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Gun surrender campaign starts this week

PUBLISHED: 12:25 24 November 2015 | UPDATED: 12:25 24 November 2015

Detective Superintendent Gordon Allison with just a small selection of the hundreds of guns handed in, ranging from antiques to modern handguns [Photograph from Metropolitan Police]

Detective Superintendent Gordon Allison with just a small selection of the hundreds of guns handed in, ranging from antiques to modern handguns [Photograph from Metropolitan Police]

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The campaign will last until December 6

Police are inviting Bromley residents to hand in any firearms and imitation weapons as part of a London-wide campaign.

Officers are running a two-week firearms surrender campaign, which started on Monday.

People looking to surrender any guns, imitation weapons or ammunition can take items to any 24-hour police station and hand them in.

Those surrendering firearms may not face prosecution for illegal possession and can choose to remain anonymous.

This year there is also a focus on fake-weapons, BB guns and air weapons, which can often be mistaken for the real thing.

Items handed in will be assessed by officers and some will be treated for forensic evidence.

Detective superintendent Stephen Clayman, of the Trident and Area Crime Command, said: “We are asking Londoners to hand in firearms and imitation weapons to avoid them falling into the wrong hands.”

“In an inappropriate setting, imitation weapons will cause fear and panic, and could lead to a police response involving the deployment of armed police officers with potentially tragic results.

“Last weekend’s tragic events in Paris have inevitably led to a heightened state of alert on the capital’s streets, gun crime, whilst low in London compared with other world cities, has a devastating impact on communities.

“Trident is committed to ridding the capital’s streets of firearms and last year Met officers recovered more than 600 ‘lethal barrelled’ firearms.”

Last year Met Police ran its first firearms surrender since 2008.

Across the capital, more than 350 firearms and 12,300 round of ammunition were handed in.

During the appeal 31 weapons were handed in to Bromley police stations, along with a quantity of ammunition.

Of the weapons handed in, 15 were live along with six air weapons and 10 imitations.

Detective chief superintendent Joanne Chilton, Head of the National Ballistics Intelligence Service, said: “We are pleased that the Metropolitan Police Service is running this operation and we hope as many people as possible take this opportunity to surrender their guns.” This year’s firearms surrender will end on December 6 at 11pm.

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