AK47 Assault Weapon And Almost 1200 Rounds Handed In To Lancashire Police

A national firearms surrender appeal has brought almost 40 guns out of the hands of the public in Lancashire.

The two-week campaign encouraged members of the public to give up any firearms or ammunition under an amnesty.

According to Lancs Police firearms including an AK-47 assault rifle and Walther PPK pistol were gathered, alongside 1172 rounds of ammunition.

Inspector Nigel Barraclough from Lancashire Constabulary’s Tactical Operations department said: “The surrender was a great success and even one less firearm on the streets is one less that could be used by a criminal to harm or threaten our communities.

“Our aim is to keep Lancashire safe which we will continue to do by working with partners and our local communities to prevent and detect crime.

“This nationwide surrender is a very good example of how members of the public can directly help us prevent harm to our local communities by removing the risk of weapons getting into the wrong hands.”

Clive Grunshaw, Lancashire’s Police and Crime Commissioner said: “It is great that this campaign to remove dangerous firearms from our streets has seen a number of these dangerous weapons handed in to officers.

“Every single firearm handed in is one which will not be able to fall into the wrong hands and the public’s support is crucial. There are number of reasons that people may find themselves with a firearm they should not have, potentially through inheritance or legally owned guns they have no more use for.

“Tackling violent crime is a key priority for us and this is just part of the work that goes on in the county to make our communities and the people of Lancashire safer.”

If you know of people involved in illegal firearms call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, report it online at Lancashire.police.uk/report it or call 101.

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