Hand in your weapons. Save a life

Protect your community and loved ones by handing in any guns, knives and weapons as part of a two-week regional weapons surrender starting today (Monday, 13 November) across four northern counties. 

South Yorkshire Police is joining up with neighbouring forces West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire and Humberside, to provide an opportunity for people to safely hand in any weapons at police stations across the region, without fear of prosecution for possession at the point of surrender, and to prevent them from falling into the wrong hands.

The weapons surrender in Yorkshire and Humberside is supporting a national firearm’s surrender across the UK, coordinated by the National Ballistics Intelligence Service (NABIS), with police forces up and down the country encouraging people to hand in unlawfully held or unwanted guns and ammunition during the same two-week period.

Armed Criminality lead for South Yorkshire Police, Detective Superintendent Una Jennings said: “Weapons do not recognise boundaries, which makes the national firearms and regional weapons surrender this month an ideal opportunity for people to anonymously hand in any guns, ammunition, knives and bladed articles.  

“While we know individuals already involved in criminality will be unlikely to hand in any weapons, there will be people who will have been passed down an antique firearm by a family member, or have items such as samurai swords that may have previously been used for decoration in the home, and they are now no longer wanted.

“The surrender provides the perfect opportunity to safely dispose of these weapons and to prevent them from ending up on the streets and falling into criminals hands, which only brings destruction and devastation to our communities.”

Both the regional weapons and national firearms surrender start on Monday, 13 November and will end at 11.59pm on Sunday 26 November.

During the 14-day surrender, you will not face prosecution for possession of the weapon at the point of handing it in at any of the designated police stations across the Yorkshire and Humber region.

However, all the weapons surrendered will be forensically examined and should there be any indication they have previously been used in any form of criminality, an investigation will commence with potential prosecutions.

Weapons can include but are not limited to, air weapons, BB guns, handguns, antique firearms, imitation firearms, ammunition, knives, samurai swords, machetes, switchblades and daggers. Weapons pictured below recovered in South Yorshire in the 2016 surrender. 

Det Supt Jennings added: “While South Yorkshire has seen an increase in the possession and use of weapons, as is the picture nationally, there are a vast array of both overt and covert operations already in progress across our county.

“I want to make it very clear that the use of weapons in South Yorkshire will not be tolerated and I’d urge you to please think of the life changing consequences just carrying a weapon can have.

“Possession of a firearm alone will result in a minimum five-year prison sentence, even if you’re just ‘holding it’ for a family member or friend, it’s you that will face prosecution and end up behind bars.

“Similarly, possession of a knife carries up to a four-year sentence, with the risk of a lifetime in jail should you use it and fatally injure someone.

“I would strongly encourage people to please take advantage of the surrender and hand in any weapon that is unwanted or illegally owned; every gun and knife given up is one less that can end up in criminal circulation, and can potentially save a life.”

If you have any information regarding the use of firearms, weapons or suspicious activity in your area, please contact the charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

For a list of police stations where weapons can be handed in and opening times, please visit www.southyorks.police.uk/surrender