Humberside Police support national firearms surrender (Operation Aztec)

Nationwide

17 Jul 2019

The National Ballistics Intelligence Service (NABIS) firearms surrender will take place across England, Scotland and Wales between 20 July and 4 August 2019.

We are supporting the national campaign again this year and are hoping to exceed the 2017 number of 119 guns handed in to police stations across the Humberside Police area.

Leading the operation is Chief Inspector James Glansfield, he said, “We want to make Humberside safer and ask anyone that might have a weapon, be it a viable firearm or imitation, pistol, air rifle or collectable firearm to bring them into our stations and hand them in.”

“Weapons can be handed in at our front counter areas at Clough Road, Beverley, Bridlington, Grimsby, Scunthorpe and Hessle police stations.

“The weapons will then be examined and may be sent for forensic examination if it is thought that the weapon has been or may have been used in a criminal capacity.

“The aim of this two week surrender is to reduce the number of firearms from our streets.  Incidents involving guns have risen in a number of police force areas, so anything we can do to reduce the number of weapons has to be a good thing.

“If you know where a weapon is being kept illegally, now is your chance to let us know, or bring it in to surrender it.

“Getting these weapons off the streets prevents them getting into the wrong hands, and gives people a safe way to dispose of any firearms they have, whether held lawfully or unlawfully.

“During the surrender period, those surrendering firearms will not face prosecution for the illegal possession at the time of surrender and they can remain anonymous.

Weapons previously handed in : Picture : Humberside police

“However people should be aware that this is a firearms surrender, not a firearms amnesty, we may investigate weapons surrendered in connection with other incidents where it may have been used.”m

Anyone who has a weapon that they want to surrender can do so at the front counter receptions of Clough Road, Beverley, Goole, Bridlington, Scunthorpe and Grimsby police stations between Saturday 20 July and 4 August. If you have information on weapons this can be reported through 101 or CrimeStoppers on 0800 555 111 and if you have any questions or concerns we can advise you if you call our non-emergency number 101.

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