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Firearms and ammunition handed in to Thames Valley Police as part of surrender campaign

More than 80 firearms and ammunition have been handed in to Thames Valley Police over the last two weeks, as part of a national surrender campaign.

Items including handguns, air rigles, pistols and ammunition cartridges were handed in between Saturday 20th July and Sunday 4th August.

During the surrender period, anyone handing over firearms did not face prosecution for the illegal possession upon surrender and remained anonymous.

Across the Thames Valley, 87 items were handed in, which included firearms and ammunition, as part of the campaign coordinated by The National Ballistics Intelligence Service (NABIS).

Of those, 55 were firearms and 32 items of ammunition.

Chief Inspector Karen McManus, Tactical Firearms Lead for Thames Valley and Hampshire Police, said:

“We would like to thank everyone who handed in any firearms or ammunition as part of this two week surrender.

“This means that there are now 87 fewer firearms and items of ammunition on our streets which could have easily fallen into the hands of criminals.

“We strive to make our neighbourhoods safer, for our residents and officers who work tirelessly to protect them.

“We are very pleased that people took part in this surrender and it proves how valuable organised campaigns such as this can be.”

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