32 guns handed over in Kirklees weapon amnesty

32 guns handed over in Kirklees weapon amnesty

MORE guns were handed in to Kirklees police during a two-week weapons amnesty than in any other part of West Yorkshire. 

Police stations in Dewsbury and Huddersfield took in guns and knives as part of the annual West Yorkshire Police weapons surrender.

Some 32 guns were handed in to officers across Kirklees, exceeding those in other police divisions, including Bradford and Leeds.

There were also 34 other weapons surrendered – mainly knives – which was second only to Bradford.

Overall, a total of 110 guns and 158 weapons were handed in across West Yorkshire.

Police and crime commissioner Mark Burns-Williamson said: “This is very positive and demonstrates just how valuable giving people the opportunity to hand in weapons is.

“The weapons will now be disposed of safely, taking away any chance of them ever being used to commit a crime or ruin anyone’s life in the future.”

Following the campaign, charity Crimestoppers is reminding people to report any information they might have on weapons.

Regional manager Gemma Wilson said: “People who have illegal guns and weapons have had the opportunity to surrender those items and help keep the streets of West Yorkshire safe.

“Now we want to know who still has access to these weapons, where they are and what they are being used for.

“Crimestoppers is here for you and we need you to help us make West Yorkshire streets safe.

“By contacting us anonymously, a single piece of information can make a huge difference.”

West Yorkshire Police temporary Assistant Chief Constable Angela Williams added: “We have had a good response to this year’s weapons surrender. It removes the potential for those weapons to get into the wrong hands on the streets of West Yorkshire and cause injury or even worse.

“We also want to remove those who involve themselves in the illegal use of weapons from our local communities, which is why it is important that we continue to work with public and partners to identify, arrest and convict anyone who is involved in crime.

“I would encourage anyone with information to contact Crimestopperson 0800 555111."

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