty and if further examination of a surrendered firearm reveals a link to a crime, this will be investigated.

Chief Inspector Emma Baillie, Head of Armed Response for Hampshire and Thames Valley, said: ‘We would like to thank everyone who handed in any firearms or ammunition as part of this surrender.

This means that there are fewer firearms and imitation firearms on our streets which could have easily fallen into the hands of criminals.

As a result our neighbourhoods are much safer, both for our residents and for our officers who work every day and night to protect them.

We are very pleased that so many people took the opportunity to take part in this initiative and the number of firearms recovered certainly proves how valuable such a surrender is.

Now that the surrender is over Police are advising anyone who finds a firearm or are uncertain about the lawful possession of a firearm to please call the police non emergency number 101 or 999 in an emergency. Alternatively you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

The number of items handed in during the surrender (including firearms and ammunition) was as follows :

Police stationItems handed in (firearms and ammunition)
Abingdon54
Amersham38
Aylesbury31
Banbury28
Bicester16
Bracknell21
High Wycombe19
Loddon Valley44
Maidenhead17
Milton Keynes43
Newbury18
Oxford14
Reading13
Slough10
Witney21

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