Weapons surrender sees real and imitation guns handed over to police

PUBLISHED: 08:37 04 January 2019 | UPDATED: 08:37 04 January 2019

Imitation firearms and real guns on display at Essex Police Headquarters at the media launch of the firearms surrender. Picture: ARCHANT

Imitation firearms and real guns on display at Essex Police Headquarters at the media launch of the firearms surrender. Picture: ARCHANT

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More than 40 weapons, including 13 real guns, were handed in during a firearm surrender held by Essex Police.

The surrender, which ran from December 3 to December 14, allowed anyone who had an unwanted or unlicensed firearm – real or imitation – to hand them in.

13 real guns were handed over, alongside 28 imitations, air weapons or airsoft weapons.

Anyone who handed in an item did not face prosecution for possessing it illegally.

Detective Chief Superintendent Stuart Hooper, from the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate, said: “Firearms can be used to ruin lives and destroy communities.

“Ensuring just one gun can’t get into the hands of criminals makes Essex safer so to have 41 handed in is really good news.

“That’s 41 fewer firearms which could potentially find their way into the hands of criminals and be used to rob, injure, threaten or even kill someone.

“Our work to take guns off the streets of Essex and prevent them getting there in the first place doesn’t stop though and I’d urge anyone with information about someone using or possessing guns illegally to contact us.”

If you have any information about someone using or possessing a gun illegally please call us on 101.

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