Scores of firearms taken off our streets

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MORE than 100 guns have been taken off Lan­cashire’s streets in the county’s lat­est firearms amnesty.

There were 115 firearms and sev­eral hun­dred rounds of am­mu­ni­tion handed into Lan­cashire Con­stab­u­lary dur­ing a two-week sur­ren­der, where po­lice forces across the coun­try urged peo­ple to “give up the gun”.

Dur­ing the sur­ren­der, which ran from Mon­day, No­vem­ber 13 un­til Sun­day, No­vem­ber 26, 20 shot­guns, four ri­fles and a num­ber of pis­tols handed in, along with 21 air weapons/ball bear­ing guns.

A WWII ma­chine gun and 41 pin fire rounds were also among the haul handed in by mem­bers of the pub­lic.

Supt Ju­lian Platt, from Lan­cashire Con­stab­u­lary, said: “The cam­paign has shown sig­nif­i­cant suc­cess with mem­bers of the pub­lic keen to use this op­por­tu­nity to hand in weapons and work with us to help keep our county safe. Not all of the firearms would have had the po­ten­tial to be used in se­ri­ous crime, but some would and the pin fire rounds, in par­tic­u­lar, are highly volatile and would be very dan­ger­ous in the wrong hands.”

Lan­cashire’s Po­lice and Crime Com­mis­sioner, Clive Grun­shaw, said: “I’m de­lighted that this cam­paign to re­move dan­ger­ous firearms from our streets has been a suc­cess.

“There are a num­ber of rea­sons that peo­ple may find them­selves with a firearm they should not have, po­ten­tially through in­her­i­tance or le­gally owned guns they have no more use for – ev­ery sin­gle weapon which has been handed in is one which will now not fall into the wrong hands.

“I am com­mit­ted to tack­ling vi­o­lent crime and this is an im­por­tant step in pro­tect­ing Lan­cashire’s res­i­dents and en­sur­ing that they feel safe and se­cure in their com­mu­ni­ties.”

Each firearm handed in will now be as­sessed by firearms of­fi­cers, and the ma­jor­ity of them de­stroyed; the ex­cep­tion be­ing any­thing of foren­sic in­ter­est or po­ten­tial mu­seum pieces.

Supt Platt con­cluded: “I would like to thank the me­dia and pub­lic for their sup­port dur­ing the two week sur­ren­der – our com­mu­ni­ties re­ally are key to help­ing us to re­duce crime.

“Although the sur­ren­der has ended, we’d still wel­come in­for­ma­tion about il­le­gal firearms ac­tiv­ity in the county.

“To that end, I would urge any­one with any in­for­ma­tion to call us on 101 or to con­tact Crimestop­pers on 0800 555 111.

“Ev­ery call to Crimestop­pers is anony­mous and po­ten­tially vi­tal to pre­vent­ing or solv­ing se­ri­ous crimes; re­mov­ing an il­le­gally held firearm may just save some­one’s life.”

Items handed in­cluded: 20 shot­guns. 31 air weapons / BB guns.

59 re­volvers/pis­tols (in­clud­ing blank fire). Four ri­fles. Vick­ers ma­chine gun (dates from WWII).

The key items of in­ter­est for the po­lice force in­clude:

Walther P38 9mm semi–auto pistol. Walther PPK pistol. Beretta 3.80 semi-auto pistol.

Beretta 9mm semi-auto pistol.

We­b­ley No 2 MK 1 .38 revolver. in Corto Mauser pistol. Var­i­ous repli­cas, in­clud­ing Walther, Colt and Smith & Wes­son;

Var­i­ous ammo rang­ing from shot­gun car­tridges, .357 mag­num, 9mm, .38, .45, 7.65, 7.62 rounds to 41 x pin fire rounds.

In to­tal, sev­eral hun­dred live firearms rounds as well as a sig­nif­i­cant num­ber of shot­gun car­tridges.

A black pow­der gun was among the firearms pieces sur­ren­dered to po­lice last month

Po­lice dis­play a se­lec­tion of the firearms pieces that were handed in dur­ing the Lan­cashire county gun sur­ren­der

A dou­ble-bar­relled shot­gun handed in

Supt Ju­lian Platt and PCC Clive Grun­shaw, hold­ing a WWII Vick­ers ma­chine gun

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