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Durham Police - Firearms Amnesty Week

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Durham Police - Firearms Amnesty Week

* Important information from Durham Constabulary *

POLICE in Durham are staging a week-long firearms amnesty, until Sunday 16 November.

Firearms legislation has changed recently and police across England and Wales have been asking people to surrender unlawfully held, or unwanted guns and ammunition to prevent them falling into the wrong hands.

A number of other forces, including Cleveland Police have already commenced their amnesties and now Durham Police have joined them.

Until midnight on Sunday 16 November those handing in weapons or ammunition will not face prosecution for the illegal possession.

We recognise that many firearms may be held innocently, perhaps following the death of a relative who was the previous legal owner. Surrendering the items avoids the risk of them being involved in the pursuit of crime and allows us to dispose of them through the proper processes.

People are also encouraged to hand over any replica firearms, air weapons, ball bearing (‘BB’) guns, imitation weapons, component parts and other ballistic items.

Asst Chief Constable Dave Orford said; “Durham has traditionally been an area with very low levels of gun crime and the amnesty is not being held due to any recent increase in such offences.

“But with the legislation having recently changed, there was national agreement that an amnesty would be a sensible way of taking these weapons out of circulation and preventing them falling into the wrong hands.”

Weapons and ammunition can be surrendered at any of County Durham and Darlington’s twelve main police stations during normal office hours, details of which can be found at: www.durham.police.uk/Your-Neighbourhood/Pages/default.aspx

Items cannot be handed in at police headquarters, Aykley Heads.

Anyone needing advice on how best to transport the weapon or ammunition to their nearest police station should ring the Constabulary on 101.

Posted on Monday 10th November 2014
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