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WATCH: Almost 150 weapons, including shotguns and pistols, handed into police

By Liam Keen | Crime | Published:

Almost 150 weapons, including shotguns and revolvers, have been handed into police during a two-week operation.

Deputy PCC Ashley Bertie and Detective Chief Supt. Mark Payne

A firearms surrender led by the National Ballistics Intelligence Service (NABIS) has seen 145 weapons, including rifles, shotguns, revolvers and handguns handed into West Midlands Police.

The campaign, running from July 20 to August 4, saw 15 lethal firearms and 22 air weapons handed in.

This also included self-loading pistols, such as a Walther PPK, a rifle silencer and military smoke grenade, as well as incapacitant sprays and stun guns.

Following the campaign some of the weapons will be sent off to be tested by ballistics specialists to see if they have been used in crime, before they are destroyed.

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Chief Superintendent Mark Payne, from force CID, said: "We’re really pleased with the outcome of this surrender.

"To have 145 weapons taken off the streets is a fantastic result.

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"A number of de-activated and imitation weapons were also surrendered.

"These could have been easily converted and should they have fallen into the wrong hands, the consequences could have been devastating.

"As a force, this is our third firearms surrender in less than two years and in total nearly 400 items have been handed in to us.

"That is a significant number of potentially very dangerous items off the street, and we have no doubt this will have saved lives.

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"I would say to the people who are still holding guns that they have had an opportunity to surrender them and that we are very good at identifying, arresting and imprisoning people who use firearms.

"We will continue to proactively target firearms and offenders and take them off our streets."

The West Midlands Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner, Ashley Bertie, added: "To get nearly 150 items off the streets in under two weeks is good news, I am really pleased to see that the firearms that have been handed in will be destroyed.

"Whilst those guns are on the streets of the West Midlands there is always the potential they could fall into the wrong hands, every gun handed in is potentially a life saved.

"For everybody who decided to hand in their weapon may I say a big thank you - you have done the right thing."

Liam Keen

By Liam Keen
Reporter - @LiamKeen_Star

Trainee reporter at the Express & Star, primarily covering Wolverhampton. Got a story? Get in touch on 01902 319688.

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