14, 2017 Residents
urged by Police to support firearms surrender campaign
Police are appealing for people to hand in any unwanted guns during
a two week surrender of firearms and ammunition, which starts on
Monday 13th November.
firearms are held in innocence and ignorance of their illegality
or are overlooked and forgotten in peoples homes.
are acquired and distributed by criminal networks to harm, threaten
and intimidate their local communities.
surrender is being held to give local people the chance to dispose
of firearms or ammunition in a safe place and will be held for two
weeks starting from Monday.
the fortnight, those surrendering firearms will not face prosecution
for the illegal possession upon surrender and can remain anonymous.
unwanted, unlicensed weapons stops the risk of them becoming involved
firearms can be surrendered at any police station, including Burnham-On-Sea,
Police are encouraging members of the public to visit the local
specially designated station which is Bridgwater Police Centre (open
8am 8pm everyday).
station is also where the Police's knife surrender bins are located,
and these will remain in place for the duration of the operation.
of the public will be able to continue to surrender their bladed
weapons during this time.
Inspector John Holt said: "The fight against gun crime is stronger
than ever and we are working with partners and our local communities
to safeguard, educate and intervene at the earliest opportunity."
use various tactics to locate weapons that have fallen into the
wrong hands but we need the publics help. We want as
many weapons as possible and would encourage people to hand them
you know where a weapon is being kept illegally, now is your chance
to give up the gun, or tell us anonymously where it is. You will
not be prosecuted and you could save a life."
weapon off the streets is one less that can be used to harm or threaten
our communities. We will use all of the powers and information available
to us to locate this criminality and put a stop to it for good."
someone is unable to travel to a police station they should contact
police via 101 and arrange for the firearm to be collected.
you know of people involved in illegal firearms call police on 101
or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
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