A joint effort by communities and officers has seen 67 firearms and seven quantities of ammunition surrendered across South Yorkshire.
The surrender that began on Saturday 20 July and ended on Sunday 4 August has seen a vast array of firearms handed in, and Detective Inspector Marie Bulmer explains how this is due to the commitment from our communities, she said:
“The success of the surrender is testament to our communities and their willingness to protect their neighbours, family and friends and make South Yorkshire a safer place.
“I would like to thank everyone who has taken the time to check their homes and hand in their firearms and ammunition.
“67 less firearms across South Yorkshire is 67 less that can fall into the hands of criminals and cause fear and harm in our communities.”
The firearms surrendered included functional and imitation models.
DI Bulmer added: “I am really pleased with the number of surrenders made. The two weeks gave people the opportunity to hand in their firearms without fear of prosecution for illegal possession.
“The fight against gun crime is stronger than ever, we have dedicated Operation Fortify Teams and a Serious Violent Crime Tasking Team that are working with partners and our local communities to safeguard, educate and intervene at the earliest opportunity.”
If a firearm is believed to be linked to a previous crime, the firearm will be forensically tested, and if found to have criminal links an investigation will be launched.
If you have any information regarding the use of weapons or suspicious activity in your area, please call 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.
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