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AK47s amongst the mountain of life-threatening loot handed in to police

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HAND IN YOUR WEAPONS: Police showing just a small fraction of the firearms and weapons that were handed over anonymously during a 12 day surrender campaign

HAND IN YOUR WEAPONS: Police showing just a small fraction of the firearms and weapons that were handed over anonymously during a 12 day surrender campaign

Ammunition amnesty

A weapons amnesty across West Yorkshire has meant that an enormous haul of guns and knives have been handed over to police.

This included two AK47 assault rifles, 80 guns and 150 ‘bladed and offensive weapons’.

The 12-day surrender campaign was backed by 51-year-old school teacher Vincent Uzomah, who was stabbed in the stomach in his classroom by a pupil at Dixons Kings Academy in Bradford last year.

Talking about the amnesty, Mr Uzomah said: “The response has been very impressive. Well done to those who responded to this noble call, and surrendered their weapons.”

Temporary Assistant Chief Constable Angela Williams, of West Yorkshire Police, said: “We are delighted with the response. Some of these weapons are clearly very dangerous. Now they will not find their way on to the streets of our communities. They will not be used for criminal activity or to hurt or - at worse - kill someone.

“While we continue to maintain a low number of recorded crimes involving guns, knives and other weapons, we take it extremely seriously which is why initiatives like this are held.

“Weapons surrenders like this are very important and even though we have had these handed in we cannot afford to be and will not be complacent. Over the weekend, for example, we had a firearms discharge in Huddersfield which is currently being investigated.”

The weapons surrender involved police urging members of the public to hand in any weapons. It aimed to avoid weapons getting into the wrong hands and provide members of the community with a safe place to dispose of firearms, knives and other weapons they have.

During the campaign those surrendering firearms, ammunition knives and other offensive weapons would not face prosecution for simply possessing these weapons and they could remain anonymous.

Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, added: “I have fully supported this weapons surrender and am pleased we have had so many weapons handed in.

“This surrender has given individuals a perfect opportunity to ensure the weapons are disposed of safely and ensures we are doing all we can to keep our communities safe and preventing potential crimes of the future.”

The initiative was being supported by the ‘Save a Life, Surrender Your Knife’ campaign which aims to bring together anti-knife campaigners across the country to reduce the number of weapons on the streets and make communities safer.

Dr Edward Impey, Master of the Royal Armouries, said “We are pleased that the museum was able to support West Yorkshire Police with this initiative and that it has generated such a strong response from the local community.”

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