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Police Urge Public to Hand in Guns in Firearms Surrender

A two week firearms surrender has been launched across West Yorkshire.

West Yorkshire Police is appealing to people to hand in their unwanted guns and items of ammunition between Saturday 20th July and Sunday 4th August, 2019.

It is part of a national firearms surrender.

Officers are particularly keen to appeal to people who may know where guns are kept and if they want to keep their loved ones safe, to let the police know.

Temporary Assistant Chief Constable Mark Ridley of West Yorkshire Police recorded a video to publicise the surrender. It was filmed at the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds. Note firearms cannot be handed in at the museum.

T/ACC Ridley said:

“Many people still have illegal firearms in their house.

“They may not understand that holding such a weapon is illegal or they may have overlooked an antique gun gathering dust in the loft.

“But it is important that in the fight against gun crime we look to get as many illegal guns as we can off the streets.

“Surrendering illegally held firearms avoids the risk of them becoming involved in criminality.

“Likewise there may be people who know a loved and for some reason has a gun in the house and they therefore, quite understandably, fear for their safety and that of others in the property.

“I am appealing directly to those family members and members of the community who are aware of people who have illegally held guns to either get them to surrender the weapons or to contact Crimestoppers in confidence with any information.

“What this two week surrender allows is for people to hand in the firearms without any fear of prosecution for possessing the gun.

“From 2016 – 2018 the number of firearms discharges has fallen across West Yorkshire but we are not complacent and are doing everything we can to reduce such crimes.

“This includes having dedicated resources to investigate firearms discharges and using gang injunctions to target those individuals caught up in the cycle of organised criminality which often includes the use of and access to illegal firearms.

“We are also carrying out proactive work to stop people getting involved in such criminality in the first place.

“This includes early intervention in schools – the Get Safe ‘N’ Away gang intervention programme has already been delivered to 3,000 young people across West Yorkshire and our work with St Giles Trust to identify people on the cusp of serious criminality who could benefit from a peer advisor programme to avoid a life of crime.”

 

Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), said:

“Tackling serious violence across West Yorkshire is a key priority and an area of ongoing focus.

“Robust enforcement will always play an important role in confronting such activity and incidents, however, we are directly appealing to our communities for help with this national firearms surrender campaign.

“It is a chance for anyone in possession of illegal firearms, ammunition or related items do the right thing and hand them in before they can cause any harm.

“In addition to the surrender and proactive policing operations, my office is working with a range of partners to implement prevention and early intervention initiatives, including a Violence Reduction Unit, ensuring we are providing positive alternatives to people who are vulnerable to being drawn into a world of violence and serious crime which we know can end with devastating consequences for individuals, families and communities.”

 

 

The police stations you can surrender your firearms are:

Bradford Police Station
Trafalgar House
Nelson Street
Bradford
BD5 0DX

8:00am - 10:00pm - Mon - Friday

08:00 - 20:00 Sat + Sun

 

Dewsbury Police Station
Aldams Road
Dewsbury
WF12 8AR

8:00am - 10:00pm - Mon - Friday

08:00 - 20:00 Sat + Sun

 

Halifax Police Station
Richmond Close
Halifax
HX1 5TW

8:00am - 10:00pm - Mon - Friday

08:00 - 20:00 Sat + Sun

 

Huddersfield Police Station
Castlegate
Huddersfield
HD1 2NJ

8:00am - 10:00pm - Mon - Friday

08:00 - 20:00 Sat + Sun

 

Keighley Police Station
Airedale House
Royd Ings Avenue
Keighley
BD21 4BZ

8:00am - 10:00pm - Mon - Friday

08:00 - 20:00 Sat + Sun

 

Leeds District HQ
Elland Road Police Station
Elland Road
Leeds
LS11 8BU

8:00am - 10:00pm - Mon - Friday

08:00 - 20:00 Sat + Sun

 

Leeds Stainbeck Police Station
Stainbeck Lane
Leeds
LS7 3QU

8:00am - 10:00pm - Mon - Friday

08:00 - 20:00 Sat + Sun

 

Wakefield District Headquarters
Havertop Lane
Normanton
WF6 1FD

8:00am - 10:00pm - Mon - Friday

08:00 - 20:00 Sat + Sun

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