Amnesty aiming to reduce illegal weapons

Owners of unwanted or illegally held guns are being encouraged to hand over their weapons.

Northumbria Police is holding a week-long firearms amnesty for people to surrender unlawfully held or unwanted guns and ammunition after a recent change in the firearms legislation.

Until 8am on Monday, December 1, those handing in weapons or ammunition will not face prosecution for any illegal possession.

People are also encouraged to hand in any replica firearms, ball bearing guns and air weapons, as well as imitation weapons and antiques, to prevent them falling into the wrong hands and being used to commit crime.

Assistant Chief Constable Winton Keenen said: “Northumbria doesn’t have the same issue with firearms as some other areas of the country – serious crimes involving firearms don’t happen very often.

“However, with the recent change in legislation there was a national agreement that an amnesty would be an appropriate way of removing weapons from circulation.

“Similar amnesties are being held right across the country and we’re taking part to encourage people to hand in weapons to prevent them from falling into the wrong hands.

“It gives people the opportunity to safely dispose of firearms with peace of mind in a secure environment.”

Items can be handed in at police stations in each area command, including Middle Engine Lane in Wallsend.

Anyone who wants more information should contact police on 101 ext 69191.