National firearms surrender campaign launches this week
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Alongside police forces in England and Wales, we’re appealing for people to hand in unwanted guns with a two week surrender of firearms and ammunition as part of a national campaign.
Between the 12 – 29 May 2022, members of the public are encouraged to take unwanted or illegal firearms into police stations.
Those surrendering firearms will not face prosecution for illegally possessing a firearm at the point of surrender and can remain anonymous. The weapons handed in will then be forensically examined to assist with any potential ongoing enquiries.
Martyn Smith, T/Superintendent said:
“While crime involving a firearm is low across Gwent, there are still very serious crimes involving guns taking place.
“This two-week surrender campaign is an opportunity for members of the public to hand in guns and ammunition and prevent them from getting into the wrong hands. By taking part, we will ensure that all firearms and ammunition are disposed of in a safe way.
“By taking part in the two-week campaign you’re helping to keep Gwent safe, reducing potential harm and threat within our communities."
Firearms and ammunition can be surrendered at four Gwent police stations: Newport Central, Ebbw Vale, Monmouth, and Cwmbran between the hours of 10am – 4pm.
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 Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
For further media advice NABIS can be contacted on 0121 626 7114 or [email protected]