Posted: Tue 9th Jan 2018

Gun ‘amnesty’ in North Wales sees 200 firearms and ammunition handed into police

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Tuesday, Jan 9th, 2018

North Wales Police say nearly 200 firearms and ammunition were surrendered in the region during a recent national Firearms Surrender.

Co-ordinated by National Ballistics Intelligence Service (NABIS) during November, a total of 194 individual items including pistols, revolvers, a replica AK47 and air rifles were surrendered during the two-week campaign which took place in November. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Detective Chief Superintendent Steve Williams of North Wales Police said: “We are really pleased with the results of the surrender and it is only right that we thank the public for their support. Every gun handed in is potentially a life saved and avoids the risk of them becoming involved in crime. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“Many firearms are held in innocence and ignorance of their illegality or are overlooked and forgotten in people’s homes. One particular weapon was handed in after it was discovered in the home of a relative who had sadly passed away. The person who found it did exactly the right thing by surrendering it to us safely and responsibly. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“We continue to urge people to contact us should they know of anybody involved with illegal firearms and we would also ask that anybody who may still have a firearm or ammunition that is yet to be surrendered to contact us and we can arrange for its safe and timely disposal.” ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

If you know of anyone involved with illegal firearms, call police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers (anonymously) on 0800 555 111. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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