More Than 50 Weapons Handed In Across Humberside

18th November 2014

An initiative enabling people to hand in firearms across the Humberside Police area resulted in a total of 55 weapons being surrendered.

For a two week period, ending on Sunday 16 November, five police stations across the area were accepting weapons over front counters from people wishing to dispose of unwanted firearms.

Of the 56 weapons handed in, 21 were in North East Lincolnshire, five in North Lincolnshire, 14 in East Riding and 16 in Hull.

Amongst the haul were shot guns, rifles, hand guns and pistols along with rounds of ammunition. Imitiation guns, starting pistols, ballbearing weapons were also handed in by people no longer wishing to have them in their possession.

Chief Inspector Neil Pattison said: "Our streets are safer now as a result of this initiative because weapons which were previously in circulation have now been safely disposed of."

The local initiative formed part of a wider nationwide event which has seen police forces up and down the country offering the same provision.

Chf Insp Pattison added: "The purpose of the operation was to remove firearms from criminal availability and in doing so reduce the risk of harm to the public, protect communities and reduce the likelihood that firearms will be available for use by criminals. I am delighted that we have had 56 firearms handed in and no longer on our streets."

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