Dozens of weapons handed in as part of Police initiative

More than 50 weapons and 2,500 rounds of ammunition have been handed in as part of a national firearms surrender.

Friday, 2nd August 2019, 11:34 am
Updated Wednesday, 7th August 2019, 3:55 pm

Following the conclusion of Operation Aztec, Northumbria Police had recovered a total of 54 weapons, including 16 shotguns, 11 air rifles, ten air pistols, three revolvers and one Taser, from members of the public.

Assistant Chief Constable Helen McMillan, from Northumbria Police, said: “I would like to thank the public for helping us in making the streets safer and bringing their unwanted firearms to our stations.

“So far, we have collected a total of 54 firearms and while we acknowledge this figure is less than what we recovered during the last surrender in 2017, it is still a large number of firearms that are off the streets and will be disposed of safely.

Assistant Chief Constable Helen McMillan with some of the firearms handed in.

“We know that the majority of people in our region are responsible gun owners and many of the firearms we’ve received were left forgotten in people’s homes.

“But, any weapon has the potential to fall into the wrong hands, and this could have devastating consequences for our communities.

“The surrender has given people the opportunity to safely dispose of their firearms and ammunition and it is no exaggeration to say that every gun handed in has the potential to save a life.

“While the surrender is now over, you can still bring any unwanted weapons in your possession to your local station where it will be disposed of.”

The last surrender in November 2017 saw 280 weapons recovered, of which 131 were viable firearms.