West Mercia Police Thank Public After Guns Handed In
18th November 2014
Officers from West Mercia Police and Warwickshire Police are thanking members of the public for their support after a two week firearms surrender campaign led to more than 400 items being handed in to police stations in the region.
The campaign, which began on Monday 3 November and ended on Sunday 16 November, gave anyone with a firearm living in the area the opportunity to surrender it at their local police station. A total of 299 people took the opportunity to surrender firearms, handing in a total of 436 weapons. Of the firearms surrendered, 328 were handed in to stations in the West Mercia policing area. All of these weapons have now been made safe and most of them will be taken away to be cut up and melted down. Exceptionally rare weapons or those with high historical value may be donated to a museum.
Superintendent Charles Hill said: "We have been overwhelmed by the public response to this campaign and we'd like to thank every person who has taken this opportunity to surrender a firearm for us to dispose of safely. It is great to see that there are so many people as committed as we are to making our region even safer and protecting people from harm.
"We're fortunate not to have a major gun crime problem in the region but we do have a large number of legally owned firearms and other older firearms in people's possession and unfortunately these sometimes fall into the wrong hands and end up being used in crime. Every single one of these weapons handed in is one less opportunity for this to happen.
"The majority of firearms handed in were older items that are or have been legally owned but the owner no longer needs them and wants to see them safely disposed of. A lot of the weapons were discovered in houses, often by relatives of people who have passed away, and handed in to us."
For more information visit www.westmercia.police.uk
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