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Gun amnesty starts this week

Created on 12/11/2017 @ 10:27
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Anyone in Montgomeryshire with an unlicensed or unwanted gun and ammunition is being urged to give it up as part of a police amnesty that starts this week.

Dyfed-Powys Police is appealing for people to hand such unwanted guns, with a two week surrender of firearms and ammunition starting on Monday.

Police officers at Newtown Police Station will be able to take in such weapons without questioning the owners or taking action if they are unlicensed.

Many firearms are held in innocence and ignorance of their illegality or are overlooked and forgotten in people’s homes, according to the police.

Others are acquired and distributed by criminal networks to harm, threaten and intimidate their local communities. The surrender gives people the chance to dispose of firearms or ammunition by simply taking them to a local police station and handing them over.

"Surrendering unwanted, unlicensed weapons avoids the risk of them becoming involved in criminality and means that members of the community can dispose of firearms in a safe place," said a police statement.

"During that period, those surrendering firearms will not face prosecution for the illegal possession upon surrender and can remain anonymous."

Deputy Chief Constable, Darren Davies, said: “We are fortunate that gun crime is not something we often deal with in Dyfed-Powys Police. However, guns and ammunition don’t recognise borders. As well as taking them off our streets we also want to stop local weapons travelling in to neighbouring communities.

“The national 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.

“We use various tactics to locate weapons that have fallen into the wrong hands – but we need the public’s help. We want as many weapons as possible and would encourage people to hand them in.

“If you know where a weapon is being kept illegally, now is your chance to surrender the gun, or tell us anonymously where it is. You will not be prosecuted upon surrender and you could save a life.

“One 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.”

If you know of people involved in illegal firearms call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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