Yorkshire and the Humber Police Forces are holding a regional weapons surrender from Monday, 13 to Sunday 26 November, and anyone who is in possession of a gun, knife or any type of weapon is urged to take advantage of the surrender and safely dispose of the items.
South, West and North Yorkshire, as well as Humberside, will accept any weapon during the two-week period at a number of police stations.
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. At the point of surrender, you will not face prosecution for possession of the weapon, which ordinarily carries a minimum five-year sentence for possession of a firearm and up to four-years for possession of a knife.
All the weapons surrendered will be forensically examined, and if they are found to have been used in previous criminality, an investigation will be launched.
The aim of the surrenders is to avoid weapons getting into the wrong hands and being used in crime, and provide members of the community with a safe place to dispose of them.
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.”
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.
“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.”
Alongside the surrender, we are also running a knife crime campaign, which aims to raise awareness of the severe consequences of carrying a knife. For more information visit on webpage.
In South Yorkshire, the stations you are able to surrender a weapon from Monday 13 November are:
• Snig Hill Police Station. Snig Hill, Sheffield, S3 8LY
• Ecclesfield Police Station. 321 The Common, Ecclesfield, S35 9WL
• Rotherham Police Station. Main Street, Rotherham, S60 1QY
• Doncaster Police Station. College Road Doncaster DN1 3HX
• Barnsley Police Station. Churchfield Barnsley S70 2DL
• Mossway Police Station. Mossway, Sheffield S20 7XX
For information of police stations accepting weapons across the across the region, please visit:
If you know of anyone involved with illegal firearms or using offensive weapons, please call police on 101 or anonymously call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.