Weapons amnesty bid to make the streets safer

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This pic­ture from West York­shire Po­lice shows a num­ber of guns and weapons seized dur­ing a two-week amnesty in Fe­bru­ary and March this year and pro­vide mem­bers of the com­mu­nity with a safe place to dis­pose of them.

Po­lice say many weapons are held in in­no­cence and ig­no­rance of their il­le­gal­ity or are over­looked and for­got­ten in peo­ple’s homes.

The sur­ren­der gives peo­ple the chance to dis­pose of them by tak­ing them to a lo­cal des­ig­nated po­lice sta­tion and hand­ing it in.

Po­lice are also keen to hear from any­one who may have in­for­ma­tion about the il­le­gal pos­ses­sion of firearms in­clud­ing am­mu­ni­tion and is seek­ing help to iden­tify so-called ‘safe’ houses where they may be held.

Dur­ing the cam­paign those sur­ren­der­ing firearms, am­mu­ni­tion, knives and other of­fen­sive weapons will not face pros­e­cu­tion for sim­ply pos­sess­ing these weapons and they can re­main anony­mous.

This is the lat­est in a se­ries of suc­cess­ful sim­i­lar ini­tia­tives held by West York­shire Po­lice in re­cent years with hun­dreds of guns and other weapons be­ing handed in.

West York­shire Po­lice As­sis­tant Chief Con­sta­ble Cather­ine Hank­in­son said: “We want to re­move weapons so they don’t end up in the wrong hands on the streets.

“Weapons don’t recog­nise county bound­aries so hav­ing a na­tional sur­ren­der en­ables peo­ple across the re­gion and across the coun­try to sur­ren­der weapons safely and anony­mously, no mat­ter where they live.

“In­ci­dents in­volv­ing the re­ported use of weapons are treated very se­ri­ously.

“Com­mu­ni­ties hold the key to help­ing re­duce firearms-re­lated crime.

“In­for­ma­tion from wit­nesses and lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties is vi­tal if we are to ob­tain ev­i­dence needed to ar­rest and pros­e­cute of­fend­ers and we would ask peo­ple to con­tact Crimestop­pers anony­mously.

“We want as many weapons as pos­si­ble and would en­cour­age peo­ple to hand them in.”

Mark Burns-Williamson, West York­shire Po­lice and Crime Com­mis­sioner, said: “One weapon off the streets is one less that can be used to harm or threaten our com­mu­ni­ties.”

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