Five firearms have been handed in to police in Rugby as part of a two-week amnesty.
The campaign is part of a national operation to reduce gun crime and runs across Warwickshire until Sunday November 16. It gives anyone living with a firearm the opportunity to surrender the weapon at their local police station. People surrendering weapons will not be required to leave any information but if police suspect a weapon may have been involved in a crime, they will examine the gun for evidence.
Superintendent Charles Hill said: “We know that there are a lot of unregistered firearms in the region, perhaps in people’s lofts or garages, and these can and do fall into the wrong hands and end up being used for criminal activity. Every firearm handed in is one less weapon that can fall into the wrong hands.
“We’re extremely pleased with the public’s response to this campaign and the support they have shown in helping us to make the region safer and protect people from harm. The campaign ends on Sunday and I would encourage as many people as possible to take this opportunity to hand in any unregistered firearms or firearms they no longer require.”
All surrendered weapons will be destroyed or in exceptional circumstances, if the weapon has historical value, donated to a museum.
Some 25 firearms have been handed in in Leamington, 23 in Nuneaton and 16 in Stratford.
To report any concerns about people in possession of firearms, please call the 101 non-emergency number or 999 in an emergency. Alternatively, you can make a report anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or via their website – www.crimestoppers-uk.org