Crime

Guns amnesty hailed a success by police in a video message

By Peter Trollope at

A two-week firearms surrender has been hailed a success after 243 guns were handed in.

Between 13th and 26th November, people were given the opportunity to surrender their guns anonymously at police stations across Greater Manchester.

Among the haul of pistols, revolvers, shotguns and handguns handed in was a 1973 Colt Revolver, Black P.Beretta, Gardone Vt 1936-Xiv and 9MM Walther P38.

A large quantity of ammunition was also surrendered.

More guns were handed in during this surrender than the previous two carried out in 2016 (221) and 2014 (225).

Detective Chief Superintendent Mary Doyle said: “The surrender has been a great success and has seen 243 weapons taken off the streets, which is 243 fewer weapons that can cause harm and devastation within our communities.

“Although our surrender has finished, our fight against gun crime is far from over and we continue to focus our activity against those that use guns in their criminal activities.

“If you know somebody who has a gun, or is involved in firearms criminality, please tell us about it before another family is torn apart by a bullet.”

To report gun crime, contact Greater Manchester Police on 101 or 999 if a crime is in progress. Alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.