Latest amnesty sees more than 100 weapons taken off West Midlands’ streets
Written by Tristan Harris on June 20, 2018
MORE than 100 weapons have been taken off the streets in the latest West Midlands Police weapons amnesty.
It began on May 14, initially for two weeks, but was then extended for a further week following a spate of shootings.
There were 34 lethal weapons handed in, along with ammunition, imitation firearms and dozens of air weapons – taking the total number of items surrendered to 116.
Among them were six pistols, 20 shotguns, an 1890 rifle, seven revolvers, 16 batches of ammunition and one Second World War flare gun.
Det Insp Rod Rose from the force’s Prevent Team, said this latest amnesty came just six months off the last firearms surrender where 245 weapons were handed in.
He described it as a significant result which showed there were still firearms out there that could fall into the wrong hands.
“We are continuing our crackdown on violent crime using Section 60 powers, which allow us to stop and search anyone we think may be involved in criminality and violence.
“We regularly carry out weapon sweeps and warrants, with two handguns recovered in Quinton just last week.
“And we are continuing our work with young people who may be on the cusp of becoming involved in gang culture through our ‘Precious Lives’ project where thousands of schoolchildren have seen a hard-hitting presentation on the dangers of carrying weapons.”
Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson added: “Guns ruin lives and have a devastating impact on the communities of the West Midlands.
“Every weapon handed in is potentially a life saved. The region is a safer place with these weapons no longer on the streets, as there is always the potential they could fall into the wrong hands.
“For everybody who decided to hand in their weapon may I say a big thank you. You have done the right thing.
“This surrender is just one of the measures West Midlands Police and I are taking. I am investing in mentoring schemes, gang mediators and projects to divert young people away from crime.”
Anyone with information about the whereabouts of firearms should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.