More than 80 guns handed into police during amnesty

The Metropolitan Police says a total of 83 firearms and 1,175 rounds of ammunition were handed in during its one-week gun surrender.

Among the guns handed in were 22 live firearms, including an AK47 rifle and a pump-action shotgun.

The full breakdown of the weapons surrendered is: 13 pistols, eight shotguns, one rifle (AK47), 40 air weapons/BB guns and 21 imitation guns.

Detective Chief Superintendent Jim Stokley, of the Met’s Trident and Area Crime Command, said: “We had a fantastic response to the gun surrender and, as a result deadly weapons have been taken off the streets of London.

“Trident officers will continue their work to reduce gun crime in the capital and anyone who is found in possession of an illegal firearm will be arrested and face at least five years in jail.”

During the one-week surrender which began on Monday, 6 February, those handing in firearms did not have to give their details to officers and could remain anonymous. All weapons and ammunition will be forensically checked for evidence to see if they might be linked to a crime.

The last firearm surrender in November 2015, which lasted two weeks, saw 10 live firing weapons handed in as well as 37 air weapons, 17 imitation weapons and 1,270 rounds of ammunition.

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