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Kent firearms amnesty: Chance to hand in guns and ammunition as police look to crack down on violent crimes

PUBLISHED: 09:08 10 November 2017 | UPDATED: 09:12 10 November 2017

Firearms amnesty - weapons handed in during 2016 crackdown

Firearms amnesty - weapons handed in during 2016 crackdown

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You can hand in illegally held weapons without risk of prosecution at a host of police stations around county

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A countywide amnesty on firearms and ammunition is launched by Kent Police on Monday.

From November 13 to 26, unwanted or illegally held guns can be passed to police with those surrending the firearms not facing prosecution. They can also remain anonymous.

A spokesman for the police explained: “Many firearms are held innocently with owners unaware of their illegality, or are overlooked heirlooms forgotten in people’s homes.

“Others are acquired and distributed by criminal networks to threaten or harm their local communities.

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“This surrender is an opportunity to dispose of unwanted, unlicensed weapons in a safe place and avoid the risk of them falling into the wrong hands.”

More than 100 guns were handed in to Kent Police during last year’s firearms surrender.

Detective chief superintendent Rob Fordham said: “This firearms surrender is part of a larger Kent Police operation, known as Operation Raptor, to tackle, disrupt and prevent violent crime and the possession of offensive weapons across the county.

“During these two weeks we encourage the public to hand in as many unwanted or unlicensed firearms as possible.

“If you know where a weapon is being kept illegally, now is your chance to give it up or tell us anonymously where it is. You will not be prosecuted, you could prevent it falling into the wrong hands, and you could save a life.”

Firearms and ammunition can be handed in at the front counter of the following police stations: Folkestone, Dover, Margate, Ashford, Canterbury, Sittingbourne, Tonbridge, Tunbridge Wells, Maidstone and Swanley.

Individuals wishing to dispose of an unwanted firearm or ammunition who cannot attend the above stations should call 101 and collection will be arranged.

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