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Six firearms surrendered in fortnight of action in the City

The City of London Police and the Metropolitan Police have together been supporting a national firearms and ammunition surrender and appealing for people to hand over their illegal or unwanted guns.

The initiative was co-ordinated by the National Ballistics Intelligence Service (NABIS) and ran from Monday 13 November until Sunday 26 November 2017.

During the two-week period a total of 350 firearms were handed in across police stations in London including six weapons to Bishopsgate station in the City.

Alongside the three shotguns, one air rifle, one revolver and one imitation weapon, 47 rounds of ammunition were also handed in.

Commander Jane Gyford from the City of London Police said:

“Here at the City of London Police, we are really pleased with the success of the firearms surrender and the number of weapons which have now been removed from the streets of the Square Mile.

“It is encouraging so many members of the public want to work with the police to reduce gun crime in the capital and help us prevent dangerous weapons falling into the wrong hands.

“Even though the surrender has now finished, we will continue to support those who wish to give up an illegal or unwanted firearm and would urge them to contact the police as soon as possible.”

Detective Superintendent Mike Balcombe from the Metropolitan Police Trident and Area Command said:

"I am delighted with the response from the public during the two-week gun surrender.

"This has been one of the most successful gun surrenders we've ever had in London and has resulted in hundreds of firearms being taken off the streets.

"Every gun, even it has been deactivated, has the potential to become a lethal weapon if it falls into the hands of criminals. By handing in these firearms, the public have helped to reduce the threat of gun crime."

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

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