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Public can hand in Illegal guns to police without fear of prosecution in two-week surrender

"This surrender will help prevent firearms getting into the wrong hands."

People across Gedling borough are being given the chance to hand in their unwanted guns to police over the next two weeks and avoid prosecution, during a national firearms surrender

Nottinghamshire Police is supporting the campaign, which starts tomorrow (July 20) and runs until Sunday August 4.

During the surrender, weapons can be handed in at the front counters at Mansfield, Newark and Radford Road police stations during their normal opening times.

Those surrendering firearms will not face prosecution for the illegal possession and they can remain anonymous.

The surrender does not give an amnesty for the life of the weapon – previous offences linked to the firearm will be investigated.

Nottinghamshire Police Assistant Chief Constable Kate Meynell said: “This two-week surrender will help prevent firearms getting into the wrong hands and provide members of the community with a safe place to dispose of any firearms they have, whether held lawfully or unlawfully.

PICTURED: Paddy Tipping, left, with Kate Meynell, assistant chief constable

“This is a firearms surrender, not an amnesty. The amnesty applies to possession of a firearm at the point of surrender only.

“Nottinghamshire Police remains committed to reducing the risk of harm to our communities from firearms crime and we will continue to vigorously investigate criminal offences linked to any firearm recovered.

“The number of firearms offences has fallen in Nottinghamshire over the last three years and the proportion of incidents per head of the population is below the national average, but we are not complacent.

“By supporting the surrender, people could be saving lives. One weapon off the streets is one less that can be used to harm or threaten our communities.”

During the last surrender in Nottinghamshire in November 2017, over 245 items of firearms and ammunition were taken out of circulation.

Paddy Tipping, Nottinghamshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, said: “I’m clear that firearms, in the wrong hands, can cause serious injury or worse.  This surrender gives people the opportunity to hand firearms over to the police to prevent them from falling into the hands of criminals.

“Thankfully the chances of becoming a victim of gun crime Nottinghamshire remains low, but one incident is one too many.  Every firearm that we can take out of circulation is out of harm’s way and I hope that people with old, disused or unwanted firearms, whether they are real, imitation or antique, will take this opportunity to dispose of them responsibly.”    

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