Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Fewer Guns in Force Area

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Fewer Guns in Force Area

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Byline: Naomi Corrigan Reporter naomi.corrigan@trinitymirror.com

THE number of legally owned guns in Teesside is among the lowest in the country, figures have revealed.

As of March 2015, there were 1,099 firearms certifi-cates held in the area - the second lowest number in the country.

And government statistics also showed that, among all forces in the country, firearms licences were most likely to be turned down or revoked by Cleveland Police.

Firearm and shotgun certificates can be revoked if the chief police officer for the force is concerned the owner can no longer be entrusted with the guns.

One in 14 firearms licence applications was refused in the Teesside area last year, the most in England and Wales - and the highest rate since 1990.

Cleveland Police also refused one in 12 new shotgun licences.

Temporary Chief Inspector Mick Robson of Cleveland and Durham Specialist Operations Unit said a review was carried out on all 3,000 licences in late 2013. …

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