Met Police Pleased With Gun Surrender Results So Far
14th November 2014Sixty-eight firearms and 1000 rounds of ammunition have been handed in so far by Londoners at police stations across the capital, during the Met's first firearms surrender in six years.
The surrender gives Londoners the chance to dispose of firearms or ammunition, by taking it to a local police station and handing it in. The surrender started at 07:00 hours on 10 November and will run until 23:00 hours on 23 November.
Detective Chief Inspector Gary Bruce, Trident Gang Crime Command, said: "We have had a fantastic response from Londoners since the surrender was launched. The initiative provides an opportunity to significantly reduce the number of firearms in circulation on the streets of London.
I encourage anyone who may be in possession of unlawfully held or unwanted guns and ammunition to hand them in to your local police station to avoid them getting into the hands of criminals and help reduce gun crime in the capital."
During the two-week period, those surrendering firearms may not face prosecution for illegal possession and they can remain anonymous, however each live weapon will be forensically checked for evidence.
A webpage publicising the surrender and featuring a map for users to check the location of their nearest police station has been placed on the Met's website: www.met.police.uk/giveupyourgun/
Last year 300 firearms were seized as a result of proactive operations and we have seen significant reductions in gun crime offences - financial year 2013/14 was the lowest annual total in six years.
If you have any information about gun or gang crime please contact the police or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.