More than 200 guns handed in during Hertfordshire amnesty

PUBLISHED: 17:09 27 November 2014 | UPDATED: 17:09 27 November 2014

One of the weapons handed in to police during a two week gun amnesty

One of the weapons handed in to police during a two week gun amnesty


These are some of the weapons surrendered to police during a two week gun amnesty.

Weapons handed in across Hertfordshire

Air rifles: 22

Air pistols: 23

Imitation weapons: 58

Deactivated weapon: 1

Starting pistols: 26

Shotguns: 46

Rifles: 7

Handguns: 18

Antiques: 7

Signal pistols: 3

Others: 12

Crossbows: 3

Ammunition: over 4000 rounds

A haul handed in across the county included 18 handguns, 46 shotguns and seven rifles.

Across the county, more than 200 weapons were handed over to police, of which 29 were surrendered at Hatfield Police Station.

A crossbow was also handed in to officers in Hatfield.

The amnesty, which ran between November 10 and November 21, saw 223 weapons surrendered to police.

Where weapons were handed in

East Herts 11

Welwyn Hatfield 29

Watford & Three Rivers 25

Dacorum 23

Stevenage 66

St Albans 10

North Herts 33

Hertsmere 5

Broxbourne 21

Chief Superintendent Jane Swinburne said: “We never expected to get such a response and I’m pleased to say that the majority of firearms have been surrendered by citizens who have given full details to the police, either via our collection service or by bringing them into police stations.

“With the help of the public we have managed to take over 200 guns out of public circulation and have reduced the chances of these firearms falling into the hands of criminals.

“Gun crime accounts for less one per cent of crime in the county, and following this amnesty I am hoping that we make our streets even safer.

“The police have worked hard to ensure this operation ran smoothly and this has been borne out by the number of people who have contacted us to make sure they were not breaking the law, either by handing in weapons or getting advice from our firearms officers.”

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