THIRTY-TWO potentially lethal firearms have been handed in to a police force.
The haul of guns and more than 1500 rounds of ammunition was given to police during the two-week surrender of weapons from the streets of Hartlepool and across the Cleveland area.
Officers were given 21 pistols – two of which were from World war II – six air rifles and five shotguns, as well as flares and a nail gun.
Police say they have been delighted with the response.
Inspector Mark Pitt said: “I am pleased with the response that we have had during the amnesty and would like to thank those people who have taken the opportunity to hand in these firearms.
“They can now be disposed of properly and we can be sure that they will not be falling into the wrong hands.”
The amnesty ended at midnight on Sunday, November 16.
Those who handed in the guns have not faced prosecution for the illegal possession and they can remain anonymous.
However, the history of each live weapon will be checked for evidence of its use in crimes.
Anyone with information regarding illegal firearms activity can also call police on 101 or anonymously ring Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.