More than 100 firearms seized from West Midlands streets - The Solihull Observer

More than 100 firearms seized from West Midlands streets

Solihull Editorial 25th Mar, 2023   0

POLICE seized more than 100 lethal firearms last year as part of a crackdown to keep the streets safe.

West Midlands Police recovered almost 120 guns in 2022 as the number of discharges also fell compared to the 12 months previously.

West Midlands Police said it has specialist gangs and organised crime teams who support the work of other teams across the region to proactively target those linked to criminal groups.

This includes having plain-clothed and visible patrols, along with regular pre-planned operations across Birmingham, the Black Country, Coventry and Solihull.

The force says it works with a range of partners – including through the Violence Reduction Partnership – to steer young people away from gangs and crime before it’s too late.

Detective Superintendent Scott Griffiths, from Force CID, said: “We fully understand the fear and serious impact of firearms on our communities and we remain committed to combating gun crime throughout the region.

“We have teams working 24/7 to keep you safe and we’re carrying out regular activity to disrupt those linked to gangs. Every gun we take off the streets reduces the risk of harm to others.

“But we need the support of everyone to help us further reduce firearms offences and the devastating consequences they can cause.

“This includes us working alongside other agencies and charities to educate young people about the dangers of violent crime and carrying a weapon. Through early intervention we can guide young people away from gangs and protect lives.”

Anyone with information on gun crime should contact police in confidence via Live Chat on the police website or speak anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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