Hundreds of weapons are seized in gun surrender

Firearms surrendered during Greater Manchester's latest gun amnesty
Firearms surrendered during Greater Manchester's latest gun amnesty

A massive 221 weapons have been seized in Wigan and the rest of Greater Manchester during a two-week gun amnesty.

The haul includes a number of live and deactivated weapons including rifles, shotguns, handguns and air weapons as well as some imitation and antique firearms.

And police across the North West between them received more than 800 firearms and thousands of rounds of ammunition during the Give Up The Gun surrender.

The most unusual items include a replica AK-47, a number of wartime relics and a Smith & Wesson pistol.

The surrender ran from April 4 to 18, where six police forces asked members of the public to hand in unlawfully held or unwanted guns and ammunition, to help prevent them getting into the wrong hands.

The surrender gave the public the chance to dispose of firearms or ammunition quickly and anonymously by simply taking it to a local police station and handing it in. During that period, those surrendering firearms did not face prosecution for the illegal possession. A total of 811 weapons were surrendered across all counties.

As well as Greater Manchester’s 221 confiscated weapons there are also thousands of rounds of ammunition which have yet to be counted.

GMP Assistant Chief Constable John O’Hare said: “The firearm surrender was a remarkable success and I am delighted that we have managed to remove over 220 weapons from the streets.

“The surrender may be over, but our commitment to tackle gun crime is not. There will be continued efforts from GMP, our colleagues across the North West and our partners as we work together to safeguard, educate and intervene at the earliest opportunity.

Greater Manchester Mayor and Police and Crime Commissioner Tony Lloyd said: “Guns bring devastation, causing serious injury, fatalities and misery to families and communities so every weapon and piece of ammunition taken off the street is to be welcomed. These weapons are now in safe hands and out of the hands of criminals.

“I want to thank those people who have come forward to surrender weapons and ammunition and play a vital role in making our communities safer.

“The success of the surrender sends out a clear message that guns have no place in our communities and while the surrender may be over, we will continue to work together with local people to achieve our ambition of safer, gun-free streets.”