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Weekly Edition - Published  26 April 2016


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184 weapons and ammunition handed handed in during firearms surrender

MERSEYSIDE Police have had a total of 184 weapons and lots of ammunition handed in during the force's 2 weeks firearms surrender, including 37 firearms. The Force joined with 5 other Police Forces to take part in the 'Give up the Gun' firearms surrender, which ran from Monday, 4 April to Monday, 18 April 2015. It was designed to give people in possession of firearms an opportunity to hand them in. It also extended to giving people a safe disposal route for antique, replica and decommissioned firearms which could be capable of being reactivated and used for criminal purposes.

The hand-in included:-

20 handguns / revolvers.

17 shotguns / rifles.

30 imitation / deactivated weapons .

52 air weapons.

14 blank firers/starting pistols.

29 separate lots of viable ammunition including over 750 shotgun cartridges.

15 other ammunition (pellets/bb's etc).

7 items miscellaneous.

Assistant Chief Constable Nikki Holland said:- "We are extremely pleased with the results of the surrender and the firearms that the public have handed in and I would like to take this opportunity to thank them for their excellent response to the surrender operation. Our commitment is to protect the lives and livelihoods of the law abiding members of our community and I want to reassure people that we will continue our fight against those who are involved in criminality and who continue to make other people's lives a misery through firearms, drug dealing and serious and organised crime. The surrender has run alongside the pro-active work that we do every single day and we will stand shoulder to shoulder with the community in our pledge to disrupt criminal activity, take guns off our streets and put the people responsible behind bars. I am delighted to see that the public have heeded our message about surrendering firearms, weapons and ammunition so that they don't fall into the hands of criminals and used to cause fear or intimidation. In just a 2 week period a substantial number of viable weapons and a large quantity of ammunition has been handed into Police stations across Merseyside. Just removing 1 weapon from our streets means that there is 1 less chance of it being used to seriously injure or kill someone."

If you know of people involved in illegal firearms call the MSOC gun crime hotline on:- 0800 230 0600 or the confidential Crimestoppers line on:- 0800 555 111. Merseyside Police will act on all information provided in relation to gun crime.

The last firearms surrender carried out by Merseyside Police resulted in 126 hand-ins.


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