29 guns taken off streets with firearms amnesty

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - STU­ART GREER

TWENTY-NINE firearms were handed in to Mac­cles­field po­lice sta­tion as part of a gun amnesty.

A to­tal of 127 guns were re­moved from the streets of Cheshire as part of the county-wide sur­ren­der, ‘Give up the Gun’.

The amnesty al­lowed mem­bers of the pub­lic to hand in any un­wanted or il­le­gally-held weapons with­out fear of pros­e­cu­tion.

Over the two week pe­riod, the weapons given up in­cluded ri­fles, shot­guns and an­tique weapons.

Mac­cles­field po­lice sta­tion was the busiest with 29 guns handed in, ahead of Ch­ester (24), Crewe (15) and Widnes (15), North­wich (11), Warrington (10), Knutsford (10), Ellesmere Port (7), Run­corn (4), Con­gle­ton (1) and Wins­ford (1).

Su­per­in­ten­dent Bev Raistrick said: “It’s re­ward­ing to see that so many peo­ple had the con­fi­dence to come for­ward and sur­ren­der items dur­ing this cam­paign. As a re­sult of the ac­tions taken these peo­ple have all helped to en­sure that these firearms don’t get into the wrong hands and can never be used for crim­i­nal pur­poses.

“Although gun crime in Cheshire is low, we must never for­get that firearms are ex­tremely dan­ger­ous and can be deadly if they get into the wrong hands.

“This sur­ren­der was just one of a num­ber of mea­sures that we are tak­ing to help to keep it low and re­duce it even fur­ther.”

All of the weapons which were handed in will now be de­ac­ti­vated and de­stroyed, en­sur­ing that they never get into the wrong hands.

Su­per­in­ten­dent Raistrick added: “Although some peo­ple may be alarmed at the num­ber of firearms we have re­ceived I would like to re­as­sure the pub­lic that the ma­jor­ity of weapons were an­tiques which had been passed down through gen­er­a­tions, whilst others were li­cenced firearms which were no longer used.

“As a re­sult of this cam­paign there are now 127 fewer firearms on the streets of Cheshire, which means that there are now fewer op­por­tu­ni­ties for them to get into the wrong hands and be used for crim­i­nal ac­tiv­i­ties.

“I urge any­one who still holds an un­wanted or il­le­gally held firearm to con­tact us on 101 so that we can ar­range for it to be col­lected and de­stroyed.”

Any­one who is con­cerned about il­le­gal weapons in their com­mu­nity is urged to con­tact po­lice on 101 or Crimestop­pers on 0800 555 111.

●» These guns were among the weapons handed in to Cheshire Po­lice

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