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Eighteen firearms handed in at Newbury



A total of 18 firearms were handed in at Newbury police statiom as part of an amnesty.

Thames Valley Police along with Hampshire Constabulary received more than 500 firearms as part of the two-week gun surrender.

The Firearms and Ammunition Surrender, which launched on November 13, urged people to take the opportunity to hand in any unwanted or illegal firearms to police, so that they could be disposed of safely. During the campaign, those surrendering firearms did not face prosecution for the illegal possession upon surrender and can remain anonymous. However, this was not an amnesty and if further examination of a surrendered firearm reveals a link to a crime, this will be investigated. Chief Inspector Emma Baillie, Head of Armed Response for Hampshire and Thames Valley, said: “We would like to thank everyone who handed in any firearms or ammunition as part of this surrender. “This means that there are fewer firearms and imitation firearms on our streets which could have easily fallen into the hands of criminals. “As a result our neighbourhoods are much safer, both for our residents and for our officers who work every day and night to protect them. “We are very pleased that so many people took the opportunity to take part in this initiative and the number of firearms recovered certainly proves how valuable such a surrender is." Now that the surrender is finished, if you find a firearm or are uncertain about the lawful possession of a firearm, please call us on 101 or 999 in an emergency. 


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