Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Public Responding to Guns Surrender; Number of Firearms Handed in Welcomed

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Public Responding to Guns Surrender; Number of Firearms Handed in Welcomed

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Byline: TOM EDEN Reporter tom.eden@ncjmedia.com @TomEden11

THESE are the guns handed in during the first day of a firearms clampdown.

Ammunition and 19 weapons were passed on to Northumbria Police as people are given the opportunity to dispose of firearms safely and anonymously.

Welcoming the surrendered weapons, Chief Insp Dave Gould said: "I am really encouraged by the response from the public who have taken this opportunity where they can safely and anonymously hand in firearms and ammunition.

"This surrender runs until November 26 and I urge persons who possess weapons they wish to dispose of to do the right thing and surrender during this period.

"Those handing over firearms will not face prosecution for the illegal possession, at the point of surrender and do not have to give their name or address.

"The more firearms and ammunition we remove from communities reduces the risk of them getting into the wrong hands and the possibility of them being used in crime. …

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