17th Sep, 2019

Revolvers and air weapons among items handed to West Midlands Police during firearms surrender

Sarah Mason 20th Aug, 2019

REVOLVERS, air weapons and a military smoke grenade have been handed to West Midlands Police as part of a two-week firearms surrender.

Almost 150 items were taken to police stations across the region during the two week campaign led by the National Ballistics Intelligence Service (NABIS).

Out of the items surrendered between July 20 and August 4, 15 were lethal firearms and 22 were air weapons.

There were also rifles, shotguns, incapacitant sprays and self-loading pistols, including a Walther PPK, handed over.

Police say some of the weapons will be sent off to be tested by ballistics specialists to see if they have been used in crime, before they are destroyed.

Chief Superintendent Mark Payne, from force CID, said: “We’re really pleased with the outcome of this surrender. To have 145 weapons taken off the streets is a fantastic result.

“A number of deactivated and imitation weapons were also surrendered. These could have been easily converted and should they have fallen into the wrong hands, the consequences could have been devastating.

“As a force, this is our third firearms surrender in less than two years and in total nearly 400 items have been handed in to us. That is a significant number of potentially very dangerous items off the street, and we have no doubt this will have saved lives.

“I would say to the people who are still holding guns that they have had an opportunity to surrender them and that we are very good at identifying, arresting and imprisoning people who use firearms.

“We will continue to proactively target firearms and offenders and take them off our streets.”

The West Midlands Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner, Ashley Bertie, said: “To get nearly 150 items off the streets in under two weeks is good news. I am really pleased to see that the firearms that have been handed in will be destroyed.

“Whilst those guns are on the streets of the West Midlands there is always the potential they could fall into the wrong hands. Every gun handed in is potentially a life saved.

“For everybody who decided to hand in their weapon may I say a big thank you. You have done the right thing.”

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