Police hold weapons amnesty

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Nottinghamshire Police is joining forces around the country to hold a fortnight long firearms surrender.

Following the success of a firearms and ammunition amnesty in the county earlier this year the Association of Chief Police Officers has invited all UK police forces to hold a firearms surrender.

Officers said many firearms were held in innocence and ignorance of their illegality or were overlooked and forgotten in people’s homes.

To avoid the risk of these weapons becoming involved in criminality, and to provide members of the community with a safe place to dispose of any firearms or ammunition a surrender is being held between Monday 10th and Friday 21st November.

During that period, those surrendering firearms will not face prosecution for the illegal possession and they can remain anonymous.

However, the history of each live weapon will be checked for evidence of its use in crimes.

Detective Inspector Karen Pearson said: “We had an overwhelming response to our amnesty back in March with more than 200 weapons surrendered. Based on this success ACPO have encouraged other forces around the country to hold a weapon surrender and we are pleased to support this.”