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Opening week of gun surrender sees 143 firearms handed in

News   •   Nov 21, 2017 05:00 GMT

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More than 140 firearms, including two machine guns, have been handed to police in London during the first week of the National Gun Surrender.

The Met, in partnership with the City of London, is taking part in a two-week gun surrender launched on 13 November.

As of Monday, 20 November, 143 firearms have been handed in at police stations in London, including:

- 48 air weapons

- 31 shotguns

- 23 imitation guns

- 11 pistols

- 10 handguns

- Nine revolvers

- Six rifles

- Five automatic guns, including two deactivated Second World War machine guns, and

- 3859 rounds of ammunition

Firearms can be handed in at any of the Met’s 24-hour police stations, or Bishopsgate Police Station in the City of London during the surrender, which ends on Sunday, 27 November.

Detective Superintendent Mike Balcombe, of the Met's Trident and Area Crime Command, said: “We are very pleased with the public response to the first week of the gun surrender. Every firearm handed in to police makes the city safer as it prevents them from falling into the hands of criminals.

“The Met's Trident unit is committed to reducing gun crime in the capital and I would urge anyone else who is in possession of an illegal firearm to visit their local 24-hour police station during the final days of the gun surrender.”

If anyone has any information about someone who they believe is in possession of an illegal gun, they can ring police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.