21st Sep, 2019

More than 140 items handed into police during fortnight-long gun amnesty

Ross Crawford 25th Aug, 2019

MORE than 140 items were handed into West Mercia Police stations during the fortnight-long gun amnesty which ended earlier this month.

Anyone living in the area with a firearm could surrender it at their local police station.

During the campaign 103 firearms were handed in with people also also surrendering 41 rounds of ammunition.

Among the weapons were 26 in Kidderminster, 14 in Redditch, and 11 in Worcester.

All will be made safe and, with the exception of rare weapons or those with high historical value, most will be cut up and melted down.

Supt Mel Crowther said she was really pleased with the public’s response, thanking everyone who handed weapons in and adding it was great to see so many people as committed as the force was to making the region even safer and protecting people from harm.

“Although we don’t have a major 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 so thank you to everyone who took part.”

Anyone with any concerns regarding firearms in their

community should call 101 non-emergency number or 999 in an emergency.

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