Police take part in two-week National Firearms Surrender

Cleveland Police are holding a two week firearms and ammunition surrender this Autumn in line with the national campaign.

Police take part in two-week National Firearms Surrender The surrender will run between Monday 13 November and midnight on Sunday 26 November and police are hoping to collect as many guns and ammunition as possible during the campaign.

Throughout this period those surrendering firearms will not face prosecution for the illegal possession of the firearm at the point of surrender to lawful authority and they can remain anonymous. However, the history of each live weapon will be checked for evidence of its use in crimes.

Many firearms may be held in innocence and ignorance of their legality or may be overlooked or forgotten in people’s homes. The surrender gives holders the chance to dispose of the firearm or ammunition safely by taking it to a local police station and handing it in, or by calling 101 to arrange collection.

Surrendering unwanted, unlicensed weapons avoids the risk of them becoming involved in criminality and means that members of the community can dispose of firearms in a safe place.

Inspector Mark Pitt 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. Any potential risk to our community can be further reduced with the surrender of each and every weapon, component part or piece of ammunition, so I would encourage all members of the community to support this surrender where they can”.

Anyone handing in a firearm during the surrender can attend Stockton, Middlesbrough, Hartlepool or Redcar & Cleveland police offices or collection can be arranged in some circumstances.

Anyone wanting advice on how 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.