Met Police hold firearms amnesty to combat growing use

PUBLISHED: 10:45 06 February 2017 | UPDATED: 10:45 06 February 2017

Met Police is running a week-long weapons amnesty (stock photo)

Met Police is running a week-long weapons amnesty (stock photo)

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People who hand in firearms at their local police station will not have to provide their details

Police are encouraging people to surrender their firearms after a rise in the weapons’ use last year.

The #giveupyourgun campaign, part of ongoing work to remove illegal weapons from the streets of London, will run from today (Monday, February 6) until 11pm on Sunday, February 12.

There were 305 incidents of firearm use in the past year compared to 226 in the previous 12 months, it has been revealed.

People who hand in their firearms at their local police station will not have to give their details to police officers.

Detective chief superintendent Jim Stokley, of the Met’s Trident and Area Crime Command, said: “Illegal firearms cause nothing but misery and devastation.

“We are urging anyone holding an illegal firearm to take up this opportunity and hand it in to police this week.

“Our aim is to remove all illegal firearms from the streets of London and we work relentlessly to disrupt and arrest anyone suspected of being involved in gun crime.”

In the past two years, Met officers have taken more than 1,400 firearms off the capital’s streets, including 230 handed in during gun surrenders in November 2014 and 2015.

Anyone with information about someone they believe to be in possession of an illegal gun can call police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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