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London police launch ‘give up your gun’ campaign

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LONDON’S POLICE force has initiated a two-week “surrender” scheme offering a chance for people to handover weapons and bullets at police stations.

With social media in mind, the police have dubbed the campaign “#giveupyourgun”, and the scheme begins from November 10 to November 23.

According to police, those handing in prohibited arms “may not face prosecution for illegal possession and they can remain anonymous, however each live weapon will be forensically checked for evidence.”

The scheme is the first one in six years in the capital, and the force urged those possessing arms to turn them over in order to “help avoid them getting into the wrong hands.”

Detective chief superintendent Dean Haydon, head of Trident Gang Crime Command, said: “The surrender provides an opportunity to significantly reduce the number of firearms in circulation on the streets of London.

“Trident has previously highlighted that some gang members have exploited a legislative loophole around antique firearms. Make no mistake, these are live weapons which can be used to hurt or injure someone.”

He added: “We have welcomed the tightening of laws around antique firearms which now means that someone who has served or received a criminal sentence can no longer possess an antique gun.

“I appeal to anyone who owns an antique firearm or legally owns a gun but who no longer requires it is, please hand it in.”

Head of the National Ballistics Intelligence Service, detective chief superintendent Iain O’Brien said: “Gun amnesties provide an important opportunity for people to hand firearms over to police and prevent them falling into the hands of criminals and endangering the public.

“We are pleased that the Metropolitan Police Service are running this operation and we hope as many people as possible take this opportunity to surrender their guns.”

Anyone wanting more details about how to surrender firearms or ammunition should contact their local police. If you have any information regarding gun or gang crime you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or access a secure online form via In an emergency always call 999

A webpage publicising the surrender and featuring a map for users to check the location of their nearest police station has been placed on the Met's website -

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