National firearms surrender starts this Saturday

From Saturday 20th July, Gwent Police are taking part in the national two week surrender of firearms and ammunition.

As part of the campaign, Operation Aztec, we are appealing for those who may be holding firearms a chance to dispose of them, along with ammunition by taking them to a local police station and handing them over.

Many firearms are held in innocence and ignorance of their illegality or are overlooked and forgotten in people’s homes. Others are acquired and distributed by criminal networks to harm, threaten and intimidate their local communities

The stations where firearms and ammunition can be surrendered in are:

- Newport Central – Sunday– Thursday – 0800 – 2000hrs

                                 Friday – Saturday – 0800 – 0200hrs

- Monmouth – Daily – 0900 – 1700hrs

- Ebbw Vale – Monday – Friday – 0900 – 1700hrs

- Cwmbran – Monday – Friday – 0900 – 1700hrs

- Blackwood – Monday – Friday – 0900 – 1700hrs

The surrender will run until 4th August 2019 and will allow member of the community to dispose of firearms in a safe place.

During that period, those surrendering firearms will not face prosecution for the illegal possession upon surrender and can remain anonymous.

Superintendent Glyn Fernquest said, “This surrender gives those the chance with firearms or ammunition in their possession to hand them in and stop them from falling into the wrong hands.

“We use various tactics to locate weapons that have fallen into the wrong hands – but we need the public’s help.

“If you know where a weapon is being kept illegally, now is your chance to give up the gun, or tell us anonymously where it is. You will not be prosecuted and you could save a life.

“One weapon off the streets is one less that can be used to harm or threaten our communities. We will use all of the powers and information available to us to locate this criminality and put a stop to it for good.”

Weapons and ammunition can be surrendered at any police station but anyone handing in a firearm, ammunition or any other weapon during the surrender is advised to check the opening times of their station by calling 101 or visiting the police website.

If you know of people involved in illegal firearms call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.