Police delighted as 200 guns are surrendered
- Credit: Su Anderson
More than 200 guns have been taken off the streets of Norfolk and Suffolk following the launch of a firearms amnesty.
Shotguns, self-loading pistols and a Second World War military rifle have been among the haul of 204 weapons that have so far been handed into Norfolk and Suffolk Constabularies as part of the surrender campaign.
Police in Norfolk have had a total of 98 firearms so far handed in while Suffolk Constabulary have so far seen 106 weapons handed to them at police stations across the county – including at Lowestoft police station – following the launch of the campaign, which runs until November 26.
Richard Kennett, joint firearms manager for Norfolk and Suffolk Police, said: 'We're really pleased with how many unlicensed firearms and ammunition have been handed in during the first week of the surrender.
'We've received a variety of weapons including hand guns, shotguns, rifles, and imitation firearms.
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'Some of the guns are in working order and by taking them off the streets we are helping to make our county an even safer place to live.
'The surrender runs until Sunday, November 26 and we're encouraging others to take the opportunity to hand over their guns, without fear of prosecution. 'If you have received a firearm through inheritance and you're not sure what to do with it, or if you have a licensed gun that you no longer want or need, this is your chance to hand it over preventing it falling into the wrong hands.'
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Both Norfolk and Suffolk police announced the results of the first week of the amnesty on social media.
Norfolk Police tweeted: 'Thanks to everyone who took part in our poll. During week one of our surrender, we had 98 firearms handed in to us. There's still five days left – find out how you can surrender unlicensed firearms at: http://ow.ly/zNKn30gIHou.'
Police in Suffolk tweeted: 'Thanks to everyone to took part in our poll. During week one of our surrender, we had 106 firearms handed in to us. There's still five days left – find out how you can surrender unlicensed firearms at: http://ow.ly/IfWH30gIIry.'
Firearms can be taken into police stations across both counties and people are encouraged to call 101 to let officers know that they are bringing a gun in as part of the campaign.