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Nov 08 2014

Met Launches Pan-London Firearms Surrender

police_bmw_150x150Londoners are being urged to hand in firearms and ammunition during a two-week ‘surrender’ scheme being launched by the Metropolitan Police Service.

The surrender will start at 07:00 hours on 10 November until 23:00 hours on 23 November and gives Londoners the chance to dispose of firearms or ammunition, by taking it to a local police station and handing it in.

During that period, those surrendering firearms may not face prosecution for illegal possession and they can remain anonymous, however each live weapon will be forensically checked for evidence.

It is six years since the last firearms surrender in London. Again, we are asking Londoners to give up unlawfully held or unwanted guns and ammunition to help avoid them getting into the wrong hands.

A webpage publicising the surrender and featuring a map for users to check the location of their nearest police station has been placed on the Met’s website – www.met.police.uk/giveupyourgun/

Detective Chief Superintendent Dean Haydon, Head of Trident Gang Crime Command, said: “In recent years we have seen significant reductions in gun crime offences – financial year 2013/14 was the lowest annual total in six years. Trident and firearms officers every day across London have contributed to these reductions, and last year 300 firearms were seized as a result of proactive operations. However we are not complacent, our primary aim is keeping Londoners safe, and we recognise the considerable and devastating impact of gun crime on those affected by it. The surrender provides an opportunity to significantly reduce the number of firearms in circulation on the streets of London.”

In Harrow, the police station in Northolt Road, South Harrow, is open to accept guns handed in during the scheme. Other police stations across the capital can be found here.

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