Hundreds of guns and knives surrendered in West Yorkshire (28 Nov 2017)

Acc _hankinson _weaponsMore than 200 firearms, knives and swords including a large number of shotguns have been taken out of circulation after a force wide weapons surrender.

The surrender, which started on 13 November and finished on Sunday (26 November) was in support of the national firearms surrender to rid the streets of guns.

Members of the public were encouraged to take firearms into police stations. Across Yorkshire and the Humber forces also accepted other weapons including knives, ammunition and other offensive weapons.

During the surrender period 215 items (firearms, knives and swords), were surrendered including a large number of shotguns (one of which was semi-automatic) and three pump action shotguns. In addition to this a large amount of ammunition was also surrendered.

ACC Catherine Hankinson of West Yorkshire Police, said: "A large number of weapons have now been taken out of circulation meaning that they can never fall into the hands of those who mean harm.

"This means that our communities are safer - over 200 weapons can now not be used in crimes.

"They will now be destroyed or sent off for forensic testing to check they have not been used in a crime.

"I would like to thank members of the community for responding so positively to this weapons surrender and coming forward to help make a difference.

"As a Force we are looking to proactively get weapons off of our streets and to lead young people away from a potential life of crime.

"We want them to lead a productive life playing an active role in our communities."

Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, said: "We've had a good response to this weapons surrender and our communities are definitely safer because of it. These weapons will now be destroyed, ensuring that they will never be used to commit a crime or ruin anyone's life in the future.

"The weapons surrender may have finished for the time being but we will always be looking for reports of the storage or use of illegal weapons and ammunition. Please get in touch with West Yorkshire Police or if you know of any instances or you have any suspicions of where illegal weapons may be located."

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