Weapons handed in during first days of Northants gun amnesty

People now have longer to hand over weapons
People now have longer to hand over weapons
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A large number of guns and replica weapons have been handed in to Northamptonshire Police in the first two days of the force’s amnesty.

The gun amnesty started on September 15 and runs for two weeks until September 28.

It is hoped people will take the opportunity to surrender unlawfully held guns, ammunition, replica guns or air weapons as well as lawfully held items which are no longer wanted.

In just the first two days of the amnesty, a number of guns, air rifles and replica weapons, as well as several large collections of ammunition have been surrendered.

Inspector Sarah Johnson, who is leading the amnesty, said: “I would really like to thank all the people who have surrendered items to us so far.

“Each weapon we recover helps us to make Northamptonshire a safer place and takes away the risk of these items ever falling into the wrong hands.”

The amnesty follows similar operations which have been held recently by both Nottinghamshire Police and Leicestershire Police.

But police say it is not in response to any specific incidents of crime in Northamptonshire.

The force last held a guns amnesty in 2003, which saw 523 weapons handed in.

Under the latest amnesty, people can call 101 and request an appointment to hand over a weapon.