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City of London Police support national firearms surrender

The City of London Police, in partnership with the Metropolitan Police Service, are appealing for people to hand over their illegal, or unwanted, guns during a national fortnight of firearms and ammunition surrender.

The national surrender initiative is being co-ordinated by the National Ballistics Intelligence Service (NABIS) and will run from Monday 13 November until Sunday 26 November 2017.

During the two-week period, those handing over firearms will not face prosecution for illegal possession and can remain anonymous.

The previous surrender in 2014 resulted in more than 6,000 items being handed into police across the UK.

Bishopsgate police station is the designated station for people to surrender weapons and ammunition in the City.

Avoid jail time

Illegal possession of a firearm can lead to five years behind bars even if the weapon is never used.

Latest crime figures issued by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that crime involving firearms in England & Wales has increased by 27 percent for the year ending June 2017 compared with the previous 12 months.

Many firearms are held in innocence and ignorance of their illegality or are overlooked and forgotten in people’s homes. Others are acquired and distributed by criminal networks to threaten or harm their local communities. The surrender gives members of the public the chance to dispose of a firearm or ammunition by simply taking it to a local designated police station and handing it in.

September 2017: Two men sentenced for conspiracy to transfer firearms and ammunition

 

Zero tolerance


Commander Jane Gyford
from the City of London Police said:

“The City of London Police take a zero tolerance approach to gun crime and also to those in possession of firearms even if they don’t intend to use them.

“I would encourage
anyone who knows about, or owns, an illegal firearm, to surrender it at one of the designated police stations across the UK.

“This can help keep dangerous weapons out of the wrong hands.”

To receive advice on how best to transport a weapon responsibly from home to a police station, people are encouraged to phone 101 before travelling. You can also arrange for your weapon to be collected. For details of all the stations across London which are accepting firearms during the surrender, please visit the Metropolitan Police website.

If you have information about gun crime you can report this anonymously to the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

 

 


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