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More than 120 weapons handed in as part of surrender


10:47am 21st November 2017

More than 120 weapons have been handed in to North Yorkshire Police in the first week of the national firearms surrender.

Forces across the country are taking part in the surrender which is being co-ordinated by the National Ballistics Intelligence Service (NABIS).

The surrender gives members of the public the chance to dispose of a firearm or ammunition by simply taking it to a local designated police station and handing it in anonymusly.

In North Yorkshire, and the wider Yorkshire and Humberside region, police are also accepting other weapons including knives, ammunition and other offensive weapons.

Across North Yorkshire, 113 firearms, nine non-firearm weapons and a large amount of ammunition have been handed in including two handguns, 31 shotguns, 55 imitation handguns / air pistols, 18 air rifles, 3 section 1 firearms, one ‘other’ replica weapons, one antique firearm, one gun used in connection with animal slaughter and one shotgun disguised as a walking stick. The non-firearm weapons include two ornamental swords, six knives and a cross-bow.

Sergeant Dave France of North Yorkshire Police said:

“We’ve had a really good response to the surrender so far with a wide range of firearms, ammunition and other weapons being handed in at our police stations across North Yorkshire.

“At this rate we’re on course to pass the total of firearms handed in during the 2014 surrender.

“I would still urge anyone who is in possession of gun and other weapons to surrender them to the police safely and anonymously.

“Each weapon we retrieve reduces the chances of it ending up in the hands of criminals and has the potential to save a life.”

Malton, Richmond, Northallerton, York and Selby Police stations are still accepting any weapons.

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