Weapons handed in as part of amnesty

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A stun gun disguised as a torch, several handguns, over 1,800 rounds of assorted live ammunition and a selection of shotguns have all been handed in to police during a gun amnesty.

Such is the success of Operation Holster that it has now been extended for another week until Sunday, November 23.

Lancashire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Clive Grunshaw said: “The penalties for illegal possession of a firearm are severe – and the consequences could be even greater if they subsequently fall into the wrong hands.

“We are fortunate that gun crime in Lancashire remains low, however in order to keep it that way we need to ensure we are not complacent.

“That means encouraging anyone who has a weapon which they are keeping illegally to take this opportunity to hand it in, without fear of reprisals, and ensure it is disposed of safely so it can’t be used in crime in the future.”

Weapons and ammunition can be surrendered at any police station but anyone handing in a firearm during this opportunity is advised to check the opening times of their nearest station before they set off.

To receive advice on how best to transport the weapon responsibly from home to the Police station phone 101 before travelling.

Anyone wishing to hand-in firearms should disarm them and put them in a box or strong bag and putting ammunition in a separate box/bag. Last month Lancashire officers commenced a series of unannounced visits to firearms owners to ensure their guns are kept securely.