Bring out your guns! – Cleveland Police hold weapon and ammo amnesty

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A POLICE force is set to hold a two-week firearms amnesty.

Cleveland Police is holding a two week reprieve for the surrender of firearms and ammunition, from Saturday, November 1, to midnight on Sunday, November 16.

Firearms legislation has changed recently and officers are asking people to surrender unlawfully held or unwanted guns and ammunition to help avoid them falling into the wrong hands.

Those surrendering firearms will not face prosecution for illegal possession and can remain anonymous. The history of each weapon will be checked for evidence of its use in crimes though.

The amnesty gives holders the chance to dispose of the firearm or ammunition safely by taking it to a local police station and handing it in.

Assistant Chief Constable Simon Nickless said: “We recognise that in Cleveland we have very few issues with gun crime, however, we have had instances whereby people have come into possession of a firearm unintentionally, for example, whilst clearing out a relative’s home. Those people can bring the firearms to us so that they are disposed of in a safe manner without the fear of consequences for illegal possession of the weapon.”

Anyone wanting advice on how best to transport the weapon responsibly from home to the police station can contact 101 before travelling.

Anyone with information regarding illegal firearms activity can also call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.